In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would share a story from ‘A place for mom’ about love in assisted living communities.
Assisted living communities are home to many elderly couples who have been married for decades. Some couples are celebrating 80th wedding anniversaries. While remarkable, this is hardly unusual. With nearly a million seniors living at assisted living, assisted living communities are filled to the brim with couples.
Falling in Love at Assisted Living
While some senior community residents who are single or widowed are content to remain single, others never let go of their romantic streak and countless couples have fallen head-over-heels in love at assisted living communities. This story is a touching reminder that love doesn’t care about age. For example, 95 year-old Rosalind Greenweld fell in love over a game of bridge:
“At the age of 95, I met Albert at a bridge lesson we were both attending. He was 91. We soon saw a great deal of each other and a beautiful relationship developed. Albert came to my apartment at 5 minutes to eight each morning to escort me to breakfast, then stayed to just passed 10 o’clock at night.”
Rosalind and Albert
And the rest is history.
Life at Senior Living as a New Beginning
One disappointing stereotype that some people hold about senior communities is that they are the end of the road – that they are in “God’s waiting room.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. Senior living communities empower residents to make their second half of life as meaningful and joyful as the first. For example, the educational opportunities in the form of classes and lectures allow residents the opportunity to never stop growing spiritually and intellectually. Social opportunities at senior communities allow residents the chance to make new friends, companions and romantic partners. Residents who fall in love or make new close friends at senior communities embody this new beginning.
For instance, many residents who have lost a spouse in the past are able to find new companions at senior communities and keep love alive in their life.
More Than Romance
Of course love doesn’t always mean romance. A good friend can be just important as a romantic partner. Platonic friendships can be just as loving as romantic relationships, and they also blossom at senior communities.
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