Tribune Print Share Text

Like mother, like daughter

Created date

January 29th, 2009

By Janet Gregg


DALLAS Most of us dread birthdays, but Katherine Young couldn t wait until the day she turned 62. That s when she became eligible to move to Highland Springs.

Young was already familiar with the developer, Erickson Retirement Communities. Her mother has lived in Greenspring, an Erickson community in Springfield, Va., for eight years.

"She has a two-bedroom, two bath apartment home on the ground floor with a patio on a courtyard," Young says. "She is a gardener, and [living in] that particular location on the Greenspring property enabled her to bring plants from home and plant them around her patio. She has her own little oasis. That s important, especially when you have plants that are sentimental."

Easy decision

For Young and her husband, Highland Springs was the perfect choice. In fact, they moved in the day after Highland Springs opened, on September 13, 2006.

"We volunteered to open our apartment home for people to tour during the grand opening. So we had to get everything unpacked and in place within a week," says Young.

The Youngs quickly settled in with their pets, a cairn terrier named Bridgett and a mixed calico cat named Callie.

"That s one thing we liked about Highland Springs the opportunity to keep your pets. So many places don t allow that," says Young.

In addition to having their pets around, the Youngs appreciate having so many conveniences nearby. The medical center, bank, beauty salon, pharmacy, and fitness center are all down the hall from their apartment home.

"Once you move in, you re not dependent on your kids anymore to transport you everywhere. Being able to maintain your independence while also being in a caring environment means a lot," says Young, who still works full-time and travels extensively for her job. Her husband is retired and works part-time for their church.

Staying involved

When she has a moment free, Young has discovered that there is a variety of things to do on campus for her and her husband.

"I don t participate much now, because I still work full-time," she says. "But my husband is a member of the Woodchucks (woodworking group). And of course, with a dog, we both take full advantage of the lovely grounds we have here. We go for a lot of walks with Bridgett."

Young laughs as she tells of their membership in The Youngsters, a group for residents under 70 that gets together for dinner occasionally. She says the great thing about the group is that only one spouse has to be under 70.

"You know, the beauty of this community is that it s like the military. I grew up in the military, and they take care of their own," says Young. "It s not like moving to a new place and having to do a lot of research to find whatever you need. They ve already done it. They help you settle in. They hook you up with people with like interests if you want that, or they just introduce you to your neighbors. That s nice."