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Better than Disney

Wind Crest makes grandparenting simple

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August 25th, 2009
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Bobbi Rosack has the pleasure of spending at least three days a week with her grandchildren Jared and Caroline. Rosack, who watches her grandchildren while their father works a hectic hospital schedule, is one of many who enjoy time with their children s children on Wind Crest s campus.

Grandkids always welcome

There s no such thing as a normal day with the grandkids here, Rosack says with a laugh. They come to Wind Crest on weekdays, weekends, whenever. But they are always welcome here. It s something that I feel very fortunate to have and that I just really, really enjoy. Rosack says she is involved in just about every facet of her grandchildren s lives. I go to their school events, and I help them with their homework. And if we re looking for something else, something fun, there s plenty to do here. They both love the pool we go swimming or to the movies or bowling. And my grandson loves to do the Wii (videogame) bowling here. Rosack, who lived at another retirement community before moving to Wind Crest, says, My other community wasn t very grandkid friendly. But it s great here. It is so welcoming, and there is so much for us all to do. She adds, My neighbors everyone know Jared and Caroline and love to see them. The kids even say, We don t have just one grandparent, we have oodles of them. I feel very fortunate to be here. I m happy, the kids are happy, [and] we all have a good time.

On your toes

Norm Fox, who also lives at Wind Crest, sees his grandchildren Georgia and Caden just about every week or so. It s great, Fox says. They live nearby in Aurora so they come to visit all the time. Fox says the children love to swim and play around in the pool. They actually swim and play volleyball with us in our weekly league, he says. They love it. And all of the neighbors seem to like having them around. When Fox and his grandchildren aren t in the pool hitting the volleyball around, they are playing billiards or Wii videogames in the clubhouse. After a long day of fun, Fox says he and his grandchildren take in a meal at one of the on-campus restaurants or make dinner at home. We really play it by ear, he says. However the mood catches us. He adds: It s great to be around them. You have to be on your toes. It keeps you young.

Did you know?

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13, 2009. Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, W. Va., founded the holiday in her home state in 1973. Then in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill designating the Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The statute cites the day s purpose as a way to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer. Carter says in the proclamation: I urge each citizen to pause and to reflect on the influence his grandparents have had in shaping his own destiny and on the legacy bestowed upon our contemporary society by his grandparents generation.

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