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Curiosity never retires

Couple finds more time for educational pursuits at Wind Crest

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October 14th, 2016
Carolyn and Piet Kallemeyn spend much of their time facilitating and taking continuing education courses but they also enjoy traveling. Wind Crest’s round-the-clock security and gated entrance were big selling points for the Kallemeyns.

Carolyn and Piet Kallemeyn spend much of their time facilitating and taking continuing education courses but they also enjoy traveling. Wind Crest’s round-the-clock security and gated entrance were big selling points for the Kallemeyns.

This year as winter approaches, Piet and Carolyn Kallemeyn prepare for facilitating courses through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Denver (OLLI)—instead of caring for five acres of lawn and plowing a 300-foot driveway. 

Moving to Wind Crest, the maintenance-free Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., from their five-acre property in Sedalia, freed up time for the two to pursue their passions. They participate in a handful of on-site activities and facilitate OLLI courses each semester as well as on-site Wind Crest Learners classes. 

Learning through teaching

Piet belongs to both the Windy Wooders, the on-site woodworking shop, and the Wind Crest Webbers committee, which maintains the community website. 

For her part, Carolyn, who spent her career in publishing, serves on the editorial advisory committee for the Gazette, Wind Crest’s monthly community newsletter.

“If there’s any disillusion that when you retire you’re not very busy, you may find yourself busier at Wind Crest than in your working career,” Piet says, adding, “You can be as busy and involved or not as you want. We are slowly becoming very active here at Wind Crest.”

“We’ve gradually started joining groups, and there are plenty of choices,” Carolyn says. 

While the pair enjoys branching out, they spend most of their time preparing their courses, whose titles have included “The U.S. Constitution and How It Applies to the Twenty-first Century,” “How to Look at a Painting,”  “How to Read Like an English Major,” and “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?”

“I think in preparing, the facilitator learns more than anyone else,” says Carolyn. “That’s the best part.”

When they’re not teaching, the Kallemeyns take classes. 

“We usually facilitate one per term and also take one or two classes,” says Carolyn, who has also been a consultant in the publishing field since moving to Wind Crest. 

That’s why separate offices in their Stanley-style apartment home fit their lifestyle perfectly. The two-bedroom model with a den and balcony, located in McHenry’s Crossing residence building, gives them each ample office space. They created one office space in the second bedroom and another in the master bedroom.

“We each wanted an office where we could do our work separately,” says Carolyn. “With all the work we’re doing facilitating and teaching, we use our offices a lot.” 

No surprises

Outside of education, the couple enjoys traveling. Wind Crest’s round-the-clock security and gated entrance were big selling points for the Kallemeyns when they were researching retirement communities. 

“We’re independent people, and having the ability to come and go as we desire is important to us,” says Piet. “We used to have a house sitter; now we can just lock the door and leave and feel secure.”

While they appreciated the remoteness of their former house, they didn’t appreciate getting burglarized last November. “That really drove the point home of having a secure community,” Piet says.

“It was a real reminder of what’s important,” Carolyn adds. 

Some of those priorities include financial security and peace of mind. 

“Being an analytical person, I made extensive financial studies as to what it would cost to live at Wind Crest versus where we were living. Everything I had anticipated has been spot on,” Piet says. 

“We like the idea of no surprises,” Carolyn adds, referring to the reasonable monthly service package, which combines utilities, a flexible meal plan, cost of the aparment home, and use of community amenities into one convenient monthly payment.

They also like the idea of having additional care available on site, should they ever need it. Having moved Carolyn’s father four times to achieve additional levels of care, they knew a continuing care community was the right decision for them—and their children. “We didn’t want to put our children through that,” Carolyn says.

Wind Crest’s on-site continuing care neighborhood provides short-term rehabilitation and nursing care, assisted living, and memory care. Residents can receive round-the-clock care from on-site physicians and registered nurses in spacious private apartment suites with full, private baths. 

“The continuing care was a huge part of our decision to move,” Carolyn says. “We are in great health now, but the day will come when we’ll need more help, and we wanted it to be available. We lived in one place for 41 years, and we’re not interested in moving again.”

Settled in their brand new apartment home in McHenry’s Crossing, which opened in 2015, Piet and Carolyn say they have no regrets. 

“We have indirectly turned out to be self-appointed ambassadors for Wind Crest. We like it so much that we spread the word,” Piet says. 

They invite friends over for dinner and a tour. And the best part is, they don’t have to shop, cook, or clean up. 

“We love entertaining our friends without the stress of preparing a meal. Here, someone else is doing the cooking. We know it’s going to be wonderful and our friends will be impressed,” says Carolyn. “We’re doing more entertaining now than we were able to do before.”

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