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Renaissance woman

Anne Wedemeyer chooses Maris Grove for its amenities, lifestyle

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March 14th, 2017
Anne Wedemeyer, who lives at Maris Grove, displays a prized photo of herself, her son, and her daughter with the Dalai Lama.

Anne Wedemeyer, who lives at Maris Grove, displays a prized photo of herself, her son, and her daughter with the Dalai Lama.

A retired pediatric cardiologist, attorney, and former part-time resident of Nepal, Tibet, and India, Anne Wedemeyer last year took up permanent residence at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

Twenty-six years earlier when she went to Nepal to see her son who was studying at a monastery outside Katmandu, the two of them traveled to Tibet. Those casual decisions led to a life-changing adventure halfway around the world for Anne.

“When I saw how devout yet how impoverished the people were, I wanted to give them a chance at education and good health care,” she says. She began by sending monetary donations to a Boston-based Tibetan organization and, in 1995, started volunteering in Nepal and Tibet during her vacations.

Anne raised funds to build a medical dispensary, started a pediatric cardiology program in Katmandu, and started training native physicians. She also recruited colleagues to volunteer with her.

After retiring from her medical practice in 1997, she volunteered annually for the next several winters, including in Dharamsala, India, where she worked for the Dalai Lama at his Tibetan settlement there.

Anne’s intercultural and globetrotting experiences might sound unique, but they let her fit right in with Maris Grove’s eclectic population. And Maris Grove, in turn, fits her wants and needs.

Ideal accommodations

Because Anne has broken her back, her travel is restricted, and she can no longer go boating or play golf or tennis. 

She’d been living with her partner in his apartment in Chadds Ford when she decided her physical needs required the easier lifestyle of a retirement community. Also, “There was no sense of neighborliness there,” says Anne. “We wanted socialization.” 

Now the couple lives among more than 1,400 friendly, caring people who have led interesting lives, are introspective, and are curious about the world. 

Over fine cuisine in campus restaurants, Anne engages in deep conversations and listens to fascinating life stories. “I love that [about Maris Grove]!” she says.

Her extra-large two-bedroom, one-bath Franklin apartment home provides her ample space and all-important one-level living. 

Her second bedroom, a combination guest room and office, contains double closets and a convenient washer and dryer. It also easily accommodates Anne’s desk, bunk beds, and single bed.

The master bedroom boasts a deep walk-in closet and the master bath has a large walk-in shower.

Life without limitations

Even her apartment’s location is ideal.

Anne lives a short elevator ride and two-minute walk apart from her partner’s apartment. That’s serendipitous because walking helps strengthen Anne’s back muscles. 

She doesn’t dare walk in icy conditions, so she’s thrilled that Maris Grove has enclosed bridges that provide her with easy access to all restaurants and facilities. No other communities she’d looked at did.

With Maris Grove’s buildings all connected via interior hallways and glass-enclosed bridges, regardless of weather, Anne needn’t venture out. She’s a walk away from her German-American club meetings, her German conversation group, and the Elementary German class that she teaches.

The same goes for enjoying opera, symphony, and ballet DVDs in Maris Grove’s Cardinal Theater. And because her doctor is a Maris Grove physician who practices in the campus medical center, she even walks to appointments. 

Should she ever need rehabilitation, in-patient and out-patient rehab are available on site too.

Maris Grove lets Anne focus on what she wants to do, not on her limitations. Its amenities and lifestyle cater to her interests and her comfort.