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How to live a healthy retirement

Advice from two friends who have no regrets

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January 5th, 2018
Longtime friends and neighbors Libby Griffith (left) and Pat Morris researched their next homes together and both decided on Wind Crest. They agree it’s the best decision they’ve made for this chapter in their lives.

Longtime friends and neighbors Libby Griffith (left) and Pat Morris researched their next homes together and both decided on Wind Crest. They agree it’s the best decision they’ve made for this chapter in their lives. 

 

Neighbors and friends Libby Griffith and Pat Morris moved to Wind Crest from the same Denver high rise just over a year ago. They’re both satisfied with their move and say it’s the best decision they’ve made for this stage of their lives.

Here they share some answers about retirement and their lives at Wind Crest. 

Q: What’s the best thing you’ve done for yourself when it comes to retirement or aging?

Libby: Moving here to Wind Crest is the best thing I’ve done for myself. I feel safe; I enjoy the people here; I’m just happy here.  

Pat: The best thing I’ve done since I reached a certain age was to move here, and it’s not one I took lightly. Libby and I both looked at quite a few places in the area. Wind Crest was head and shoulders above everything else. It has a lot of people, more choice, better health care, and the people here are wonderful. 

I love the High Line trail that runs down the middle because I’m a big walker. That was the icing on the cake for me. And the fact that my mother lived at an Erickson property in Virginia—Greenspring—helped seal my decision. I was impressed with how they cared for her over the years. She was 88 when she moved in and lived there until she was 102. 

Q: Do you wish you had done anything differently? If so, what is it?

Libby: No, I’m pretty satisfied with whatever’s happened in my life.

Pat: I don’t think I’ve made any errors. I think deeply about things before I do them. I’m very pleased so far with my life. It was the right time and the right choice for me to move here. I was healthy when I moved in, and I’m still healthy. That’s why I made the decision to move when I did. And to not force the decision on my children; I think they’re very happy with it. 

Q: What is your favorite way to enjoy your retirement? 

Libby: I enjoy getting together and seeing everyone, taking walks, things like that. 

Pat: I like people, so anything to do with people. I also love to read and walk. That combination is the way I live my life. 

Q: What’s something you still aspire to do?

Libby: I think I need to join more activities. I don’t really know what. I like to be active. I don’t like things where you just sit.

Pat: Finish my genealogy project. I’ve been doing it for 25 years, and there’s no end. But they just started a new club here, so I’m hoping to get some help with it. 

Q: How do you like to stay active? 

Libby: If you gave me jobs to do, like service or volunteering.

Pat: Walking and yoga.

Q: How do you prefer to take your meals? 

Libby: I like eating at the restaurants here at Wind Crest, and I like to go to restaurants off campus. 

Pat: A combination of eating at home and at the campus restaurants. I like the freedom eating at home gives you because there’s no deadline. I also like eating with friends at the many restaurants here. That’s one of the things I liked about Wind Crest—there are so many choices. 

Q: What advice would you give someone considering a move to Wind Crest? 

Libby: I just gave some [advice] a few hours ago to a friend. I think she’d enjoy it—there are no worries, there are activities all the time—it’s just great. 

Pat: Do a lot of research so you have a comparison. Talk to the people here. And talk to your children. I think they should know what you’re doing, and they may have some helpful ideas.

Q: What are your top three favorite things about Wind Crest? 

Libby: I feel secure. I feel that there’s always somebody to help me out. And you’re never lonely. If you are, it’s your own fault.

Pat: The people; they’re really super. The staff is wonderful. And the freedom; you feel like you’re living your own life, but when you have an issue or problem, you have someone to talk to—someone who has the answers, not just a friend. 

 

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