THINK YOU’RE NOT READY?
It’s never too soon to plan for your future.
Now that she’s “staring down the barrel of her 77th birthday,” Ann is quick to offer friends this advice: “Do it while you are healthy enough to enjoy the community. Don’t come dragging in waiting to die, for crying out loud, that’s no fun.” – Ann Robinson, President of Resident Council, The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET ANN ROBINSON, WHO LEFT D.C. TO THRIVE IN CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Ann Robinson on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Ann and Armand were living in Washington, D.C., where she had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, when she convinced him it was time to come home to Philadelphia. Actively involved in their alma mater’s Inter College Athletic Society and Border College of Music, they were at a Temple event one weekend when they stopped in for a tour of The Watermark. Five years later, in between resident council meetings (she is president), Shakespeare readings, line dancing, Tai Chi, boxing at Penn Meadow and working out with her personal trainer in our fitness center, Ann still finds time to marvel at her penthouse view. “I look east so I see the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River and the gorgeous old Philadelphia Enquirer Building and I can look up Broad Street and see the Temple ‘T’ on the side of Morgan Hall. You see cloud formations that you just don’t see when you’re on the ground. It’s just extraordinary.” – Ann Robinson
WHY IN THE WORLD SHOULD I MOVE?
Ann and Armand Robinson were 72 and 84 when they moved to The Watermark at Logan Square. Their move gave Ann instant peace of mind that Armand would be well cared for should something happen to her. When Armand passed away a few years later, some of Ann’s friends wondered if she would stay. She responded: “Why in the world should I move? I’ve got a gorgeous two-bedroom apartment on the top floor of a Center City building. I’m living in a place that has all of the services of a nice hotel and someone else is making dinner!” – Ann Robinson
CENTER CITY LIVING AT ITS FINEST
With an opera company, a professional baseball team, Temple classes and free transportation to all of them, there’s nowhere Ann Robinson would rather be. “I have not regretted the decision one day. It’s an incredibly interesting and kind, caring community of people and a staff that … is just excellent. I don’t miss Washington. I’m just as happy as a clam in mud, as the saying goes. The minute I walked in the front door I said, ‘This is the place.’ I take the Broad Street subway up to Temple basketball games and down to Phillies games and I walk to the Academy of Music and the Kimball Center and the Wall Street Theatre and it couldn’t be better.” – Ann Robinson
MOVING MADE EASY
With the help of Senior Transitions, Ann walked out of their D.C. apartment with a few belongings, stepped into a limousine with Armand and Alice, their beloved cat, and moved to Philadelphia. “We stayed at one of the guest apartments over the weekend and they took care of everything. They managed the packers, the movers, the auctioneers, the thrift shop, whatever. That next Monday afternoon we arrived at the front door at 4:30pm and everything’s in place. I mean it was magical, it could not, could not have been easier.” – Ann Robinson
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Ann Robinson over a drink at The Mark or lunch in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-215-240-8915 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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