LEAVE YOUR WORRIES BEHIND
Conventional living isn’t sustainable forever. Retirement community living gives you a lifestyle built for life.
“[There is a] comfort level particularly for my children. They don’t have to worry, ‘Where is father at this moment? Is he on the floor?’” – Art Goldman, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET ART GOLDMAN, A RETIRED PHYSICIAN WHO PROUDLY CALLS PHILADELPHIA HOME.
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 Art Goldman on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Art started practicing medicine in Philadelphia in 1948. At age 50, he took up running for fun and competition, completing five half marathons. Together with his wife, they raised two sons and traveled the world, exploring hiking trails wherever they went. At the end of any trip, Art was always content to come home to his native Philadelphia, which he calls “my anchor and my lifestyle.” Art’s active lifestyle today includes hopping on Watermark’s bus for rides to all his favorite spots. He stays fit in the gym and takes in as many cultural events as he possibly can. With his two grown sons living nearby in Philly and Yardley, he makes time for family, too.
Nobody wants to move from a home and neighborhood they know and love, that is until they weigh the pros and cons and see that moving to the right retirement community at the right time is the right thing to do. “It wasn’t because I didn’t like it [at Rittenhouse Claridge]. I was very, very happy and I would have stayed there indefinitely if there is such a thing as indefinite in life. But I began having falls and my kids were concerned because they’re afraid that at Rittenhouse Claridge, although it is a very good apartment house, it didn’t have medical protection and they were concerned I would fall in my apartment, they wouldn’t know about it. So we tossed this around. I really didn’t want to move and I felt the rationale for having me move, protection against falls and things like that, was a logical approach.” – Art Goldman
WAY TO THRIVE
Art lived at Rittenhouse Claridge for 15 years. After a series of disconcerting falls, his sons were worried for his well-being and convinced him it was time to explore his options. Art’s number one condition was to stay in Philadelphia. He didn’t want to move to the suburbs. Fortunately, he found just the lifestyle he was seeking at The Watermark, his home since September 2015. Now, countless activities enliven his days. “So many I can’t tell you. I usually go to one class or so a day and I go to see movies as well, entertainment, trips. And I am a music lover so I go to the opera. I go to the ballet…” – Art Goldman
WORDS OF WISDOM
Based on his own experience, Art offers a few words of advice to others who may be commencing their own research on retirement community living: “What I would say is get one that’s a very efficient apartment with a nice physical appearance, which this does have. Go to one which has good food. Go to one which has a lot of activities to keep your interests alive and at the level you are interested in. I think that’s a very good thing. And I basically have those things now.” – Art Goldman
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Art over a drink at The Mark or coffee 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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