NEVER ENDING VACATION
Nobody wants to retire to a drab, dull life. Some people don’t want to retire at all. A never-ending vacation, on the other hand, is hard to resist.
“I’m on vacation for the rest of my life and learning and getting more culture than I had. So that’s why I chose this place and I did a lot of introspection before I came.” – Clara Solomon, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET CLARA SOLOMON, WHO LEFT A DULL LIFE BEHIND FOR A LIFE SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO EVERY DAY.
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 Clara Solomon on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Clara is an energetic person who learned a strong work ethic at a young age, working in her mother’s factory. She modeled, danced and sang her way through youth and later enjoyed a career in insurance. Today, she volunteers two to three days a week in the doctor’s clinic at The Watermark and offers her expertise as an insurance advisor to anyone who needs it. When she isn’t working, Clara is enjoying her endless vacation, basking in the bustling pace and culture of Center City. She attends the opera and ballet and every Friday, she fine dines at The Mark, right at The Watermark, which she calls “a five-star restaurant.”
What keeps people vital, active and engaged is a vital, active and engaging atmosphere. Fortunately, you can find such places to live in this day and age, if you know where to look. But first, you have to want to look and that’s where most people get stuck, before they even get started. If you think you’re too young or too healthy to explore retirement community living, think again. “You have everything, you have food, you have entertainment, you have mental nourishment, you have companionship if you want it and if you want to be alone that’s ok too. If you don’t feel like leaving your room and you are hungry it will come up to you… It serves every need. I said to Ben who is my son, I said, ‘Honey, you know if I knew about this place I would’ve moved in at 11.’” – Clara Solomon
TRIAL AND ERROR
When Clara was living alone in an apartment, her son, who is a physician, suggested she try community living. Unfortunately, the first community she tried was not a good match. “He said, ‘Give it a try. You can always move out and go back to an apartment.’ Which is true, so I did that. And I wasn’t happy there because the impression was that it would be like this is, it would nurture you and you could grow like we see the opera and ballet and so many things here. But it wasn’t like that, unfortunately, they turned it more into a nursing home. And I am very vital. I still drive my car, my mind is as good as it gets so I really needed more than that.” – Clara Solomon
THE RIGHT MATCH
In 2011, Clara discovered The Watermark at Logan Square and everything clicked. “When I came here, it felt alive, like New York City, like Philadelphia. The electricity was in the air. That was very important to me because when I was very young…I promised myself that when I retired I was going to retire to a hotel that had every service in the world that I could enjoy. And thereupon I embarked to The Watermark and it has a wonderful hotel [feel] with wonderful people that satisfy every need you can think of.” – Clara Solomon
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Clara over a drink at The Mark or coffee in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-215-395-6777 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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