ACTION VS. INACTION
The thought of moving to a retirement community seems insurmountable until you do it, whereas staying put gets harder every day.
“I made a mistake. I didn’t move in early enough. I should have moved in at least seven or eight years earlier.” – Dee Levin, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET DEE LEVIN, WHO LET THE LESSONS SHE LEARNED FROM THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY GUIDE HER TO A BEAUTIFUL LIFE AT THE WATERMARK.
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 Dee Levin on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Recognized by Glamour, Vogue and Self magazines, Dee made a name for herself as one of America’s top hair colorists and trainers while owner of Philadelphia’s Salon Norman Dee. Semi-retired now, Dee continues to espouse the business lessons she learned (and taught) as she pursues the retirement lifestyle she loves. When she isn’t working at the salon, Dee enjoys boxing lessons, Zumba and evenings at the opera. Recently she returned from a Paris riverboat cruise with six of her Watermark friends. Dee always told her employees, “There is no change without disruption but there is no growth without change,” and moving to The Watermark is a change Dee couldn’t embrace more.
TIME FOR LIVING WELL
Days become weeks. Weeks become months. Months become years. If time has marched on yet you have stayed put, you could be missing out. People move to retirement communities like The Watermark every day and say “I wish I’d learned about it sooner.” It’s time to explore your options. “If you live your life right and you can afford The Watermark get in here as soon as you’re able to. You know you don’t have to, are there wheelchairs here? Yes. Are there walkers here? Yes. Someday I might be in one of them but I’m not now so we find our own niche. I’m able to go out. I’m able to do anything I want to do. That’s when you should come to The Watermark when you can do anything you want to do because everything else is done for you.” – Dee Levin
SHE MOVED FOR HER HUSBAND
Dee was working full time when she and Norman moved from the suburbs to The Watermark at Logan Square three and a half years ago. She did it so that Norman, who was in poor health, would have more interesting things to do than watching TV while she was at work. They both enjoyed it so much, she wished she’d thought of it sooner. “I said, ‘This is where I’m going to move.’ And then I told my husband and then I told my children. And my husband says, ‘I’m not moving.’ I said, ‘Yes, you are.’ It was the best two years of his life in the condition that he was in.” – Dee Levin
SHE STAYED FOR HERSELF
After Norman passed away, Dee’s old friends expected her to move back, to which Dee responded, “Do you think I’m insane? Why would I want to move?” After all, at The Watermark her life is easy and fun and her future is secure. “The location of The Watermark affords you the opportunity to live, to go to the theater, to go to a park, to go to a nice restaurant, to be out with other people, to stay young. Or let’s say this way, to stay younger.” – Dee Levin
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Dee 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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