IS IT TIME?
You’ll know when it’s time to move to a retirement community, but deciding in advance where you want to live is key.
“I had been looking for at least a year all around New York and I knew in the back of my mind that I would end up at The Watermark. There was no question because I kept comparing everything to this place.” – Junia Olianski, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET JUNIA OLIANSKI, A CITY GIRL WHO LOVES LIVING AT THE HEART OF IT ALL.
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 Junia Olianski on Monday, August 18th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Junia Olianski may have been born a country girl, but she’s a city girl at heart. For 70 years, she lived in Brooklyn, where she was a paralegal, exploring every museum in the city in her spare time. As so often happens with advancing age, she eventually found herself widowed and living alone, with fewer and fewer friends around and her family far away. So, she decided it was time to move. Filed away in the back of her mind when she started her search was the wonderful memory of a friendly, fun loving community in Philadelphia where she’d visited her relative. Located near her daughters, a granddaughter and great granddaughter, that’s where her search began and ended.
DEFINE YOUR STANDARD EARLY
Junia Olianski decided a long time ago, after visiting a cousin at The Watermark at Logan Square, that she would love to live there someday. Not many people have it that easy. Most people, in fact, have to overcome negative stereotypes in their own minds before they would ever consider even looking at a retirement community. If only they’d have started their search with a positive experience, like Junia did at The Watermark at
Logan Square. It became her standard to which nothing else compared. With all the wonderful retirement living options available today, chances are good that you’ll find a place you’ll love, too. It’s vitally important to begin your search early though, before you’re ready to move, because honestly, by the time you’re thinking “it’s time to move,” it really is time. “Stop dithering… If you’re thinking about it, just do it.” – Junia Olianski
“MOVING DID NOT FAZE ME AT ALL.”
A relocation company handled her interstate move so Junia didn’t have to lift a finger. Everything was packed up, transported, unpacked and put neatly away. She went to sleep the first night in her Philadelphia apartment in the same bed and bedcovers she’d had the night before in Brooklyn. Adjusting to life in Philadelphia proved just as easy. “I’m an outgoing person and I’m already here two years. I’m on five committees, I’m on the council. I’m very busy and very active and thank goodness I’m able to get around. I don’t use a walker or wheelchair and I travel all around Center City with our wonderful van so it’s a great place for me.” – Junia Olianski
Junia’s daughters are just as thrilled with mom’s move as she is. She loves dining in, planning trips, teaching bridge, attending movies, concerts and lectures and never worrying about cooking, shopping or cleaning. When it’s time to relax, she’s quite content watching the sun set over Logan Square from her apartment on the eleventh floor. “I do all of that and I have new friends. I’m within walking distance of eight museums, I’m very interested in art. I’m not an artist but I’m an art appreciator and I’m in charge of our art gallery here which is very rewarding.” – Junia Olianski
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Junia 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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