Resident Kess Alley is Enjoying a Carefree Lifestyle and Chef-Prepared Meals at The Watermark

If you wait around for an ideal time to move to the right retirement community, that moment may pass you by.

“I happen to have lost my wife but my attitude is, be thinking about where you’re going to be, long before you need it.” – Kess Alley, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square

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 Kess Alley on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Whoever said, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy,” may have known Kess Alley. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Kess grew up with six sisters and one brother on a dairy farm. Attaining his PhD in physical chemistry and thermodynamics from UCLA, he worked as a research chemist for an oil company for 30 years. To this day, Kess believes in working hard and pulling your own weight, values instilled in him on the farm. During and after his career, he traveled to 72 countries, always returning to appreciate the USA that much more. Arthritis keeps him closer to home these days, but it doesn’t keep him from enjoying Philadelphia, America’s birthplace.

Even if you’re 100% content living where you are today, tomorrow is not a given and it’s never too early to begin exploring your retirement living options – for two reasons. One, there are so many wonderful alternatives, it’s just wise to start checking them out and narrowing down your list for the future. And two, the more communities you explore, the better you’ll know what appeals to you so you can make a roadmap for the future. Now, if you’re thinking, “Wow, I should have started this process earlier,” don’t worry. Whatever your reason for putting off planning, consider today a great day to begin. “…don’t try to live alone the way you used to. Especially after you lose a mate. A big number of people here, especially the women, have lost their mate.” – Kess Alley

When Kess decided to move closer to his daughter in Center City, he gave her free reign to select and furnish the place she liked best for him. He moved to The Watermark, sight unseen. Now he enjoys his carefree life, especially sitting down to chef-prepared meals with a group of nine guys who like to shoot the breeze.”…my wife died and we lived in a big 3,400 square foot house in Arizona, Sun City West was the town. And I decided that I didn’t need to rattle around in that big house so my daughter who lives here in Philadelphia got me into The Watermark and I’ve been here about seven months.” – Kess Alley

Kess sees his daughter often and communicates with others by phone and iPad. He reads the newspaper in the library daily and enjoys his neighborhood walks. While this country boy loves open spaces, his view from the 19th floor isn’t half bad. “I’m in a rehab program for my arthritis and I go to a lot of the diversions. They’re good here; they have diversions such as movies and lectures and taking the bus. I took a bus to New York City to see the Rockettes.” – Kess Alley


Meet Kess 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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