TIRED OF COOKING AND SHOPPING?
Listen to yourself for a change. A little research today can help you discover a better way of life tomorrow.
“We were talking about maybe we should give up the house and move. I was complaining about cooking and shopping. And friends of ours were moving into independent living and we thought about it.” – Maxine Brickman, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET MAXINE BRICKMAN, WHO TRADED LIFE DOWN THE SHORE FOR CAREFREE LIVING IN THE HEART OF CENTER CITY.
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 Maxine Brickman on Friday, August 11th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Originally from Bridgeton, New Jersey, Maxine worked as a dental hygienist before and after raising three children in Elkins Park. She lived in a Philadelphia suburb 52 years until her husband passed away. Later, when living at a 55+ community called Four Seasons in Smithville, Maxine and her companion, Allen, were in the midst of planning their next move when Allen passed away. Sticking with the plan, Maxine selected a spacious studio apartment at The Watermark at Logan Square and moved in July, 2016. She quickly made friends. Today she enjoys dining with those friends, visits with her granddaughters and walking three blocks to an indoor pool for water aerobics, her healthy habit since 1982.
THINK ABOUT IT
You may be perfectly comfortable where you are living today and that’s wonderful. But do you ever think about how you will manage to keep
living well long into the future? If things changed tomorrow, would you have a clear path forward? Those who take the time to study their options and make a plan are caught less off guard by unexpected life curves. They’re prepared for all of the what if’s. Learn more about today’s wide range of retirement living options at our next Discovery Luncheon and start charting your best future. “We were thinking of coming here together and then Allen became ill and passed away… I wanted a studio apartment, and I love it. The sun comes in and everything about it is nice.” – Maxine Brickman
YEARS CREEP UP ON YOU
Maxine loved living at her 55+ community. She was up and in her bathing suit every day by nine. She had all the energy in the world for water aerobics, but when it came to cooking and shopping, she decided she’d had enough. She and Allen weren’t the young kids on the block anymore and many of their friends had already moved to independent living communities. Unfortunately, their decision to do so came too late for Allen. When Maxine moved to The Watermark, she was 84. “Actually, I would sit at the pool and look around and say, ‘My gosh, I’m one of the oldest people here.’” – Maxine Brickman
GO WHERE THE ACTION IS
At The Watermark, Maxine can do what she wants, when she wants, with people she likes. “Whether it’s a show or a movie, a winery, there’s always something to do. I’m not the type that has to be busy every minute. I can curl up with a good book and be very happy and there are a few here that are my friends that like to keep active. There is plenty going on. You don’t even have to think about entertainment. It’s just done for you. That is a plus, big time.” – Maxine Brickman
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Maxine 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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