Edgewood Communities on the Lutheran Campus is inviting the public to visit their Carlson Towers location to experience senior living with a zestful twist.
"We feel so fortunate because we just love it here," said Margaret Berenguer and Lucy Alpaugh. "It feels like we're part of a sisterhood. There is always someone to have fun with, to share our silly jokes with and close friends who care about our well-being."
The open house will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
As is part of their typical day, ladies on the fourth floor of Carlson Towers enjoy sharing laughs while having their morning cup of coffee. They lovingly refer to each other as: Margaret Thatcher (Margaret Berenguer), Lucille Ball (Lucy Alpaugh), Betty Boop (Betty Bennett) and Princess Di (Diane Olmstead). The community is invited to the Lutheran Campus to tour newly renovated apartments at an open house on Tuesday.
"We're in the process of updating the apartments as they become available," said Sharon Hamilton, vice president of Lutheran Senior Housing. "This is a good time to showcase all that we offer because a couple of the new apartments are open. Moving to campus isn't just a decision about where to live. It's a decision about quality of life and feeling part of a vibrant community. The one comment I hear most often is, 'I wish I had moved here sooner.'"
Betty Bennett moved to Carlson Towers just four months ago.
"It was very hard at first," she said. "My husband passed away, and I had experienced so many losses. I knew I had to do something differently. Many of my friends here have been through the same losses, and they understand. I felt welcomed right away, which helped me to heal. We gather for our coffee every morning and laugh about the silliest things. I can't think of a better way to begin my day."
Diane Olmstead said that men often join them for their morning ritual.
"We also have neighbors who prefer to stay to themselves and that's OK, too," she said.
Edgewood Communities is located on the 123-acre Lutheran Campus off Falconer Street in Jamestown. Residents are ages 55 and older.
"Our residents are physically active, and they pride themselves in their zest for life," Hamilton said.
Carlson Towers offers one-bedroom apartments.
Other campus housing includes one- and two-bedroom apartments, duplex homes and the Smartment Building. For more information call the Senior Housing office at 665-8197 or log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org.