September 16, 2014 // 11:43 AM
Garden Spot Village Resident Jumps Out of a Cake for her 100th Birthday
Written by Scott Miller
Garden Spot Village is just a little bit different when it comes to “retirement” communities. Our community isn't limited to those in their seventies - boomers in their fifties and sixties find Garden Spot Village attractive, as we are really becoming a Boomer Community.
One of the reasons is because “retirement” at Garden Spot Village is simply a word that describes a stage of life. It just refers to our post-career years. That doesn’t mean people are expected to stop working, stop contributing or stop living fully. Here it means, “I’m young and healthy with a lot of life to live and a lot to do!” That is fully understood at Garden Spot Village and as a result the entire community has positioned itself so that people can do precisely that.
I like to put it this way, “we do all the chores and you do what you want!” For example, we opened registration for the 7th Annual Garden Spot Village Marathon/Half Marathon/Kids Marathon last week and residents have stopped by to tell me about their training program. Just a few minutes ago, a woman stopped me in the hall and told me how she is headed to North Carolina the first week in December to help sort Operation Christmas Child boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. The other day a woman who had moved in the day she turned 62 told me how wonderful life is at Garden Spot Village. I routinely see Facebook posts from a busy couple who spend their winters at Garden Spot Village and their summers in Maine.
On the other side of the spectrum is the awesome group of residents in their 80s, 90s and those breaking 100 (who look like they’re 20 years younger). There is such a collection of wisdom and an ongoing desire to make a difference in the lives of others like the Vision & Design Team in personal care who act as a product incubator for women with a paper business in Bangladesh! Is that awesome or what? Then there are those who are simply getting the most out of every moment like Helen Krout. She always wanted to jump out of a cake, so for her 100th birthday “jump” out of a cake she did! I hope I’m as lively and engaged at 100!
When I stop and look around I notice that the people of Garden Spot Village seem to “do better” than the people living up the street or in my small town. I suspect it’s because of the engaged social atmosphere. A guy stopped by my office last week and said, “the reason this is so different from everywhere else is because so many people have a positive attitude.” Helen is one of those people with a positive attitude. Jumping out of a cake at 100? You have to have a positive attitude!
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