Living Independently in a Retirement Home

Many people are surprised that they can continue their lives the way they lived before the move into a retirement home. Many of today's high end retirement homes are much more flexible than people realize!

At Hazelton Place, 'the staff make you feel right at home'

Is Bert Mendelson the only 94-year-old in Canada with a personal trainer? Maybe not, but surely he's the only man of his age who took his trainer, Thomas, along when he moved to a retirement residence.

Thomas, who has been helping Bert for 10 years, comes to Hazelton Place twice a week for sessions. "I find it exhausting-but I find it very helpful," says Bert, looking in good shape. He gives a mischievous smile: "The man above gave it to me, so I use it."

From a real estate point of view, says Bert, who was once involved in the ownership of the building, "This is the tops in Toronto. It's more like a hotel," he says while sitting in the handsome lobby, a sweeping staircase joining the lower and upper levels. It's more than that to Bert, who also still plays golf. "I call it home," he says. "The staff make you feel right at home."

Scarborough Retirement Centre: 'Everything is close by'

Gladys Rose, 82, Scarborough Retirement Centre: "What I like about waking up here in the morning is my bedroom faces south and I get the sun. I'm on the top floor, and it's quieter than my old place. And everything is close by.
"I was a teacher, and I am a bookish person. I go to the Cedarbrae public library. I like to read the latest books."

Dancing At Scarborough Retirement Centre: "I like to go to the big band concerts"

"I like to dance," says Dorothy Robichaud, an 81-year-old resident of Scarborough Retirement Centre.

"I gave up my car a year ago, but I use the bus and subway. I like to go to the big band concerts at the Scarborough Town Centre to dance. In the summer, I go to concerts at Harbourfront and at Mel Lastman Square. When he was alive, my husband and I went on 14 big band cruises. I would go again - if I could find a partner."

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