Here’s our first reader contribution on places where seniors live. It’s from our friend Lynne Kerwin, who spends time in the summers here in the Finger Lakes of New York State. The rest of the year, Lynne can be found enjoying life in a 55+ community in California.
“Moving to Rossmoor is like going to college your freshman year. There are about 10,000 people here that have come from somewhere else. They are eager to make new friends, pursue their interests and try new activities.
“The residents are educated and eager to learn. The problem here is too much to do, not too little. There are four pools, 27 holes of golf and every imaginable sport plus over 200 clubs and organizations. Because so many services are provided by the staff, we have lots of time to participate in the activities, to volunteer, and to work or just relax if we wish.
“We are located in a heavily treed valley surrounded by hills and mountains in Walnut Creek, California, just east of San Francisco. Most days the sky is blue and the weather is warm. The community was established in the 1960s and has grown to capacity over the years. There is a variety of housing, although most residents live in condominiums built over several decades.
“We have our own library, event center, fitness center, restaurant, counseling center, theater, arts and crafts, music rooms, wood shops, and much more. The recreation staff plans many of the activities and entertainments but so do the residents and their organizations. We have a weekly newspaper in Rossmoor thicker than newspapers in many larger cities. That is how we communicate all that is happening in Rossmoor.
“During our first hours visiting Rossmoor, my husband and I knew this was where we wanted to spend our days in California. My sense is that most if not all homeowners think we live in paradise.”