Many people move to senior living so they can actually live their life to the fullest — and on their own terms. Take Jerry, a resident at Highgate a Great Falls.
Before Jerry moved into Highgate, he spent most of his days sitting at home alone.
“I didn’t do anything until the kids took me places,” says Jerry, who doesn’t drive due to poor eyesight. “They tried to keep me as busy as possible, but most of the time, I was just sitting there.”
These days, Jerry takes the Highgate transport van to coffee with friends on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, the van takes him to the local senior center where he plays the accordion in a band with some buddies. In between, he’s attending Resident Council meetings, playing games with his neighbors, and even doing arts and crafts.
“My life has been pretty good since I moved to Highgate,” says the 92-year-old. “I don’t feel lonely anymore.”
In Hope & Happiness, you’ll hear from seven residents, some of their family members, and a few Highgate team members as they share stories about life before Highgate and how moving into a community setting not only helped reduce feelings of loneliness, sadness, and anxiety but also provided a positive, compassionate, and purposeful atmosphere where they feel empowered to live a life filled with meaning and joy.
“It’s night and day,” says Bev, daughter of Bonnie, a Highgate at Yakima resident. “It’s not just me who sees it. Everybody has remarked how much happier she looks. Her whole demeanor has changed. Highgate has given her purpose.”