OF COURSE YOU CAN
Why live alone just because you can? Exploring your options might reveal an independent lifestyle that’s infinitely more fulfilling.
“So after seven years of living alone I decided that I needed to do something with my life. And my children encouraged me to because I was age-appropriate. I will be 90 years old next month.” – Charlotte Battistone, resident of Pinebrook
MEET CHARLOTTE BATTISTONE, A REMARKABLE GRANDMOTHER OF SIX WHO FEELS, AND ACTS, LIKE SHE’S 46.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Charlotte Battistone on Friday, May 5th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Charlotte attended Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati. In 1948, her life was off to a running start as a newly minted nurse and bride. After 42 years of working and raising three children in Finneytown, Charlotte and her husband downsized to a condominium. When he later developed ALS, Charlotte took care of her husband at home. If he were alive today, they would be married 69 years. When Charlotte decided there was more to life than living alone, her daughter found Pinebrook on the Internet. Compared to other communities they visited, she felt Pinebrook was more personal. It felt like family. So she hung up her apron and moved in. Now, she has options. When she isn’t enjoying meals with friends, Charlotte is attending resident council or book club, taking a yoga class or a walk, visiting her grandkids or simply enjoying her privacy at home.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
Charlotte didn’t have to move to a retirement community because of her age. She didn’t have to move at all. She was perfectly capable of living alone. She’d proven that for seven years. Had she stayed in her condo, however, she’d still be eating alone and feeling something was missing. Instead, she took charge of her future. Simply by exploring her options she discovered a lifestyle she adores. Living well is not about surviving. It’s about thriving. You can’t possibly know what you may be missing until you check out the alternatives. Isn’t it about time you explored your options, too? “Actually, I was doing just fine living alone in my condo. I had a lot of friends who lived there and I do miss them but it was a good decision for me to make. I did my research.” – Charlotte Battistone
SIZE UP YOUR OPTIONS
After doing her homework, Charlotte’s decision to move to Pinebrook was easy. She liked the size and atmosphere best and her list of pros
outweighed the cons. She picked an apartment with a full-size kitchen, nice size living room and bedroom, a small dressing area and a very nice sized bathroom with walk-in shower. Senior Movers packed and unpacked for her and she was able to bring all the things that were important to her. “Some of the places that I looked at, two in particular that I did look at, they were too large, you’d get lost in the shuffle. At Pinebrook, you know everyone. I do anyway.” – Charlotte Battistone
GOODBYE LONELINESS, HELLO INDEPENDENCE
Before moving to Pinebrook, Charlotte had wonderful neighbors. They’d dine out once a month and still do. She rarely dined alone in a restaurant because it felt even lonelier than dining alone at home. At Pinebrook, Charlotte has wonderful neighbors plus wonderful options for dining, privacy, social engagement, physical activity and intellectual pursuits. “If you want to be alone you can be in your apartment. If you want to be with other people all you have to do is walk out in the hall. I like that. I was tired of eating alone.” – Charlotte Battistone
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Charlotte in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-513-297-4076 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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