In the past three days, I attended two events that I think are very similar, though not obviously so. This past Friday, I had the privilege of speaking to families that are considering moving to the Simpson House and Cornerstone, one an existing and one a soon to be built Life Plan Community or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Yesterday, I attended my eight-year-old daughter’s regional dance competition. The similarities are overwhelming, right?
On Friday after delivering my talk, I spoke with two different types of people. The first expressed concern about leaving their homes of more than 30 years, and even if they could leave, the amount of stuff that they wanted to take wouldn’t fit in their new community. The second type calmly related that even though they had been in their house for a while and had lots of stuff, they were excited about the move. The second group accepted the changes that were going to take place, but still harbored trepidation.
The families reminded me of the concern my daughter expressed when she was deciding whether or not to join the competitive dance team. She was nervous because it was going to be new and unknown. She would have to make new friends and be apart of something that was unfamiliar to her.
The dance team tasted success on Sunday afternoon as they finished with a better score than ever before. And the anxiety and nervousness that my daughter expressed previously transformed into excitement and camaraderie.
Dance competitions and moving seminars are similar. The participants of each are worried about the outcome and sometimes put up roadblocks to slow down their progress. But the final results are the same: the girls on the team gain confidence and a sense of community as the season progresses. Family members that strive to live at a CCRC such as the Simpson House and Cornerstone receive the same benefits: community living that enables them to gain confidence and thrive during the best years of their lives.
Now, who’s up for a dance competition among families living at CCRCs?