A Reflection by Sister Dolores Glick, MHSH
These thoughts are for the “boomers” out there who may soon face how and where to spend those “golden years,” and especially the challenges of downsizing and relocating to a retirement community. It’s daunting!
After adjusting to the emotional realization that you are actually a senior, you face the practical issue of choosing the right retirement facility. Here are some things to keep in mind:
When you visit potential communities, spend a lot of time walking through the public areas. Certainly you’ll look at the physical aspects—is it clean, well furnished, well maintained?
But look carefully at the people.
Is this a community of mindful living? Do the people emanate peace, caring, happiness? Are they interacting with one another? Engaged? Are there opportunities for spiritual growth? Intellectual and physical stimulation? Socialization?
Fortunately for me, and several other Mission Helpers, we found all of these things at St. Elizabeth Hall in Timonium, Maryland, a retirement community run by the Sisters of Mercy from Belmont, North Carolina.
Each day we awaken to a new day knowing that God has singled us out for something incredibly wonderful; and for each new transition in our life God is present—loving and caring for us. We live in gratitude.
No matter what age we are, there are so many opportunities to minister among those with whom we live and those we serve.
“When we are in touch with peaceful, refreshing and healing elements within ourselves and around us, we learn how to cherish these things and to make them grow.”
Our challenge is to live our remaining years in peace with God who dwells in all our hearts.