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Senior Living in the Capital Region, New York

Prestwick Chase’s Blog – Senior Independent Living

Check back regularly for news and events in the Capital Region and Saratoga Springs, NY for active independents 55+.

Seniors in Saratoga, Go Out and Play With Your Friends!

Remember your mother telling you to get some fresh air?

At Prestwick Chase at Saratoga, our residents are out in the fresh air every chance they get.

Whether sitting on their screened porches and balconies for a cup of coffee and the morning paper or hopping on the shuttle bus for a trip to have lunch on Lake George or a day at the race track.

Our beautiful grounds and plentiful benches make taking a stroll a delight at this time of year when there is time to stop and chat with neighbors while watching the ducks on one of our many ponds.

This weekend, the Ballston Community Band is scheduled to perform in our gazebo, with the audience either on chairs on the grass or watching from those wonderful screened in porches! (If the rain comes down, we’ll move the music indoors.)

Soon the putting green competition will begin for the summer as our residents keep score with hopes of being included on the winner’s plaque in the billiards room.

Come for a visit any day and find out why we say this, “Is The Best Season of Your Life!”

Platinum Anniversary, Plus One!

Prestwick Chase at Saratoga residents Tom and Marie Terriault celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary wedding last week. That’s not a misprint, I said 71st!

Tom and Marie were married on May 8, 1943.

The secret to a long, happy marriage, according to Tom, “Mind your own business and keep smiling.”

Tom and Marie had a tough start to their marriage. They were living in Alabama and Tom was in the Army, months from being sent overseas during World War II.

“We were married in May and I was sent overseas in October,” he said. “I was in France and Belgium for 27 months.”

The couple raised a son and daughter. They left the family home in Rotterdam, NY to come to Prestwick Chase a year and a half ago. They say it was the best decision they had made in a long time.

“We love it here,” Marie said, adding that the now grown children both live just minutes away.

The Terriaults are one of three dozen couples living at Prestwick Chase, many of whom have passed Golden 50th anniversaries.

By the way, the 60th anniversary is Diamond and 70 is Platinum. Hallmark doesn’t include 71 on the list!

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s the Friday before Mother’s Day and the flower delivery vans keep rolling through the gate at Prestwick Chase at Saratoga.

Our staff have been seen in each wing bringing bright bouquets to residents from children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren around town and around the globe.

Sunday will be lively in our community as family members come to share Sunday brunch in The Commodore dining room or to take our residents out for a day of celebration of mom.

On Saturdays, ladies here have Women’s Breakfast to look forward to each weekend. The women get together at 10 a.m. for something special from the grill or the waffle iron, and then they enjoy each other’s company until it’s time to go shopping on the shuttle or whatever the day may bring.

The men in the community have their special breakfast on Monday mornings where the national sports or personal golf scores are often the topics of discussion.

Prestwick Chase at Saratoga has an active group of residents, many of whom moved to our community to be closer to their children. Once here, residents find so much to do, the kids sometimes have to call for an appointment to see the folks!

Resident Lead Groups at Prestwick Chase

Prestwick Chase at Saratoga has a number of activities on the calendar each month that are completely handled by our residents, for our residents.
A monthly newsletter, known as The Chase, Tuesday night BINGO, The Book Chat Club, Poetry Readings and various card and other games are among events conducted under the leadership of our residents.
For the past three years, Prestwick Chase CEO Fred McNeary, Jr. has presented awards to some of the outstanding residents who dedicate their time and talents to endeavors that benefit their fellow “Chasers.”
This year’s recipients were Marilynn Peterson, the guiding librarian of our in-house Penfield Library, and Samuel Cahan, leader of the monthly Book Chat Club. Marilynn is also involved it the book club selections each month.
Sam and Marilynn each received a certificate of appreciation and a crystal plaque for display.
The award is named in memory of former Chase Editor Jeanne Schreiber who was an avid gardener and writer who contributed much to Prestwick Chase while she was a resident.
Previous winners include the current managing editor of The Chase newsletter, Marian Potter, and the coordinator of resident gardens, Cathy Bungard.

Prestwick Chase could add years to your life!

Study after study show that older folks living with other people usually live longer, healthier lives than most of those who live alone.
On Sunday night’s CBS “60 Minutes” program, two segments were devoted to a senior community in California that is now the subject of a three-decades long study into longevity and spry behavior.
Men and women over the age of 90 are now the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, according to the national Census Bureau.
“Because of increases in life expectancy at older ages, people 90 and older now comprise 4.7 percent of the older population (age 65 and older), as compared with only 2.8 percent in 1980. By 2050, this share is likely to reach 10 percent,” the Bureau reports.
Studies prove, the senior citizens in the best health often spend time with other people sharing stories and laughs and even a drink or two.
At Prestwick Chase, we can provide all three.
Meet new friends, share your life stories, laugh and have a glass of wine or a cocktail and may you…
Live Every Day of Your Life!!

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