When you combine a wooded Westchester setting with services and amenities that support your independent spirit, life is nearly picture perfect.
“It’s a beautiful section here, a lot of woods so if you walk a dog, it’s just perfect country, perfect country. I like the town very much and I like, you know, the set-up of the building here. It’s kind of picturesque, very, very nice, I like it.” – Bob Bracken, resident of The Fountains at RiverVue
MEET BOB BRACKEN, A BRONX-BORN, BEAGLE-LOVING OPERA FAN.
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 Robert Bracken on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Bob was born in 1935 and grew up in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He studied for the priesthood but entered the Army instead. Two years later, he found his true calling in education. After a brief stint in Harlem, he taught for 41 years at JHS 45 in the Bronx until his retirement in 2003. A resident of The Fountains at RiverVue since 2004, Bob enjoys exploring the wooded campus with his dog, Millie. He’s always up for a Mets game and loves that he can hop on Metro North and be in Manhattan in 35 minutes. He used to walk an hour from Grand Central to Lincoln Center. Now he takes a taxi.
TIME TO ENJOY LIFE
What sounds more fun to you, paying bills, doing laundry and throwing out leftovers, or dining on chef-prepared meals with friends while planning your next adventure into the city to see a show? The right retirement community can free you up to enjoy your best future and it’s never too early to start the search. “When I lived in the house I was doing my own cooking. I did my own cooking for 30 years. It’s nice to have somebody else do all that. And you know the food is generally good. I love the people here, the staff, and I’ve made a lot of friends with the residents. As I said, I get out with my dog. We do a lot of walking. We go out six or seven times, which keeps me in shape and keeps her from going nuts.” – Bob Bracken
RETIRED FROM TEACHING, NOT FROM LIFE
Bob rented the same home in Yonkers for 40 years until a heart attack and cancer hit him with a one-two punch, forcing his retirement from teaching. After time in hospitals and rehabilitation, he relocated to a studio apartment at The Fountains at RiverVue. Twelve years later, his health scares long behind him, Bob is a vital member of the community. “I spend a lot of time with the dog going out. I have a big classical music collection and I play that a lot. And being right next to the Metro North Train Station here I get downtown.” – Bob Bracken
WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
Along with chef-prepared meals and access to assisted living services and memory care, residents of The Fountains can look forward to games, trips, movies and classes. The Fountains plans all of its activities to match the interests of its residents. Bob’s not into Bingo or cards, for example, but you can bet he’s at every lecture offered by retired MET Opera Singer, Ross Crolius. “There’s a lot of activities that keep people going. I don’t hear many complaints, I’ll tell you that.” – Bob Bracken
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Bob over a drink in the dining room or cappuccino on our terrace. Just call 1-914-574-2393 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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