The rent is high, especially since I didn't qualify for the subsidized rent. This is a very upscale place. It's well-run and convenient to everything I already do in San Ramon. For some strange reason I feel like I moved much further away than a mile from my house. It feels like a completely different city.
I tried riding my tricycle over to the Walmart Shopping Center today. I got a block past the Fire Station on Alcosta Blvd. and gave up. The trike is easy to ride but I had a phone installer coming in the afternoon, so I had to go back.
The phone guy put in a land line with my old home phone number and a DSL for my computer. Now I can write and send my blog from my apartment instead of having to go to the computer room at the Villa. There's only one computer there and it is still running Windows XP.
I may be one of the younger people here. I'm only 73, which is young for a place like this. My mother moved into a similar place in Maine 17 years ago when she was 83. My brother phoned this afternoon to tell me that mother found a lump in her breast. Her Doctor recommends doing nothing because at her age surgery could be too risky. I agreed. Mother turned 100 in January.
I haven't hooked up my TV yet. When I lived at home I used to stay up watching late night talk shows and sleep until noon. Now I go to be early and wake up for breakfast in the dining room at 8 am.
There's a lot of walking here and almost everyone uses a rollator, one of those 4 wheeled walkers with a seat. My old silver hooped walker isn't smooth enough for the long corridors so I ordered a rollator from the Community Care Pharmacy. It came today and it's like a Cadillac next to my old-fashioned walker.
I remember when my Grandmother was in a nursing home. She hated it. Those places were terrible 60 years ago. This place is like a 5 star hotel. With the baby-boomer generation moving into their senior years, services for us old folks keep getting better and better.