A Message From Lucinda Dohanian, Executive Director

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.~~ Sam Keen

LucindaThere’s something about the long, warm days of summer that makes life seem a little slower and a little sweeter. And because it feels like the shortest season, we squeeze every bit out of summer that we can. In July the Laurelmead community set sail for a sunny morning on the Newport Ferry and enjoyed s’mores at the resident & staff Summer Sunshine part. The jazzy beat of the  Aristocats helped us beat the heat at our Fourth of July Celebration with family and friends. And we devoured fresh lobster-salad sandwiches and home-made clam chowder at the annual (and much anticipated) Lobster Luncheon. It may be August, but there’s still much more summer fun to be had. I invite you to join us! Check out our August calendar and let me know if there’s an activity in which you’d like to  participate.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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JackieCantonI moved to Providence 3 months ago. New Hampshire just got too cold and I wanted to be closer to my family, my son in Seekonk and my daughter on Nan­tucket. I had looked at one other possible landing site in Massachusetts, but after spending 3 days there, I said “no way.” It was too big, too corporate, and too impersonal. I had visited Laurelmead about 3 years ago, but at the time didn’t think I was ready. Then one day I just said, “Okay Jackie, you’re ready!” My appliances were 16-years old and I wanted to get out before I had to deal with replacing them. Also, there was no AC where I was – so I guess it was just time to move.

My biggest challenge was going from a 3-bedroom condo and deciding that, yes, I could indeed settle happily into a one-bedroom. It occurs to me that if the appliances do break down here – well I can just call Maintenance and, poof, they’re replaced! In addition, every other week two friendly Housekeeping ladies come in to clean and even change my sheets. I’m waiting for my first winter here, but when it snows, I know I’m not shoveling! But best, when the temperature went above 90 (as it’s been almost the entire summer), one click gives me central AC… finally!

The food – I love it. Whether in the Café for lunch or the Pub or Dining Room for dinner, there are so many choices. There’s even a vegetarian menu. Last week we had a lobster festival right here in our back patio. And when I want lamb chops for dinner I don’t have to drive to the market or do the dishes after my 3-course feast in the Dining Room. When I want to go to exercise class to work some of it off, I just hop on the elevator and I’m in the Fitness Center in less than a minute. The Fitness Director created an exercise program suitable for me, and the staff monitors my progress. There’s a pool too. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m thinking about it!

I had one friend here when I moved; someone I knew from my New Hampshire days. We played golf together in New Hampshire, and I’m still playing at a local course. I’m as busy as I want to be: movies, music programs, lectures, either here or with a group to various cultural venues in Providence and Boston. I’m still driving. I have my car in the garage here. I try to take in everything that’s scheduled here, but there are some things I haven’t tried yet: bridge, poker, and mahjong. I might decide to join in. I’ve been told my whole life that it’s never too late to learn.

So was moving to Laurelmead a good decision? Yes, indeed it was. Totally!


Experience Laurelmead

Laurelmead is a premier 55+ community with shareholder ownership that offers an active, independent, and invigorating lifestyle. Set in a park-like setting off Blackstone Boulevard, this cooperative-housing community offers an active lifestyle with owner involvement in governance. The Laurelmead community life includes fine and casual dining, educational and cultural opportunities, fitness center, heated indoor pool and spa, movie theater and more. The all-inclusive fee includes real estate taxes, utilities, 24-hour security, cleaning services, one daily meal, transportation services and more.
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