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Hal and Ellen Meier in their La Costa Glen home in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo
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Marketplace News: What it’s really like living in a retirement community

We hear it all the time from friends and former neighbors:  “Why did you move to La Costa Glen? Aren’t you too young for a retirement community?” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Now in our 60s, we’ve always been planners. Knowing exactly how and where we will live as we age was important to us. We also had to plan for our own long-term health care since we don’t have children. After researching a number of retirement options, we selected La Costa Glen in Carlsbad.

La Costa Glen is a continuing care retirement community, meaning it includes a continuum of care, beginning with residential living and then access to assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing at the adjacent health center.

We enjoy our beautiful home at La Costa Glen, but if one of us were to need long-term care at the health center, we know we will still be close enough to spend quality time and even share meals together.

Planning for long-term care was critical, but we also wanted to live in a retirement community while we were healthy and able to enjoy everything the community has to offer.

We play doubles tennis at La Costa Glen, and have fun with line dancing, ballroom dancing and even ping-pong. We’re also fans of the weekly walk around the Batiquitos Lagoon, and enjoy excursions ranging from theater and opera performances to San Diego Padres games.

We can choose from fitness classes, celebrity speakers and musical entertainment, bridge and bocce –– it’s up to us how much or how little we want to do.

On the other hand, we don’t miss the responsibility of taking care of a home. We never have to worry about replacing the roof, repainting the house, appliance repairs or landscape maintenance.

The staff takes care of all the mundane parts of running a home, from changing light bulbs to regular housekeeping.

Activities, amenities, freedom from home maintenance — all of that is important. But one of our biggest reasons for selecting La Costa Glen was the food. Like most residents, we eat at one of La Costa Glen’s restaurants nearly every day, and having a variety of menus and food options is huge.

Nobody wants to eat the same food prepared the same way over and over, and La Costa Glen’s variety of delicious food made a big impression on us when we visited as part of our research. It’s no surprise we have so many fantastic food options with Chef Judd at the helm.

His previous restaurant experience includes executive chef at El Bizcocho in Rancho Bernardo and La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, among others, and it sure shows.

We still see our longtime friends, but we’ve also made new friends at La Costa Glen. People considering a retirement community often wonder if they’ll like the people living there — and whether they’ll be accepted in return. With such a diversity of people living at La Costa Glen, it doesn’t take long to find your niche and make new friends.

Why did we move to La Costa Glen? We have the security of knowing we’re in a community that will take care of us as we age. But along the way, we plan to have the time of our lives and enjoy the food, the activities, the services, weather and staff. For us, life at La Costa Glen is the ultimate definition of aging gracefully.

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Carole Eibelheuser April 28, 2017 at 9:40 pm

My husband and I have lived in la Costa Glen Carole eover thirteen years and couldn’t have made a better choice for our retirement years. The friends we have made are gifts in our lives

Larry April 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Makes sense to me, but you two have always made great decisions about your life and your friends, especially us. :-)

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