LIFE IS TOO SHORT
When it comes to aging well, you have to engage, not retreat.
“I’m a people person really. I just didn’t want to be by myself. And I like to be with people and I enjoy people. It’s just great here, it’s real fine, you know.” – John Wenderoth, resident of The Fountains at Washington House
MEET JOHN WENDEROTH, A NAVY MAN WHO KNOWS THE VALUE OF HAVING GOOD MATES.
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 John Wenderoth on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
John was born in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky but he considers himself a native of Alexandria, Virginia, having lived here 66 years. He worked in the Pentagon for 36 years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. After losing his spouse in August of 2010, he faced a life changing decision: Stay and stagnate or move and thrive. He chose the latter and hasn’t regretted it for a second. At The Fountains at Washington House, John serves on two committees, he sings solos in the Skytones resident choir, serves as a community ambassador and a floor representative. During his free time, he enjoys reading and working on his computer. Most of all, John enjoys being around his new friends.
DON’T WAIT AND VEGETATE
If you find yourself alone after a lifetime of social engagement, you have an important choice. You can stay where you are, hoping for the best, or make a change for the better and enjoy the rewards. As John Wenderoth discovered, making the right move pays dividends you can’t even imagine until you discover them for yourself. “…if I had stayed in a condo or by myself I probably would have, I don’t know, it wouldn’t have felt right, I’m sure of that. Because like I said, I’m a people person and I enjoy people. I like to associate with people and I like to get out and be active and different things like that. And I don’t know if I’d stayed in an apartment I probably just would have kind of curled up and been a vegetable or something, I don’t know.” – John Wenderoth
NEVER GIVE UP
John was living in a three-bedroom condominium in Alexandria when his wife passed away in August of 2010. His two daughters, who live in the area,
supported him in exploring his options. They offered that he live with one of them, but John wanted his independence so they began their search for the right retirement community. They’d looked nearly everywhere without success when they finally discovered The Fountains at Washington House, his home since October of 2010. “As I walked into the lobby I kind of looked around and it just seemed so comfortable and homey. And I looked at my girls and I said, ‘I think this is the place I want to live.’” – John Wenderoth
SOLO BUT NOT ALONE
John found his one-bedroom apartment just right and more importantly, he immediately felt part of a community with whom he shared interests. Having served in the South Pacific during World War II, John felt at home with fellow veterans. “It wasn’t long before I started getting active in quite a few things here. I’ve joined many of the activities that have been available to me here. Of course my favorite activity is the Skytones, our musical group. I like to sing and I even get to do a solo once in a while.” – John Wenderoth
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet John in person over a cup of coffee in the Cherry Blossom Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-703-291-0188 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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