ACTIVE RETIREMENT LIVING -
MADELINE HILL & FRIENDS.
A New Year...A New Place to Call Home
By Linda Doren
"There is life after retirement, and it is BETTER." (Catherine Pulsifer)
It is 2018! Some will welcome the New Year with promises or resolutions to be kept. Some will start this New Year with the addition of new family members. Some will plana vacation trip of a lifetime. No matter how we "ring in the New Year" for all of us it is a fresh start.
The New Year will bring us new challenges and new rewards. It will bring happiness and sometimes sadness. It will be the year that many make the decision to move their families to new locations. For some, it is the year to retire and enjoy the beginning of the "golden years."
"Retirement" has changed greatly over the years. Retirees today still desire to work part-time and call their own hours. They may want to alternate work with leisure time. Retirees today want to remain active and continue with the bicycle tours, the tennis court challenges, and keeping physically fit. They desire to keep their minds active with continued education opportunities like OLLI, in Ashland or by listening to presentations of local authors.
For some, retirement is more a transition to a new place where there are like-minded people who enjoy life and wish to live where life is made simpler.
Retirement may be a change from the regular schedule of working an 8- hour day to working from home when you choose to. Retirement for some is a lifestyle.. .fun, invigorating, yet simple.
Mountain Meadows 55+ Community has a unique lifestyle all its own. If gardening is a passion, there is a community garden with raised garden beds. If fitness is important, the fabulous equipment in the wellness/ fitness center will fit almost every need. There is an indoor pool to enjoy those morning swims. Many residents of this community are enrolled in continuing education at the Southern Oregon University OLLI program. Some residents have even been instructors of some of the courses. Perhaps reading is a passion...there is an incredible library which includes the warmth and ambience of a fireplace. Enjoy activities and keeping busy? There are Friday Forums taught by residents or Music at the Meadows, which show cases local artists or an invigorating Bridge game, or maybe movie night in the clubhouse and the list goes on!
It is a new year and all of us at Mountain Meadows 55+ Community wish you the very best in 2018. A New Year... A New Beginning in Ashland.We naturally associate May with our moms, and for those of us fortunate enough to still have our mothers here with us, it is a time to celebrate life.
Moms Deserve the Best
By Linda Doren
For most of us, our mothers play a very important role in the people we become. They direct us and guide us and most likely pray for us. They care for us when we are sick, help us when we move, babysit the grandchildren and the list goes on. Moms do so much for us throughout our lives - isn't it time to do something special for them? Isn't it time to make life better than Mom imagined it could be?
Many mothers, like my mother, find themselves without a spouse or companion after many years of happiness together. The transition from this "couples" lifestyle into "single" lifestyle can be overwhelming and frightening. Continued companionship with friends and involvement in social activities is vitally important to the health and happiness for the remaining years of life. So very often there is a large home that was once filled with the family but is now only occupied by "mom". It is time to consider a move for the better, new friends, little or no maintenance duties, and no lawn mowing or hedge trimming. It is time to free Mom up to live her life again. It is time to consider Mountain Meadows 55+ Community in Ashland.
Mountain Meadows is the perfect place to live life to its fullest! There is always something to do ~ Bridge games, Tai Chi, Mahjong, Bocce Ball, pool game or Wii bowling, classic movie nights, poetry jams and reading a great book from the library. There are committees to join: fitness and osteo-stretch classes, meditation, Zumba dance classes, Music at the Meadows twice monthly, and simply too much to mention here. If nature and occasional quiet time is important, there is a 4-acre park with a pond and a gazebo and park benches strategically located to enjoy the view. Sound like paradise? For so many of the residents it is just that. The National Council on Senior's Housing thought so too - they gave the Gold Nugget Award for "The Best Small Active Retirement Community in America" (1999). The Pacific Coast Builders Conference gave the Gold Nugget Grand Award for "Best Senior Housing - Active Adult Category." (1999)
Isn't it time for Mom to experience "the Best" and make the move to Ashland and Mountain Meadows 55+ Community? Everyday should be a celebration for mothers because Mom's deserve the best!
Spring Into A New Life...
Spring bursts forth with vibrant colors everywhere and with spring comes new life. The trees are forming bright green new buds and the flowering cherry trees are breaking forth in all their glory. Spring makes us smile and puts a song in our hearts as we com out of the dreary, grey days of winter.
Spring is a time of year when people start making changes in their lives or begin the planning stages of a move. There are garage sales and yard sales everywhere! Properties are coming on the market for sale and moving trucks and vans are a common sigh Spring is a time when some of us begin considering our new life as we near retirement Where would I like to live? What kind of life do I picture myself living? Perhaps you are not ready to retire but you have parents or grandparents who are at that stage of the lives. You are not sure where to begin. You are not alone. Finding the perfect retirement or 55+ community can be a daunting task and sometimes a bit overwhelming.
What brings people to Mountain Meadows 55+ Community is often the adult children or grandchildren that live in Ashland or the beautiful Rogue Valley. Family ties run dee| and being close to family is vital to a happy, new life. Ownership of property and being able to build equity in your investment is another reason people come to Mountain Meadows. Instead of "renting" your living space, you can "own" your living space an< are part-owner of the amazing amenities in the community such as the clubhouse fitness center, 4-acre park and community garden and wood shop. The homeowner association takes care of most all front yard landscaping and mows lawns so you do no have to. You can sit on your front porch, enjoy the view and not have to get your hand: dirty. If you like to garden, however, there is a raised bed community garden that might be of interest to you.
This community is composed of a variety of people from all over the United States and the world - with amazing life stories. They are people, like you and me, like our parent! or grandparents, who fell in love with Ashland and the beautiful Mountain Meadows They enjoy fine dining, inspirational forums and musical performances, involvement in committees, fitness and exercise classes and look forward to developing new friendships. New life begins in Mountain Meadows... Spring into your New Life today.
Life is About Choices
by Linda Doren
Maintaining your lifestyle when you retire is on the hearts and minds of most of us. We want to continue to enjoy life the way we have come to know and love it. For many people, the retirement years may be a frightening and uncertain spot on the horizon and the move to a 55+ or retirement community is delayed. Why? The move is delayed because many believe their lifestyles will dramatically change and they are not ready for that change. They live their lives with choices and those choices are important.
When you choose Mountain Meadows 55+ Community, you don't have to change the way you live. It will just get better and your choices will continue on and on. Among your neighbors you will find professors, teachers, artists, engineers -- people who made the decision to come to Ashland and Mountain Meadows because they could maintain their lifestyle.
If you're a gardener, you will have plenty of room in the community garden. It you're a theatre buff, you will revel in each magical season at Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You will also delight in the many high-quality local productions available year-round. Stay fit and healthy in the fitness/wellness center. Join a committee or serve on a board of directors for one of the associations. (Mountain Meadows is owned, operated and governed by the resident owners - no corporation!)
Mountain Meadows can help you arrange for additional services with a variety of providers such as housekeepers or in-home care services. These additional services are managed by you and you pay as you go! You are in control! Mountain Meadows wants its residents to know that they can arrange for extra care and assistance in their own homes or condominiums. This flexibility will help you stay in the vibrant community, in which you live, as long as you wish - you decide, you choose.
Choices... we all know that life is more fulfilling when we have choices. None of us like to have someone controlling our lives and forcing us to do something we would rather not do.
Choices...choosing to own your retirement dream home and preserve your equity.
Choices... choosing to join in with the multitude of activities or stay in the comfort of your own beautiful home or condominium.
Choices... choosing to use the state of the art fitness/wellness center and indoor pool or continue your membership at the YMCA.
Choices... choosing to live your life the way YOU choose!
That is what Mountain Meadows is all about. Life is about choices!
Home Is Where Your Heart Is...
A home filled with joy and family togetherness is a happy home. A happy home is often said to be "where your heart is." So, where is your heart? Perhaps you long to live in Ashland and maybe it is "home" to you. Perhaps you want to be closer to your family who lives in the beautiful Rogue Valley... something is holding you back from moving. What is it?
For some, the delay in moving is due to medical and health issues. Your heart specialist where you live is great and you are afraid to make a move away. You are afraid you may never find someone who cares as much... The Rogue valley is extremely rich with fabulous doctors and specialists and the cardiologists are second-to-none. The Rogue Valley has some of the top cardiologists in the country and they really do care. I can tell you, from a personal family experience, how wonderful and caring they are.
Too often our fear keeps us from really experiencing life and joy. We seclude ourselves in a comfortable environment and cant imagine taking a step outside our comfort zones. We want to be closer to family and friends but...
Don't wait any longer to make your move to Southern Oregon or Ashland and Mountain Meadows 55+ Community. If you were concerned about leaving your area due to doctors and specialists - we have what you are looking for in the Rogue Valley.
A healthy heart is a happy heart and a happy heart leads us to happy lives and happy homes. Here at Mountain Meadows we care about the residents and have an excellent fitness/wellness center with state of the art fitness equipment, an indoor swimming pool and a variety of stretch and exercise classes. Right now we are having a rowing challenge! Keeping fit and exercising is so beneficial to one's health - you can t put a price on good health! We have a fitness trainer on site to assist you with the use of the equipment and to make sure you are obtaining the best workout possible.
Your heart will thank you for moving to Southern Oregon and Mountain Meadows 55+ Community. Make Ashland your home andstart the New Year in a new place with new friends. Home - Mountain Meadows - is where your heart is - Healthy and Happy! Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Mountain Meadows!
Thankful and Grateful...
This is the time of year we all pause to reflect on our friends, our lives and our families. We look back on accomplishments, successes and even failures and consider what we have learned from our experiences. Often there is someone that influenced a decision or a choice we made and we are thankful for them. We consider how important they are to us and we will always be grateful.
For the Mountain Meadows 55+ Community, we are celebrating 20 years of excellence in 2016. The first single family home was completed in 1996 and we are still exceeding expectations today in 2016. This amazing community is on 27 beautiful acres -mature trees, lush 4-acre park, clubhouse with private dining room, fitness/wellness center and so much more. The homes and condominiums are designed to help with our aging process — wide hallways, raised dishwashers, strategically placed grab bars, raised electrical outlets and entries with no steps — all one level to make transitioning from room to room so much easier.
The community is owned and governed by the residents who proudly say "We Own It, We Run It, We Love It". There is no corporation here. There are committees, special task forces and governing boards that work together for the sustainability of the community into the future. There is an onsite management company and caring staff members who look forward to helping and working with the residents. There is an on-site real estate company with very experienced real estate brokers who know the Mountain Meadows community better than anyone. They help residents find the home that fits their needs and even a lot of their wants... they are friendly, personable, knowledgeable and helpful.
When you meet Mountain Meadows residents at a Shakespeare play, or at the local food co-op they are happy to tell you about where they live. They are grateful for such a well thought-out community where they own a piece of paradise and it becomes part of their estate. They are thankful for the usefulness and design of the home they live in and that developers had the foresight to think about all the little things. They are in control of their lives; they are involved; they are committed to the continued future of the community and they, most of all, are so very Thankful and Grateful to live in such a beautiful and unique community -Mountain Meadows 55+ in Ashland, Oregon.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mountain Meadows!
The Pathways of Life
by Linda Doren
Our lives lead us in so many different and diverse directions. For some our path is higher education and degrees to better our futures. For some our path is focused on raising families. For yet others, it is a combination of both —juggling career and family. Eventually for most all of us, it is time to enjoy retirement — relaxing and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The pathway to retirement can lead in many directions too. For some, retirement is a facility that offers levels of care as needs change and decision making is taken out of their hands. With the changing care levels comes changes in prices as well but this system works for some people.
For some retirees, however, a more independent lifestyle where the decision making is left to them, is what they want. No Buy-in fees; no huge, ever increasing monthly fees which cover services which may never be utilized. The desire to remain in control and have choices and be a part of a vibrant community drives people. For many, this "drive" leads them on a pathway to Mountain Meadows 55+ Community.
Equity ownership is one of the significant advantages of coming to Mountain Meadows in purchasing your new home, you will be making an investment for your future and for your heirs. You do not have to make a costly "buy in", so you will be able to retain more of your capital to invest and spend as you wish. You will not be supporting a corporate structure as this community is owned and operated by the owners themselves through an elected board of directors.
Mountain Meadows owners are supported by a management company that takes care of day to day operations and provides administrative services. Residents can take part in serving on boards, committees, task forces and get involved in interest groups. If life's pathway is leading you in the direction of a beautiful setting where ownership and independence is key, follow the pathway to Mountain Meadows 55+ Community -
you will be so glad that you did!
Exceeding Expectations 20 Years
by Linda Doren
Mountain Meadows sits on rolling hills just inside Ashland's city limits near the end of North Mountain Avenue. Twenty years ago it was Madeline Hill's dream to create an adult, "aging-in-place" community where those 55 or older could buy or rent, not have to pay a non-refundable buy-in fee, and then make adjustments to their living situations within the same community as their ages and changing needs required.
Mountain Meadows was created with an infrastructure for community and safety - detached and attached houses, condominiums of various designs, the clubhouse and restaurant overlooking the valley, fitness/wellness facilities, meeting rooms Houses were built wherever possible to eliminate steps from garage to inside. Other amenities would promote safety and community - smooth carpet-to-hardwood junctures, front door locks that reduce the chance of locking yourself out, natural lighting, dishwashers and wall plugs mounted higher. Outside walkways, creeks, even a community garden with raised beds for less stooping and wheelchair access all add to the friendly atmosphere. We refer to this as “aging-in-community."
Mountain Meadows is owned, operated and governed by the residents themselves. There is a homeowners association and condominium associations which work closely together to provide services such as maintaining lawns, cleaning gutters and downspouts, washing exterior windows, changing high reach lightbulbs and smoke alarm batteries. There is a partial meal program which provides approximately 10 dinners per month per person as well. These services are included in the monthly dues paid by each unit owner. When needed, additional services could be ordered from outside vendors and providers and brought into the home, and these would be fee based services.
Mountain Meadows does not have buy-in fees! Home ownership and self-governance are the highlights of this beautiful 27 acre community. Your home becomes a part of your estate and can be left to your heirs or family for their futures. There is a true sense of community - sharing stories over meals in the dining room, participating in activities and interest groups, serving on a governing board or committee, or enjoying a concert by talented local musicians.
Mountain Meadows is far more than ever dreamed it would be. It is filled with vibrant residents who have come from near and far - residents who embrace the beauty of Ashland and the community itself. People who have helped Mountain Meadows exceed expectations for 20 years.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOUNTAIN MEADOWS- 1996 TO 2016.
It is All About Freedom
By Linda Doren
Having the freedom to make choices is part of what makes living in the United States of America and Oregon so appealing to so many people. Freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom from fear - just some of our freedoms. Throughout history we have fought for and won our freedoms. Our flag reminds us of these battles for freedom and independence. Freedom to make choices — this is something we all appreciate at any age. Freedom to choose really increases in importance as we grow older.
At Mountain Meadows 55+ Community we care about the freedom to make choices and designed our community with "choices" in mind:
"I want to own my home when I retire..." At Mountain Meadows we offer the opportunity to OWN a beautiful Craftsman style home or condominium. Yes — ownership is possible here. You can have a real estate investment, build equity and pass the property to your heirs in your estate. There is no "buy-in" fee here (in most cases, the buy-in fees are non-refundable and you pay them and never see that money again).
"1 do not want to do yard work ever again...!" You are in luck! At Mountain Meadows all front yards of single family/cottage style homes are maintained by the owners association. All parks including our 4-acre park with community garden with raised beds and some side yards are maintained by the owners association. Landscaping around and between the condominium buildings is maintained by the owners association. You can sit back and enjoy the view and the fruits of someone else's labors for a change.
"I simply do not want to cook all the time anymore..." We have a plan at Mountain Meadows for you to break away from kitchen duty. There is an on-site dining room, located on the top floor of our clubhouse, with incredible views of the city and Mt. Ashland. This private dining room offers meals to residents Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday Brunch. The monthly HOA dues includes approximately 10 dinners but you can eat every meal offered if you wish, (The extra meals over the allowance are billed the following month). You can have the freedom to choose to cook in your kitchen or eat in the dining room.
Our freedoms are precious to us. We work hard all our lives to enjoy our freedoms in our retirement years and at Mountain Meadows 55+ Community... it is all about freedom!
Home for the Holidays...
by Linda Doren
Yes... it is that time of year again. Time when family and friends gather together to enjoy one another, to partake in fabulous holiday menus and perhaps tell stories of years gone by. The cause of these gatherings may be for different reasons but the end result is the same — special time with people we love.
Having family members throughout the aging years helps keep one young and vibrant. It brings meaning and purpose to our lives and helps to focus on a positive outlook on the future. Multiple generations are usually together during the holidays even if they are not together any other time of the year. Families often become so busy with their own lives that the parents or grandparents take a bit of a "back burner" position.
Sometimes when a family member is living in a retirement community assisted living community they may feel abandoned and left out of the family gatherings. Some communities/facilities do not really welcome holiday visitors and do not encourage this multi-generational interaction. At Mountain Meadows 55+ Community we know how important family is to the life enjoyment of the residents. We know that grandchildren and great grandchildren are, to many, the most important part of their lives today.
Residents of this special community have their own homes with kitchens and dining rooms and can cook the same holiday traditions and share with their families. For some, the holiday meals have become a burden but the gathering around the meal remains vital. The Meadowlark Dining Room at Mountain Meadows provides an opportunity for families to gather together but not have the meal preparation and the hours of clean-up afterwards. Many residents make their reservations for the holiday meals well in advance to be sure they can be with their families.
The holidays are a time to celebrate life; celebrate family; celebrate friends. It is a time to laugh, to be joyful, to share stories of years gone by and make sure the young generations in the family can carry on the stories and traditions which make a family a family; the important things that make the houses and buildings we reside in become the homes we live and love in. The cherished memories and memories made anew; the reconciliation of families and friends; the true meaning of giving and sharing— These are all very precious parts of a happy, joy-filled life and it can and will happen... when we are "Home for the Holidays."
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone from all of us at Mountain Meadows 55+ Community. May your holiday be filled with happiness and joy.
Just the Right Time...
By Linda Doren Sept 1.2015
"What will I do when I get there?" "How will I ever make friends?" "I just can't imagine not having my favorite organic store to go to anymore." Does this sound familiar? Maybe you or someone you know is considering a life changing move from the known and comfortable to the unknown and frightening. Re-locating our lives is never easy at any age. With the coming-on of years, moving is much more life interrupting and even feared. Many wait, and wait, and wait for the perfect moment to move because they are rooted in fear and uncertainty. The perfect moment? There is no "perfect" moment or time but there Is "the right time."
The "right time* is not the same for everyone, but the principal is the same. It is when you are ready in heart, mind and body. In the case of moving, it is when you find the piece of paradise where you want to spend your life. It is knowing the town or city or community surrounding your paradise is an extension of that same paradise. It is knowing you have friends or family waiting for you to be closer as you grow older and you have decided not to prolong it any longer.
At Mountain Meadows 55+ Community, we understand there is uncertainty and fear In moving and relocating your life — but when It is right, it is simply that — RIGHT. Don't wait until you are ready because you will wait too long. Maybe today is the right time for beginning the 55+ lifestyle at Mountain Meadows!
You do not make friends easily? Making friends is simple — you need to be involved where other people are. You can't stay in one place and make new friends if they do not know who you are or where you live. Join in with activities or committees. Enjoy dinner at a community table. Drive a neighbor to the Ashland Food Co-op for organic produce. Attend an OLLI class at the University and make more friends. Getting involved with your community and sharing your knowledge and talents is what will make your relocation successful and rewarding.
Ashland has a great deal to offer to all ages. It has held families captivated for generations. Mountain Meadows is a community with its own charm and appeal but is a vital part of the Ashland experience as well. Don't miss out on the piece of paradise that is waiting for you. Don't miss out because you think you are not ready or you won't make friends. This may very well be "Just the Right Time."
A BIRDER’S MUSINGS
Stately, solitary, and elegant, Great Blue Heron is back at our Mountain Meadows pond. He appears sporadically in spring, and requests quiet appreciative attention. No human mime could be as concentrated in stillness as he. I’ve seen him once, puzzled, questioning the fake heron. Now more at home in our pond, he stands confident and tall, camouflaged by the reeds on the island. At shoreline, he surveys the whole scene without disarranging a feather—just waiting.
At the pond, a pair of mallards visit and on other days, geese appear—nonchalantly dip-diving, noisy, playful, messy, or threatening. In contrast, Great Blue stands regal, motionless, aloof, and concentrating. We are meant to honor him. At our house about wine-drinking time, we catch a glimpse of the broad-winged bulk of a bird filling the entire window frame. “Yes, it’s probably GBH returning to his night- time roost.” He’ll fly with head folded back onto his shoulders like a hunchback, wings beating slowly and majestically with his long legs trailing behind. We need to make a trip to Touvelle State Park along the Rogue River to watch the heron couples claiming their spots in group housing, busily bickering, repairing nests, fishing and fussing before the youngsters arrive. There at Touvelle we can witness a bustle of social activity concentrated around precariously built nests. What a contrast to our solitary, meditative pond visitor.
Spring bursts forth with vibrant colors everywhere and with spring is new life. The trees are forming bright green new buds and the flowering cherry trees are breaking forth in all their glory. Spring makes us smile and puts a song in our hearts as we come out of the dreary, grey days of winter.
Spring is a time of year when people start making changes in their lives or begin the planning stages of a move. There are garage sales and yard sales everywhere! Properties are coming on the market for sale and moving trucks and vans are a common sight. Spring is a time when some of us begin considering our new life as we near retirement. Where would I like to live? What kind of life do I picture myself living? Perhaps you are not ready to retire but you have parents or grandparents who are at that stage of their lives. You are not sure where to begin. You are not alone. Finding the perfect retirement community can be a daunting task and sometimes a bit overwhelming.
What brings people to Mountain Meadows 55+ Community is often the adult children or grandchildren that live in Ashland or the beautiful Rogue Valley. Family ties run deep and being close to family is vital to a happy, new life. Ownership of property and being able to build equity in your investment is another reason people come to Mountain Meadows. Instead of "renting" your living space, you own your living space and are part owner of the amazing amenities in the community such as the clubhouse, fitness center, 4-acre park and community garden and wood shop. The homeowners association takes care of most all front yard landscaping and mows lawns so you do not have to. You can sit on your front porch, enjoy the view and not have to get your hands dirty. If you like to garden, however, there is a raised bed community garden that might be of interest to you.
This community is composed of a variety of people with amazing life stories. They are people, like you and me; like our parents or grandparents, who fell in love with Ashland and the beautiful 27+ acres of Mountain Meadows. They enjoy fine dining, inspirational forums and musical performances, involvement in committees, fitness and exercise classes and developing new friendships. New life begins in Mountain Meadows...Spring into your New Life today.
Mountain Meadows takes action to conserve water.
Mountain Meadows was recently featured in a local TV news story about water conservation in Ashland. Brief interviews included residents Gideon Wizansky and Lee Bowman who reported on our efforts to reduce unnecessary water use.
"Mountain Meadows doesn’t have to make their landscaping changes, but residents said it’s the right thing to do for both their budget and the environment, even if it narrows down their choices for plants."
“Drought tolerant, deer resistant and meet the city’s Firewise programs, because we’re a Firewise community as well. And we also like things with flowers on them. That’s a big order,” said resident Lee Bowman.
Turf replacement is a major part of our effort. Some areas will look a bit bare until the fall planting season arrives:
Our Mountain Meadows Anniversary
Gerry and Sherwood
On May 5, 2013, our furniture arrived at Great Oaks Drive from Potter Valley, California. This was the beginning of our wonderful life in what is probably the BEST retirement community ever conceived. Everyone recognized the green new-arrival ribbons on our name tags and went out of their way to introduce themselves and offer help and support.
As if this this were not enough, there is the "Hood” (our neighborhood). Our neighbors are absolutely fabulous to a person. We could never have expected such welcoming and good wishes. Even flowers!!
We can't believe the stroke of luck that brought us to this amazing place. Thank you each and every person who live or work here. You have made us very happy campers. It's a pleasure to be part of such a caring, supportive community.