Assisted Living or Frat House? College Buds Together Again—7 Decades Later
In 1941, Bernard Matlaw joined a fraternity at the University of Connecticut. Seventy-one years later, in 2012, he moved into The McAuley, an assisted living community in West Hartford, CT. And guess who was there. Three of his former frat brothers, with another to move in soon.
The Hartford Courant reports:
“We all came to McAuley at different times, unbeknown to each other,” he said. “We figured out, ‘My goodness, there’s a fraternity here.’” …
“In a year and a couple months, I’m going to be 90 years old,” Matlaw said, as if unable to believe it.
Sometimes, moving from home to assisted living means leaving a community of friends and neighbors. This time, it also meant finding one.
Of course, not everyone’s as lucky. Here are some of our previous posts about helping parents through this emotional time:
- How to Help Your Parents With the Emotional Stress of Moving
- Elderly Parents Downsizing? Get Specialized Help From Senior Move Managers
- Moving to a Nursing Home: Transitioning Tips From Experts
- First Few Days at Nursing Home Particularly Difficult, Students Find
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.