Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re considering a move to Generations at Shalom Park. If that’s the case, you might be wondering what life at a modern senior living community looks like.
As we look forward to our opening in 2024, we’d like to take you through what a day in the life may be like as a resident.
Without further ado, let’s fast forward to 2024…
It’s about 8 o’clock in the morning.
The sun creeps in through the curtains of your floor-to-ceiling windows, letting you know that it’s time to start your day. You reluctantly roll out of your queen-sized bed and make your way to the bathroom to brush your teeth, grabbing the toothpaste that rests on the granite countertop, only to see that it’s on the other end of your double vanity – courtesy of your significant other, who stepped out earlier that morning to run some errands.
You walk to the balcony and step outside to get a feel for the weather, taking a moment to water the plants that hang from your railing. A slight breeze runs over your face from your apartment – the same breeze that’s got the clouds rolling across the sky on this beautiful, sunny day. Far in the distance you can hear the faint commotion of children playing with one another as they get ready for their school day to start.
After coming back inside, you stroll past your messy bed and into your walk-in closet to figure out what you should wear. While you finish getting ready, maybe your friendly critter has started nudging you that it’s time for breakfast, which leads you to the kitchen. But after pouring him/her some food, you might realize how little you feel like cooking breakfast on this particular morning. And that’s okay – the on-campus café is right around the corner.
You walk to the elevator and head down to the lobby. The doors open and you wave to a neighbor before stepping outside.
Following the sidewalk path, you march towards the cafe, passing by fellow neighbors and residents of the greater community. A mom and her toddler are walking their new puppy to a nearby dog park along these same paths, while a yoga class begins stretching a few yards away in the grassy patch to your right.
When you reach the cafe and grab yourself a coffee and bagel. The line is short, but you were able to order ahead of time just in case, so your food was prepared for you when you arrived.
While you sit down to eat, a friend from the art studio walks in and stops by your table to see if you’re going to the campus theater that afternoon for the film that’s showing. You already have plans that evening, so you arrange to meet with them later that week for a movie night. After sharing a few more words, you go your separate ways and head to the Levine Jewish Community Center for a quick workout.
Just before you make it to the LJCC, you probably walk past The Butterfly Project, a beautiful memorial which serves to pay tribute to the Holocaust. After stopping for a moment to reflect, you continue towards the community center.
In just three minutes, you make it to the front door and walk in. No need to worry about a membership – every Generations resident gets a membership to the LJCC included in the monthly fee.
From the front entrance, you get to see everything the LJCC has to offer. A class of middle schoolers plays in one of the reserved pools, splashing each other (and probably getting in trouble because of it), while some college students play pick-up basketball on the indoor court. Beautiful watercolor art hangs from the walls, and flyers are posted for the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival. On your right, the Weinberg Center has a lively audience going through a lecture on environmental science. And on your left are the fitness facilities, where your trainer awaits.
Once you’re finished with your workout at the LJCC, you might head back home for a quick shower and a late lunch.
Cooking is made easy in your home – your open-concept kitchen comes with brand new modern appliances, a granite countertop island and all the space you need to move about the room with ease while you prepare your food. If your windows are open around this time, you might hear the hushed bustle of children and their parents walking home from school a few blocks away.
After lunch, it’s time for you to run some errands of your own – lucky for you, you won’t have to go far. A boutique grocery store around the corner has all the fresh fruits, veggies, meats and kitchen necessities you might need, while a Whole Foods can be found a few minutes down the road as well.
While you’re at the store, your spouse asks if you still want to go to one of the museums in town after the dinner you have planned that evening. They offer the idea of checking out the Broadway production being performed, or even a night out at the opera. Instead, you decide on the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which you heard mentioned recently at the educational series you attended at Queens University.
Now that your night is planned, you might take a trip to the upscale SouthPark mall to search for a new shirt or dress to wear for the occasion. If you can’t find what you want there, you can always take a trip across town to Phillips Place or the Charlotte Premium Outlets on the west side of the city. Once you’ve finished shopping, it’s time to go home.
As you approach the campus on your car ride back, you’re likely to drive past a number of kids and their families walking around or playing in the parks nearby. You might even see some teenagers or college students at one of the many Jewish festivals that take place annually in the area, or others lingering in the grass underneath the mature spread of trees that have grown over the last 35 years – the same trees that were planted when this neighborhood was first developed.
You pull into your parking space and head inside. Back in your home, you notice that the cleaning team came in while you were gone and tidied up the place – your bed is made, lingering dishes have been taken care of and the lightbulb above your stove has been replaced. After taking a few moments to pet your critter, you hear the shower running and know that your significant other is getting ready for the evening. You both get changed and pour a glass of wine as you look up the bus schedules into town.
With public transportation right at the corner of the community, it’s only a short walk to the bus stop. About 20 minutes into the ride, you get off in uptown Charlotte and start making your way towards the restaurant you chose. While your spouse wanted southern comfort food, tonight was your night to choose – for this occasion, you chose a more sophisticated option in one of the high-rise venues in the city.
Following a spectacular dinner and your trip to the museum, you both fetch a Uber home and decide to get out at the entrance to the neighborhood, taking in the serenity of the community. An owl hoots from the trees a block over, and there might be a small group of friends nearby on their way back to their home from the rooftop bar.
Wandering into the tree-lined driveway that leads directly to Generations at Shalom Park, you follow the walking paths back to your home. As you stroll past the sculpture garden at the front of campus, a whiff of smoke grabs your attention from the firepit where a few of your neighbors are gathered. One of them has their grandchildren with them, who are messily roasting marshmallows for s’mores.
After chatting with them for a bit, you walk through the lobby to the elevator. You make your way upstairs to your home where your pet awaits on the couch, looking forward to seeing you and your spouse after your long day out. You each change into your PJs and throw your favorite program on the TV before laying down in bed. The light gets turned off, and you find a cool, comfortable space on the pillow to lay your head before drifting off into sleep, knowing tomorrow is full of so much more to come.
All this and more at Generations at Shalom Park
While this was just an example of what life may look like, one of the beauties of living here is the freedom to choose what you want to make out of each day. Because when you move to Generations, you’re not moving to a retirement community – you’re just starting retirement in a new, vibrant neighborhood.
To learn more about Generations at Shalom Park, please see the rest of our website. If you find that what we’re building matches up with your vision for retirement, give us a call at 704.850.9246, or contact us online.
No matter what you choose, we wish you the best as you search for your dream retirement destination!