The approaching new year always brings thoughts of making changes that enhance the quality of life. And for those contemplating a change to retirement living, this is the perfect time to move to Aberdeen Village.
With three more months of winter weather, blowing snow, ice and frigid temperatures, Aberdeen Village allows residents to keep an active lifestyle without braving the outdoors. Residents often say that living in this Olathe community is similar to being on a cruise 365 days a year.
While many people suffer “cabin fever” after the holidays from being trapped in an inactive lifestyle indoors, Aberdeen Village residents have plenty of options to keep them busy. Outdoor swimming pools are months from opening, but the heated indoor pool at Aberdeen Village is never closed. Residents can attend pool exercise classes or swim for recreation.
While a brisk walk outdoors may be out of the question, the Aberdeen Village walking club is strolling the hallways and enjoying friendly camaraderie along with the exercise.
All sorts of recreational activities help residents maintain their active lifestyle, whether its using the fully equipped exercise facility, taking a fitness classes such as tai chi or yoga, or participating in a wellness and health program.
Throughout the day, residents can participate in activities that are as varied as the residents themselves. Grandpa’s Workshop offers woodworking and stain-glass-making opportunities. Model train enthusiasts pursue their hobby and camaraderie in the train room. Artists also can express themselves.
“Our arts program has really grown because there’s no limit to arts,” said Suzanne Willey, director of community relations. “Art goes beyond a canvas and a brush. It’s about photography. It’s about mixed media. It’s about a variety of things. The program exists and grows according to the needs and wishes of our residents.”
A trip for a new hair style may be out of the question during the winter, but residents can still be pampered at the salon at Aberdeen Village. They also can enjoy a book from the library or playing cards with one of the bridge groups.
No matter what the weather, residents are never cut off from the outside world. Aberdeen Village frequently hosts various entertainment, guest speakers and special classes. Affiliated with Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, the faith-based, Christian community has a chaplain, satellite church and vesper services, plus Bible study groups and opportunities for spiritual enrichment.
“For us, community goes beyond the four walls,” Willey noted. “We have chambers of commerce that come out for coffees. We have special dances and a variety of entertainment. We have continuing education. We have lecture series. We get out and participate in a lot of things in the Kansas City area. It’s all about the way you want to live.”
The thought of meeting friends for dinner or a cup of coffee may be daunting when the mercury dips below freezing, but its never a problem at Aberdeen Village with its restaurant-style dining room and cappuccino bar.
For those wanting to get out, transportation is provided to take residents to attend a variety of activities such as theater, museums and restaurants.
“Being active means doing what you enjoy,” Willey said. “You’ve done your work, raised your children. Now it’s time to enjoy life. There are always a lot of activities going on and we strive to offer a catered lifestyle. Residents have lots of choices.”
Those choices include the apartments themselves. Five floor plans for one- or two-bedroom apartments offer a spectrum of possibilities. Each apartment has a balcony or deck, a fully-equipped kitchen and washer and dryer. Weekly housekeeping and maintenance are included and emergency alert systems are in each apartment. Garages and carports are available.
Once the floor plan is selected, residents have more choices: paint colors and flooring, to start.
“We try to customize each apartment,” Willey said. “This is a new chapter and a new lifestyle. People like a fresh look and a fresh start with new home decor.”
Along with the choices of floor plan and decor comes a selection of lifestyle options that includes everything from independent and assisted living to various levels of healthcare, including rehabilitation and memory care. Aberdeen Village is a full continuum of care community, so residents can transition among all care levels.
The best way to learn about the variety of living options available at Aberdeen Village is to visit, Willey said. “We like to speak about experiencing Aberdeen Village rather than ‘touring.’ Touring is merely visual, and to really grasp what it’s like here, it’s important to engage the other four senses, as well.”
Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has been providing retirement communities for more than 60 years. To view a video, visit AberdeenVillage.com.
Location: 17500 W. 119th St., Olathe.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Contact: Mary Catherine Almond, marketing director, 913-599-6100.