Sparks fly for senior aged love birds
For today’s seniors, retirement years are brimming with engaging activities that keep them connected with friends and family—and for some they’re even finding love! In a society that’s seeing more baby boomers and beyond aging gracefully, senior romance is an ever-blossoming trend. Put a spring in your step and some love in your cup with stories about these three happy couples who not only call Holiday Retirement communities home, but also found love in them!
When Harry met Kathy
Harry Kaeser, 67, is no stranger to heartbreak. Upon leaving for the Vietnam War at the young age of 19, Harry’s then-fiancé sent him a “dear John” letter leaving Harry heartbroken. A shy man, Harry never found another person he wished to share his days with—that is until he met Kathy, 69, at Holiday Retirement’s Rogue Valley in 2014.
Harry had lived at the Oregon senior living community for about a year, and was quite popular among fellow residents making many new friends on the different outings they would take as a community. When Kathy first joined the outings, she and Harry became fast friends and were soon dating. Harry popped the question in July 2015, and the happy couple celebrated their marriage at the retirement community among their friends and loved ones on Valentine’s Day 2016. Never married, Kathy had dreamed of a Valentine’s Day wedding celebration; and with her newfound beau, he made it happen.
Texas retirement community brings youthful love back together
For Mary Lee Comer and Ernie Fortenberry, their lives – although lived separately – were filled with laughter, love and adventures with each of their respective families. However, after they each lost their partner, they each decided a move to senior living would help them stay active with their hobbies and eliminate the hassle of a large home.
When Mary Lee, 82, first spotted Ernie, 83, in the Renaissance-Austin dining room, she thought he looked so familiar. As luck would have it, they had both been a part of a group called Quest, which offered continuing education classes in the area, in their younger years. Now, each living solo in the retirement community, they reconnected over their many similar interests, “it is very neat to find someone that you fit with so nicely,” Mary Lee described. Today, the two love birds are nearly inseparable at Holiday Retirement’s Renaissance-Austin and they enjoy spending holidays with each other’s families.
Love blooms for brave Texas senior
Martha, 77, Holiday Retirement at Paradise Springs resident proves you’re never too old to fall in love in this love story as told from her perspective.
“My daughters and seven grandchildren found me a place to live at Paradise Springs and I moved in November 2, 2014. I stayed in my apartment the first two days organizing and settling in.
I decided to go to dinner on Monday, Nov. 5. As I walked into the dining room and looked at the aisles and available seats, I suddenly saw a man, Bill Coder, at the last table. Being the gentleman he is, he stood and pulled the chair out for me. I thought he was so handsome and I almost ran toward him. From that day forward we were inseparable.
Bill, 78, met my family at Christmas 2014 and the entire family began organizing our wedding celebration. We were married May 9, 2015, at Rosehill Methodist Church.
We make each other laugh and enjoy every minute of every day together. We are truly living a joyful life together and look forward to many years of special memories.”
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