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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Retirement is a time to pursue new and old interests

blog-BarbMurry.jpgAn old song by Jim Croce has a line that goes, “There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.”
That song was so meaningful to one Ingleside at King Farm resident that she picked it as the music for an ice-skating routine. It also resonates with the reasons why Barbara and her husband, Bill, picked Ingleside at King Farm for retirement living.
Barbara, who started skating when she was 62, isn’t about to give up her favorite sport now that she’s in her mid 70’s and retired. Fortunately, there are three rinks near the community and she now lives much closer to her coach who partners her in ice dancing. The Jim Croce song, “Time in a Bottle,” is the music for their free dance routine.
Barbara grew up in Wilmington, Del. and majored in religious studies at Wellesley College. She then got a master of theology degree, intending to be a campus minister, and met Bill while she was in seminary. Later Barbara decided she wanted to work more closely with students, got a doctoral degree in Guidance and Counseling, and went on to serve as academic advisor and career counselor at the Universities of Maryland and Chicago.
While Barbara had always been a fan of figure skating, it never occurred to her to try it for herself until, while she was working at the University of Chicago, she watched as an ice rink was built right next to her building. When a friend mentioned that he was working with an ice skating coach there, she asked for an introduction and was permanently hooked.
After a couple of years, Barbara was good enough to qualify for the adult Nationals, an annual competition that attracts over 400 skaters from across the country. She competed six times, winning three gold medals for her technical programs and one gold for an interpretive program—a Spanish flamenco dance.
Barbara says skating has taught her a lot.  Besides keeping her in shape, “I’ve learned that I have courage. I’m a bit of a daredevil, and I’m more of an artistic personality than I ever gave myself credit for,” she says.
Eighteen months ago, the Murrys decided they were tired of taking care of their home in Annapolis and began looking for a place to retire.  Moving into a continuing care retirement community “was something we thought we would do some day,” Barbara says. “My sister had moved into a similar community. That got me thinking about it. I talked to a resident here who is member of our church.”
She visited Ingleside at King Farm and was impressed by the very large, spacious and light-filled living spaces. She liked that everyone was in one building, where she and Bill could easily get to know people. That was especially important for Bill, who is more introverted.  What really set the community apart for Barbara is the full range of health care services available in the same building.  “I’m a long way from worrying about that, but it’s good to know that if either of us needs more care, we can just get on the elevator and go upstairs. There’s no separation; we’re still part of the same community.” (You can learn more about continuing health care here.)
Barbara also was impressed by the quality of the staff at IKF.  “It’s a family,” she says. “There’s collaboration between the staff and the residents that is remarkable—it’s a mutual respect and affection. They are sincerely fond of the residents.”
Now that home upkeep is a thing of the past and their health care needs are taken care of, Bill and Barbara are free to enjoy the many opportunities and activities that Ingleside at King Farm provides. Bill likes to spend his days reading and writing, but he has gotten involved in the community by giving a lecture, leading monthly discussion groups on religious humanism, and joining the Lecture Committee.  Besides her daily sessions at the ice rink, Barbara serves on the Volunteer Committee and has rediscovered playing the piano. She now gives regular little concerts for Assisted Living residents and plays once a month for vespers services.
“That’s the kind of thing that happens,” she says. “New interests surface and old ones get re-ignited.”
Barbara encourages people who are thinking about retirement to visit Ingleside at King Farm.
“If you said to me it’s something I’d like to do it but I’m ready yet, I’d ask, what are you waiting for? You want to do it when you are young and able enough to enjoy it. The main thing I say is: Don’t think about what you have to give up. Think about what you will gain. The things you’re going to lose are a lot of headaches and lot of possessions you don’t need.
“If you say, I don’t want to be around bunch of old people, I say, look at me! Am I an old person? When you get to know us, we don’t seem so old.”

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