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Grady Jensen

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“Meadow Ridge is undoubtedly the best decision we ever made.”

After 47 years in Scarsdale, NY, Grady and his late wife Maggie moved to Meadow Ridge in 2002. “I don’t have the foggiest recollection of how we heard of Meadow Ridge,” says Grady. “But I’m certainly glad we did.” In December 2006, Maggie had a stroke and moved into the Health Center, where she remained until her passing in May 2009. “The care she received in the Health Center was absolutely superb in every respect,” says Grady.

Along with the tremendous value of the care Maggie received, all three of the couple’s children live within an hour and a half of Meadow Ridge. “Being here is a great comfort to the kids,” Grady says, “because they don’t have to worry about their dad.”

“One of the best parts of living here is the highly educated and sophisticated residents.”

Endless Opportunities to Stay Active

Like many residents, Grady has been heavily involved in the life of the community since he moved in. In June 2003, he started the Ridge Record, the community’s monthly newsletter, with the late Bill Paynter. Bill was the first editor and Grady served as publisher. “When we started the Record, we hoped we’d get enough material from residents to publish quarterly,” says Grady, “but it immediately turned into a monthly, and we’ve never missed a month.”

Grady stepped down from the Record at the end of 2013 when he was elected president of the Resident Association. He’s the former chair of the Food and Beverage and Health Services committees, has served on several other committees, and is currently chair of the Marketing Committee.

He also created College Connections, a listing of the undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities, along with degrees held and years earned, of the community’s residents.

Serving the Larger Community

“Don’t wait too long to move. We were in good health when we arrived, but that can change overnight.”

“Our wellness program and the emphasis on fitness – I believe these contribute to the well-being and longevity of the residents,” Enid says. She also mentioned outdoor facilities such as tennis and pickleball courts, putting greens, bocce and croquet courts. “The men here have recently begun a farm,” she adds. “They’re having a great time and are even providing straight-from-the-farm food for the dining room.”

Other activities include groups for film, music and the arts, gourmet food, poker, book clubs and more. “And we have trips to New York and elsewhere for other cultural events and interests,” she says. “The social atmosphere gives you the pleasure of accomplishing things while building a network of friends.”

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