Edie’s first experience with The Gardens was with her mother who was a resident in the seventies. When Edie would visit her, she often took time to visit the Chapel. She knew when she retired someday, that The Gardens would be the place for her as well.
Now over 30 years later Edie has found her home at The Gardens as well since 2011. Edie dove right into activities, doing as she says, “almost everything.” And she still does. She leads the rosary, goes to Mass every day, works in The Gardens store, and so much more.
Edie “loves the kind and caring staff” at The Gardens.
She is excited about the changes in The Gardens and thinks a theater is a great idea. Plus, with the new activity spaces, craft area, and dining options, it is sure to keep up with this busy senior’s lifestyle.
When line dancing starts at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth, Don Bagge is the first one out there with Activity Director Joy Regelin. Ninety years young, Don is a big believer in exercise and dancing is one of the activities he relishes.
The two biggest benefits at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth is activities and the friendly people according to Don. “People are friendly here, don’t know anybody, I want to boot out,” Don says with a chuckle.
He loves the activities at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth such as line dancing. “It’s Joy, two women and one man – me,” he explains. When his wife was alive, they loved The Gardens at St. Elizabeth dancing activities. That was what originally sold them on The Gardens. Now it feels like home to him.
According to Don, you can be as busy as you want. He enjoys doing things with Jamie Padilla, another Activities Director, particularly baseball games.
Don has been at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth for five years. His original apartment was on the 13th floor but because of the renovations on the penthouse floors, he now resides on the seventh floor in one of the newly remodeled two-bedroom apartments.
Don attends a Lutheran Church in Lakewood about seven miles away where he has sung in their choir since 1957.
Although not a drinker, Don is looking forward to having multiple places to go for meals with family and friends, such as the new Pub and Bistro Café once renovations are complete, as well as watching the fireworks from the 14th floor next year -another one of his favorite things to do at The Gardens at St. Elizabeth.