Shenandoah Virginia Area
If you’re coming to the Shenandoah Valley from the big city, you’ll definitely find a slower pace of life there. And with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Alleghenies to the west, you’ll enjoy picture-postcard vistas at every turn.
But one of the biggest draws for seniors retiring in the Shenandoah Valley, according to the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, is the people. In the stores and restaurants, on the streets, wherever you go, “The people living in the Valley are some of the friendliest in the state,” says Olivia Landis, who has lived at Emeritus at Harrisonburg , an assisted living and Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Care community, for almost two years. Emeritus Senior Living also has locations in Staunton, Roanoke, Salem and Danville.
More Than Just a Pretty Place For Retirement Living
Karen McNeal, vice president of marketing at Bridgewater Retirement Community , offering Continuing Care Retirement, agrees, “We hear frequently from current residents and from family members that the staff at Bridgewater … ‘not only cares for us, they care about us.’ It’s like having members of their family here on campus.”
Sleepy but hardly sedentary
When you imagine sleepy, little towns, you may think rocking chairs and bingo. But there’s actually plenty to keep you busy in the Valley. According to Dave Taibl, general manager of Independent Living community Gypsy Hill Place, which is scheduled to open in Staunton’s old Lee High School building at the beginning of the year, “Staunton has a strong visual and performing arts community, with a number of activities that keep seniors energized and charged and volunteering within the community.”
Art galleries pepper the area. In fact, Waynesboro is home to the permanent collection of artist P. Buckley Moss. There’s also plenty of theater and music happening around the Valley including Shakespeare at The Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, an annual Bach Festival sponsored by Harrisonburg’s Eastern Mennonite University, and everything from blues to mountain music at Mockingbird Roots Music Hall in Staunton. With a geographic tableau that includes the Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, there comes a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, golfing and cycling, that seniors can enjoy. At Emeritus at Harrisonburg, Stanford Moats, senior director of sales and marketing, says the community makes the most of its surroundings with picnics along the Blue Ridge Parkway, trips to Hillandale Park and just about any outing in which residents express interest.
Care when you need it
Not only does the area have everything you want now, it also has the medical care you may need down the road. In Fishersville, Augusta Health’s stroke care program earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. That means the hospital follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. For four years straight, Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg has been ranked number one in the state for coronary interventional procedures by HealthGrades®, the healthcare ratings company. And if you need more specialized care, the University of Virginia Health System, one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals, is only about 30 minutes away in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you’ve been dreaming of a place where life slows down a bit, where the people are warm and welcoming and where the scenery is awe-inspiring, the Shenandoah Valley could be the retirement destination for you!