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“There are things I do physically, mentally,” said the Guilford resident, who has lived here for 60 years, 56 of those years in the same two-level house in heart of Guilford.Tarrant can’t imagine how some people willingly move away from well-known people and places, leaving for destinations such as “South Carolina or wherever,” she said.Adding insult to injury, he contracted pneumonia, further challenging the normally active research scientist, who retired from Yale University, he said.They couple already were sustaining members in Shoreline Village CT, a community of seniors committed to helping each other live independently at home.The “village” concept offers an alternative to traditional retirement communities or nursing homes, according to the Sylvia De Santis, Shoreline Village services director, who matches volunteers and members with active members currently using services to stay safely at home.The community offers social and cultural activities to connect residents, sponsors educational programs and advocate for seniors, De Santis said.
She had to curate an art show on Long Island, finish an art competition proposal and write a book chapter about public art, said the retired art professor, who taught at Massachusetts College of Art.
She joined Shoreline Village CT to get “out of my comfort zone,” said Tarrant, who witnessed her mother slide into serious dementia.
She also suffered from arthritis as she aged, the reasons Tarrant is active in ways that may save her from a similar fate, she said.
Brighter lights, a higher toilet seat and bed rails can also help, she added.
Aging in Place is defined as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.