Retirement Home Away from Home

Doris and Mort used to be typical snowbirds: for 40 years they’d lock up their home in Nobleton, Ontario and spend three months at their second home in Florida. For Mort, an 88-year-old horse trainer who’s trained dozens of thoroughbreds, it was all about the racetrack. “He’s the oldest trainer out there,” says Doris. “It keeps him young.” A few years ago, Doris and Mort became what you might call atypical snowbirds: instead of heading south for a break, they moved to the Court at Laurelwood, a BayBridge senior living community in Waterloo.

It started after Doris had back surgery in 2010 and couldn’t manage the trip to Florida. Their children, who live in Waterloo, encouraged their parents to spend a few months at the nearby retirement residence to be close to family and take a break from looking after their home (no small task: it sits on 11.5 acres in the country). It made sense: with no cleaning, household chores or laundry to do, the couple was free to relax and socialize while Doris recovered. It worked out so well that they returned again the following winter after Mort’s heart surgery.

The Court at Laurelwood officially became their new winter destination when health issues and skyrocketing health insurance forced them to give up Florida for good. “For the past two years, we’ve been coming here strictly for pleasure,” says Doris. “We love the people.”

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