by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident
Friendly resident Amy Vernon is literally a licensed driver at Treemont; she has a West Virginia license plate on the back of her manual wheelchair. Needless to say, she is careful when she rides, especially when she has Sprout, her black and white cat, on her lap. (Sprout is friendly, too, and loves to venture out to say Hello to neighbors; and Amy has to retrieve).This senior living community in Houston is pet-friendly!
Amy and Sprout are both newbies at our independent living in Houston community. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Amy spent most of her life in West VA. Her father was an attorney for Gulf Oil Co., so they were constantly on-the-move. Her mother was a housewife after she married, and they often entertained family, and friends of Gulf Oil.
Amy began working in retail clothing stores she was fifteen. Afterward, she attended Tulane Newcomb College and received a degree in Sociology. Located in New Orleans, Amy loved the night life and Mardi Gras during college. Shortly after graduation, she married and worked retail until motherhood. She worked for Sakowitz in Houston in the children’s department, and loved the fabrics also. In fact, her wedding dress and bridesmaids attire came from Sakowitz. “It was a different time and place. You knew your customers, sent them Thank You notes, and let them know when you received items their children might like.”
Her two sons were born, thirteen months apart. After being a nurturing mom, Amy went into teaching – first as a substitute, and later full-time after completing her certification. Her first full-time position was in a Catholic school, teaching elementary grades one through four. At the end of her career, Amy taught kindergarten for five years. “They (her students) would come in, some knowing the alphabet but not reading, and go out reading. They would come in barely knowing numbers, and walk out adding and subtracting. It is a really great age to teach, and very gratifying!”
Amy’s older son now lives in Baltimore, MD. and is a manager of pharmaceutical material, and her younger son is an occupational therapist (Both were raised in West VA.). Amy’s three sisters live in Houston, and found Treemont for her to relocate seven months ago. “Moving was easy, and now it is quite comfortable. It was time to get my own place.” She brought Sprout, who seems to love it, from West VA.
Amy is an active participant in Jazzy Threads, Crafts with Nancy and (of course!) Bingo. In fact, she calls Bingo sometimes, along with her youngest sister. “We need more families to help out.” Her advice to other newbies is: “Don’t sit in your room. Just move around – join something, sit in, take advantage of the groups and meet people.” Amy is a “keeper” for sure!
If you enjoyed meeting your Houston assisted living neighbor, then click here to meet more residents of this dynamic independent living in Houston community. There is much documentation on the value of social interaction and friendships in keeping seniors happy and content. Active Activities Programs are key to resident happiness in senior living in Houston communities. Seniors want to live with interesting and engaging residents. At Treemont, from concert pianist Ann Wang, to Nelda Sims of the Sims Trio and also Wilma Carr and Lily Tsu, residents enjoy in-house entertainment, and meeting new neighbors with whom to engage and share their new community. Please make sure you ask about the residents and the activities for seniors programs when you tour senior living Houston TX communities.