NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Joni Abberley opened her mind when she made the choice to move to The Inn in New Canaan in 2013, backed by her family’s support and encouragement.
“I just decided I was going to make a go of it,’’ said Abberley, who had lived in New Canaan and Darien for most of her adult life. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself in my whole life. The people are lovely, the food is fabulous and we have great activities planned for us.”
Abberley is one of about 35 residents at The Inn, which is part of the Waveny LifeCare Network. The Inn provides a caring and supportive environment, yet allows senior citizens to maintain independence.
“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself in my whole life. The people are lovely, the food is fabulous and we have great activities planned for us.” -- Joni Abberley
Days are filled with social, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities. The Inn is just steps from New Canaan’s Lapham Senior Center, but also offers tight security amid a bucolic setting.
Abberley embraces all aspects of living at The Inn, but especially the activities with other residents. Abberley particularly enjoys events related to fitness.
“I was a bit of a tomboy when I was young woman,’’ she said. “I had always been interested in all kinds of sports. My children were all great athletes. When my husband retired, I took up golf. We played tennis, we skied, we sailed. That took up most of our spare time.”
Abberley’s husband, John, died in 2006 at the age of 89. He served in World War II with the U.S. Navy, where he was the Lieutenant Commander and captain of a convoy frigate during the Normandy Invasion in 1944.
“He told me about one of the other ships in the U.S. fleet had been having trouble,’’ Abberley said. “He went and picked up some survivors. Years later, members of that other ship invited him to their reunion. It was tearful. He didn’t think they’d remember him, but they sure did. It was very interesting, some of the stories these men told.”
Abberley and her husband also spent a significant amount of time on the water. “He would’ve been a full-time sailor if he could’ve been,’’ Abberley said of her husband, who worked as a lawyer in New York City.
Two of Abberley’s three children reside in Fairfield County. She listens to books on tape, greets family visitors on weekends and spends time socializing with other residents of The Inn. With the friends she has made, the superior work of The Inn’s staff and the lifestyle she now leads, Abberley fully embraces her new home.
“I didn’t know if it was going to work out for me here,’’ Joni said. “I think I’ve made some good friends. There’s always something to do and I get to see a lot of my family. We looked around and I told my sons this place has a great feeling and that that was it. I decided I wanted to be here, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.”
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