James Glenn went into The Summit Senior Living Community in his own special way:
Kicking and screaming.
“I’ve lived in this area since 1952, but my wife had died about a year earlier and my daughter decided I needed to move here to be around other people,” Glenn says. “We had a battle over it and they won.”
But like many of his fellow community members, Glenn found that once he gave the place a chance, there was so much more to it than his own preconceived notions of what a retirement community would be like.
“I love it,” the 92-year-old Glenn says. “You couldn’t drag me out of here. The people here and the staff here have made all the difference.”
Always one to keep himself mentally sharp, Glenn immediately found a home in the community’s library and challenging himself with crossword puzzles. Fate, as it turned out, was waiting for him right behind 23 Across.
“I decided to try to start doing some other things, and there was a lady across from me,” She’s a crossword aficionado. We got to talking and we had a lot in common. I can’t call her my girlfriend because she’s not a girl, but she’s my lady friend here now.”
His new love interest is just part of his suddenly burgeoning social calendar.
“We go to happy hour every day except Sunday, “Glenn says. “They all have a couple of high balls and I have a couple of beers. There is a lot of camaraderie here and a lot friendships formed. Thing are coming up roses for me.”
An engineer by trade, Glenn overcame early tragedy when his wife died after seven years of marriage, leaving him the widowed father of two children. He eventually remarried, had two more kids, and settled down in Hockessin, Delaware, in 1952.
“I took a job with DuPont and designed their plants for 33-½ years,” he said. “I loved living in Hockessin, and never wanted to move.”
His four children spread out across the country. One son moved to Florida, and another to New York City. One daughter stayed in Hockessin, while the other moved to Georgia.
The daughter in Hockessin became Glenn’s advocate for the move to The Summit, where he is able to spend ample time devoted to two of his other favorite pastimes: reading and exercising.
“I love to read; I mostly read historical books. I recently read a great biography on John Adams. I love that I can devote two or three hours a day to reading,” Glenn says. “I still work out for an hour six days a week. I do two sets of 12 push-ups and I use a machine to strength my stomach muscles and then 30 minutes on the treadmill.”
Glenn also cites the community’s commitment to exciting outside activities is also a big feather in its cap, having just gone to see a version of “Camelot” earlier in the week.
As for the physical commitment that men half his age might struggle to keep up with?
“I’m 92 going on 72,” he says with a chuckle. “Maybe 52.”