Bill Henkel

Bill lived alone in his house for a year after his wife died before he decided to downsize. After visiting more than a dozen Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), he selected Applewood.

While part of the appeal was a son living nearby – often a consideration in choosing a retirement community – Applewood’s Life Care program was the deciding factor.

“You think, ‘Gee, what if I get sick?'” says Bill. “I don’t want to burden my kids.” The decision proved prescient. After not feeling well in December 2014, he took advantage of Applewood’s unique relationship with CentraState and saw one of the doctors there and was diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Following a short rest at the nursing care center, he was soon feeling better. That was not the first time Bill benefited from Applewood’s outstanding care; earlier while preparing him for a knee replacement, CentraState physicians diagnosed a deteriorating aortic valve and insisted he have surgery to replace the valve before scheduling the knee surgery.

Along with peace of mind that comes with having health problems carefully monitored and diagnosed, Bill appreciates the financial advantages of lifetime care. An accountant by training and a financial executive at several corporations during his long career, he’s uniquely qualified to understand the financial benefits of Life Care at Applewood.

This quality healthcare keeps Bill fit for one of his favorite pastimes, gardening. “I’ve always been involved in gardening,” says Bill. “My grandmother, God bless her, lived to be 104, and she was gardening into her nineties. That’s where my gardening instinct comes from.” At Applewood, each summer he plants tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers and a variety of flowers.

He also maintains a rigorous exercise schedule, working out in the community’s gym for four hours each day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, alternating interval training on the various machines with a variety of exercises in the swimming pool, plus time in the hot tub.

Along with staying active, Bill makes a point of socializing with other residents.

“Before I moved here I got bored living by myself. Now I introduce myself to all the new people and ask what they’re interested in, what they like to do,” he says.

“Until you move here, you don’t know what you’re missing,” Bill concludes. “It will change your life.”