Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.


Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.



The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.



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when she discovered Legacy Reserve, she knew she had found her home.

“I do not think I could ask for anything more,” she said. “This was perfect for me. There is always something going on and I have already made many new friends. My days are full and I am so incredibly happy to be here.

This senior living community, the latest on the Lexington landscape, offers numerous amenities and top-class touches that make it a vibrant, exciting community.

“We are redefining senior living,” said Jacqueline Kennedy, Director of Sales and Marketing at Legacy Reserve. “If someone has a notion of what senior living looks like, we ask them to tour Legacy Reserve.”

On your visit, you certainly won’t find Legacy Reserve residents just sitting around watching life go by. On the contrary, they will be out and about, enjoying new friendships, planned adventures, incredible cuisine and an active lifestyle. Of course, if you are inclined to relax in your spacious apartment home, you can certainly do so. But with so much going on at Legacy Reserve, you may decide you want to be right in the thick of everything.

Carolyn Edwards, a retired Realtor who recently moved to Legacy Reserve, appreciates all the comforts and possibilities she has discovered there. “Legacy Reserve is a fantastic community,” she said. “It’s beautiful, and everything anyone would want to do is available: an indoor saltwater pool, theater, library, sports bar, restaurant, bistro, putting green and outside terrace area.”

A desire to downsize led Carolyn Richardson to Legacy Reserve.


“I did not need a great big house nor did I need a great big yard to take care of anymore,” she said. “Most of the [other] places were not offering the kind of things that people my age want, but Legacy Reserve offered everything I was looking for. I can bring my pet, they have flexible dining hours, they have wonderful amenities and the location is great.” Legacy Reserve is on Man o’ War Boulevard across from the brand-new Summit at Fritz Farm, a premier shopping venue with more than 70 shops and 20 restaurants to explore. There is a main entrance off Man o’ War and a secondary entrance and exit off Toronto Drive, making coming and going very convenient.

The ability to keep participating in favorite activities and try new ones was another incentive for Carolyn Richardson to move to Legacy Reserve.

“It was perfect because I was not ready to just sit down in a rocking chair on the front porch,” she said. “I am so glad I moved in and get to experience another journey in my life.”

Betty Dixon shares Carolyn’s enthusiasm. She, too, needed to downsize, and


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”Kennedy says her team at Legacy Reserve often hear potential residents say, “I like it – but I’m just not ready for it yet.”

“I would really like to break through the ‘I am not ready for that’ discussion when people are asked about senior housing,” Kennedy said. “At Legacy Reserve, we ask: Not ready for what? People need to know all we can offer them. This opportunity involves new adventures, friendships, wonderful cuisine, quiet evenings at home, whatever you wish.”

Some residents at Legacy Reserve are still working, while others are immersing themselves in community service and volunteering.

“Our residents are so incredibly active in the outside community – working, doing Meals on Wheels, tutoring and more,” said Jacqueline. “They’re not just sitting around here. This allows them to have social opportunities and new friendships.”

Another alluring aspect of Legacy Reserve is the dining opportunities available. People who are tired of cooking will be intrigued by all their choices.

“Our dining experience is completely different from that of most senior living options,” Jacqueline said. “We feature all-day dining so residents do not have to plan their dining experience around the community schedule. Residents have several areas to dine as well.”

Instead of simply having a community dining room, Legacy Reserve offers Chandler’s Restaurant, Bernard’s Sports Bar, The Bluegrass Bistro, seasonal terrace dining and room service menus.

“I came to Legacy Reserve to change the image of senior living dining,” said Food Service Director Laura Blakeman, who has worked in the fine-dining industry since she was 16 years old and has spent the past 12 years working in senior living communities. “I have been given the freedom at Legacy Reserve to think outside of the box when it comes to dining. I think of my 74-year-old parents that like to have dining experiences ranging from fine dining to a burger and a beer. At Legacy Reserve, we have these possibilities plus so much more. It is exciting to provide residents the freedom to choose how, when and where they want to dine.”

Legacy Reserve feeds your brain and your curiosity as well through The Academy at Legacy Reserve, which provides curriculum opportunities for a variety of interests.

“Residents get to choose from an array of over 100 on-site classes, outings or events,” Jacqueline explained. “These revolve around education, fitness, hobbies, performing arts, wellness, technology, entertainment, travel and supporting causes near and dear to our residents’ hearts.”

Academy Director Janet Montgomery said, “It’s an incredible experience to see such vibrant seniors continuing to enjoy life. The stereotype for senior living in regards to activities often revolves around things like bingo. That is certainly not the case at Legacy Reserve. These residents are meeting new friends and pursuing new passions. It is a privilege to create options for them to continue to pursue the freedom to enjoy life.”

Is your interest getting piqued? You can get an initial overview of Legacy Reserve by visiting its Web site at http://legacyreserveky.com. Then you can call (859) 286-5111 to schedule a personal tour, during which you can check out the apartments, the amenities and the dining venues and see how Legacy Reserve can enrich and enliven your senior years.

“We really want people to know what a great place this is to live and have more opportunities to enhance your lifestyle,” Jacqueline said. “It’s just what you’ve been searching for.”