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May 2013

Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

Yes, we've all heard the phrase "location, location, location" as it applies to buying real estate. But it bears repeating in the context of senior living too. When you're choosing a senior living community, the location of that community is every bit as important as the location of a purchased home. Where you live influences how you live—in many important ways.

Residents of Saratoga Retirement Community are fortunate to enjoy living in a location that lets them stay active and involved in life. They live in a vibrant small city, surrounded by people of all ages. They have easy access to fun, interesting activities, on campus and off.

So many elements contribute to making SRC's location desirable, including:

  • Small-Town Charm: SRC is located in Saratoga, California, a city of just 30,000 people.
  • Security: Saratoga enjoys a reputation as being a very safe place to live.
  • Comfort: a Mediterranean climate that is mild year-round, making it easy to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
  • Pacific Ocean: California's coast is less than an hour's drive away.
  • Active Community: Locals of all ages enjoy a delightful collection of shops, galleries, fine restaurants, the Hakone Japanese Gardens, the Saratoga Farmers' Market, a variety of neighborhood parks, and several hiking trails.
  • Cultural Opportunities: If you enjoy the arts, you'll appreciate the Montalvo Arts Center, which hosts musical, theatrical, and dance performances from around the world. There's also the Mountain Winery, which hosts many famous performers, the McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, and the Saratoga Civic Theater.
  • Big City Access: SRC is close enough to San Francisco that residents can easily enjoy all that this world-class city has to offer. We're also just a few miles from San Jose, the heart of bustling Silicon Valley.
  • Ongoing Learning: West Valley College offers a robust Community Education program and the Saratoga Senior Center provides classes, activities, and social opportunities.
  • Multiple Hospitals: San Jose alone has a dozen hospitals, including four that were rated very highly by U.S. News and World Report.

To learn more about SRC's enviable location, visit Our Community. From there, you can easily access links that will take you to the sites for many of the things we've mentioned above, and much more.

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

People who have never visited the SRC campus often think we are exaggerating when we describe our amenities as "resort style." We don't mind at all, because we know that all it takes is one short visit to our community to understand why we chose that term to describe what we offer.

Our thinking is this: SRC offers the same amenities and activities that people seek out while going on resort vacations. Dining on chef-prepared cuisine. Swimming in a heated indoor pool. Enjoying entertainment on-site or relaxing on chauffeured trips to local attractions. Making new friends on the putting green or bocce court. Dressing up for theme parties. Enjoying a massage in a soothing environment.

That's starting to sound resort-like, right?

Many people like to remain active while spending time at their favorite resort. They enjoy working out in a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with the latest strength and cardiovascular equipment. Others enjoy taking yoga, tai chi, or aqua-aerobics classes. Still others look forward to taking a swim in a pristine pool.

Perhaps so many people try to stay active on vacation because they know they'll be indulging themselves in food that's so good it's hard to stop eating. Delicious lunches, dinners, and desserts are available every day. Healthful fare along with those "special occasion only" dishes. In fact, we're known for our lavish Sunday brunches. And don't forget the wine. We often host tastings in our beautifully appointed Wine Room, which residents can also reserve for small, private, catered parties.

Every single "resort-style" amenity we've mentioned in this article is available at Saratoga Retirement Community. Why don't you call us today at 1-800-996-3467, and let us show you in person?

You can also visit our Testimonials page and listen to some of our residents tell you about our amenities and the many different aspects of being a part of Saratoga Retirement Community.

Staying Safe While Staying Social

Staying Safe While Staying Social

Adults age 55 and older are the fastest growing group of Facebook users. They're discovering it's a fun, easy way to stay in touch with friends and family members of all ages. Because Facebook is on the World Wide Web, however, we recommend users protect their personal information while continuing to grow valuable relationships. Here's how:

  • Tighten your privacy settings. When you create a Facebook account, the automatic privacy settings are actually very public. Consider limiting your information to friends and family members only.
    • Click on the padlock logo in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page. (On March 7, 2013, Facebook introduced a new design. If you use the new design, the padlock logo now appears near the top left corner of your Facebook page, near your name.)
    • People who want to set their privacy settings as tight as possible can select "Friends."
  • Don't accept all friend requests. If you don't know someone in real life, or even if you know that person but don't want to share personal information with him or her, just ignore their friend requests.
  • "Unfriend" a mistake. Did you accept a friend request you wish you hadn't? Go to his or her personal Facebook page, click on the "Friends" button and select "Unfriend."
  • Avoid attracting burglars. Consider not announcing when you'll be traveling or how your nephew just installed a big-screen TV in your home.
  • Don't reveal your age. Although you need to enter your birthdate when creating your profile – so Facebook knows you're over the minimum age of 13 – the world doesn't need to know your age.
    • On your personal Facebook page, under your name and profile photo, click on "About." Then scroll down to "Basic Info" and click on "Edit."
    • In the Birthday section, select "Show only month & day on my timeline" or "Don't show my birthday on my timeline."
  • Give yourself the evil eye. Look at your Facebook page closely and think about what a malicious person could do with any of the information you've posted. Avoid sharing your birth date, home address, phone numbers and social security numbers.
  • Be wary of Facebook applications. A Facebook application can give broad permission for whoever developed that application to access your data ... and your friends' data. Think twice before you take quizzes that ask questions like "Would you make a good FBI agent?" or "Would you like to keep better track of birthdays?" Better still, you might want to go to the left margin of Facebook's Privacy Settings page to find the "Apps" link. There, you can turn off all application settings or limit them to friends.
  • Check your privacy settings regularly. Facebook has been known to alter their privacy features in the past. Hopefully strong pushback from the public will discourage them from doing the same in the future, but it's still a good idea to check on a regular basis. For more information about Facebook privacy, you may want to read this Wall Street Journal blog article and this Wall Street Journal guide.

Now that you know how to keep yourself safe, we invite you to "Like" our Saratoga Retirement Community Facebook page. With our business-style Facebook page, we cannot access your private information, we cannot see your private Facebook posts (unless you leave a comment on our posts or wall), and we promise we won't share any scary Facebook applications. Instead, we provide a safe, interactive way to experience our community.

Upcoming Presentations

  • Please join us for the free, no-obligation seminar "3 Things to Improve Your Health & Longevity" on May 9. Gourmet lunch included!
  • RSVPs are required to 408-741-7194.
  • We often host lectures, parties and other entertaining events. Please call for information on future functions.

Schedule a Personal Tour Today!

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We'd love to see you! Call 1-800-996-3467 to arrange a tour of SRC. You can also visit our website to learn more about this not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Saratoga Retirement Community Marketing Team

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