Marlene & Richard’s Story

“It’s home here.”

Richard and Marlene both came to Cedar Springs PARC after almost six decades of marriage to their respective late spouses. Marlene had been looking for a walking partner when she noticed new resident Richard heading out each day. Over the next year they discovered their many shared interests – including fitness, travel and languages.

In June 2016, the pair were married at a nearby church with their friends and family in attendance. The ceremony was followed by a reception, catered by Chef Josef, that they hosted for the residents at Cedar Springs PARC. “They’re all our friends now”, says Marlene.

Maintaining their health is important to both. “Richard gets up at 5:30am to exercise, I participate in the PARC FIT program and we both have tried Chi Gong, Zumba and Yoga.” Chimes in Richard, “there are just so many opportunities to be active here.”

Between fitness, the Cedar Springs French conversation group (started by Richard) and the sing-along group, the couple like to relax by enjoying the sweeping ocean and mountain views from the two-bedroom unit they recently moved into, and planning their honeymoon to Prague later this year.

That’s how it is at Cedar Springs PARC: it’s easy to strike up new conversations and meet others with similar interests. And with PARC Retirement Living’s focus on maintaining a healthy body and mind through our Independent Living+ program, it’s easy to see how life’s just better here.