On a recent [day] morning, a small group of Windsor residents gathered in the community tearoom. Bea Wojtyla turned on the TV to World Cup coverage, prompting the group to speculate as to how the United States would fare against Belgium. “Who knows if they will win?” said Wojtyla (they didn’t).
While sipping on coffee and enjoying Danishes, the ladies shifted through various topics including NBC Today’s interview with Monica Lewinsky, how to navigate a personal computer and the Internet, what was happening with their own families, and finally ending with their plans for the day.
“This is the best part of the day for us to get together and catch up, even though we mostly gossip,” said Dorothy Dickey about the resident Koffee Klatch, Windsor’s informal social hour.
Besides Dickey and Woktyla, neighbors Evelyn Robison, Elaine Goolsby and Irene Ells are among the residents who get together every morning for a short chat and enjoyment of the company. The gathering began nearly 10 years ago, when several had first moved into the community; it has since expanded to include many others.
“It’s a really nice way to build community and camaraderie among the residents,” says Executive Director Kurt Norden.
Building a new social life after a move into a senior living community can be especially important for those who are single or feeling isolated. The tearoom and surrounding lounge offers residents a place to get acquainted and take advantage of being part of a larger community, said Norden.
He and his staff are often asked to join the Koffee Klatch for impromptu conversation. He was recently corralled by the ladies to chat about the upcoming residents association meeting. “I often ask the ladies if I should grab a napkin to take some notes, which always gets them laughing.”