A nurse, and, later, a schoolteacher by vocation, Estelle Gross was also a pianist, a painter, and a sculptor. She was an established equestrian and had a commercial pilot’s license for many years. When she moved to Glenmeadow, Estelle wanted to continue to learn and engage. In addition to chatting with residents and team members, Estelle loved our programming in Assisted Living best.
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Especially exciting for Estelle was the visit she and other residents took with team members to a therapeutic riding stable in East Longmeadow. “Team members knew my mom was a rider, so they asked me if it would be alright if they arranged for her to go riding,” Estelle’s daughter Donalyn recalls. “She was thrilled to be back on a horse again. Then they took her out to lunch after, which I thought was really above and beyond.”
Estelle was fulfilled, and lived an active, satisfying life at Glenmeadow until she passed away in 2022. Donalyn lives nearby, and she visits her mother two or three times a week. “A lot of the time when I called, she was busy, or was visiting with a neighbor,” Donalyn says. “It’s reassuring to know that she had friends, and she was safe and she continued to be engaged. She was definitely happy at Glenmeadow.”