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Elegant furnishings and architecture define the grand room at The Patrician, a full-service senior living residence.

There are many senior living options available in and around San Diego. Active seniors who want the ability to make choices for their lifestyle choose The Patrician, a full-service Cordia Senior Living residence in La Jolla's University Town Centre at 4025 Pulitzer Place. "We appreciate the importance of choice and preserve it whenever possible," says Rachel Silverman, executive director of The Patrician. "We are focused on the independent minded senior and provide a meaningful, active lifestyle through a wide variety of programs offered throughout the day and evening. Our goal is to get to know each resident so that we can actively encourage them to set new goals and discover new interests. "We encourage senior residents to challenge, discover, learn and expand their horizons through an active lifestyle." A recent example was a Memorial Day weekend celebration to salute military veterans with a recognition lunch, a tribute from active duty Marines, and live musical entertainment. "During times of critical need and family changes, The Patrician offers active, independent seniors peace of mind in an exceptional atmosphere in the heart of La Jolla's Golden Triangle," Silverman said.

Residents Don and Ellie Hiatt enjoy the fitness equipment provided by The Patrician.

One senior couple who decided to reside at The Patrician is Don and Ellie Hiatt, who formerly owned a townhome in the Clairemont-Mesa area. They are married 59 years. "Stair climbing in our three-level townhome was getting to be a problem for Ellie, and we no longer wanted to be burdened with cooking and cleaning," Don said. "We wanted to be free to pursue our passions." Those passions are Greek folk dancing and judging, traveling, visiting their extensive family, and volunteering. Ellie dances two days a week at the nearby public recreation center. "We began our search for a retirement home more than a year ago," Don said. "We could have moved anywhere, but we chose The Patrician. The coastal climate is so pleasant, and we're close to medical facilities, shopping and restaurants. It's light and airy and has well-designed art on the walls. "We use the fitness center every day, play chess, backgammon and dominoes, patronize the onsite hair salon, take art classes, enhance our computer skills, and enjoy group trips to theaters, parks, and places of interest. The gated subterranean garage, 24-hour concierge and emergency response system give us peace of mind. And unlike so many other senior facilities, The Patrician leases on a yearly basis, and that's a big plus. We've made many friends and are happy to be living here." One reason they're happy is the daily list of programs and the involvement of all staff in supporting programs of interest to each resident. A maintenance tech gives Spanish lessons, the marketing director teaches gardening and facilitates a readers' theater, while the business manager leads a book discussion group. In addition to programs facilitated by staff, The Patrician provides opportunities for residents to visit museums, theaters, concerts as well as professional entertainment on the property. "We utilize the entire staff, including myself," Silverman said. "If a resident wants to learn how to play the piano, we arrange that. It's a way to build a relationship with active seniors." Boston-based Cordia Senior Living, whose mission statement is "Creating opportunities for seniors to lead meaningful lives", manages The Patrician. The residence recently completed a $4.5 million renovation that added restaurant-style dining, a new craft studio, fitness center and spa, library, beauty salon, and other amenities to support an active lifestyle for seniors. The Patrician offers 136 unfurnished one- and two-bedroom apartments at all-inclusive rents ranging from $2,975 to $4,750 per month, including two meals per day plus all other services. As for dining, the Hiatts enjoy excellent cuisine prepared by Jay Johnson III, director of dining services. He is responsible for leading a 20-member food service staff including two chefs and wait staff, which serves three meals daily. He describes the fare as "home-style cooking" seniors can easily relate to. For more information, call The Patrician at (858) 455-9188.

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