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On any given day at The Gatesworth, you can stop by the Fitness Center and find residents partaking in exercise classes, using equipment or swimming laps in the pool. In the Starbird Theater, a group may be discussing current events, enjoying classical music or listening to a professor from one of the local universities. In another area of the senior living community, a social worker may be meeting with residents as part of a support group; while in the dining room, a book club gathers over lunch. Anywhere you turn, The Gatesworth offers opportunities to support a resident’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. “Our goal is to provide programs and amenities that help them live a more active, happy life,” says executive director Martha Kessel. “Seniors are living longer, and it’s so important to stay healthy and learn new things every day.”
On a recent fall morning, a Gatesworth resident sat in the atrium watching her granddaughter eat breakfast, enjoy some play time and even take a nap—in New Jersey. “She was able to see some of the baby’s daily experiences on Skype,” says executive director Martha Kessel.
For St. Louis natives, it should come as no surprise that Forbes magazine included The Gatesworth at One McKnight Place in its top 10 luxury retirement communities nationwide. Over the past 20 years, The Gatesworth, with its distinctive architecture, has set the standard for exceptional senior living, with a gourmet kitchen, stimulating activities and elegant decor. So what is it like to live there? We went to the source to find out.