Many people think that when you’re elderly, you should be stuck in a nursing home and given as little freedom as possible. But some celebrities have chosen to spend their golden years in senior-friendly communities instead of being tied down by the confines of their homes. Here are five famous people who have spent their golden years in an assisted senior living home:
Lucille Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, and film and television producer. Ball’s career began in 1929 when she landed work as a model and bit player in Hollywood films such as Roman Scandals (1933) and others. Her breakout role was in 1940 with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on their popular radio show The Pepsodent Show, which featured Bob Hope as its host. After being cast by Columbia Pictures’ Harry Cohn to appear opposite veteran actor Desi Arnaz in 1948’s Love Laughs at Andy Hardy, they fell in Love during production resulting in their marriage on November 30th later that year.
Michael Jordan is a former basketball superstar who played for the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s and 1990s. He is often considered the best player of all time, having won six NBA championships during his career. He retired from professional basketball in 2003 at age 40 and has since become an owner of several teams, including the Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat.
Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 and died in 2004 at 93. He was an actor, politician and the 40th President of the United States. Ronald Reagan spent his golden age living in an assisted senior living home where he was cared for by team members who helped him with daily activities such as dressing and other personal hygiene needs.
Walter Matthau was an American actor born in New York City on October 1, 1920. He died on July 1, 2000, at the age of 79, after suffering from cancer for several years. His father was a salesman, and his mother was a secretary for a garment manufacturer.
Walter attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx before going on to study journalism at City College of New York, where he graduated with honors in 1942. This led him straight into World War II, where he served as an infantryman for two years with the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. He was later discharged due to illness caused by a trench foot injury sustained during the battle against German forces near Bastogne, Belgium. The weather conditions were cold, making many soldiers sick, including our Walter Matthau!
Betty White was an American actress, comedian and animal rights activist. She was born in 1922 and became one of the most well-known actresses in TV history. She is known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, where she played an aging grandmother who lived with three younger women.
White has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards out of twenty nominations over her career, one Grammy Award out of six, and two Tony Awards out of five. In 2010 she became the oldest living actress to win an Emmy Award at age 88 when she won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for playing Elka Ostrovsky in Hot In Cleveland (2010).
We hope these famous people have inspired you to spend your golden age in an assisted senior living home. It’s not just ok; it could be your best decision. You’ll have all your basic needs taken care of by professionals who do this for a living, so you can focus on what matters most: spending time with family and friends.