Buena Vida residents stay busy with daily activities


Nancy Lee creates quilted jackets at Buena Vida Estates.

SENIOR LIFE Courtesy of Buena Vida Estates


Nancy Lee can’t imagine how she once found enough time to go to a paying job. The Buena Vida resident is kept hopping with all the activities available at this continuum-of-care community in West Melbourne.

“There are not enough hours in the day to do all the things I’d like to do,” Lee said.

“Don’t let anyone tell you retirement is boring.”

Buena Vida offers a lifelong wellness program formatted to prolong residents’ active lifestyles by promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being throughout the aging process.

Lee discovered Buena Vida while working as a local bereavement volunteer for hospice.

“I moved to Buena Vida on Dec. 19, 2013 and I haven’t looked back,” she said. “I love it, love it here.”

Lee’s greatest passion is creating elegant quilted jackets and door hangings, so her private living room is devoted to her sewing requirements. Giving up her living room to her hobby does not mean Lee has to give up on socializing.

“My home at Buena Vida provides me with various comfortable areas to sit and socialize with other residents,” she said.

“I have the Sun Room with a fireplace as my formal living room.”

While living independently, Lee doesn’t have to worry about routine chores that can subtract from her “fun” time.

“I have no household worries and meals are prepared,” she said.

“I also have more activities, classes and entertainment than time allows.”

The senior community offers everything from traditional activities such as canasta and bingo to educational opportunities, concerts, sunset cocktail parties, surprise trips, dinner dances, sports, painting and drama classes, among others.

There also are plenty of outlets for volunteerism. Buena Vida resident John Kispert is resident representative for the Buena Vida Foundation. As a member of the Foundation’s Fundraiser, Scholarship and Finance Committees, Kispert is a decision-maker who helps the Foundation with its goal of improving the quality of life for Buena Vida residents and employees. The Foundation funds capital improvements and employee education scholarships, and also supports charitable organizations in Brevard and beyond.

Kispert’s fellow Buena Vida resident Bob Linder manages the Country Store, Buena Vida’s convenience store. Like Linder, 15 other resident volunteers help to operate the store, which offers sundries, candies, cleaning products and free food to feed the fish and turtles that live in the facility’s pond. The store stocks products most requested by residents and sells them at cost.

Linder put his technical skills to use at the Country Store by implementing a point of sale, or POS, computerized system to keep track of inventory and sales history.

With so many diverse opportunities to enjoy the extra free time afforded by retirement, the golden years are indeed gold at Buena Vida Estates.

Buena Vida Estates is at 2129 W. New Haven Ave. in West Melbourne. For information, call 321-351-3730 or go to buenavidaestates.org. 

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