Rooms with a View

With historic charm and modern touches, the Parkview gives retirees a taste of both worlds.



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Margaret Fogleman, who originally hails from Marion, Arkansas, has a spacious one-bedroom, two-bath apartment with lemon-chiffon colored walls. Decorations feature family antiques, including the carved wooden wall “cottage clock” inherited from an aunt that serves as a focal point.

Among the activities that residents enjoy are history classes, Zumba Gold, Wii Bowling, crocheting, bingo, and tai chi. A beauty shop is onsite, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies are available.

Steve Stewart, the executive director of the Parkview, has a distinguished background in ministry and healthcare — a seemingly perfect combination for his current position. He also has experience as a motivational speaker, and as such plans to get out into the Memphis community and talk more about the Parkview and its resources.

Stewart’s vision is that the Parkview will have “an organic relationship with the community.” For example, he is getting students from the nearby Memphis College of Art and Rhodes College to come to the Parkview and work with the residents. His overall aim is “to help folks celebrate life.” To this end he mentions the renovated Poplar Room, which is an activities center, and he adds that residents always have free admission to the neighboring Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Memphis Zoo. Shawna Welch, the enthusiastic new activities director, for her part believes “there is something special about Midtown and its rich arts community” and what this can mean for the Parkview’s residents is an opportunity to have a variety of cultural experiences to help maintain the lifestyle they always had.

Stewart and his staff also aim “to freshen up the Parkview without ever losing sight of its nostalgic charm” and ultimately “to enrich the lives of those we serve with compassion, respect, excellence, and integrity.” 

John Gray is pictured with his daughter Kathy Savini who came from New Jersey to help him settle in. During a brief  “time-out,” they explained Gray’s father had also lived in the Parkview and walked to work at his eponymous market, John Gray & Son

 

Anne Cunningham O’Neill is the arts and lifestyle editor of Memphis magazine.

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