NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- When Ron Barlow worked as the president of a publishing house, he enjoyed sticking his fingers in all the different aspects of the business.
Not much has changed for Barlow now that he lives at The Inn in New Canaan. Barlow still involves himself in almost all of The Inn’s activities, even after a stroke last year stole a bit of the spring from his step.
“I am a great believer in getting involved with every activity you can,’’ Barlow said. “If you don’t, they’ll stop having the activities.”
Barlow, who grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y., is a member of The Inn’s singing groups, The Inn Notes. He exercises every day, and chats up a storm with anybody who is an Inn resident or employee.
“I am a great believer in getting involved with every activity you can. If you don’t, they’ll stop having the activities.” -- Ron Barlow
Barlow graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York – he proudly displays several school items in his apartment at The Inn -- and met his wife there. Three of his four children also attended the school.
Barlow served in the Navy before beginning his career. He sold insurance before becoming the President of Morehouse Barlow, a publishing house for the Episcopal Church that was based in Wilton. He moved from there to a career in the travel industry. “I had three different careers, all entirely different,’’ Barlow said.
He also moved around, living for periods in Iowa, Chicago, Detroit, Omaha and Rye, N.Y. He owned several homes in New Canaan.
One of his favorite pastimes was skiing, which he finally gave up just 10 years ago. “I ran the company so that kept me busy,’’ Barlow said. “I started skiing when I was 13 years old and quit when I was 75. We did a lot at Butternut in Massachusetts, and I taught all the kids how to ski. When the kids were growing up I did a lot with Boy Scouts, too. We just had a class on teaching the Heimlich Maneuver here at The Inn. I first learned that in Boy Scouts a long time ago.”
Barlow is one of about 35 residents of The Inn, where seniors can live independently in an active, intimate retirement community. The Inn is part of the Waveny LifeCare Network, and is set in a quiet setting just a short distance from New Canaan’s main shopping district.
Barlow enjoys the food, the other residents and the staff at The Inn. He has lived a lot of places and had a wide range of choices for retirement living. He’s happy he selected The Inn.
“There’s nothing this staff won’t do for you,’’ Barlow said. “I chose this place because it’s the one I wanted. It has been the best place for me.”
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