CASA MURIEL PHILOSOPHY

Growing Whole, Not Growing Old

In the third age of life, or tercera edad, our personal energy is consolidating, readjusting, and coming alive. All the aspects of our identities that have been overshadowed by jobs, school, marriage, family, health issues, culture and obligations realign to ignite the next stage of inner journeys. Dormant forces awaken and the art of “letting go” seems more comforting than ever.
This is the pinnacle of human development, not the decline that we’re told it is. The best use of our precious lives is to live slower, deeper and more connected. We still have a lot to learn and a lot to teach. The modern elder is as curious as she/he is wise, as much an intern as a mentor. Overall, we refuse to be diminished.

The Positive Aging Movement

In recent years, the generation of people over 70 are expecting more, and doing more in regard to improving their quality of life for the next 20+ years. As a communal residence, Casa Muriel will focus on all the positive aspects of aging by maintaining physical and intellectual activity, cultivating a serene outlook, and celebrating good humor among friends.
We believe that having a solid sense of community and participating in social events, in addition to having a helping hand from our staff, will give our residents the independence they want, and the confidence to expand horizons to their greatest potential. Changes are inevitable, but we can manage them together with our trusted professional advisors, economically and effectively. Growing older is a blessing, and not so scary after all.

The Casa Muriel Philosophy on Aging

In the Latin American culture, we call it the tercera edad, or third stage of life, from your sixties to nineties and beyond. It is the liberating post-adulthood period when age and experience are associated with enrichment and spiritual renewal.
I like to think of it as the Third Act of your play, the part of the story where the catharsis unveils the depth of personality that you have had all along. We are the protagonists of our own biographies, shedding baggage and insecurities and embracing the new reality with no nonsense and no regrets. In the turning point of Act III, conflicts are resolved, the cast of characters come together fully formed, and all the comedy, drama and irony unfold in ways we may have never expected.

In the Latin American culture, we call it the tercera edad, or third stage of life, from your sixties to nineties and beyond. It is the liberating post-adulthood period when age and experience are associated with enrichment and spiritual renewal.

I like to think of it as the Third Act of your play, the part of the story where the catharsis unveils the depth of personality that you have had all along. We are the protagonists of our own biographies, shedding baggage and insecurities and embracing the new reality with no nonsense and no regrets. In the turning point of Act III, conflicts are resolved, the cast of characters come together fully formed, and all the comedy, drama and irony unfold in ways we may have never expected.

Voice your story with eloquence and ever-evolving clarity to be heard and appreciated. You are a star, so make your Act III worthy of a standing ovation.

What is “Hip”? FIFTY years of Experience, That’s What

The Tower of Power soul and funk ensemble started performing together in 1968. Vocalists, percussionists, brass and string musicians, each with a lifetime of experience, give it up in the tightest “Soul Power” performance ever – The 50th anniversary concert.
Since the 1960’s, record companies have hired studio sessions musicians in Los Angeles because they are the best in the business. You admired their precision riffs behind the most iconic performers of the 20th century. Those same rock-solid musicians are blowing minds again in the 21st century as The Immediate Family with skills and style unmatched by younger artists.

Extraordinary Elders in the News, Again

Jeanne Socrates, at age 77, is the oldest person to sail alone, non-stop, around the world, unassisted. She set a world record for solo circumnavigation in her 38-foot boat, arriving back in Victoria in September 2019 after sailing almost 28,000 nautical miles in 320 days.

Loneliness Causes Illness – We have the Cure

Human beings are social creatures, and the aging process should not be an isolated journey. There is an epidemic of loneliness among older adults, according to the NY Times. We discuss this silent disease in medical terminology because researchers have determined that living alone without conversation and physical interaction can be more detrimental to your overall health than smoking or obesity.
The prescribed medication: Take a walk with a friend. Sounds unbelievable?
Easy as that: Months and years of quality added to your life.

Our Place in the Community

At Casa Muriel, we dispel the image of institutions and envision a viable and enriching community-based alternative for seniors. Throughout our Antigua ex-pat group, children have the International and Green Schools, business owners depend on our patronage for decades, and families expand and prosper. Yet, the older folks are out there on their own, maybe isolated and unsure, when a well-managed social and medical facility can get them back in the swing of things, the way they used to be.

Living alone does not always equate to being independent; it could just mean that you have to work harder to instigate personal interactions. Our goal is to normalize the entire lifespan with community-wide social events, instead of separating and alienating the older third to fit into pre-conceived attitudes of the last century.