Each morning, Pat Gross and her mother, Rose Landis, sit at their dining room table, drink coffee and solve crossword puzzles. Pat works on The New York Times version, while her mom tackles the one in The Baltimore Sun.
"When they start to have problems they ask me for help," joked Pat's husband, John Gross, who plays on his Samsung tablet and catches up on the news while the two women work.
Pat, 68; John, 67; and Rose, 88, share the physical and mental space of a two-bedroom apartment at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, where they moved more than two years ago in hopes of adapting an easier lifestyle.
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