There are three things Anne Cuomo can tell you about her life working for the federal government in the Department of Defense.
- She worked for the National Security Agency (NSA)
- She worked in the management of computer science.
- If she told you anymore information, she’d probably have to shoot you.
How’s that for an ice-breaker?
Such is the talk with the frank and funny Anne Cuomo, born in Salisbury, Maryland, she travelled the world with her career only to eventually find her way home, just in time for a retirement community to open up.
But first things first.
Upon going to work for the NSA, Cuomo began working inside Washington D.C. while living just outside the nation’s capital.
While her position sounded a bit like a desk job, it was anything but, as she got to travel a healthy amount, citing England and Panama as her favorite places, the latter because of a unique geographical fact.
“Panama is the only place on earth where you can see the sun come up over the Pacific,” she says. “There’s a kink in the way the country is laid out where you can see it.”
The Department of Defense job didn’t just bring Cuomo travel stories and a worthwhile career, but also true love.
“I met my husband on the job and we ended up getting married and had a very happy marriage,” she says. He developed cancer and passed away, but we were married for 18 years.”
When she retired in 1997, she moved around a bunch before heading home to Salisbury in 1998. But as she continued to age a bit, more and more health problems emerged, leading her to make a decision for her future.
“I was running into some health problems.I was having difficulty walking and it got to the point where I knew where I should not drive. I had a disability in my right leg,” she says.
She began to feel like she was encroaching on her friends, asking them to take her everywhere. She didn’t like that feeling.
“I figured in assisted living, I’d get everything I need: medical considerations, food, a comfortable warm place to live,” she says. “Lakeside, with its ability to take care of me, especially to drive me, was the perfect answer.”
Now Cuomo can go out to dinner with friends instead of having to lean on them to take her to get medicine or to the doctor.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” she shares. “Yesterday, I went to a luncheon and there was an all-call for arts and crafts. About 50 of us went to a local restaurant and had fun talking and making things.”
Amazingly her new home at Lakeside at Mallard landing is just three blocks from the home she lived in upon retiring back to Maryland.
Even as her health slips a little, Cuomo keeps her mind razor sharp. “I play a game called party bridge and I like word games, we have a lot of those,” she says. “I like the movies we show at night. Some of them have a little dust on them, but we get select them by a little committee.
It’s a wonderful thing, yesterday I went to a luncheon and there was an all call announcement email for arts and crafts, 50 of us to a local restaurant. It is particular they have a party bridge, and that’s what I like to do; i like word games, do little games call in a word where you look at a word or a phrase and you psoe by extracting letters from it. I like the movies we show at night, four nights a week, some of them have a little dust on them, John Wayne movies, selected by a little committee.