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Laughing Matters–Pine Run Retirement Community
July 24, 2014 12:48 pm

Laughing Matters–Pine Run Retirement Community

By Christy Brudin Photography by Mary Clark and Natalie Wi Comedy only resonates if it contains a kernel of truth. That’s why comedians have to know their audiences—and their lives—well. Such is certainly the case with The Curtain Call Players, an acting troupe made up of residents of Pine Run Retirement Community. The Players perform skits largely based on everyday life at Pine Run; they, like their audience, understand that retirement living can be a laughing matter. Located in Doylestown, Pa., [...]

Friends and Neighbors–White Horse Village
July 24, 2014 12:27 pm

Friends and Neighbors–White Horse Village

Good friends are hard to find. Great friends who are also neighbors are even rarer. The residents of White Horse Village have found both—hundreds of them—at their full service retirement community in Newtown Square, Pa. The friendships at White Horse Village started even before the residents moved in nearly a quarter of a century ago. Now, as the residents celebrate the community’s 25th anniversary, they are immensely proud of the intimate atmosphere they helped to build. Helping to establish the [...]

Learning and Connecting–Cathedral Village
July 23, 2014 5:57 pm

Learning and Connecting–Cathedral Village

Forget the old rhyme, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.” At Village College, the continuing education program at Cathedral Village, the pencils are sharp, there are only good books, and the teachers and students are friends and neighbors. Cathedral Village is a premier continuing care retirement community in Philadelphia, Pa. The Village College has been keeping the community’s academic residents engaged in learning for more than 18 years.   Operated and taught entirely by residents, [...]

A Booming Community–Homewood at Willow Ponds
July 1, 2014 10:03 am

A Booming Community–Homewood at Willow Ponds

By Christy Brudin Friends prepare for a museum outing. A woman heads off ­ to work. Students file into the fitness center. Homewood at Willow Ponds, an active adult community in Frederick, Md., is booming—primarily because it provides Boomers with exactly what they want—a maintenance-free, activity-‑ filled lifestyle with the promise of future care if it is needed. Homewood Retirement Centers includes five communities in Maryland and Pennsylvania and has a long history of o­ offering enriching lifestyles at reasonable [...]

Art and Inspiration–Lorien Taneytown
July 1, 2014 10:03 am

Art and Inspiration–Lorien Taneytown

By Christy Brudin Art has always been a big part of Millicent “Millie” Bassett’s life. From theaters in New York City to classrooms in Connecticut, Millie has been inspired by countless artists—and helped provide some inspiration for novice art teachers. Following her recent move to Lorien Taneytown Assisted Living in Taneytown, Md., Millie is already looking forward to starting an art appreciation group for her fellow residents. She’s also found a great place to relax and get inspired: the onsite [...]

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center
April 30, 2014 3:42 pm

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center

By Christy Brudin Memorizing facts. Taking tests. Playing games. That’s what the attendees at NeurExpand Brain Center are doing. It may sound like they are in school, but they are in fact patients at a world-class brain fitness center that is putting scientific research into practice to improve memory and related brain functions. NeurExpand’s Brain Fitness Program helps middle-aged and older individuals increase their brain size and prolong mental clarity. The program enhances the brain’s ability to change and adapt, [...]

Friends and Neighbors–The Fountains at Washington House
April 30, 2014 3:41 pm

Friends and Neighbors–The Fountains at Washington House

By Christy Brudin Good friends and great neighbors are always there to lend a hand. That’s exactly what Carmen Callan was doing—helping a friend—when she found her ideal retirement community. As part of her search for a retirement community for her close friend, Ainsley, Carmen toured The Fountains at Washington House, a community offering independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing care in Alexandria, Va. When she walked into The Fountains, her search suddenly became much more personal. “I [...]

The Circle of Life–Foulkeways at Gwynedd
April 28, 2014 5:06 pm

The Circle of Life–Foulkeways at Gwynedd

By Nancy Nolan Photography by Jim Greipp / Pau Hana Productions In early 1986, Douglas Tweddale came to Foulkeways at Gwynedd, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania,to fill an opening for an Administrator, vacated the previous year by Michael Peasley. Twenty-eight years later, on January 3, 2014, Michael Peasley stepped into the CEO position, surrendered by Douglas Tweddale upon his retirement. Ah, “The Circle of Life” and how it unfolds. Looking back, the lives of D. Michael [...]

Making a Buzz–White Horse Village
April 28, 2014 5:05 pm

Making a Buzz–White Horse Village

The saws hum. The drills purr. The hammers bang. The woodworkers are making a buzz again. In the Woodshop at White Horse Village, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Newtown Square, Pa., it is rarely quiet. Industrious woodworkers are going about their various tasks—from building shelves to handcrafting tables. Some of them are hobbyists, others professionals, but they all work for free and donate the proceeds of their efforts to the White Horse Village Endowment Fund or Residents’ Association. [...]

A Living Legacy–Dunwoody Village
April 28, 2014 5:05 pm

A Living Legacy–Dunwoody Village

By Christy Brudin Everyone wants to leave a legacy. Whether it’s a family business, an accomplished offspring or a collection of worldly goods, most people strive to leave an impression on the world. While many people will succeed in making their mark, only a select few leave behind a legacy that continues to grow and thrive for generations: a living legacy. William Hood Dunwoody left a legacy behind that has not only lived; it has flourished. A humble man with [...]