Articles on "Retirement Communities"

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., [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Real-Life Story–The Crossings at Falls Run
April 29, 2014 9:17 pm

Real-Life Story–The Crossings at Falls Run

When Ralph and Patti Myers went to an open house at The Crossings at Falls Run, they enjoyed great company and a delicious meal—and they decided to stay. Located in Fredericksburg, Va., The Crossings offers a full continuum of senior living options, from independent living to assisted living and memory care. Ralph and Patti began searching for a retirement community after he started to show signs of Parkinson’s disease. “We wanted to find a place where he could get the [...]

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 [...]

Understand Rental Options
April 28, 2014 5:02 pm

Understand Rental Options

What Is Available And How To Qualify According to LeadingAge, formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, a person can rent an apartment either at the market rate or, if his or her income level qualifies, at a lower rate. These apartments are often designed with seniors in mind. For example, there may be railings in bathrooms or power outlets higher up on the wall. Many communities also offer a 24-hour emergency call service and some [...]

March 18, 2014 1:15 pm

Analysis of America’s Fastest Growing Retirement Places

When to retire is one of life’s biggest decisions, but where to retire is an often-overlooked question that can be equally important. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the country’s fastest growing metropolitan areas for retirees. We analyzed the 75 largest metros in the U.S. and looked at the 65+ population as a percentage of the total population in each place in 2007 and in 2012 to find the places that saw the greatest growth [...]

Smooth Sailing–BayWoods of Annapolis
March 14, 2014 6:45 pm

Smooth Sailing–BayWoods of Annapolis

Smooth Sailing By Christy Brudin A first ascent of a mountain with two kids in tow. Three days anchored off a reef after los­ing a mast. An epic sail across the Atlantic. Herb and Ruth Weiss have shared quite a few adventures over the years. After recently moving to BayWoods of Annapolis, a continuing care retirement community in the heart of Annapolis, Md., Herb and Ruth are now planning their exciting future—and sailing is certainly on the itinerary. In addition [...]

Puppy Love at Morningside House of Friendship
March 14, 2014 6:20 pm

Puppy Love at Morningside House of Friendship

Alice Heiderman has always been a dog person. Throughout her life, she’s been the proud owner of many wonderful dogs. However, when she met Lily, the therapy dog at Morningside House of Friendship in Hanover, Md., what had always been an interest turned into a passion. Lily’s special breed of puppy love has helped improve Alice’s physical and emotional wellbeing. After graduating from high school, Alice took a job at W.R. Grace and Company, a chemical company near Baltimore, Md. [...]