Articles on "Independent Living Retirement Communities"

All Inclusive–Forest Hills of D.C.
August 21, 2014 1:54 pm

All Inclusive–Forest Hills of D.C.

Consumers often associate the words “all inclusive” with resort hotels and cruise ships. However, some local innovators are applying the term inclusive more broadly and offering inclusive senior living. Inclusive senior living is certainly all inclusive. It is a principle that welcomes residents and families of all faiths and religious backgrounds, as well as individuals from all walks of life, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or identity. Beyond welcoming a diverse population of residents, the concept also […]

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 Best is Yet to Come–Kensington Park
December 17, 2013 9:59 pm

The Best is Yet to Come–Kensington Park

By Christy Brudin “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” croons Tony Bennett in “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Albert (“Al”) and Anne Fishman couldn’t agree more. Al, a former music executive who promoted many of Mr. Bennett’s hit records, and Anne, a former teacher, spent a lot of time planning the perfect retirement. Now, they look forward to seeing exactly what their future holds. Residents of Kensington Park Senior Living in Kensington, Md., the Fishmans enjoy the variety of activities […]

Home for Good–Falcons Landing
December 17, 2013 9:59 pm

Home for Good–Falcons Landing

A former home economics teacher for eight years and special education administrator for 16 years, Margaret Quayle knows how to transform a house into a home. As a military wife and avid traveler, she has established homes from coast to coast. While she has enjoyed her many homes and countless journeys, Margaret is delighted to have found her “home for good.” Just a year ago, Margaret made her long-planned move to Falcons Landing, a military retirement community in Potomac Falls, […]

Worth Repeating–The Fountains at Washington House
August 14, 2013 7:33 pm

Worth Repeating–The Fountains at Washington House

By Christy Brudin Marv and Phyllis Ribyat have been married several times. Each time, they have stood hand-in-hand and dedicated their lives to each other – again. Married 67 years ago, the Ribyats have renewed their vows on three different occasions. Most recently, the Ribyats renewed their wedding vows during a ceremony at their retirement community, The Fountains at Washington House. The Fountains is a retirement community featuring Independent Living, Assisted Living and Rehabilitation/ Skilled Nursing in Alexandria, Va., which […]

A Perfect Arrangement–Kensington Park Senior Living
August 14, 2013 6:27 pm

A Perfect Arrangement–Kensington Park Senior Living

By Christy Brudin Sherry and Susie Johnston spend their days picking flowers and sorting blooms to make flower arrangements perfect for every occasion. As they choose the flowers, they think about color, scale and balance: just like their father taught them. As the owners and operators of Suburban Florist in Bethesda, Md., the sisters are carrying on a family legacy that began when their father, Hugh, and their mother, Janet, opened the shop more than 56 years ago. While building […]

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging
August 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging

By Christy Brudin Whether you are forging a friendship or building a business, creating strong bonds is hard work. In a world filled with quick solutions and easy fixes, the act of building relationships still requires perseverance. Connecting takes time. Seabury Resources for Aging has been taking the time to connect with older adults in the greater Washington, D.C. area for nearly 90 years. The private, nonprofit organization focuses on providing personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older […]

An Award-Winning Life
March 15, 2013 7:33 pm

An Award-Winning Life

By Christy Brudin During his remarkable career, Frank E. Braxton, Sr., has held positions ranging from shoemaker to political appointee. He learned several trades, pursued a few different careers and discovered a couple of passions. Frank E. Braxton, Sr.’s, lengthy resume includes positions ranging from his early work as a shoemaker to his many political appointments. While Frank’s job titles are impressive, they don’t reveal his incredible work ethic. His lifelong commitment to service is best reflected by the wide […]

A Neighborly Couple- Vista Ridge at Ware Presbyterian Village
August 1, 2012 8:07 pm

A Neighborly Couple- Vista Ridge at Ware Presbyterian Village

One of the golden rules commands us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Joe and Gail Scott took that advice literally. The former neighbors married years after living next door to each other. Today, the Scotts are looking forward to meeting their neighbors at Vista Ridge at Ware Presbyterian Village, a new independent living community in Oxford, Pa. While the couple’s love story started early – Joe was 17 and Gail was 16 when they met – Gail is quick […]

A Welcome Home
June 13, 2012 5:45 pm

A Welcome Home

Homecomings are often filled with reunions and reminiscing. They can be simultaneously heartwarming and bittersweet. They are also frequently preceded by moving—a process that can only be described as difficult. For seniors and their families, the physical challenges of moving are only the beginning. They also face the emotional challenges of finding the right home and the appropriate level of care. As her medical needs have changed, Carmen Cullen and her family have faced these challenges on three separate occasions. […]