Articles on "Active Adult/55+ Communities"

An Active Man has Found the Perfect Home
June 30, 2008 12:00 am

An Active Man has Found the Perfect Home

Living in a long-term care facility has in no way stopped Roy Wantz from continuing his active and fun-filled lifestyle. “I am a native Carroll County boy, raised in Baughman’s Valley, northwest of Westminster,” he said. Roy has held several jobs throughout his life including a furniture factory for 20 years. As one of 10 children, his brothers and sisters are very important to him and visit him often. Hard-working and independent, Roy lived in his own apartment even after […]

An Artist Continues to Flourish
May 1, 2008 12:00 am

An Artist Continues to Flourish

One can find artistic inspiration in just about anything; in people, words, or even in nature. For Pat Olson Leopold, an accomplished painter and sculptress, finding a home that would allow her to continue expressing herself through her art was important, and that is exactly what she found in Westminster at Lake Ridge, a continuing care retirement community located in Prince William County in Northern Virginia.. “Art is another medium of communication,” she said. “It enlarges your soul and life. […]

May 1, 2008 12:00 am

When a Home Turns into Family

All of her life Nina Johnson’s mother, Ruth Colpo took care of others. A full-time homemaker, Ruth was devoted to caring for her siblings, as well as her loving husband and three children. “It was love at first sight with my parents.they enjoyed dancing and swimming” said Nina. “Mom was a fabulous cook and liked to sew and do crochet.” Following in her footsteps, Nina, and her sister, took on the role of caring for Ruth after the passing of […]

May 1, 2008 12:00 am

Taking on the Challenge of Caregiving

One of the biggest challenges for caregivers that support a family member or a loved one while managing their own lives is finding balance. It can be difficult finding time for themselves between working full-time, ensuring their loved one is safe while they’re working, and then making time to care for that person outside of work. However difficult that may be, caregivers can find solace in knowing that their loved ones are being taken care of, and there are ways […]

May 1, 2008 12:00 am

An Ideal Home Near their Family

Having led active lifestyles throughout their nearly 50 years of marriage, Ed and Joan Allen knew where they wanted to spend their future together. “We moved to Florida to enjoy the retiree’s life so to speak,” said Joan. While the couple raised their five daughters, Ed served as part of the metropolitan police department and eventually worked for the Washington Redskins for 25 years. The Allens were enjoying their Florida property and venturing out on their boat, but they soon […]

April 29, 2008 12:00 am

A Future of Opportunity

Nearly 70 years of marriage for Alvin and Evelyn Burgess began with a double date, for which they were not paired with each other. But this did not stop Alvin from seizing the opportunity when it arose. “When my cousin stopped going with her, I came to her house on a Sunday night and asked if she would like to go to church with me,” he said. And the rest is history. There is no question the Burgesses have accomplished […]

March 25, 2008 12:00 am

A Difficult Decision Pays Off

For Pat Bernardini, the decision to sell the family home was not an easy one. Through 51 years of marriage with her husband, Allan, there were many memories from raising their two children in their large four-bedroom home. But maintaining the house was becoming too much work, and the couple knew it was time for a change. “Down the road, you know it’s going to be difficult, so we thought let’s make the move now while we’re able to think […]

Beaumont at Bryn Mawr
March 25, 2008 12:00 am

Beaumont at Bryn Mawr

It all started with a man named William Austin, president of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, who purchased and lived in a grand mansion in Bryn Mawr. After his death in 1932, it was passed onto his wife and eventually his granddaughters, including Elizabeth Converse Huebner. Fast forward to 1983 when local businessman and visionary, Art Wheeler, who knew Mrs. Huebner, inquired about purchasing the estate. Furthermore, he suggested they turn it into a retirement community and that Mrs. Huebner and […]

March 20, 2008 12:00 am

Giving Back to Her Community

Dorothy Holman spent over a quarter of a century running the Baltimore County Medical Association as the executive director, and she spent the first seven years of that time running the then 300-member organization using her basement as the office. By the time Dorothy decided to retire 26 years later, in 1987, the organization’s membership had nearly quadrupled. “I enjoyed working and sharing with the 1,100 physicians that were involved with the association,” she said. But after spending so much […]

Independent Living: Childhood Sweethearts Find Their Future Home
December 26, 2007 12:00 am

Independent Living: Childhood Sweethearts Find Their Future Home

The term ‘childhood sweethearts’ may be putting it lightly for Dick and Jeanine Walter. The couple, who met in sixth grade, has been married for 52 years with two children and seven grandchildren. With such a history together, finding a home to spend their future was an extremely important decision. And they found just the right place at The Heritage of Green Hills, a planned continuing care retirement community near Berks Country. Originally from Harrisburg, Pa., the Walters have now […]