Articles on "Active Adult/55+ Communities"

December 26, 2007 12:00 am

Working the System: In Home Nursing

When it comes to balancing her career and family, Karolina Walkin knows how to stay organized and maintain a positive attitude. And those were the exact qualities she searched for and found in Stephanie Thomopoulos, a geriatric care manager who assisted Karolina when she was caring for her father. For nearly five months, he was in the hospital in intensive care on a respirator. When taken off of the machine, he would suffer from a collapsed lung and a series […]

Living Independent: A Custom-Built Retirement
December 10, 2007 12:00 am

Living Independent: A Custom-Built Retirement

Bob and Pauline Sumner have never met Dick and Ann Calef. Both couples reside in the West Chester area and are extremely active in their different pursuits and volunteer work. However, they share one important similarity: they are all one step closer to spending their future in the cutting-edge community, called Whiteland Village The soon-to-be neighbors will be among the first residents joining this new Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located in the heart of Chester County in Exton, PA. […]

Senior Living: Weathering the Storm and Finding a Home
November 21, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: Weathering the Storm and Finding a Home

Although it has been two years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, current residents of Atrium Village in Owings Mills, Sam and Gertrude Levitan, can still recall the details of their evacuation. “Even today, is it still like a bad dream,” said Gertrude. Since she uses a wheelchair, their original plan was to stay in a hotel, but as news kept developing, the couple knew their only choice was to pack what they needed and leave. With […]

Finding the Perfect Middle Ground with an Active Adult Community
September 25, 2007 12:00 am

Finding the Perfect Middle Ground with an Active Adult Community

After traveling to exotic locales, seeing the sites and exploring all that the world has to offer, George and Katie Billing tried to determine what was next for them. Their home in Florida wasn’t quite what they needed anymore. With a large yard that George had to toil over and too many rooms to be practical, the couple had a decision to make. Where should they finally settle down? A chateau in Paris? A paradise retreat in Barbados? The choices […]

Senior Living: The 23rd Annual Ms. Senior Virginia Pageant
September 25, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: The 23rd Annual Ms. Senior Virginia Pageant

Move over Miss Virginia and Miss U.S.A, there are a group of women proving that personality, beauty and talent are lifelong attributes. On June 23rd at Oakton High School of Fairfax County, Brenda J. Brokaw of Alexandria, VA was crowned the 23rd Annual Ms. Virginia Senior America for 2007. Along with this title, she received the Talent Award for her aria “Musetta’s Waltz” from La Boheme. Brenda will now receive an all expense paid trip co-sponsored by MVSA Cameo Club […]

Senior Living: A Man’s Love for His Granddaughter
September 13, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: A Man’s Love for His Granddaughter

When Jacob Factor and his wife first cradled their tiny granddaughter, it was love at first sight. And so it goes with most grandparents. But not many of them will decide to leave a residence of a lifetime as well as a thriving career to relocate across the country just to be near a new addition to the family. Jacob and his wife did exactly this, and they never looked back. Jacob was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He […]

Senior Living: A Song for Generations
September 11, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: A Song for Generations

“You don’t stop singing because you get old; you get old because you stop singing.” Not only the motto for one of Dr. Helen Kemp’s various choral events, it is an idea she has obviously lived by. For more than six decades, Helen has shared her gift of music with her family and many others, and in no way have her efforts gone unnoticed. Next year, for her 90th birthday her younger colleagues will host a Children’s Choir Festival in […]

July 20, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: A War Veteran is Recognized

What does a man who served the U.S. Army and Marines from beginning to end of World War II do these days? We go out and have a drink with my girlfriends,” said Linda Dahl of her father, Andy Aiken. Celebrations were most definitely in order for Andy after he received seven medals and awards honoring his service shortly before his 90th birthday. After joining the Army at age 18, Andy served in Hawaii, where he was stationed at Schofield […]

Home Care: Giving the Gift of a Lifetime
May 7, 2007 12:00 am

Home Care: Giving the Gift of a Lifetime

Jacqueline Korassa, a home caregiver, never expected much in return for her services. She took pride in the comfort she gave her patients, and the happiness and trust she built with their families. Little did she know that she was to receive a lot more than she ever dreamed of. At 89 years old, Mrs. Helene Lewis had broken her hip and was transferred directly from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility. When it came time for her to leave […]

Senior Living: Freefalling from 14,000 Feet
May 7, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: Freefalling from 14,000 Feet

James Burns only had one thought running through his head as he looked over the rolling fields of Pennsylvania from 14,000 feet above the ground. “There’s no turning back now,” the 73-year old recalled thinking before he jumped out of the plane. “I wouldn’t have gone out the door if I wasn’t strapped to someone’s back.” The day of the skydiving trip, his sons Jimmy, Brendan and Billy, as well as his grandson, Michael, decided they’d give him the honor […]