Celebrating her 21st Birthday

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“Being just 21 is just fine with me!,” exclaims 21-year-old retiree Katherine Taylor. Born on Leap Year, Ms. Taylor has enjoyed all 21 of her birthday celebrations. She has chosen to celebrate only her real birthdays, and, not surprisingly, her family and friends have helped to make the rare celebrations memorable and special. “My birthday celebrations were big, and I felt very special on each of my birthdays,” says Ms. Taylor.

After graduating from Rutgers University, she worked as a Food and Home Economics teacher at Roosevelt Junior High School in Westfield, NJ for 35 years. Ms. Taylor has found herself “busier than ever” since retiring-primarily because of all her volunteer activities. She has traveled allover the world, but one of her most rewarding trips was to Rumania-where she worked with infants as a Global Volunteer.

Ms. Taylor was looking at various retirement campuses when she heard about Seabrook. She says that she only wanted to move one time and did not want to worry about her lawn or snow removal anymore. “All it took was one visit, and I was sold,” says Ms. Taylor.

Within three months, she and her sister were roommates in their two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 5th floor, balcony apartment and residents at Seabrook, a campus for middle income people age 62 or better in Tinton Falls, NJ. Of the apartment, Ms. Taylor states, “We just love the balcony and eat breakfast and lunch there on nice days.”

Since moving, Ms. Taylor has met a nice group of people — some of whom are fascinating. The community lifestyle is convenient for the two sisters as well. “Seabrook is a handy place,” says Ms. Taylor. “Everything is here – you can go to the bank, the beauty parlor, church, and even buy groceries without ever having to leave.”

“In addition, the personnel are very friendly and respectful – everyone is so nice here,” Ms. Taylor relates. Living in Tinton Falls is great because it provides her with access to the city, the beach, culture, and educational centers. In fact, she and her sister call Seabrook their “hub.” They have driven from the campus to Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Boston, and New York. Ms. Taylor recalls, “All we had to do was lock the door and leave-there were no worries.”

Always active in the community, Ms. Taylor is a member of the Pastoral Care Committee and visits fellow residents providing cheer. She also sings in the “Silvertones” chorus at Seabrook and enjoys playing bridge with her friends and neighbors.

Unlike the average 21-year-old, Ms. Taylor did not want gifts for her birthday; instead, she was happy to be surrounded by her friends and family at the party her sister planned for her.

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