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New home, new activities, new life

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July 24th, 2012

Two years ago, Wilmington resident Winnie Meyer told a friend she planned to downsize and purchase a townhouse. The friend asked why Winnie wanted the burdens of home ownership instead of moving to carefree and maintenance-free living at Maris Grove. The question gave Winnie pause. She was well acquainted with the Erickson Living community in Glen Mills, Pa., because another friend, Jackie Hathaway, lived there. In fact, she was joining Jackie for lunch that very day. When lunch ended, Jackie took Winnie to the community s sales office, and Winnie decided to join Maris Grove s priority list. Joining the list gave her the right of first refusal on an available apartment home based on the date she joined the list. I didn t look anywhere else, she says. I really liked Maris Grove, and there s nothing like it in Delaware.

Just what I wanted

The sales staff worked with Winnie to find the best fit a one-bedroom Brighton-style apartment home. They found just what I wanted, Winnie says. Its bay window provides beautiful views of Maris Grove s community gardens. And for a woman whose interests exist beyond her door, her home s just right size simplifies her lifestyle. Winnie doesn t want to spend her time cleaning; she has places to go, people to see, and things to do, including her weekly volunteer commitment at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for family members of seriously ill or injured children hospitalized at area hospitals. One of 400 dedicated volunteers, Winnie helps welcome and orient new guests. And while Maris Grove offers water aerobics classes in its all-season aquatics center, Winnie likes to join long-time friends for classes at Wilmington s YMCA.

Living life her way

Winnie says Maris Grove has given her everything she d hoped for in terms of friendships and activities. And as a single woman I m very impressed with the security, she says. I feel safe here. That was an important factor in my decision. She has her choice of campus restaurants and private dining rooms for dinners with her neighbors. But because she likes to cook, she also hosts small dinner parties and pre-dinner gatherings in her home. Because of that, she participates in Maris Grove s flexible meal plan. The plan provides credits for 20 meals a month, reduces her monthly service package by $60, and means she doesn t lose meals when she cooks in or has dinner at the Ronald McDonald House.

New activities, new life

Winnie now line dances, plays bocce and pickleball, and has become a Wii bowler. I never had a bocce ball in my hand before Maris Grove, she says. I never played pickleball, either. But trying new things is part of my new life. She s inspired her neighbors to do the same. When Winnie assembled a team of Wilmington friends and Ronald McDonald House volunteers for the organization s 2012 5K walk/run fund-raiser, Maris Grove residents joined the ranks. Her team included 29 people and raised more than $1,000.