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Ideal for every age

At Maris Grove, age really is just a number

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June 26th, 2014
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As Tom and Margie Gibson can attest, aging in place takes on an added dimension when the place is Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

They live in the company of caring friends; enjoy creative pursuits and delicious, healthful cuisine; and experience the peace of mind that flows from round-the-clock security and a gated entrance. 

Before moving to Maris Grove, Margie visited as a guest lecturer, giving a talk on Family Treasures, her book about writing life stories. Afterward, she took a tour and marveled at on-site amenities like four eating venues, a pharmacy, fitness center, and library.

“I saw everything Maris Grove offers people our age that our 55-plus community in Glen Mills didn’t,” she says. 

Margie wanted those amenities. When she went home, she said, “Tom, we should move.” 

And they did. 

Everything under one roof

Now it doesn’t matter that Margie no longer drives because of macular degeneration. She walks to her activities, including medical and dental appointments because her doctor and dentist practice in Maris Grove’s on-site, full-service medical center. 

Maris Grove also makes it easy for her to follow her limited diet. Choosing among ten different entrée choices in the campus restaurants every evening ensures delicious and also permissible meals.

The boon for Tom is Maris Grove’s indoor circuit of hallways and climate-controlled bridges. He uses them for daily one-and-a-half-mile after-dinner walks. “This past winter, he couldn’t have done that where we lived before,” Margie says. 

Her campus commitments include hosting Through the Lens, the flagship program at Maris Grove’s in-house TV station. She’s recently completed another book, and she performs in Follies, the campus talent show. 

Tom could also be Follies-bound because he writes and performs comedy routines. No surprise, these writers use their second bedroom as a computer room.

Growing older, staying ageless

Chronologically, Jane Flick is near the upper end of the age spectrum. In reality, she’s ageless.

After her husband died, Jane moved from a somewhat isolated 13-acre farm in Maryland to the security of Maris Grove. 

She chose a one-bedroom Brighton apartment home, where she’s so involved with community life, she saves reading for evenings.  

Among Maris Grove’s nearly 200 activities, she favors mentally and physically stimulating ones like book clubs, Bible studies, meditation, and T’ai Chi Chih. 

To stay at her best, she’s also taken a balance and mobility class and belongs to Unforgettables, a memory-enhancing group.

In nice weather, she enjoys walking to Target at the outdoor mall across the street from Maris Grove’s entrance. For farther-afield errands, she rides with a neighbor, or she can take Maris Grove’s shuttle or taxi service.

“Maris Grove is everything I dreamed of,” says Jane. “Age doesn’t matter here. The people I eat with and am friends with are younger than I am. And there are a great variety of ages in the activities I belong to.”

No one knows her age unless she tells them.

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