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Easing into retirement at Brooksby

College professor simplifies life while still working

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November 4th, 2015


Felicia Wilczenski initially thought she should be retired before moving to a retirement community.

As associate dean and professor in the College of Education and Human Development and School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Felicia maintains a robust work schedule.

“Retirement is still several years away, but I was starting to think about my long-term plans,” says Felicia. “I found Brooksby Village online and made an appointment to visit the community.”

Felicia met with Gina Fernandez, sales manager at Brooksby, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

“I went into our meeting with the intention of joining the priority list, thinking that I’d be ready to move in five years,” says Felicia. “As we talked, I realized I would benefit from the maintenance-free lifestyle right now. I told Gina to switch me over to the fast track.”

On the fast track

From that initial meeting in December 2014, Felicia couldn’t have anticipated how quickly her move would transpire.

“It all happened a lot faster than I thought,” she says. “Gina showed me a two-bedroom, two-bath Lancaster-style apartment with a sunroom. I loved the apartment because it could accommodate my piano, and I could use one of the bedrooms for a home office.”

Brooksby Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Phillips visited Felicia in her Salem condo to assist with planning the move.

“Laurie recommended a real estate agent and a moving company,” says Felicia. “I was working full time and didn’t have time to shop around, so I appreciated her help. I listed my condo on March 6, 2015, and it sold within a week. After that, everything came together quickly. I moved to Brooksby at the end of April.”

Resort-style living

Although her move to Brooksby happened ahead of her initial timeline, Felicia says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I feel like I live at a resort,” she says. “Everyone is so friendly, and all the amenities are just a short walk from my apartment.”

Felicia works out regularly in the community’s on-site fitness center and indoor swimming pool. She also hosts friends for meals in Brooksby’s restaurants.

“I’m on the 20-meal-per-month dining plan,” says Felicia. “I’m not always back from work in time to use the meals during the week, so I invite friends to join me on the weekends. Entertaining is so much easier than it was in my condo. I don’t have to worry about meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking. My friends and I just head over to one of the restaurants at Brooksby.”