Free to have fun

Community members enjoy a rich variety of activities at Seabrook

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April 29th, 2020
Seabrook residents Tom and Maureen Sullivan enjoy walking on campus at the vibrant senior living community in Tinton Falls, N.J. They're seen here strolling across the lush green campus.

Seabrook residents Tom and Maureen Sullivan enjoy walking on campus at the vibrant senior living community in Tinton Falls, N.J.

Every day, the clubhouses at Seabrook buzz with energy. Residents at the Erickson Living-managed and developed senior living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., are exercising, going to clubs, dining with friends, learning in lectures and classes, taking field trips, enjoying a movie or live performance…the choice of activities is endless. There is something for everyone, even those who prefer just to relax and enjoy the engaging atmosphere on campus. 

Besides being fun, this regular engagement around shared interests delivers important benefits: It enhances emotional well-being and cognitive function and may even help stave off certain age-related illnesses. 

Studies prove the point

The National Institute on Aging cites research that shows “a strong correlation between social interaction and health and well-being among older adults.”

That’s why so many seniors are opting to live in communities like Seabrook, where they can stay active and connected. All the amenities—gym, pool, theater, restaurants, game rooms, art studio, TV studio, and clubs—are under one roof, so it’s easy to engage with peers. Cultural events and a variety of programs are always on the schedule. 

“With more than 100 clubs and activities on campus, you’ll never run out of things to do,” says Senior Manager of Resident Services Michelle Aguilar. “You can choose to do as little or as much as you want. And everyone is so friendly that it is so easy to make friends here.” 

Residents also get acquainted with their neighbors over meals in Seabrook’s restaurants and by striking up conversations in the hallways or the clubhouses.  

The downside of aging in place

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 million seniors live alone, usually in their family home. Many view “aging in place” as a badge of independence, but living alone can be isolating. 

Then, there’s the time and expense of home maintenance. Unfortunately, houses age right along with their occupants; deferring maintenance can erode a home’s value and your nest egg. 

“We constantly hear, ‘I should have done this sooner,’ even from the reluctant movers,” says Seabrook Sales Director Dan Simms. “Once they start living an active, maintenance-free life, they look ahead, not back. They’re free to have fun instead of fixing the roof or mowing the lawn.”  

Living their best lives

Tom and Maureen Sullivan heartily concur, calling the move to Seabrook “the best decision we ever made.” They left the 55-plus community where they’d lived for 16 years because the number and frequency of activities were dwindling.  

“We were very active and didn’t want to slow down,” says Tom. “At the same time, we needed to start planning in case our situation changed and we needed extra care. We didn’t want to be a burden to our kids.” 

The couple was drawn to Seabrook’s active, maintenance-free lifestyle as well as the higher levels of health care available on campus.

Within days of moving, they had joined the theater group, the movie club, and the TV studio. “We wanted to be around other creative, energetic people, and to try new things,” says Maureen. “The two of us are in several clubs. You do as much or as little as you want, but it’s more fun to join in.”

The Sullivans say they feel younger and more vital since moving in. 

“Our grandson, who’s 35, told us that moving here was a gift to the family because they don’t have to worry about us,” Maureen says. “To be honest, it was a gift to us, because we don’t have to worry about anything—maintenance, bad weather, falling. Everything we could possibly want is right here, and we love it.”

Time for a new adventure

Jane Veth came to Seabrook single and is having a ball. Like the Sullivans, she lived in a large house but was beginning to tire of it. “All the maintenance, indoors and out…I’d had enough, so I started looking for my next adventure,” she says.

Jane joined the priority list, which enabled her to reserve the floor plan of her choice and to attend events before she committed. “Being on the list gave me the chance to ‘test drive’ the community, to see if it was right for me. Everyone I met was so friendly and happy. Best of all, Seabrook is just minutes from my daughter and grandkids. It really ticked all the boxes.”

Jane does tai chi three times a week, plays pickleball on and off campus, line dances, shoots billiards, and sees a movie almost every night. She logs several miles a day without trying because everything at Seabrook is connected by interior walkways. The walkways also provide Jane with the opportunity to catch up with her neighbors and exchange friendly hellos.

Like Tom and Maureen, Jane encourages everyone to move while they are young and healthy enough to enjoy everything Seabrook has to offer. “The social part of living here is so important,” she says, “You feel like a kid on a new adventure. I can’t wait to see what’s next!”