Ralph and Nancy Bonney pose in their home at Brooksby Village

For Ralph and Nancy Bonney, the decision to move to Brooksby Village was akin to a day at the beach.

First, they stood on the shoreline and admired the ocean. Then, they dipped their toes in the water before venturing in up to their knees. Finally, they took the plunge.

Justin Paradis was recently named associate executive director at Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Erickson Living has named Justin Paradis the associate executive director at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass. Paradis has been with Erickson Living since November 2006 working in health care operations.

Gilbert Norwood, pictured with his cat Moose, wasn’t planning to move to Brooksby Village but says it’s one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

If there was one certainty in Gilbert Norwood's future, it was that his retirement years did not include a move to a retirement community.

“After my wife passed away, I moved in with one of our sons,” says Gilbert, a retired pediatrician from Beverly, Mass. “I thought I was set for life.”

Sales Manager Gina Fernandez and Mike Warren, administrative assistant in resident life. Both began their careers as high school students.

Gina Fernandez was a freshman at Peabody High School when her mother saw a notice in the newspaper advertising student wait staff opportunities at Brooksby Village, the

Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

CTV Coordinator Jessica Rogers (standing) leads a workshop for volunteers interested in learning more about stage managing in Brooksby’s TV studio.

Not long after Kathryn Kirleis moved to Brooksby Village in July 2015, a listing on the Peabody community’s monthly calendar piqued her interest.

“It was a meeting for residents interested in volunteering in the TV studio,” says Kathryn, a retired social worker. “My curiosity about broadcasting came right back up to the surface.”

Cathy and Ted DiBlasi moved to Brooksby six years ago to be closer to their two daughters.

Ted and Cathy DiBlasi were high school sweethearts at Flushing High School in Queens, N. Y., before Ted enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent three years in the South Pacific during World War II.

“Ted didn’t come home at all during those three years, but we wrote letters back and forth,” says Cathy, who studied education at Queens College while he was away.

Marilyn Dillon (left) and Janet Franz participate in a handwashing activity during Brooksby’s two-day women’s retreat.

Reverend Judith Medeiros, Protestant chaplain at Brooksby Village, recently celebrated her one-year anniversary at the Peabody, Mass., community.

Sue Davis, sales director at Brooksby Village, leads an experienced sales team as they introduce prospective residents to the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community.

Ask Sue Davis to describe her sales team at Brooksby Village, and you’ll see her face light up.

Harris and Sandra Gold traded condo living for the amenity-rich, maintenance-free lifestyle at Brooksby Village.

It’s been one year since Harris and Sandra Gold first visited Brooksby Village, and much has changed over the past 12 months.