man holding a miniature drum set

The Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Seattle Space Needle—Bob Croft has built them all as tiny 3D metal models. 

Helen Millican sits in her Brooksby apartment home with a copy of the advertisement for a recent Lexington Meet and Greet. She co-chairs the group with a Brooksby neighbor who also hails from Lexington.

Lexington, Mass., was Helen Millican’s home from the time she was a preschooler. She grew up there, married a man from the town, raised her children, and taught swimming lessons to many of the town’s children. Townspeople also knew the Millicans for the garden center they owned.

On one end of the living room, a grand piano topped with music sheets begs to be played. In another corner, a built-in, floor-to-ceiling bookcase invites readers. And on every surrounding wall, carefully selected paintings complete the elegant atmosphere created by Alice and Carl Wathne. 

From its entrance within Canterbury Court neighborhood, the Intermissions space looks like any Brooksby Village apartment home.

Beverly Smigel (right) and her daughter Debbie stop outside of the fitness center at Brooksby.

Long before it was typical to see joggers in the streets, Beverly Smigel had made it her routine. Days began at 5 a.m., with a series of stretches followed by an hour and a half of brisk walking/jogging through Marblehead, Mass., that typically covered more than five miles.  

John and Barbara Sullivan take a break from their activities in their Kingston-style apartment at Brooksby, in Peabody, Mass.

Barbara and John Sullivan began casually looking at Brooksby, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass., a decade ago. A sociable pair, Barbara and John had noticed that as people in their community got older or became restricted physically, those people also became more isolated.

Wellness has long been a goal for those who live and work at Brooksby, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass., but this year marked a milestone as the community went smoke-free on January 1.

Brooksby library benefits from renewed volunteer support

It has all the makings of a quintessential library: rows of neatly stacked and categorized books of varying sizes and lengths, welcoming armchairs for reading, a peaceful ambience.

Q&A with Brooksby selling and moving experts

As sales counselor, Jane Kiegel has been facilitating moves to Brooksb..., the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass., for more than five years. But she has honed her expertise during more than 13 years working for Erickson Living.