Le Cercle Français: (Clockwise, from left) Roger Deschenes, Jean Desrochers, Margot Holender, René Cormier, George Brawerman, Phyllis Toban, Emil Paige, Carolyn Payne, Georgette Labrie, Simone Howland, Louise Netten, and Ruth Brawerman.

At first glance, you might think the group gathered in the Towne Centre Clubhouse at Brooksby Village is one of the Peabody community’s resident-run clubs.

And you’d be right.

But lean in a little closer and you might be surprised to hear the group of residents conversing in French.

Anne DeStefano relaxes in her Brighton-style apartment at Brooksby, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

As soon as Anne DeStefano stepped into the Brooksby Village apartment she now calls home, the natural light streaming through the bay window made an immediate impression.

“The apartment is so light and bright,” says Anne. “It was the first feature I noticed.”

Brooksby’s trees and water features highlight the  Erickson Living community’s natural beauty.

Much has changed since Brooksby Village opened its doors 17 years ago, including the community’s physical landscape.

This group of Brooksby residents, who met at a follow-up breakfast hosted by the sales office, get together monthly for dinner. (From left) Betty Macaulay, Bill Macaulay, Beverly Shepard, Arthur Shepard, Mary Wolf, Bob Wolf, and Connee Turcotte.

When Laurie Phillips, personal moving consultant at Brooksby Village, sat down to plan her very first follow-up breakfast with the community’s newest residents, she began to see connections forming on the page.

Marjorie Snodgrass holds her book, Echoes in Retrospect, which tells the stories of students and teachers from Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., where Marjorie taught from 1950 to 1954.

Helen Keller passed away 49 years ago this month, yet her inspirational legacy lives on. The well-known author, speaker, and activist, whose illness at the age of 19 months left her deaf and blind, was born on June 27, 1880, and died on June 1, 1968.

Marjorie Snodgrass holds her book, Echoes in Retrospect, which tells the stories of students and teachers from Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., where Marjorie taught from 1950 to 1954.

Helen Keller passed away 49 years ago this month, yet her inspirational legacy lives on. The well-known author, speaker, and activist, whose illness at the age of 19 months left her deaf and blind, was born on June 27, 1880, and died on June 1, 1968.

Joan Santeusanio considered a move to a rental apartment or condo before choosing Brooksby Village for its amenities and onsite health care options.

Joan Santeusanio was keeping an eye toward the future. She just wasn’t sure which way to look.

“I’d lived in my home in North Reading for 44 years,” says Joan. “It was starting to become something of a money sponge, so I made the decision to sell it. I wasn’t sure where I would go, but I knew that I wanted to stay in the same geographical area.”

Daniel and Theresa Conlon sold their Andover house and moved to Brooksby Village using moving professionals and resources recommended by Brooksby Personal Moving Consultant Laurie Phillips.

Daniel and Theresa Conlon’s home of 53 years in Andover, Mass., was the only home they’d ever owned. So when the couple began considering a move to Brooksby Village in Peabody, the notion of selling their home, packing up a lifetime of memories, and unpacking in a new apartment was initially daunting.