Laurie Phillips, personal moving consultant at Brooksby Village, pays a home visit to a prospective community member.

If you’ve considered a move to Brooksby Village, chances are you’ve heard of Laurie Phillips.

Retired teacher Heidi Stowe loves the open layout of her one-bedroom, one-bath Brighton apartment home at Brooksby Village.

When Heidi Stowe first considered a move to Brooksby Village, she studied all of the community’s one-bedroom floor plans.

“I’m a visual learner,” says Heidi, a retired teacher. “I had to see the floor plans to get a feel for how I could live in the space.”

The Silver Connections dinner group is one of Brooksby’s resident-led initiatives to create a warm, welcoming community. (From left) Stephanie Carnahan, Larry Carnahan, Margie Keene, Lillian Young, and Betty Roop.

Like the first day of school or the first day on a new job, every beginning offers a mix of excitement and trepidation.

“It’s a feeling that doesn’t go away, even as you accumulate more and more life experiences,” says Melanie Bernardin, director of resident life at Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Larry and Gerri Berry, seen here playing ping pong, chose Brooksby Village for its abundant amenities and full activities calendar.

When Larry and Gerri Berry first considered moving to a retirement community, they put three factors at the top of their list.

“Activities, cost, and location were our primary considerations,” says Larry, who spent his career in the cargo airline industry with the Flying Tiger Line, which was later acquired by FedEx.

Brooksby Village driver Kate Hubbard (left) and resident Audrey Frye Helzner discovered a surprising connection during a drive from Boston to Peabody.

The drive from Peabody, Mass., to Boston is just enough time to strike up a meaningful conversation, says Kate Hubbard, who works in the transportation department at Brooksby Village.

Allison and Jim Dolan pose in their home

For Jim and Allison Dolan, planning is key.

“My parents lived at a continuing care retirement community, so we were aware of its value and the peace of mind it affords,” says Allison.

In 2008, while the couple was living in Malden, Mass., they began to explore options for their own retirement living.

Brooksby Village resident Jerry Rosen works as a program assistant at Salem State University’s Enterprise Center four days a week.

Four days a week, Ed Berger makes the familiar commute into Boston, Mass., where he works in the office that bears his name.

As a pension appraiser and qualified domestic relations order preparer at Ed Berger & Company, Ed’s spent the better part of four decades building his career. Ed says he can’t imagine not working.

Mary Dentler (right) and her daughter Karen Vadala enjoy a sunny afternoon in Mary’s apartment home at Brooksby

If anyone can speak to the benefits of living at Brooksby Village, it’s Mary Dentler.

Mary and her husband Carl moved to the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community in 2002 from their home in Lexington, where they had lived for 52 years.

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.