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.

Faye Williams is the editor of The Brooksby Villager, a quarterly journal written and published by people who live at Brooksby Village, an Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Every time Faye Williams pulls new story submissions from the boxes located in Brooksby’s craft rooms, she feels a pulse of excitement.

“It’s like Christmas,” says Faye, editor of The Brooksby Villager, an independent quarterly journal written and published by residents of the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass. “Every story is a present, unique and exciting.”

Betty Roop chose her favorite furniture pieces and décor to showcase in her Brooksby apartment, including watercolors she’s painted.

When Betty Roop moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass., in September 2016 from her home of 48 years in North Andover, she faced the same challenge as everyone who had moved to the Erickson Living community before her: downsizing.

Brooksby residents survey items that can be recycled during the 2016 Road Show, sponsored by the community’s recycling committee.

When it comes to recycling, people who live at Brooksby Village are making small changes that will have a significant impact over time.

Bettie Loughhead (left) and Roberta Gosselin cochairs of the Brooksby Afghan Group, hold up afghans that have been knitted for donation.

Ever since President Nixon established National Volunteer Week in 1974, ensuing presidents have championed the benefits of civic engagement. 

President Obama, in his last National Volunteer Week proclamation as president, asserted, “People of all ages can volunteer, and anyone can, through the smallest of acts, do their part to improve the lives of others.”