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After 27 years of teaching children in the Delaware school system, Ilona Lind says the high stress and fast pace had caught up with her. My body was a wreck because I had ignored it for so long, Lind says. Once she retired, things became quieter and she was able to listen to her body; she knew it was time to reconnect.

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Working after retirement allows people to explore their true passions because, let s face it, a passion doesn t always translate to a profession. But during retirement, anything goes, and that s just one of the beauties of this stage in life.

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Joe and Connie O Grady were accustomed to hosting Thanksgiving at their previous house, an affair that originally started with a few people gathering around the table and grew to the point where they had to move furniture around to accommodate the expanding family. About 40 people would attend, and everyone brought a dish.

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[caption id="attachment_6383" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Dubbed Veterans Walkway, 159 bricks engraved with the names, ranks, and stations of Maris Grove veterans form an s-shaped path, leading from the Cardinal Clubhouse to a permanent memorial."]

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[caption id="attachment_6371" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Jean and Warren Given spend time with Duncan, their West Highland white terrier who has recently been certified as a pet therapist at Maris Grove."]

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Since March 16, 2009, the fitness center at Maris Grove has been open 24/7, causing the number of visits to skyrocket from 1,500 to close to 1,800 each month. Fitness is important to most Maris Grove residents, and Lois Hayes who moved there last November from San Diego, Calif. is no exception. Though Hayes says she hates exercise, she can t imagine her life without it.

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[caption id="attachment_2263" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Nancy Copple, who had conceded to the idea that she was only going to have grandsons, celebrates her five granddaughters with an annual tea party, now in its sixteenth year."]... Grandparents have always had a special bond with their grandch

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The world is your oyster is usually a saying reserved for youngsters or teens. But Harry and Nancy Drew are finding that life is full of opportunities at any age if you just know where to find them. The Drews live at Maris Grove, in Delaware County, Pa., and they say the full-service community is opening up a whole new world for both of them.

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Six residents from Maris Grove recently participated in the Intergenerational Learning Project with students from Garnet Valley Middle School. The project began when Bette Alburger interviewed kids from the school for Kid s Poll, a Sunday section of People Poll that runs in the Delaware County Daily/ Sunday Times.