Rosalie Gelernt enjoys apartment living

Apartment living is the life for Rosalie Gelernt. A New York City native, Rosalie says she appreciates the underestimated benefits of apartment living—a simpler lifestyle that allows her to live exactly the way she wants.

It’s a lifestyle that’s growing in popularity among older adults.

an American Flag

Jackie Cole

Being an American means having the freedom to decide what I want for myself and not to be told what to do. And for me, I think it’s the experience of meeting people from all over the world. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel once I reached my 60s. The more you travel, the more you find that everybody is basically the same.

Willy and Karin Goedeke traveling

Summer’s high temps can be brutal. But you don’t have to just sit around inside all day. Community members who live at Seabrook stay active year-round, regardless of the weather.

Anita Nixon and her neighbors founded Retired Teachers at Seabrook, an organization that stays abreast of current educational issues and volunteers their time for education causes.

As a young girl, Anita Nixon would set her dolls up at tiny make-believe desks and teach them reading and math from the front of a “classroom” in her childhood home. Her sister would tend to the dolls’ wounds and illnesses. 

Mary Ann and Nick Cammarano pose in their custom Seabrook home

Like many people looking to rightsize for retirement, Nick and Mary Ann Cammarano were initially hesitant to make a drastic change from their single-family home to lighter living. Two years after jumping on an opportunity—or two—they wouldn’t change a thing. 

RoseMary Cheek and her Cavachon Mazie Grace. A Cavachon is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon.

What’s your pet’s name?

Mazie Grace.

What kind of pet is she?

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She’s really a Cavachon—her daddy was a Bichon—but if you look at her you see no Bichon at all.

Describe the day you got Mazie Grace.

Seabrook honors its 20th anniversary this November but is celebrating all year long. A resident art and photography show will be held May 17. More than 50 artists will display works of various mediums. Come see stunning artwork, from watercolors and acrylics to sculpture and photography to quilting, knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint.

Fitness specialist Lauren Welch acts as spotter for balance class participant Marlene Seybold as she steps on and off the foam pad.

Did you know that an inactive 30-year-old can be more prone to falls than a 65-year-old who practices yoga or takes a balance class?

“Balance is age-related, but it’s also related to your activity level,” says Carrie Hughes, physical therapist and co-owner of Stay Home Safely, a company that makes homes safer for seniors through home modifications.

When is the best time to sell your house and move to Seabrook?