Charlestown operates on a fee-for-service basis, making it an affordable and secure choice among senior living communities.

Real estate’s prime selling season is upon us, and if 2019 is your year to consider vibrant retirement living, no doubt financial considerations are at the top of your list.

Brooksby Village
Jay Milnor was appointed a knight in the French Legion of Honor. He has the framed letter from the Consul General of France, along with the framed certificate from the ceremony, displayed in his apartment at Brooksby Village, where he lives in Peabody, Ma

In today’s world of email and text messages, getting a letter in the mail is a rare occurrence. Receiving a letter from the French Consulate in Boston is even more unusual.

“I was surprised to learn I was getting [this] award,” says Jay Milnor, a community member at Brooksby Village, in Peabody, Mass., where he’s lived since 2003.

Brooksby Village
Mim Willows (left) and Dorsy Von Rosenvinge sew and stuff colorful hearts to put up around Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Step into the arts and crafts room in Brooksby Village’s McIntosh Clubhouse on a Friday morning, and you’ll find a group of ladies with sewing needles or crochet hooks in hand.

The Heart Ladies formed 12 years ago as an avenue for those who like to sew, quilt, and crochet to work collectively on projects.

Brooksby Village
Jean Holroyde is at home in her light-filled Harrison-style apartment home at Brooksby in Peabody, Mass. Prior to her move, Jean got an insider’s look at the community through her Live the Life experience.

When Jean Holroyde leased a house in Ipswich three years ago, the location couldn’t have been more idyllic.

“I had this dream of living right on the water,” says Jean. “It was wonderful—until winter hit. The winter of 2017–2018 was a tough one. We had major coastal storms, and I had to evacuate four times.”

Ashby Ponds
Living at Ashby Ponds, the Erickson Living community in Loudoun County, Va., since 2014, John Hedley fondly remembers former President George H.W. Bush, whom he worked with during Bush’s time as vice president.

Following the November 30, 2018, death of former President George H. W. Bush, the office of former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama said, “Bush’s life was a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey. It’s a legacy of service that may never be matched, even though he’d want all of us to try.”

Ashby Ponds
Connie and Raoul Drapeau moved to Ashby Ponds in 2015 and have already referred two couples to the popular Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va.

Spring is in the air at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. As members of the tennis club dust off their rackets and devoted gardeners flex their green thumbs, the community celebrates with a renewed sense of energy, excitement, and unprecedented growth.

Ann's Choice
Perk Crook, woodshop member at Ann’s Choice, installed customized wood shelving in the walk-in closet of neighbor Terry Bovée (pictured here) to hold her fabric, quilts in progress, and supplies.

What began at Ann’s Choice as a casual dinner conversation between Berwyn Crook, who everyone knows as Perk, and new neighbor Terry Bovée, resulted in a win-win situation.

Ann's Choice
Bud and Cheryl Williams smile from their Ann's Choice apartment

For Bud and Cheryl Williams, moving from Churchville, Pa., to Ann’s Choice was a simple decision.

The Erickson Living retirement community in Bucks County opened in 2003. Bud started working there in 2004 when the third of Ann’s Choice’s (now 15) residence buildings was under construction.

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Siena Lakes
Siena Lakes’ services and amenities help you maintain and improve your physical, social, and emotional well-being, thus allowing you to enjoy many years of health and independence and avoid costly advanced care.

Today’s senior living landscape is littered with all kinds of financial options, many requiring you to accurately forecast your future health care needs in order to get the best value.