With a wide range of classes at the state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics centers, enriching volunteer opportunities, and clubs that cater to sought-after hobbies and activities, there's never a dull moment at Brooksby Village, an Erickson Senior Living community in Peabody, Mass.
And because the community's stylish, comfortable apartment homes are completely maintenance-free, residents have the freedom to pursue the retirement lifestyle they've always wanted.
"You just can't compare the convenience of everything we have here to living alone in a house," says Brooksby Village Sales Director Gina Fernandez. "You have access to amenities and activities, access to people. Step out your door whenever you feel like it, and you'll have people around! Or, close your door and have your privacy. You have that choice."
Residents say they appreciate being part of an engaging, welcoming community that allows them to be as active, or relaxed, as they'd like.
"Everything is lighter, brighter, more contemporary, and has up-to-date amenities," says Judy Selesnick, who learned about Brooksby before it was even built, thanks to her job as a Peabody city councilwoman. She thought the community was a "great, creative, and innovative idea" for Peabody - and clearly still does.
In 2019, Judy moved into her lovely two-bedroom, two-bath corner apartment home in the Town Center neighborhood.
The many amenities and activities were big draws for Judy, but so was the worry-free lifestyle and the proximity to family and friends.
"I wanted to be somewhere where I didn't have to cook or clean very much anymore!" Judy laughs. "And I could entertain my family without doing either of those."
An active career
After spending 14 years on the Peabody City Council, Judy was keen to continue using her administrative skills. She was elected vice-chair of the Resident Advisory Council (RAC), currently cochairs the dining committee, serves in the Brooksby Ambassador program, and coordinates the Concern Form Process and the Capital Items Project, which seeks resident input on enhancements or improvements to the community, such as new renovations in her neighborhood and throughout the campus.
"I moved here in my early 70s, which I think is a really good age to move," Judy says.
And Brooksby's Resident Life Director Matthew Connery agrees. "The earlier you move, the more you can take advantage of our diverse slate of amenities and activities. We help each resident pursue well-being through the lens of their minds, their bodies, and their social experience. There's so much happening here, and it's easy for residents to choose how and when they want to get involved."
Old and new connections
For Judi Campbell, family ties in nearby Gloucester, Mass., brought her to Brooksby Village in 2015. She chose a one-bedroom apartment home with a stunning, floor-to-ceiling window.
"I looked at a number of places, but Brooksby had so much more to offer than what was available where I was living," Judi says. "My daughter and brothers live nearby, and I was excited to discover that Brooksby has five restaurants!"
At Erickson Senior Living communities, residents often make new friends quickly because of the many opportunities for engagement - and Brooksby is no exception. Your next walking partner, dinner companion, or travel buddy could live right next door!
"I liked the size of the campus, and that there were lots of things to do," Judi notes. "There's a variety of people from a multitude of backgrounds."
Follow your passion
Residents looking to pursue their interests can be as creative as their imaginations allow, even if that means forming new clubs or volunteer groups. Since the community's opening in 2000, residents have created more than 100 groups, clubs, and service organizations, and even started an electric car test-drive group in the last year.
"Our resident life team is dedicated to helping make our residents' lives what they want them to be - whether through the trips they want, the activities we offer, or the performances we schedule. We're here to support them," Fernandez said. "If anyone wants to start a new club or activity, the staff is right there to help them get that going."
Judi, one of the many residents who takes advantage of the community's offerings, enjoys Brooksby's Live and Learn classes, has cochaired the foreign film group for two years, and founded an advocacy group - with help from the RAC - called Mobility Options Balance and Support (MOBS).
"Our group is for people within the community who have mobility challenges, whether temporary or long-term," Judi says. "I've learned a lot about myself and about other people. That's something that I feel really good about."
Invest in your future self at Brooksby Village. From top-notch amenities to affordable, maintenance-free apartment homes, you are sure to live your retirement to the fullest. Request more information today!