Better Times Ahead
As the ominous skies begin to clear, people nearing retirement age prepare to explore new frontiers.
by Bill Donahue

John Mowry has his priorities firmly in order. 
“Right now I’m thinking more about where I’m going to get my next loaf of bread and roll of toilet paper, not about where I’m going to retire,” says Mowry, who lives in Delaware County. “But once we get back to normal and I can see my grandkids again and we’re all licking our wounds to see what kind of financial damage has been done, then we can take a breath. Then we can start thinking about retirement and what we’re going to do with our time.”
The COVID-19 outbreak has touched every aspect of Mowry’s life. He and his wife are both working from home at the moment—he from the kitchen on the first floor, she from a small office on the second. A few friends who have gotten sick either are on the mend or have already recovered. He’s also been in touch with his financial advisor about his retirement savings to mitigate the financial impact as much as possible. Depending on how the numbers look when the dust settles, he admits he may have to adjust his timeline. He and his wife, both in their late 50s, expect to retire within the next seven to eight years—at least that was the plan prior to the emergence of COVID-19. 
The Mowrys have been living in their family home for more than 20 years, and all three of their children have since left the nest. They like it there, near Swarthmore, but Mowry admits the home requires more upkeep than he would prefer. On the other hand, he’s tickled by the idea of moving something new, scary as the proposition may be.
“Maybe we move away,” he says. “Maybe, if the money’s there, we spend winters someplace warm and summers up here so we can be near the grandkids. That’s something to think about tomorrow. Right now we have to get through today.”
When the time comes, Mowry and others like him have a number of questions to answer, options to ponder, and preparations to make. Some may choose to age in place upon retirement, whereas others will prefer to downsize into a more manageable space. Some will stay local to be near family, friends, and the lifestyle they have grown to love, whereas others will put down roots elsewhere and explore new frontiers.   

Checking Every Box
As the following guide illustrates, the Greater Philadelphia Area offers an abundance of life-care communities—also known as continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs—that provide a unique experience for men and women of a certain age. These communities check every box, so to speak, by affording each resident the opportunity to pursue a lifestyle of enrichment, engagement, and excitement. Because CCRCs can accommodate any changes to a resident’s health, from memory care or other forms of long-term assistance, these communities offer yet another benefit: peace of mind for residents and their family members. 

Acts Retirement Life Communities
Locations include Brittany Pointe Estates in Lansdale, Fort Washington Estates, Granite Farm Estates and Lima Estates in Media, Gwynedd Estates in Ambler, Normandy Farms Estates in Blue Bell, Southampton Estates, and Spring House Estates in Lower Gwynedd.
Arbour Square of Harleysville

Artis Senior Living
Huntingdon Valley, Princeton, N.J., and Yardley

Atria Senior Living
Atria Center City in Philadelphia, The Solana Doylestown in Warrington, and Atria Lafayette Hill.

The Attleboro Community

The Beaumont at Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr
Brandywine Senior Living
Locations include Dresher Estates, Haverford Estates, Longwood in Kennett Square, and Upper Providence in Phoenixville.

Bryn Mawr Terrace
Bryn Mawr

Chandler Hall

Dunwoody Village
Newtown Square
Five Star Senior Living
Locations include Devon Senior Living, Exton Senior Living, Glen Mills Senior Living, and NewSeasons at New Britain in Chalfont. 

Friends Home & Village

HarborChase of Wilmington
Wilmington, Del.

The Hearth at Drexel
Bala Cynwyd 

Hershey’s Mill
West Chester

Lancashire Terrance

The Manor at York Town

Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill
Lafayette Hill

Meadowood Senior Living

Pennswood Village

Pickering Manor
Pine Run Retirement Community

Pleasant View Communities
Presby’s Inspired Life
Locations include Rydal Park in Jenkintown, Rosemont, and Spring Mill in Lafayette Hill.

Priority Life Care
Symphony Manor of Feasterville and Independence Court of Quakertown

Locations include Echo Lake in Malvern, Kyffin Grove in North Wales, Daylesford Crossing in Paoli, and Plush Mills in Wallingford.

Symphony Square
Bala Cynwyd

Waverly Heights 
White Horse Village
Newtown Square

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Life magazine, April 2020.