The Best of Retirement
Comfort, care, and connection await residents of the area’s finest communities devoted to enhancing life for older men and women.
by Jill Lupine

“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” Those words—from Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles—feel truer and more pertinent than ever. There’s simply no place quite like home, as a certain ruby-slippered Kansan once opined. 
The average American is expected to move 11.4 times in a lifetime, according to a 2015 story on the website FiveThirtyEight. Many older men and women in the Philadelphia area may be pondering a move that will likely be their last, meaning into one of the many exceptional continuing care retirement communities nearby. 
These communities, known as CCRCs, strive to offer everything an incoming resident might possibly want or need: comfortable (and, in some cases, luxuriant) living accommodations; restaurant-like dining options; comprehensive fitness and wellness offerings; specialized health care; and a full lineup of clubs and activities designed to foster engagement, growth, and camaraderie.
While making a move may induce some stress and worry—moving always does, no matter one’s age or preparedness—these communities work to make it as stress-free as possible, just as they did at the height of the pandemic. It may take a few days for new residents to get settled and find their feet, but they usually “get into the flow” rather quickly, according to one CCRC administrator. Most are quite happy for the change and the peace of mind that come from a change of address. 
We shine a spotlight on the area’s many fine CCRCs whose residents find comfort, connection, and care on their campuses. In other words, their residents find a place that truly feels like home. We present our 2021 Best of Retirement.

Acts Retirement Life Communities
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, Yardley, and Princeton, New Jersey

Atria Senior Living
Atria Center City in Philadelphia and Atria Lafayette Hill

The Attleboro Community

Brandywine Senior Living
Dresher Estates, Haverford Estates, Longwood in Kennett Square, Senior Suites in East Norriton, and Upper Providence in Phoenixville

Bryn Mawr Terrace
Bryn Mawr

Chandler Hall

Cornwall Manor
Cornwall (Lebanon County)

Dunwoody Village
Newtown Square

Five Star Senior Living
Devon Senior Living, Exton Senior Living, Glen Mills Senior Living, and NewSeasons at New Britain in Chalfont

Friends Home & Village

Garden Spot Village
New Holland

HarborChase of Wilmington
Wilmington, Delaware

HarborChase of Princeton
Princeton, New Jersey

The Hearth at Drexel
Bala Cynwyd

Warminster and Yardley

Hershey’s Mill
West Chester

The Hickman
West Chester

The Mansion at Rosemont, Rydal Park and Rydal Waters in Jenkintown, and Spring Mill Pointe in Lafayette Hill

Lancashire Terrance

The Manor at York Town

Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill
Lafayette Hill

Meadowood Senior Living

Merrill Gardens
Arbour Square at West Chester, Eagleview Landing in Exton, Mercer Hill Doylestown, Merrill Gardens at Glen Mills, The Pinnacle in Plymouth Meeting, Truewood by Merrill in Glen Riddle

Pickering Manor

Pine Run Retirement Community

Pleasant View Communities

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

Echo Lake in Malvern, Daylesford Crossing in Paoli, and Plush Mills in Wallingford, and Ovation at Riverwalk in Plainsboro, New Jersey

The Solana Doylestown 

Springton Lake Village

Sunrise of North Wales
North Wales

Symphony Square
Bala Cynwyd

Waverly Heights

White Horse Village
Newtown Square

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Life magazine, June 2021.