World of Opportunity
Retirees indulge their appetites for creativity, exploration, and reinvention.
by Bill Donahue

“Find a way to fill the days.”

That was the best bit of advice Randy Del Gatto received from a friend who preceded him in retirement. Del Gatto took the advice to heart last year when he retired from his longtime job as the director of business operations for a large retail company in the Carolinas.
“When you’re working, you spend eight to 12 hours a day at your job, so the time passes way too easily,” says Del Gatto, who has family in Bucks County. “When you retire, you find that you have more time than you know what to do with, but you hit your stride after a few weeks. Looking back, I’m not sure how I got it all done when I was working.
“Retirement takes some intention,” he continues. “If you don’t know what to do with yourself, you might go a little stir crazy [in retirement]. Some friends of mine decided to go back into the work force even though they didn’t really want to; they couldn’t think of anything else better to do.”
Del Gatto has not had the same problem. He fills his days by hitting the gym and plotting out trips to see parts of the world he and his wife have not yet gotten to. Argentina and Antarctica are on the list, he says. Unlike his friends, he has no plans to go back to the working world.
“I don’t have the time or the interest,” he adds. “I’ve got too much to do and too little time.”
Francis J. Roach is retired, too. He and his wife, Barbara, live at Arbour Square in Harleysville. Like Del Gatto, they have had no trouble staying busy. They both volunteer their time to causes at the community; she works at the thrift store while he builds upon his extensive résumé in community service. He rattles off a dozen or more ways in which they can enrich their days, thanks to opportunities made available by Arbour Square, either formally or informally.
“We’ve made a lot of new friends here, so you find things you have in common with people and you always learn something new,” Roach says. “You have a hundred things to keep you busy—theater, exercise, slot machines, bingo. Just about anything you want to do, any interest you want to pursue, you have the opportunity. Now’s the time to do it.”  
Living Well
Pennsylvania has an abundance of continuing care retirement communities, independent-living facilities, and other organizations that can help older Americans live their best lives. The area’s exceptional CCRCs and likeminded enterprises are known for providing superior care, whether they live in a community (independent living, personal care, or memory care) or choose to “age in place.” While many of those organizations are listed below, we acknowledge that the area’s many exceptional communities and allied service providers go beyond the ones mentioned here.
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
Amada Senior Care
In-home caregivers
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
Chandler Hall
Cornwall Manor
Cornwall (Lebanon County)
Dunwoody Village
Newtown Square
Elm Terrace Gardens
Five Star Senior Living
The Devon Senior Living, NewSeasons at New Britain in Chalfont, and Forwood Manor in Wilmington, Delaware
Freedom Village at Brandywine
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 Villages & Golf Club
West Chester
The Hickman
West Chester
The Mansion at Rosemont, Rydal Park and Rydal Waters in Jenkintown, and Spring Mill Pointe in Lafayette Hill
Glen Mills Senior Living, Exton Senior Living, Magnolias of Lancaster
Kendal-Crosslands Communities
Kennett Square
The Landing of Collegeville
The Manor at York Town
Maplewood at Princeton
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Masonic Villages
Lafayette Hill and Warminster
Meadowood Senior Living
Merrill Gardens
Arbour Square in West Chester, Eagleview Landing in Exton, Mercer Hill at Doylestown, Merrill Gardens at Glen Mills, Truewood by Merrill in Glen Riddle
Oxford Enhanced Senior Living
Pennswood Village
Pickering Manor
Pine Run Retirement Community
Pleasant View Communities
Priority Life Care
Symphony Manor of Feasterville and Independence Court of Quakertown
Riddle Village Retirement Community
The 501 at Mattison Estate in Ambler, Plush Mills in Wallingford, Daylesford Crossing in Paoli, and Echo Lake in Malvern
The Solana Doylestown
Springton Lake Village
Sunrise of North Wales
North Wales
Symphony Square
Bala Cynwyd
Visiting Angels
In-home caregivers
The Watermark at Bellingham
West Chester
Waverly Heights
White Horse Village
Newtown Square
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Life, October 2023.