Resident Shirley Hutchins Making Connections At New Pond Village
For an older adult reluctant to move from his or her home, nostalgia and a connection to the physical place in which they have lived is typically a big reason why making a move is hard. For Shirley Hutchinson, a move to New Pond Village has provided a true sense of belonging and allowed her to appreciate her memories at the same time.
“The day I moved in, it felt like home,” Shirley says. “I brought everything I needed and wanted. The memories I have are with me, not with my old home or the street my family and I grew up on.”
Research continues to tell us that maintaining connections with others – staying involved and active – is key to aging well and combatting loneliness. At New Pond Village, a focus on community means residents have access to a full calendar of engaging experiences that encourage interaction and fun.
“I was tired of walking into an empty house, and I knew I wanted to be with people,” Shirley explains. She is now closer to her church and friends, which has given her the opportunity to find the community that she was lacking before the move.
“I continue to do the activities I love – cooking, gardening, knitting – but now, I have the opportunity to do them with others.” Committed to making her new home a thriving one, Shirley serves in several leadership roles across the community.