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No one understands the power of friendship for seniors more than Hebrew SeniorLife. And nowhere is that more apparent than at our two independent living communities, Orchard Cove and NewBridge on the Charles.
We've collected some stories that highlight the many forms friendship takes at our two communities. Listen to these new friends talk about how our communities brought them together and how important their relationships have become to each other.
“There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met.”
Roz and Marilyn moved to NewBridge within the first months of the community opening. When they met, something clicked and they discovered they had so much in common. They both believe that friends become an indispensable support network as you get older and bring with them new ideas and new ways of looking at life. Roz and Marilyn worked together to create a Hospitality Committee. Together, they’ve created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for everyone living at NewBridge.
The NewBridge Men’s Club
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
The NewBridge Men’s Club is in its second year of monthly meetings, drawing up to 100 men at a time. The club was founded by Gerry, who was aware men were in the minority at NewBridge on the Charles and that many single or widowed men were dining alone. “I began to think that there was a need for a group to get together where men could get involved in things that might be of interest to us,” says Gerry.
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”
The Orchard Cove Morning Coffee Klatch is a free flowing group of friends who welcome everyone. But it’s also a hub for the daily network of connections that keep the fabric of this community so well knit. It gets the day off to a great start for the residents who value the daily experience and the friends they've made.
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
Bernyce and Mel knew each other when they moved into Orchard Cove over ten years ago. Bernyce was friendly with Mel's late wife, Norma, and knew Mel casually. Through the activities at Orchard Cove, they reconnected and renewed their friendship. Slowly over time, to their surprise and delight, their friendship blossomed into love.
Man’s Best Friend
“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Irv moved to Orchard Cove from Florida with his dog, Zoey. Irv was looking for a community near his daughters and one in which dogs were welcome. He found both at Orchard Cove. Zoey is particularly special – not only is she a friend, having her has made it much easier for Irv to meet new people. The name Zoey in Greek means life – and that’s what she means to Irv.