Lifelong friends, Martha T. and Jean W., have come full circle. Having first become neighbors when they were little children, they are neighbors once again at The Knolls, Westchester County’s premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC).
“I’ve lived in the Village of Elmsford for much of my life,” said Jean. “When I was 4 years old, Martha’s family moved there, just up the street from me. We were the only two girls on the street, and so we got along.”
The two lived on the same street for many years until Jean’s family moved to another home in the village, but a little bit of distance didn’t harm their friendship. They still took turns visiting one another.
“We didn’t see each other every day though, until now,” said Martha.
Martha and Jean are neighbors once again, as both have chosen to call The Knolls their home. A few years ago, Martha heard about an event happening at The Knolls; a lecture series on the history of the area. She was interested and called Jean to see if she would like to attend the event with her. Jean agreed and they both looked forward to the visit.
“I became interested in the community,” said Martha. “Jean was interested in moving here in the beginning, even though I wasn’t ready yet myself.”
Jean said, “We came to look, and I loved it. I pretty much decided that’s where I would go, even though my brother insisted I look at other places. I’ve lived at The Knolls about a year and a half now.”
Martha looked at another community in the area, but after meeting The Knolls’ residents, who were so welcoming and friendly, she knew that The Knolls would be the best place for her.
“There was no comparison at all,” said Martha, who has been a resident for about seven months now.
Life at The Knolls
The two friends spend their days staying active in the community and enjoying their apartment homes. Martha has joined the knitting and crocheting club and participates in the exercise classes, while Jean enjoys going for trips with fellow residents and watching sports such as baseball and hockey in her apartment home.
Living in the same building has its perks, and the two can easily spend time together whenever they choose. Jean and Martha now live only a few steps from each other, just as they did all those years ago when they lived on the same block.
Jean’s advice to those who are learning about retirement communities is to “come and see what The Knolls has to offer and see how nice the people are. I feel very comfortable here, thanks to the staff, the residents, and the people running it.”
Martha suggests that it’s a good idea to “look around. Not everyone is going to have the same personality, but The Knolls was perfect for me. The staff and the residents are always willing to help.”