Alive in All Seasons at Juniper Village at Chatham!
Monday, May 28, 2012 • 4:41pm
CHATHAM, NJ – While many think of Assisted Living Communities as moribund dark places where senior citizens go to live their last uneventful days, nothing could be further from the truth, particularly at Juniper Village in Chatham where residents are engaged, involved and active.
One resident, 92 years young, began sculpting at the age of 67. “I had always been interested in drawing, even in elementary school,” she said. “When I retired, I had to find something to keep me going.” The retired school psychologist said she tried jewelry making, pastel drawing, and other forms of art until she learned stone sculpture. “And I was hooked!” she said.
Barbara Gee, Concierge at Juniper Village told TheAlternativePress.com, “What she has done is remarkable. She’s so modest. As a community, we’re so lucky she came here to live with us. She is truly alive in all seasons of life.” Barbara added, “She is so inspirational that I want to do something to inspire others. She inspires a whole generation to do more and to fulfill themselves.”
Fred Farnsworth, 69, has lived at Juniper since 2002 and is actively involved in the community outside of Juniper Village, serving in the Berkeley Heights Lions Club for twenty-seven years. “I’m still an active member. I still go to meetings,” he said. Farnsworth was President of the Lions Club from 2001-2002 and even today, collects eyeglasses for the needy at Juniper Village.
For Farnsworth, it is about “going there and seeing Lions friends and having a good evening out.” He added, “It feels good doing good things for others.”
Barbara Gee concluded, “The residents here at Juniper have had such full and interesting lives. And they are able to continue pursuing their interests here at Juniper. Our residents are truly alive in all seasons. This is what truly makes us different than all the rest!”
For more information about Juniper Village at Chatham, visit http://www.junipercommunities.com/CHhome.php