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Get a better feeling of what life is like at Winchester Gardens by reading some of our resident testimonials:
Meet Maimuna Slatewala
I moved to Winchester Gardens about two years ago. My daughter lives nearby, so I decided it made more sense to sell my house in South Brunswick, downsize and move closer to her. I have a lovely two-bedroom apartment that works out very well for me; I am very happy here.
I’m a people person and enjoy meeting new people. Together my neighbor and I run the Newcomers Group where we meet once a month to welcome new incoming residents. I enjoy coordinating speakers within the community to meet with new residents and help get them acquainted with all of the services and amenities here at the community. It’s a pleasure to introduce them to community members and show them everything that’s available here. I sit on the Dining Committee and enjoy working on all of the exciting things happening in our new Café. I am also very involved in the Cultural Group.
The LivWell health and wellness program at the community hosts activities and programs throughout the year and I recently helped coordinate a cultural event where we shared recipes and a traditional Indian lunch, visited a Hindu temple, and participated in Bollywood dance lessons. I attend the exercise group about five times a week and go to the gym to help with my strength training. I also participate in the Brain Games and the computer iPad instructions.
There is so much to do and learn here all the time. The best part about living here is I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. It’s the perfect place for me!
Meet Bernice and Jack Lieberman
In October 2017, my wife and I developed a schedule, preparing to evaluate several senior living facilities in the large New Jersey area between New Providence and Maplewood, and Princeton in the South. After each visit we assessed the CCRC on a scale of 1 to 5, covering ten different factors. Some units were evaluated only after
a second visit, sometimes including a meal with a few residents.
At the conclusion of this exercise Winchester Gardens was clearly number one.
We moved forward, found an apartment we loved and relocated in early 2018. We have been residents for almost two years and compliment ourselves on the choice. During this period we’ve experienced continuing improvement in the selection and quality of the food, while dining facilities have been upgraded and substantially expanded with additional new dining choices due to open in the coming months.
Most residents are eager to meet and welcome newcomers, and with a wide-range of scheduled activities, we met a large number of people in quick time. Today we’ve made many new, wonderful friends and truly enjoy our greatly enhanced, yet simpler and easier lifestyle.
Meet Amy Lau
I have been living in a studio apartment at Winchester Gardens since September 12, 2012. I like the campus with beautiful landscapes and classic architecture, quite unique. It is a very good retirement community. Many have enjoyed good success in their professions. Some come from different parts of the world and speak more than two languages. They make for interesting conversations at dinner.
Activities keep us busy, I like music programs. On Saturday evenings there are live concerts of classical and other instrumental or vocal music in the Great Hall as well as other music programs scheduled throughout the week. I enjoy lectures on art, history, travel and global affairs; we have had interesting speakers on such topics, some of whom come back by popular request. Movies are shown every day in the Multimedia or the Activities Room. The Book Club meets every month with a resident moderator. There is also an annual Residents’ Art Exhibition.
The LivWell health and wellness team organizes programs on brain health, nutrition, Yoga, Tai Chi and other exercise classes. We have a Fitness Room and an indoor swimming pool offering regular aqua aerobic classes. I do a lot of walking, both inside and around the campus admiring the scenic grounds and the villas with their beautiful green lawns. Winchester Gardens’ buses take us to medical appointments, trips to lunch/dinner, supermarkets, malls, and concerts/performances at the NJPAC / SOPAC and New York City.
The Culinary service offers seasonal menus and welcome residents’ feedback and suggestions. Every Thursday the Chef’s Table features a new creation or an old favorite, and every Friday we have Happy Hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres, all on the house. The new cafe is open all day; I can get a snack any time or have my friends and former students enjoy an afternoon tea with me which is one of the things I miss most about Hong Kong.
Not a day passes when I am not busy. I have never felt lonely in Winchester Gardens in the seven years I have lived here!
Meet Ted Bryant
Throughout the many stages of my life: childhood, adolescence, college and careers and my years of marriage, I have always felt like something was maybe missing.
Since moving to Winchester Gardens in 2015, I have finally found complete contentment. While living in an ambience of old-world charm and modern amenities, there’s lots of interaction with friendly community members and always something new to do.
I wake up every morning worry-free. I no longer have to deal with house repairs, snow removal, cooking and housekeeping issues; it’s all done for me here. I am very pleased with the lifestyle at Winchester Gardens and I am very satisfied with this stage of my life!
Meet Fred and Ruth Roessle
In 2008 as a gift to our big family, Fred and I decided to downsize while we were able. So here we are at Winchester Gardens our home since 2009. We love our villa which has scenic views of the beautifully landscaped grounds. We’re both outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy the walking paths throughout the community.
We’re both very involved members of the Residents Association here too. I (Ruth) am a member of the Welcoming, Marketing, Rummage Sale and Scholarship Committees. Fred is a member of the Residents Planning, Finance, Safety and Security and Scholarship Committees.
We are fortunate to have made wonderful friends and stand in awe at their remarkable lives and accomplishments. We also consider our Staff as part of our family and are grateful for their capable and friendly presence here.
I loved to cook but now we both enjoy the varied menus and delicious meals available here. It’s just like home but without the planning, shopping and clean-up which makes it easy.
The Sub-Acute Wing at Winchester Gardens is about to open—a spectacular addition to our campus, and a great comfort to us if needed. And the exercise programs are really fun and good medicine with lots of laughs. Participating in the different classes has opened up a new door for me. I always had a good excuse to “not” participate, but now I look forward to my time there. Fred has always enjoyed sports and is still active in golf and fitness.
We feel blessed and grateful we made a very wise decision almost nine years ago and our family is very thankful we are here. We enjoy their visits and “catch up times.”
Meet Lillian Williams
Lillian Williams has lived in 27 different locations in her lifetime, and in every location she has made it a priority to give of her time.
Her husband’s military career required frequent moves throughout the country and abroad, but wherever she has lived, she and her family have found ways to contribute to the community.
She was a department head with the American Red Cross in Houston for 25 years and following her retirement, she volunteered at the Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest, where she earned a 6,000-hour volunteer pin. For her work, the Texas Association of Hospital Services recognized her with their Volunteer of the Year award.
In 2004, Lillian and her husband decided to downsize and move into a retirement community in Houston. Even then, Lillian volunteered at the hospital three days a week, and gave tours of the retirement community.
Two years after her husband passed away in 2006, Lillian decided to move closer to her children in Maplewood, New Jersey. During her research on the Maplewood area, she discovered Winchester Gardens. And after just one visit, she knew she didn’t need to look anywhere else.
Lillian moved into Winchester Gardens in May of 2008. And she got involved.
For someone so familiar with service to others, Lillian was pleasantly surprised by the level of service Winchester Gardens offered its residents.
“Before I moved from Houston,” Lillian said. “I wanted to have my new apartment painted a particular shade of cream.” She mailed a small piece of venetian blind, painted with the color she wanted, to her contact at Winchester Gardens. “They matched the color perfectly,” she said.
As it turned out, matching that color was just the ﬁrst of many things that Winchester Gardens got right.
Lillian loves Winchester Gardens’ amenities. She comments that the community offers entertainment, events, and activities for all tastes and interests.
But to Lillian, it is the opportunities to volunteer that make Winchester Gardens so special. She volunteers at the Health Center at Winchester Gardens, as well as at nearby Overlook Hospital. She is chair of the Welcoming Committee, and a member of the Health Services and Residential Services committees.
“If I can take a few hours during the week to make people feel the way I do about Winchester Gardens,” Lillian said, “it is well worth my time.”