We watched Glenbrooke being built and knew right away that we would be selling our home to enjoy our retirement here. We have been here since 2003 and we will continue living here. Glenbrooke’s staff is second to none and they have become our family. Our friends that live here at Glenbrooke are also more like family. We enjoy the activities and lifestyle that Glenbrooke offers and truly believe there is not a better place to live out our retirement!
The Benefits of Book Clubs Back
If you feel like happiness is talking about books with friends, then a book club might just be what you are looking for. On the other hand, if you don’t consider yourself much of a reader, you may just want to give a book club a try anyway! Reading improves your cognition and mental sharpness, and book clubs can improve your social, mental, and emotional health. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Consider these benefits of participating in a book club as you enjoy your golden years:
Connecting With Like-Minded People
One of the most important benefits of book clubs is the social interaction you experience with your peers, with the community staff, and others. From meeting new people, making new friends, to sharing stories and thoughts; book clubs are a great setting to connect with someone else. The book will provide a common interest to break the ice and get a good discussion going.
Studies have shown that reading improves brain function. As you read books you otherwise may not have (as they are suggested in the club), you not only enjoy the benefits of reading to prepare for the meeting, but your thoughts and ideas are expanded throughout the discussion as you meet together. You horizons will broaden as you explore authors and topics you otherwise may not have just by being in a book club!
It’s no secret that reading about historical events and other’s experiences is very inspiring. Maybe a book you read with the club will inspire a new interest or hobby? Maybe you will be curious about a new skill or talent you’d like to develop? There’s no doubt that new interests will arise from the books you read and interactions you have from book club.
Contribute to Those Around You
It may seem simple, but book clubs provide a forum in which seniors can contribute to the community. Sharing knowledge and things you have learned with others renews confidence and offers a sense of pride. In no time, you may start suggesting the next book to read!
A book club is a great place for seniors to stay sharp, contribute, and make and keep friends. If you need assistance in order to attend book club, reach out to your community staff to make arrangements to go. If you feel that your vision is too impaired to participate, find out if there is large print, audio, or e-reader versions available for you. A book club just may be what you’ve been looking for!
As a widower, I felt extremely lonely and disconnected in my neighborhood and home. My friend introduced me to the idea of retirement living in an independent retirement community. I looked at several in Brevard County, but none had the sense of family or friendliness that Glenbrooke has. I’m here at Glenbrooke to stay!
I waited too long to make the move to Glenbrooke. I visited many times and told several of my friends to move, but couldn't seem to brave it for myself. The staff at Glenbrooke never gave up on me, and even helped to see me through the selling of my home and assisted with all the arrangements to make the move! I now feel that I have regained my zest for life and am proud to say that I have found the person I enjoy spending all my time with. I would have never had such an opportunity staying in my house. I am truly at home here!
My husband and I selected Glenbrooke as our home of choice to enhance our retirement lifestyle, but never thought about what Glenbrooke would offer if either of us passed away. After his passing, our children asked me to move closer to them. Even with my limited vision, I am able to maintain an independent, active, vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle. The staff is always available to meet any wants or needs that I may have, and they always do it with a smile and a hug.
Moving to Glenbrooke is the best decision I have ever made. I feel safe, secure and completely at home. My friends and family who come to visit can’t believe that my apartment is so spacious and beautiful! They are always complimenting me on my home and I never get tired of hearing the words “what a nice apartment”. The friends and family I have gained since moving here have definitely helped fill a void in my life, and I have peace of mind everyday knowing I have the freedom to engage as much or as little as I want.
I LOVE Living at Glenbrooke! They truly care about us. We asked for a change to the food and it was done quickly and is delicious. Thank you, Glenbrooke for taking such great care of us and making sure we are happy residents.