Posted by Dunwoody Village on 01/10/2020

Decidedly Different

Decidedly Different

Visitors to Dunwoody Village frequently remark that it just “feels different” from other communities, and it doesn’t take long to understand why. The genuine friendliness, openness and inclusivity that are an intrinsic part of the Dunwoody culture are readily apparent from the moment people walk through the front door.

But Dunwoody Village doesn’t simply offer a friendly, inviting atmosphere. It offers a wide variety of activities and events that enable residents to create the retirement lifestyle that most appeals to them.

Fitness Programs. Residents enjoy classes like Tai Chi, Pilates and water aerobics, but also have plenty of opportunities to frame their own fitness routine. Leading a hike on one of the walking trails on Dunwoody’s 83 acres, or arranging a game of pickleball, are just two of the many forms of physical activity available to Dunwoody residents. 

Lifelong learning. In September, just like students on surrounding college campuses, Dunwoody residents took to the classroom as “Dunwoody University” took shape. Dr. James Murphy, Dunwoody resident and professor emeritus at Villanova University, captivates his learners in a weekly session on Irish Literature. From a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to a knitting class, residents can explore new interests.

Volunteer opportunities. Many Dunwoody Village residents continue to volunteer with community organizations. Additionally, with 30 committees within the Dunwoody Village Residents’ Association, there are plenty of ways for residents to use their gifts and talents within the walls of Dunwoody and beyond. Robert and Clara Hilberts coordinate a casserole program through which nearly 100 casseroles are made monthly by residents and provided to a local men’s shelter. Others publish a monthly newsletter, oversee the woodshop or floral studio, or welcome new residents as part of the Hospitality team.

Socialization. Some residents arrive already knowing friends or having connections in the Village, which fosters a sense of familiarity. Others find that Dunwoody offers a refreshing sense of change – with new friends who have an array of diverse backgrounds and experiences that make the daily social exchange richly rewarding. By chatting with a neighbor over iced tea on the patio or joining a book club, residents can easily find their niche. 

“Almost every evening we dine with different people,” says Diane Ladner, who moved into a Penrose Carriage Home three years ago. “Or we call up someone to attend one of the excellent programs with us, such as when we have David Kim, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Concertmaster here. It’s a fascinating mix of people who have done very interesting things with their lives.”

The convivial atmosphere is apparent to everyone who lives at Dunwoody, including resident Fran Northrup who visited 14 communities before choosing Dunwoody Village as her new home. “Because of the camaraderie and support at Dunwoody, people in the art studio encouraged me to learn oil painting,” she recalls. “That camaraderie and support makes Dunwoody Village a very rewarding place to be.”

Very rewarding indeed.

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