b'stating, When youre on the younger side of your senior years and in good health, you can take advantage of all of the communi-tys amenities to the fullest. Also, moving is certainly much easier on you when youre younger and healthy. And Sandy insight-fully pointed out and advised: Choosing a community is like a marriage. Youre making a long-term commitment both emotionally and financially, and you need to make sure your final decision is a good fit. JIM & KATHY MURPHY: DUNWOODY VILLAGEBefore selecting Dunwoody Village, Jim and Kathy Murphy took the sensible and pru-dent steps of visiting, exploring, and apprais-ing five communities. They discovered that all five of these communities had waiting lists. So, the Murphys made a few more judi-cious moves by putting their name on all five Photo credit: Denniswaiting lists and making a down payment atDegnan Photographyeach community. At the time, Jim and Kathy were only planning ahead and not necessar- Jim and Kathy Murphy thoroughly take pleasure in their two-story Penrose Carriage Home ily in an immediate rush to move; they actu- and all its features and amenities, including the opportunity to garden which is especially ally expected to wait at least a few years, andimportant to Kathy. Jim, a former Villanova University professor, relishes his opportunity in possibly as many as five years for the idealestablishing on-site continuing education courses at Dunwoody Village.community that met their requirements. As it Barclay Friends turned out, they only waited months, a little over six months. Jim remarked, Dunwoody Barclay Friends is a senior living community in the West Chesterhad everything we were looking for, and Borough known for providing compassionate care, as well asthen some.programs designed to engage in horticultural therapy.And what were Jim and Kathy looking for in a community? Primary criteria includ-The community is excited to announce that construction on its new building, Preston, is welled a highly rated Continuing Care Retire-underway! Preston will be home to 60 new residents and offer Personal Care, Memory Care, andment Community (CCRC), a carriage-style Residential Living. The layout of the new building will afford residents opportunities to enjoyhome, lots of outdoor space for gardening natural light and open spaces. and walking Duffy, their Cocker Spaniel, and Preston will feature new, state-of-the-art amenities. Dedicated spaces, including an art room,a stimulating socially active community.library, fitness room, and hair salon will enrich residents lives. Residents will also have access toWhat do the Murphys like most about rehabilitative therapies through Barclay Friends award-winning program. Dunwoody Village? Jim made particular Twenty private apartments will house residents in need of secure Memory Care. A sense of note of fellow residents: The camaraderie autonomy, continuous learning, personal fulfillment, and independence will be embraced. here is really solid. We enjoy dining nearly every evening with fellow residents, their support, and the many interesting conver-sations we have each day. Jim and Kathy thoroughly take pleasure in their two-story Penrose Carriage Home and all its features and amenities, including the opportunity to garden which is especially important to Kathy. Jim, a former Villanova University professor, relishes his opportunity in estab-lishing on-site continuing education courses at Dunwoody Village. He recently conduct-Preston, Opening ined a six-week Irish Literature course which Summer 2020 was overwhelmingly popular with residents. To join the Preston interest list, visitBF.Kendal.org/Preston Additionally, Jim is collaborating with a number of talented fellow residents for in-CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM/ May/June 202089'