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Hometown Charm
Residents of The Evergreens retire in the place they love

by Staff

With its charming, historic downtown, tree-lined streets and friendly spirit, Moorestown is a picture-book small town. And like many small towns, it is full of residents with deep ties to the community, no matter where they are.

Tom Burke, executive director at The Evergreens, a premier Acts Retirement-Life Community in Moorestown, and Dr. Joseph Moloney and his wife Bernie, both residents, go back a long way.

“My family moved to Moorestown in 1970. I must have been about 6 years old,” says Burke. “My mother took my siblings and me to see Dr. Moloney, one of the few pediatricians in town. I’m almost embarrassed to say I went to Dr. Moloney until I went off to college. I was the oldest ‘kid’ in a waiting room surrounded by Hot Wheels cars and Fisher-Price cash registers.”

Like many Evergreens residents, the Moloneys were able to continue living in a town they love, with all the security and friendship that entailed, but without the upkeep and hassles of a private home. Their decision to move to The Evergreens was an easy one. “They already knew so many people. Many of their friends – the people they had spent their lives with – were already here,” says Burke.

Dr. Moloney concurs. “It’s great! We are very happy. We have friends here new and old. My wife Bernie has really gotten involved in many of the different groups here like bridge, choir – and, oh, we love the food,” he says.

“Many residents’ children also live nearby,” adds Burke. “I see the Moloney’s daughter, Eileen, whom I went to high school with, when she comes to visit her parents.”

The Evergreens has always played an important role in the community. The scenic, 104-year-old  campus with its green lawns and historic central manor is one of the oldest continuing-care retirement communities in the country.

“I understand implicitly the attraction of continuing to live in the place you’ve called home for so long,” says Burke. “One of the greatest parts about my job here is being able to live and work in the community where I’ve built my life.”

On any given day, The Evergreens community is full of laughter and buzzing with activity. Residents greet each other with grins and friendly challenges to try out all the activities available in this storied place. The Evergreens has long been a thriving community of people making the most of an active retirement. That spirit of sociability and dedication to celebrating the best of life is the ethos of this Moorestown landmark.

Whether it's enjoying sports and games, engaging in community service, or tending to its active garden and resident honeybees, residents have the time to explore the activities they love thanks to a maintenance-free lifestyle and the promise of long-term security that comes with Acts Life Care. The Evergreens continues to offer the easy, worry-free lifestyle it has long been known for and Moorestown’s location makes it easy to explore the best of Philadelphia, New York City and the New Jersey Shore.

Jim Petty, senior vice president for strategy and mission for Acts Communities says, “We’ve been very successful in offering the best of today’s healthy lifestyle while providing long-term peace of mind and security. And increasingly retirees that come to Acts are hungry to share their talents in service of the greater good, whether through advocating, volunteering, taking care of others, or simply shifting their focus to something bigger than they are, that continues to provide real purpose, meaning and inspiration.”

For the Moloneys and their friends at The Evergreens, that translates to a retirement among people they already know and love that offers more than relaxation but also a way to explore passion and purpose, at a community built on loving kindness that continues to encompass what its residents want and need to live their best lives. 

“We’re getting better every day,” says Petty. 

The Evergreens, an Acts Retirement-Life Community
(888) 521-3972

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 6.
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