Our Big Decision: A Couple’s Journey to Finding The Village at Penn State

For residents, Al and Jane Butler, moving to The Village at Penn State has been a decision that continues to bring them peace and fulfillment. As they enjoy their retired years together in a community full of friendship and active lifestyles, they look back on their journey to finding The Village, and are so happy with the decision they made.

Raising their family and living in South Jersey for 40 years, the married couple decided to move to the State College area after they retired. “I was in education,” says Jane. Jane was an elementary school principal and later became a superintendent. After her retirement in education she also developed her own consulting business. “We’ve always had very active lives,” she affirms. Al is a retired real estate broker and has had a very fulfilling career as well.

After living in a house with so many responsibilities for several years, Al and Jane contemplated downsizing. “We had so many things to take care of in our house. Mowing the lawn, cleaning, all of those kinds of things. We had so much stuff, and at a certain point, we knew it was necessary to move into a retirement community,” says Al.

A big transition: beginning their search for an active retirement community

The couple admits they had initial reservations in making this important transition. “A move like that is a big decision,” says Jane. “There’s this emotional risk of whether or not we’d enjoy a place after we moved in,” she reflects with honesty. Jane explains that Al was also having difficulties with his health, which was another reason that made it all the more important to consider this move.

Upon searching for a retirement community that was suitable for their lifestyle, Al and Jane considered The Village. The couple had been familiar with the community previously as they have a few friends who’ve lived there for several years. “Our friends would always speak so highly of The Village. They would tell us that the food and dining are outstanding, which is always a big deal. And they’d also talk about the many activities the community has to offer,” Jane explains.

It didn’t take long for Al and Jane to make their big decision. Just three months after touring the community and its luxury apartments, the married couple was moving in.

Outstanding food, endless activities, fulfilling friendships, and more!

For Al and Jane, there are so many wonderful amenities to living at The Village, they find it hard to choose their favorite. “Firstly, the food here is incredible,” Al says. “And the activities and the community’s relationship to Penn State University, it’s fantastic,” Jane adds. “And the pool, and the many friendships we have, we are just very, very happy here,” she adds again.

The Butlers also greatly enjoy The Village’s transportation program. “Being able to have someone take us places like our doctors’ appointments, that’s a big relief. Those are the types of things we were struggling to do on our own, whether it was because of traffic or parking lots. Now we don’t have to worry about that,” says Jane.

Jane also says that The Village’s on-site doctors and medical services give her and her husband great comfort. “We heard about the tremendous doctors here who you could see quickly if something were to happen. That gives us a lot of peace. I think all of these things came together in this big decision to move here,” Jane explains.  

It is this peace of mind that has made living at The Village so enjoyable for the Butlers even amidst COVID-19. Moving to the community in May, The Village facilitated proper precautions to ensure a safe and healthy move. “We had so much stuff that we gave away. Now that it’s all gone, that anxiety has gone with it,” Jane affirms.

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