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Inspiring Stories From A Few Residents

Working Past Retirement Age? Why Not?

For John and Sally Killian, moving to Bethany Village was as natural as remaining at home. Having helped with a friend’s and family member’s moves to Bethany, and as long-time advisors and... More »


Jumping Right In

Laura Dotterer’s decision to move to Bethany Village three years ago followed a not-uncommon pattern.

Her husband Ronald had passed away, and Laura was living far from family outside of Rehoboth... More »


Friendships, Opportunities Bloom After Move

As a self-described “Type A personality,” Tom Fabian recalls his friends comments when he shared that he and wife Mary Lou were moving to Bethany Village. "They all said, 'Tom, what are you going... More »


Trading Space for More Fun, Less Stress

It’s clear that Susan Stiller is someone who knows the importance of enjoying life.

In fact, it was Bethany Village’s snow tubing and water tubing trips that helped her decision to move to the... More »


Why Waiting Is “A Huge Mistake”

For everyone who has thought about moving to a retirement community only to think again and again as the years tick by, Art Lindsay has one thing to say: “That’s a huge mistake.” 

At age 72, Art... More »


71-Year-Old Accepts Cycling Challenge & Has Time of His Life

Lowell Starling is a Bethany Village resident and a former member of the Asbury Communities, Inc. Board of Directors. He shared the following with us in October 2015.

What happens when a... More »


Mary Anne Morefield: A New Life in Poetry

In April, my first book of poems, Earth, Grass, Trees and Stone, was published, launching me into a whole new world of being a poet – a busy life, indeed.

(Read one of Mary Anne's poems below.)

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Wellness Role Model Spreads Joy Around

When Bethany Village added its West Campus in 2004, a long covered porch flanking the main entrance was a key feature. Though people would stop to chat while entering or exiting the building for a... More »


East Cottage Home Is Proactive Plan for the Future

When Ann Chance and her husband, Joe Kearney, decided to move to Bethany Village they were leaving behind a light-filled home they had built for their retirement situated on wooded lot in a West... More »


Life-Long Friends’ Joint East Cottage Purchase ‘Ideal’ Arrangement

Co-housing communities is not a new concept, but it is a relatively new trend among older people. When Margee Kooistra and Jane Wilshusen moved to Bethany Village, they put their own unique twist... More »


Nurse Turned Poet Explores Legacy of Race

For Marian Dornell, her newfound status as a published poet is one she would have never predicted. But in February, a slender book of poems called Unicorn in Captivity, will be published bearing... More »


Meet the New Generation of Bethany Residents

As Bethany Village celebrates its 50th Anniversary this fall, we’d like to introduce Tom and Penny Coganto. We invited Tom to write this reflection on how they came to be the second generation of... More »


A Spirit of Giving

In The Giving Tree, the author Shel Silverstein tells of the lifetime relationship between a boy and a tree.

The tree gives and gives of itself to the boy through play, apples to sell, and... More »


Heavy Medal Winners

Each summer for one week, Bethany Village looks a little bit like the Olympic Village, as residents pay homage to their heritage and put their fitness to the test during the community’s Senior... More »