Through Our Eyes

Life at Lions Gate.

As retirees embrace the next phase of life, many make the big decision to move to a senior living community.  Some want to downsize from a big house, and shed the burden of yard work and home maintenance.  Others move to be closer to their children and grandchildren.  Many are looking for a community with a wealth of social opportunities to make new friends.  And most want the safety and security that a Life Plan community offers, with a full menu of care services.  Whatever the reason, Lions Gate is so proud to welcome new residents to our beautiful campus everyday, and we are excited to share some reflections from our newest residents here.  While no two stories are ever the same, when read as a whole they reflect the happiness and contentment so many people have found living at Lions Gate.  We hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy their anecdotes, as you learn more about this supportive community.  Our door is always open to you…

According to Beverly Solomon,

the best thing about Lions Gate is the home-cooked food.

“I.  Hate.  To.  Cook!” laughed Beverly.  “I was getting tired of cooking for myself, so getting dinner served to me every day here at Lions Gate is a treat.  And soon we’ll be eating together in the formal dining room again.  If I’d known what a relief it would be to have someone else cook for me, I’d have moved here years ago.”

Steve and Barb Anderson

look around their new Lions Gate cottage, and sigh.

“Do you hear that?” asks Steve.  “That’s the quiet bliss of suburbia.  After living for 25 years in downtown San Francisco, you don’t realize how much your body and soul values a little peace and quiet.  We can sit out on our back patio, watch the sun set, and enjoy this beautiful open space full of sunshine and blissful quiet.  It’s life changing.  I look around sometimes, and can’t believe we’re actually here.”

Ruth Gross

credits Lions Gate with her sunny outlook on life.

“Every morning I wake up to a bedroom full of sunshine,” smiled Ruth. “And at the end of the day, I enjoy a beautiful orange and purple sunset in my living room. My apartment at Lions Gate has the most warm and peaceful atmosphere. It reminds me every day what a great decision it was to move here as I embrace this next phase of my life.”

Fred Rickey is new to Lions Gate.

He moved in mid-pandemic, in September 2020.

Fred Rickey is a researcher. As an historian of mathematics by profession, Fred loves an immersive deep-dive kind of project. He always said that when he retired he planned to go to the library. But the pandemic made that impossible, so now he spends his days — and nights — reading and writing about mathematics. His big projects include the mathematics of Leonhard Euler, the surveying work of George Washington, the history of the mathematics department at West Point, and the history of logic in Poland between the two wars.

For Marian and Elliot,

2020 was full of ups and downs.

“We’d only been living at Lions Gate for a few months when the pandemic hit,” said Elliot.  “We didn’t know what to expect, but Lions Gate handled it extremely well.  Of course they follow all CDC orders to a T, but it’s all the little things they have done to keep our spirits up that have been so meaningful.  They drop little surprises at our door all the time.”

At 85 years old, Lois Goldberg,

says she doesn’t need a bucket list.

“Why would I need a bucket list?” asks Lois. “I have everything I want here at Lions Gate. All of my furniture fit perfectly in my apartment, so it felt like home immediately. I wake up every morning, look out on my patio to this absolutely beautiful view of the big lawn and trees, and I say ‘Thank G-d I am here.’”

Elinor Kase likes to come and go as she pleases.

But I like staying here, too. It’s fun!

“To be happy, be grateful for what you have around you” said Elinor. “Look around Lions Gate. How can you not be happy with all of the services here? I have dinner cooked for me every night. I have housekeeping once a week. If I need anything, I just pick up the phone, and the concierge has someone at my door before we even hang up

Sybil Bernstein, 

decided to move to Lions Gate 15 YEARS AGO.

“I don’t always take years and years to make a decision,” laughed Sybil. “I first attended a luncheon introducing the Lions Gate community 15 years ago before they even had a groundbreaking. I thought everything they had planned sounded wonderful, so I always had it in the back of my mind that if my husband passed away I would move here when I was on my own. He died in June 2020, and I moved into Lions Gate on December 8, 2020. It was exactly where I needed to be at exactly the right time in my life.”

Millard Braunstein 

says the secret to a long life is to never have too much down time.

At 94 years young, Millard Braunstein is like the Energizer bunny. A graduate of both Penn State and Temple Dental School, he practiced dentistry for 40 years before passing the practice on to his two daughters. “My wife, Renee, and I were married for 57 years. We have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. I’m a regular at Temple Beth Sholom Shabbat services where I have been a member for 61 years.”

Pearl Drelich, 

played many roles throughout her life — wife, mother, and educator.

Pearl Drelich played many roles throughout her life — wife, mother, and educator.  She is proud of her contributions in every role she played, but one of the most meaningful roles she played in her lifetime was that of an enlisted member of the United States Naval Reserve (Women’s Reserve), better known as the WAVES (for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II.

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