A Heartfelt Anniversary at Woodland Pond | Sponsored | Lodging | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
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Beginning in 2001, there was a fresh force to be reckoned with in New Paltz. A committed, sophisticated crew of elders had joined together to address the problem of how to spend their golden years in safety, comfort and enjoyment. They didn’t want to stay tied to houses too big for their needs. They did not want to trade the culturally and intellectually adventurous New Paltz vibe and the Shawangunk Ridge views for life anywhere else on the planet.

They organized, planned and formed alliances, and on September 25, 2009, their shared dream became a reality when Woodland Pond opened its doors, the area’s first—and still its only — Continuing Care Retirement Community. More than 1,500 people have lived at Woodland Pond since then, enjoying an atmosphere arranged to maximize convenience and joy.
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Who was the very first resident? There’s a friendly rivalry around that title, between the first to move stuff in and the first to stay the night. Tenth anniversary celebrations kicked off with a “Class of ’09 and Founders Celebration” bash and included “five musical performances, a showing of classic cars and food truck event, a historical review of the use of our land going back 18,000 years, a Gala (“the Big Party”), an art show, a musical revue, and a series of 4 hikes of the property,” says Sarah Hull, Woodland Pond’s Director of Resident Services.

That’s just how they roll. Residents can immerse themselves in art or yoga or gardening or music or activism or all of the above, with amenities like a CIA-trained chef, heated indoor pool, onsite salon and concierge service. There’s a pub complete with Happy Hour, a billiards room and a library. (Did we mention that those elders were clever souls?)
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Everything is thoughtfully conceived to minimize nuisances and burdens, freeing people to pursue several passions at once and host the family at Sunday brunch without so much as washing a spoon.

Woodland Pond’s Lifecare program means that active, independent seniors can enjoy life to its fullest secure in the knowledge that they have skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care and short-term and inpatient rehabilitation services within arm’s reach.
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They’ve maintained a five star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services every year since 2014, been named “Best Continuing Care Retirement Community” by Hudson Valley Magazine and is the only CCRC in the country to be named a Leader in LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the second year in a row.

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