WCCA’s program at Erickson Living’s Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls reflects this retirement community’s ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and the beneficial role the arts play in the lives of its residents. What began in 2012 as a 10-week NCCA pilot program is now in its sixth year.
Friday mornings, two dozen or so residents from Seabrook’s assisted living, long-term care, and independent living communities join me in the second floor living room of The Gardens for Poets from the Gardens (now Stories From the Gardens)—an hour of great literature and art, lively discussion, sharing of stories, and writing invitations inspired by the likes of Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, William Carlos Williams, W.H. Auden, Wislawa Szymborska, Basho, Murasaki Shikibu, Constantine Cavafy, and Billy Collins.
In the spring of 2013, 40 resident writers published their own anthology: Voices in Bloom. The event was marked with an official book launch and signing, along with a series of public readings. That same year, Story Garden—a weekly program designed for residents with cognitive challenges—was launched.
Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, is one of 16 Erickson Living’s full service retirement communities around the country dedicated to changing the way Americans view aging by consistently offering services and resources that make growing older something to look forward to.