The Brook host free lunch, informational at Senior Center

RETIREMENT LIVING: Cindy Goddard, community liaison and Brenda Bromley, Big Rapids nurse manager, each from the Brook Retirement Communities provided lunch and a brief informational session at the Mecosta County Senior Center on Tuesday. The two spoke about the retirement community and its new location in Big Rapids. The Brook of Big Rapids is scheduled to open the first week in February, officials said. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

RETIREMENT LIVING: Cindy Goddard, community liaison and Brenda Bromley, Big Rapids nurse manager, each from the Brook Retirement Communities provided lunch and a brief informational session at the Mecosta County Senior Center on Tuesday. The two spoke about the retirement community and its new location in Big Rapids. The Brook of Big Rapids is scheduled to open the first week in February, officials said. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

MECOSTA — As people age and require more care, they must decide whether to stay at home, move in with their children, hire in-house care or move to a retirement community or nursing home. Making the right decision can depend on the information received.

Officials from the Brook Retirement Communities offered free lunch and a short presentation to nearly 100 seniors on Tuesday, at the Mecosta County Senior Center.

The Brook is scheduled to open in Big Rapids the first week in February, said Cindy Goddard, Brook community liaison. The expectation will be to finish the landscaping projects in the spring and summer.

“Designed with older adults in mind, our communities are designed to look and feel like home,” Goddard said. “Our guiding principle is to present an affordable living option offering comfort, security, convenience and companionship while maximizing each individual’s independence.”

The short presentation was followed by a question and answer session where audience members were able to ask questions about the facility coming to Big Rapids.

Goddard explained the many activities, type of facilities available and what seniors could expect living at the Big Rapids Brook facility. She expressed the community and relationships that can be built by those choosing to live there.

“You know the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child?’ Well, it takes a village to care for seniors,” Goddard said. “Isolation is really difficult for seniors to overcome. … You don’t have to be involved with our daily activities, but the options is there. You can choose privacy or you surround yourself with the activities we do.”

For more information about the Brook Retirement Communities, call (989) 745-6500 or visit brookretirement.com.

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Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at lallen@pioneergroup.com.

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