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Tess Huetz has always led a full and active life. Like many older seniors, still healthy and vibrant, she wasn’t about to slow down. However, living all alone in a big house had become more challenging every day. Friends and family agreed that the ideal situation would be moving to a place where her vibrant life could continue, but in the comfort of her very own home. After much searching, Tess found that ideal situation and more at Silverwoods.

A beautiful age-restricted community of spacious, garden-style apartments, Silverwoods Independent Living in Toms River has earned the finest reputation with residents and their families alike. It all begins by catering to seniors’ zest for living with the most ambitious schedule of activities and events.

Since moving into Silverwoods in October, Tess has taken full advantage of the many opportunities to stay active and involved. “I haven’t changed my lifestyle at all. I’m sooo busy,” Tess says. “I love all of the off-campus trips we go on. The Cape May Lobster House was a wonderful time. Monday nights the bus goes to Seaside Heights and you can walk the boardwalk. Sunday, there’s a bus to the Pavilion at Island Beach. Tomorrow we’re going to the delicious Apple Orchards in Colts Neck. Their pastries are famous! Once a month there’s an outing to see Frankie Fingers in concert at the Crab’s Claw in Lavallette. And if you like Atlantic City, we go as a group every other week.”

One can truly feel the pulse of this active community at the expansive clubhouse. Here, Silverwoods residents gather for all kinds of entertainment, exercise classes, social gatherings, informative lectures and more. Tess keeps engaged in all that the clubhouse offers. “There’s an indoor pool, and a library with a fireplace. In the living room they have concerts and play Bingo, although Bingo bores me to death,” she says wryly. “ I love the Tai Chi classes, the indoor pool, exercises, the treadmill. I’ve used the bike and other machines too.”

The clubhouse is also the setting for everyone’s favorite social event – dinner. According to Tess, the full course dinners, from appetizers to dessert, are superb. “Charles is the Chef, and he’s very anxious to help and please everyone. He makes sure everyone is happy and having fun.”

But it’s the friendships that make for truly enjoyable times. “I found new friends, and we have dinner every night,” Tess says. “Six of us at a table. We all get dressed up and meet and talk about our day. I love it.”

Silverwoods’ central location was a major selling point for Tess. A short drive from Holiday City, (another Hovnanian Senior Development, and her home for over 30 years), Tess can maintain her longtime relationships with friends. “The other night, I invited six friends from Holiday City to dinner at the Silverwoods restaurant, and they learned all about my new home. I invited them back for drinks and we all had a good time. I’m always showing off my apartment to my friends. I’m so happy here.”

Silverwoods’ Director Katie Davis says it’s a combination of factors that make Silverwoods a great move for active seniors. “The quality of life we offer is outstanding. The location keeps residents close to family and the area’s great attractions. We’re financially better for seniors, too. Most facilities ask for upfront money. We don’t. This saves our residents thousands and thousands of dollars.”

Tess absolutely beams when talking about her apartment.

“I selected the lovely two bedroom model with one bathroom and walk in closets, she says excitedly. “I use one of the bedrooms as a den. My son from Massachusetts sleeps there when he visits. I love it!”

One would think that moving out of her home of 30 years would be a life-changing experience. But for Tess, only her address has changed. Not her lifestyle.

As the Silverwoods bus returns Tess home from the mini-mall, and stops at the covered bridge across from her unit, she eagerly plans her night’s activities. “I’m going to put away my shopping and then get dressed for dinner. Maybe the blue top with the white slacks?”

Part of a continuum-of-care campus in Toms River, Silverwoods is one of the areas first and most highly regarded independent living residences. Delivering a high level of service, stressing independence, building long-term relationships with residents and families, and promoting active lifestyles, has created a new standard for affordable senior living.

For more information, contact Silverwoods at 732-341-6630.