Women on the Move at Plantation Village
It’s been said “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”, but what if you think you have arrived, only to find that you are just beginning? Women on the Move is a group comprised of women who have recently moved to Plantation Village. They are from all walks of life. They are mothers, educators, professionals − all with one thing in common. They are starting over. They are all in a new place, meeting new people, learning new things, and trying to put down roots in this new life that they have chosen. It’s overwhelming for some of them, and it can be difficult to verbalize their feelings. The decision to move to a Life Plan Community didn’t come easily for all of them, and each has their own story about why they are here. So, what makes this so difficult? Everyone knows that moving is stressful. Add in that you are older, possibly leaving a home that you have been in for many years, maybe you’re moving to a new state, or the move is precipitated by the health of a spouse. Whatever the reason, it makes adjusting that much harder. It doesn’t matter how good the food is or how nice it is to have weekly house cleaning, starting over is just hard!
People choose Plantation Village because it is a great place to live, but it can take time to adjust to your new home. Because we recognize this, the idea for bringing together all the new female residents as a group was born. Getting acclimated can be harder on women since we tend to be the ones who nurture others, and often don’t pay attention to our own needs. This group gives new women residents a safe place to talk and connect, share their experiences both good and bad, learn about one another and just be with other people who are in the same situation. The name Women on the Move speaks to the fact that these women made the choice to move to Plantation Village, they are continuing to move forward with their lives, there are experiences to explore; both within the community of Plantation Village and outside of it, hopefully with the new friends they are making here and with the old ones that are still a part of their lives. After meeting for over six months now, the group continues to expand as new ladies move in. There is now a sense of confidence and belonging among the women who have been in the group since the beginning. The founding members are taking on a mentoring role for the new members of the group. The difference between the initial group meetings and the recent meetings are pretty amazing. At the beginning it was a bit awkward, but as each woman began to open up and speak about her experiences, the discomfort vanished. Friendships have developed, connections have been made, but most importantly ideas have been brought to the table about how to make the transition easier for new residents of Plantation Village. These women are tremendously accomplished, they are intelligent, funny, experienced, well-traveled and well read − all they needed was someone to listen and to assure them that they had not lost any part of themselves by coming here. No, in fact they’re on the move toward a fulfilling and richer tomorrow.
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Becky Grogan, Marketing Coordinator at Plantation Village, a non-profit continuing care retirement community that offers independent living on a 56-acre campus in Porters Neck, minutes from downtown Wilmington and area beaches. Residents enjoy first-class services in a wide variety of home styles, from one- and two-bedroom apartments to cottage homes and two-bedroom villas. Plantation Village is managed by Life Care Services™, the nation’s second-largest senior care management company.