“We knew half the people here already,” said Dr. Licht, a retired dentist and a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean War. The Licht family had lived in Longmeadow since 1952. “We were very familiar with Glenmeadow—many of the residents were our friends and we had visited them at Glenmeadow before we came to live here,” he said. “A lot of the residents had been my patients.”
Indeed, before they became residents, Jean had frequented Glenmeadow to play bridge and mahjong here with friends. Glenmeadow was clearly the right place for them, and “it was time to make the move to Glenmeadow. We knew about these inevitable decisions that you eventually need to make as we got older,” she said. “You can’t wait until it’s more difficult to make a change in life. Here, everything is taken care of. You don’t have to cook or clean or worry about missing social events because of weather.”
Playing an important part in their decision was Glenmeadow’s stellar reputation and their resident friends’ recommendations. Also, the couple were seeking a community that nurtures mind, body, and spirit. “We love the group activities, and before the COVID restrictions, we used to go to great musical performances at Glenmeadow in Cotz Hall,” said Dr. Licht.
In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions had moved many activities to Channel 918, Glenmeadow’s in-house television station, but now, with the reopening of many programs and services here, the Lichts are delighted. Jean was ebullient when she recently played her first bridge game with friends in months. “We’re so happy that the Dining Room and the common rooms are reopening,” said Jean.
The couple has traveled extensively over the years, and although they’re from Springfield and had lived in Delray Beach at one time, they consider Longmeadow their “hometown,” and Glenmeadow, of course, their loving home. They have been an integral part of the Glenmeadow family. “We love it here,” said Jean. Dr. Licht agrees: “The team members is remarkable—they are extremely caring. They couldn’t be any nicer. It’s a great place to live.”