Volume LIVNovember 2007Number 4

Masonic Village Retirement Living Update

As the Masonic Villages continue to look for ways to serve our members, their families and others in providing quality retirement living services, we are pleased to announce some significant changes recently approved by the Committee on Masonic Homes.

In the past, you may be aware the minimum age to become a resident in one of our active, adult Masonic retirement communities has been age 65. (In the case of two spouses, at least one spouse had to meet the age criteria.) As more individuals continue to look to earlier retirement, it has become evident a change to this policy is now warranted.

The required age to move into Retirement Living at all campuses has now been reduced from age 65 to 60. (In the case of two spouses, one needs to be 60 and the other not less than 55 years old.) This enhancement will provide an opportunity for more individuals to continue to lead an active, adult lifestyle in a secure environment whereby quality health care services would be available should they ever need them.

Construction continues at the Masonic Village at Dallas, where there are still some apartment homes and a few cottages available for immediate reservation. These apartment and cottage homes, located on the grounds of the beautiful Irem Country Club, feature a variety of floor plans in order to allow you a choice in living accommodations. Currently, this means that persons taking advantage of this exciting opportunity would not need to be placed on a waiting list.
At the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, a 90 percent refundable entrance fee is now available in addition to the 8-year declining balance option, which has always been available. What that means to you, is that if you pay a higher entrance fee than the traditional eight-year declining balance entrance fee for the home of your preference, then you, your estate, etc., would be entitled to a 90 percent refund of your specific entrance fee in the future. This option also is available at Dallas, Lafayette Hill and Sewickley.

As a result of our latest construction initiative in Elizabethtown, there are a few deluxe apartment homes still available for immediate reservation. These one, two, and twobedroom/ den apartment homes, to be located adjacent to the Sycamore Marketplace, will feature a variety of floor plans in order to allow you a choice in living accommodations. Currently, this means that persons taking advantage of this exciting opportunity would not have to get on a waiting list. After nine months of pre-marketing a potential Masonic Village at Erie on the grounds of the Zem Zem Shrine, the Committee on Masonic Homes in September determined that there is not sufficient interest to support building a new community on that site.

At the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, a few of our 21 newly renovated deluxe apartments are available for immediate reservation. We currently are pre-marketing 85 new deluxe apartments connected to the existing building, and based upon interest levels, construction could begin sometime in 2008. These new apartment homes feature a variety of floor plans and if you reserve one now, you would not need to be placed on a waiting list. If you haven't been for a tour recently, we invite you to view our new dining room, bistro and complete remodeling on the campus.

The beautiful Masonic Village at Sewickley is nearly fully reserved and/or occupied at this time. As a result, a waiting list will begin in the near future, which means that anyone who may be interested in making a move to this state-of-the-art community should consider reserving their accommodation of preference now. If you have not visited the Masonic Village at Sewickley, it's time to experience the tranquil surroundings, unique lifestyle and the fun that a community can offer. Call today to schedule a personal tour or to make a reservation for our upcoming open house on Nov. 29.
Should you have questions regarding these changes and/or an interest in potentially reserving a new apartment or cottage at this time, we encourage you to call the Masonic Village of your choice at your earliest convenience:

Masonic Village at Dallas (866) 851-4243
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown (800) 676-6452
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill (610) 828-5760
Masonic Village at Sewickley (866) 872-0664

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