In our own words:
Meet the residents of Applewood


Beverly and Joel Stern

Moving to Applewood was an easy decision for the Sterns, longtime Freehold Township residents. Dr. Stern had a thriving dental practice and Beverly served as head nurse for the Freehold Township School District where she worked for more than 25 years. Joel was also one of the original founding dental staff members of CentraState Medical Center (1974) and followed plans to launch the …
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Jacques Wahide

A native of France, Jacques Wahide came to the U.S. from France in 1963 looking for more opportunities beyond what was available in Europe at that time. He found work, learned the language and eventually began to attend college at night, where he earned a BS degree in electrical engineering. Through happenstance, he discovered Applewood, with no intention of ever residing in a …
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Q&A with Applewood Resident Association President Virginia Allen

Q&A with Applewood Resident Association President Virginia Allen The Residents Association plays an important operations role in the maintenance and advancement of our community. Monthly general meetings and smaller committee meetings take place frequently and include senior staff who also actively participate. Virginia (“Ginny”) Allen has lived at Applewood since 2013 after moving from an active adult community in Monroe. Single and in …
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Selma Metz

Robin Rubenstein’s mother, Selma Metz, was living in her own house in an active adult community and loving it – right up until she had to stop driving. “When she could no longer drive, she became totally dependent on me seven days a week,” said Robin. “She likes to be around people. She’s a very social person. When she could no longer get …
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Bill Henckel

Bill lived alone in his house for a year after his wife died before he decided to downsize. After visiting more than a dozen Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), he selected Applewood. While part of the appeal was a son living nearby – often a consideration in choosing a retirement community – Applewood’s Life Care program was the deciding factor. “You think, ‘Gee, …
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Cynthia Schaechter

Cynthia Schaechter moved to Applewood in September 2013, leaving behind a house she had shared with her late husband in an active adult community. “It was a big house and very lonely,” Cynthia says. “But primarily I moved here for the sake of my children. They were worrying about me all the time. I felt it was important for them to know I was someplace where I was safe.” Cynthia was also …
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Eve Blum

“Born and bred in Jersey City,” Eve Blum spent her career teaching and tutoring. With her late husband Herb, a salesman, she raised a son and daughter in Verona before moving first to Montclair, and then to a senior community in Manchester. “My husband died six years before I moved here. It was a tough time,” says Eve. “One day I was sitting …
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Hope Mann

“I can’t brag enough about the care and help here,” says Hope Mann. “They’re just wonderful.” As a long- time resident of Applewood – she’s lived here more than ten years – Hope has experienced the community’s remarkable growth even as it has stayed true to its high standard of care and mission of providing an atmosphere where each resident can live life …
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Pat Genthner

“I wish I could tell everyone – and I can’t stress this enough – move to a senior community before you have a serious health problem.” Pat Genthner’s advice carries the wisdom of experience. Before moving to Applewood, a rare condition caused her to lose sight in her right eye. Then shortly after she and her husband Dick moved, macular degeneration cost her …
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