Gloria Brown decided Falcons Landing was for her before it was even built. In 1988, she and her husband decided they wanted to move to a community where they could be among others who had served in the military and enjoy retirement near Washington, D.C.
As Falcons Landing celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Gloria says with enthusiasm: “I love it here!” It has been all she thought it would be — and more. Now 95, Gloria was 79 when she came to Falcons Landing in 2005. She only wishes she could have moved in sooner.
Over the past 16 years, Gloria has been an active part of Falcons Landing. She teaches a class on colored pencil art. At one time she was part of a group of about 20 people who regularly walked in the nearby park. She also served on the Resident Council that works closely with our Senior Executive Team. She enjoys shows, chorus productions, chapel, delicious meals and proximity of the airport, hospital and other services that are so nearby. While she appreciates the many conveniences, it’s the people that make the community.
“You get to recognize who’s new. I always introduce myself; it’s a very friendly place,” she said. “You don’t use anyone’s rank – everybody’s on the same level. It’s just a wonderful place.”
She also appreciates the friendly staff: “They treat us like part of the family.”
This has been especially meaningful since Gloria’s husband passed away in 2020. “If you lose your spouse, you have other people here to help you.” She has had a lot of people checking in on her and offering support. Gloria said she wouldn’t want to be living in a house alone at this point in her life. She highly recommends Falcons Landing to anyone considering a Life Plan Community (continuing care retirement community).
“These places keep you living longer. You have people to talk to and things to do. It’s just a great place.”