Sherwood Oaks, part of UPMC Senior Communities, is marking its 40th year as a premier continuing care retirement community here in western Pennsylvania. Spread across 84 acres in a convenient Cranberry Township location, the campus is known for its beautiful landscape, which features walking trails, abundant gardens, green space, and a lake to greet you as you enter.
Another feature that distinguishes the Sherwood campus is the dynamic resident life. From its foundation 40 years ago to the present day, residents continue to organize and direct a wide array of activities themselves. The current list of activities numbers more than fifty groups. Interests, as varied as gardening, woodworking, drama, bell choir, fitne,ss and civic affairs, are among the offerings. Some residents are eager to try their hand at something new; others may be revisiting a lost enthusiasm. But as Gary Brandenberger, president, of Sherwood Oaks Residents’ Association (SORA) explains, opportunities are unlimited and ever evolving.
“The real beauty of Sherwood Oaks is bringing together all these people with so many talents and skills. Each of us has a role. If someone brings forward an idea for an activity, it’s understood that it will include a plan to execute it,” says Gary. “There is great satisfaction in watching it all unfold.”
That collegial spirit translates to an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. As SORA vice president Jean Henderson describes it, “It is better than home. It’s a real community of friends and neighbors.”
You can get a taste of Sherwood hospitality at the anniversary open house scheduled for Thursday, September 22, at 100 Norman Drive from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To register for this free event, call 1-800-642-2217, Monday through Friday.