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Tom and Judy Dowell: Traveling the World

Tom and Judy Dowell have visited all but two states, and they’ve traveled the world over. So far, they’ve visited China, Thailand, Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and most of Europe. In fact, their love of travel is what first led them to consider moving to a continuing care retirement center. “The idea …

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The Woodlands at Furman Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Woodlands at Furman is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. Upstate South Carolina’s only locally-owned, nonprofit Life Care community opened in 2009. The Woodlands at Furman occupies 22 acres adjacent to Furman University. Fewer than 20 residents lived at the community when it first opened. From the beginning, however, The Woodlands has always maintained …

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The Future Is Bright, Says the New COO

If you ask new Chief Operating Officer Carol Babbitt what she likes so much about The Woodlands at Furman, she’ll quickly tell you, “It’s the people.” “The residents, their family members, and my co-workers—we’re like a big family here,” Babbitt says. “We can count on each other for just about anything at a moment’s notice.” …

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South Carolina and the Super Bowl

Will you tune in this Sunday to watch Super Bowl LIII? Perhaps you’ll host a small get together at your deluxe independent living residence or join the gang in front of a big-screen TV in one of the common areas at The Woodlands at Furman. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or you mostly look forward …

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Meet Mary Lou Merkt, Our New President and CEO

Mary Lou Merkt stepped into her new role as President and CEO of The Woodlands at Furman on January 1, but she’s not new to the community. Merkt arrives from Furman University, where she served as Vice President for Finance and Administration. When she started at Furman in 2003, she was just in time to …

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Avoiding the Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

For many, winter is a time to catch up on indoor projects, read great books, and enjoy hearty meals with friends and family. If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), however, you might find yourself experiencing social isolation, feelings of depression, a severe lack of energy, and weight gain. According to experts, more than …

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Mary Foley: Finding a Community that Fits

Mary Foley remembers what her daughter said to her before she moved into The Woodlands at Furman. “She pleaded with me,” Mary says. “‘Mother, don’t do it! You’re going into a retirement community! Don’t do it! Come to Texas and live with us.’” Mary also remembers what she told her daughter: “Shoot me first; I’m …

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Villas Update: March Move-Ins

We’ve come a long way since August, when the foundations for the new villas at The Woodlands at Furman were poured. By mid-March, a few of these deluxe homes will be move-in ready! Tucked into a quiet tree-lined neighborhood, our spacious three-bedroom villas offer independent and maintenance-free living in a connected and caring community. Surprise …

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Make and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

According to historians, New Year’s resolutions have been occupying our early-winter thoughts for at least 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians made vows to repay debts and return borrowed items to curry favor with their gods, and most modern cultures carry on at least part of that tradition with contemplative self-reflection as the year winds to …

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The Woodlands at Furman: A Day in the Life

What’s life like at The Woodlands at Furman? The answer to that question is as diverse as our dynamic residents. For a glimpse into what it might be like to call The Woodlands home, follow along as we present one snapshot of a hypothetical “day in the life” of a resident at The Woodlands. Breakfast …

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