The Resident-Driven Lifestyle
Freedom is an important concept at Kendal at Hanover. Resident-directed activities and life-enhancing friendships enrich community life. Residents may be as active or as quiet as they desire. This design supports a range of individual lifestyles, promotes community interaction, and optimizes mobility for people with a variety of physical capabilities. Although there is more than enough to keep our residents busy within Kendal, many residents have an entirely additional “life” outside of Kendal. Many residents volunteer throughout the Upper Valley, in a variety of settings, participate in lifelong learning programs at Dartmouth College and even audit classes. Kendal at Hanover has the feel of a small town, where the Community Center acts as a main hub for resident activity and socialization. The Kendal environment supports each resident to live to his or her full potential. Believing that retirement and growing older can bring new opportunities for growth, Kendal at Hanover seeks to provide security, peace of mind, high quality of services and sound fiscal management for each resident’s lifetime.
When Kendal at Hanover opened in 1991, the Board decided not to hire a social director. That decision proved to be a smart one. Through the Residents’ Association and its various committees, you and your neighbors, rather than an outsider or even the Kendal staff, shape the social, cultural, and intellectual life of the community. Given the amazing diversity of interests and talents represented among our residents, the possibilities are almost endless. A typical week in Kendal’s busy Gathering Room may include folk or ballroom dancing, a feature film showing, a musical recital, or a lecture. Residents also have 24-hour access to Kendal’s extensive library, swimming pool, exercise and recreational facilities, art studio, craft room, weaving room, wood shop, music room, computer lab, and multiple dining venues. Join neighbors for bridge games, ski trail-making, book discussions, knitting groups, or other resident-organized group activities. You are also encouraged to initiate a new group around your own special interests.
“At the heart of life here at Kendal at Hanover is a deep feeling of community; whether we expected this or instead we discover it as a delightful surprise, residents soon find that Kendal at Hanover has become for us a new home and a new family.” —Quote from resident