A rich life is the key to happiness in retirement communities


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Dave and Eunice Greenhaus mark a special event with favorite dishes prepared by executive chef Phil Panarello.

Dave Greenhaus is the president of the Courtenay Springs Village Resident Association and his wife, Eunice, teaches mahjong. While the Merritt Island community overlooking the sweeping Indian River Lagoon is for retirees, make no mistake. Life for the Greenhauses and their neighbors is full.

“It’s important that residents always maintain fulfilling activities that give life meaning. That doesn’t change when we retire,” said Debbie Williams, marketing director at Courtenay Springs.

At the end of the day, or whenever they take a fancy, the Greenhauses put chores on hold and break for a delicious meal, prepared by on-site executive gourmet chef Phil Panarello.

“Our favorite is surf and turf,” Eunice Greenhaus said.

Great food is vital to the success of an upscale senior living community, Williams said.

“As more and more people are looking into carefree-living options, it becomes really important to have the most delicious food prepared throughout the day, every day, and on special occasions,” Williams said. “We are so fortunate to have Chef Phil, because he knows that while everyone loves their favorite dishes, it’s great to have something new and exciting that might well become a new favorite.”

Fun activities are also key to happiness. Dave Greenhaus enjoys wood-working, golf and watching sports, while Eunice adds “avid speed reader” to mahjong on her list of pastimes.

“It’s like living on a luxury cruise liner without the bouncy water,” Dave Greenhaus said with a smile.

For more information on Courtenay Springs Village, go to courtenayspringsvillage.org or call 321-452-1233. 

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