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Life at Brandywine: Friendship Starts in Loving Hearts


“I’ll be fine here.”  Those were the words Pat, 78, said to her family as they got her settled into her new home at Brandywine Living at The Sycamore.  Almost immediately after entering the doors, Max, 83, the community’s unspoken Resident Ambassador, greeted Pat, took her under his wing and helped her get acquainted with life at The Sycamore.  Their first meeting quickly blossomed into a deep friendship.

These two friends  are both New Jersey natives; Pat was a middle school teacher (4th – 8th grade) for 25 years (Teaneck, NJ, Sickles, NJ and Knollwood School, Fair Haven, NJ) and Max was the proud owner of Grandma’s Bagels in Little Silver, NJ.

They spend almost all of their time dining together, attending each other’s religious services, and joining in the Escapades… for Life! programs.  Today, you can find Pat assisting the Escapades team with decorating for themed programs and Max, saddled up to the bar at happy hour and still greeting new residents as they come through the front doors.

Pat says, “A companionship at our age really keeps us going.  We have a real respect for each other and it helps that we just like each other.”


The Life at Brandywine series highlights “happy at home” stories from around our 29 communities. From making new friends or trying something newthese stories show how everyday life is beautiful! 

Brandywine Living (formerly Brandywine Senior Living) is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine current­ly operates 29 communities in six states (PA, NJ, NY, CT, VA & DE) with the capacity to serve over 3,000 residents.