Overbrook Pointe Opens Doors to an Abundant Life®

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gazing out at her view of the wooded hillside, Millie Syzmanski is certain she made the right decision when she moved into Overbrook Pointe.

“This is the best decision I have ever made,” Syzmanski said. “As soon as I slept here that first night, I knew I was home.”

Overbrook Pointe, Lutheran SeniorLife’s new independent living apartment building in Mars, PA officially opened its doors in September for Syzmanski and other older adults who are ready to begin living their Abundant Life®. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 23.

“The persons we serve provided valuable insights about their envisioned future and a community where they want to thrive as they age and to be able to work on what they care about. They wanted to be surrounded by relevant connections, and they wanted to live in a place inter-dependently with others rather than dependently,” said David Fenoglietto, president and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife.

“As a result, we constructed this new home that offers, in our opinion and in the testimonial opinion of those who plan to live here, the best value in all of western Pennsylvania. It is unparalleled in areas such as apartment design, amenities, and most importantly, Overbrook Pointe represents a place where relevant connections can be made so each person can live their life to the fullest,” he continued.

“Overbrook Pointe was by far one of the least expensive places I found, and the only one to offer an apartment with a den and a balcony, both of which were important to me,” Syzmanski said. She also likes having access to underground parking and the ample storage units inside the building.

Syzmanski and other residents have not only been busy settling into their new homes, but also holding social events like card games and Steeler parties that allow them to become better acquainted.

“In getting to know everyone, I have found that we all moved here for the same reason. We were all looking for something – people of our same age who enjoy life, people to talk to in a place where you know there’s someone around if you need something,” Syzmanski said.

Overbrook Pointe offers exactly that, and more. Residents can enjoy daily chef-prepared meals in the dining room overlooking the waterfall, participate in social activities, work out in the fitness center and more, without concern for home maintenance and housekeeping, allowing them to spend time focusing on the activities they love.

“Overbrook Pointe is not only a new and exciting part of the Lutheran SeniorLife continuum, but we think it is an important addition to the Mars and Adams Township neighborhoods and surrounding communities,” said Mark Trauman, chairman of the Lutheran SeniorLife board of directors.

“We’ve all been enjoying learning about the area together,” Syzmanski said, adding that she enjoys the convenience of local shopping areas in Cranberry Township and Butler nearby. “We have places to go to shop, places for entertainment and doctor’s offices right up the road,” she said.

Eventually, Syzmanski said she would like to widen her circle of new friends to include her neighbors at RoseCrest Assisted Living, where she hopes to volunteer with resident activities.

“After all,” she said, “everyone needs a friend, don’t we? That’s why I moved to Overbrook Pointe!”


(top): The first Overbrook Pointe residents, (top row) Bob Hillard and Bob Himmler (bottom row) Millie Syzmanski and Ruth Buffington


(bottom): An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 23. (l to r) David Fenoglietto, president and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife; Karen Russell, executive director of St. John Specialty Care Center; and Mark Trauman, chairman of the Lutheran SeniorLife board of directors.


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