My mom has been living at Silver Maples for several years now and although I have visited her there several times, it seems that now since I recently spent a week with her there, that I can most accurately describe what I see. It was my pleasure to spend this week there with her, participating in a myriad of activities and emerging truly tearfully and powerfully grateful and respectful of this place. Silver Maples is a very special community. It is bright, immaculate, and cheerful. There is no emotional distancing line between staff and residents. Yet the work ethic, focus, and dedication of the employees and board members is soundly professional. They do what is needed, step back and encourage, and lead as appropriate. They are respectful, not at all condescending, but very clear about what must be done to ensure the safety, nurturance, and emotional well-being of their residents. And the residents, well, their friendships are not just placeholders; they are deep, sweetly intimate, and respectful. These folks are curious, open, welcoming and generous. My mom shared her friends with me. I don’t need any new friends, I don’t want any new friends, I am already overwhelmed with maintaining my own friendships. That’s tough–I left with a few more to share with my mother! My sister, who lives nearby, gets credited with discovering Silver Maples for mom. I will be forever grateful.