Resident Lin Jones believes his life has come full circle. He was born in the small, historic town of Star Junction, located in Fayette County. Now, he resides in the Star Points Building at Masonic Village at Sewickley.
“I think it’s meant to be,” said Lin. “After my wife passed away in 2014, I was left in a two-story home, so it was right that I came here.”
Lin, who receives personal care, was always very familiar with the Masonic Village campus. In 1999, he served as the Grand Patron of the Order of Eastern Star in Pennsylvania, a Masonic organization he and his wife were passionate about. From his Masonic connection, Lin developed friendships with many other residents who encouraged him to make the move. He is a 55-year Mason and Past Master of his Lodge.
“I’m amazed every day at the care that everyone here receives,” Lin said. “From the nurses to the cooks to the administration, everyone cares. Plus, it’s just a beautiful, well-maintained campus. Nothing here goes unnoticed.”
After moving to Masonic Village, Lin wasn’t sure if he’d be able to continue his lifelong hobby of making stained-glass windows since it was getting harder for him to do. Fortunately, he easily filled that void.
“One day, I looked at our events calendar and saw there was an art session at 2 p.m.,” Lin said. “So I decided to try it out.” He discovered a newfound interest in acrylic painting and has attended nearly every art session since. His daughter was so excited about her father’s new passion that she had boxes of art supplies delivered to his door.
After discovering the art sessions, Lin’s interests only grew from there. On any given day, you can find him playing Bingo, singing in the church choir, practicing with the Masonic Ringers bell choir or the ukulele group or playing word games in the recreation room.
“There’s so much to do, and there’s no other place like it,” Lin said. “If you’re thinking about coming here but decide to move somewhere else, you’re making a big mistake.”
Lin also inspires other residents to get themselves out there.
“When a new resident comes to the dining room, I introduce myself and invite them to be involved in all the activities I’m involved in,” Lin said. He believes life is easier on “the buddy system.”
“My kids are funny because they’re always trying to call me,” Lin said. “They say, ‘Dad, we never know when you’re going to be in your apartment!’” Lin’s full schedule and new sense of adventure keeps them guessing.