09/08/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Joyce and William Cummings pose for a portrait on September 8, 2015. (John Soares for Tufts University)
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MARLBOROUGH – Local Giving Pledge philanthropists Joyce and Bill Cummings will participate in a community conversation about “Senior Living and Community Giving” on Thursday, July 22, at 4 p.m.

The couple will share the history of Cummings Foundation’s operation of New Horizons at Marlborough, and discuss the philosophy behind this strictly not-for-profit independent living, assisted living, and memory care community.

Friends of Marlborough Seniors and Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant will host the conversation via Zoom.

New Horizons at Marlborough is currently able to accommodate new residents without a waiting list. The popular MetroWest community received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year, and recently implemented new programs and brought aboard new senior management staff and activity coordinators to enhance the quality of care it provides in a welcoming, homelike environment.

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Joyce and Bill will be joined by New Horizons executive director Betsy Connolly, MS Gerontology. Connolly will discuss the senior living community’s programming, services, and residence options, including retirement/independent living, assisted living, senior apartments, and the newly revamped memory care unit for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

“We are hosting this community forum to help families understand that independent seniors, as well as those needing assistance, thrive in an environment where they can be active and engaged,” said Connolly. “We offer something for everyone at New Horizons. Our heated indoor lap pool, art studio, fitness center, chorus room, theaters, and more give every resident something to look forward to each day.”

New Horizons at Marlborough has a 24-hour on-site nurse, a geriatric social worker, and a full team of experienced healthcare aides. It also offers an abundance of activities and entertainment sources, such as regular musical performances, visits from baby barnyard animals, happy hour with wine and cheese, and much more.

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Although strictly non-sectarian, New Horizons caters to seniors of many faiths. In addition to hosting weekly Protestant services as well as Jewish services for the high holidays, it offers weekly daily Catholic Mass at its on-site chapel.

Thanks to its backing by Cummings Foundation, New Horizons has a unique rate-lock policy, guaranteeing new residents no increases to their rent and board fees for at least their first six years!

Aside from its support of New Horizons, the Foundation has invested more than $2.5 million in Marlborough nonprofits alone in recent years through its Cummings $25 Million Grant Program. Recipients of grants of $100,000 – $300,000 each include Addictions Referral Center, Better Day Adult Social Day Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Employment Options, and UMass Memorial Health—Marlborough Hospital.

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This zoom event will be informal and interactive, with direct conversation encouraged. Community members are invited to attend and ask questions.

The event is free, but registration is required. Participants can register online at http://ow.ly/zsr350FnGQq or by contacting David Good at DHG@cummings.com.


Opened in September of 1994, New Horizons is fully operated by Cummings Foundation of Woburn. The Foundation helps to support New Horizons and has awarded more than $300 million to date to nonprofits in greater Boston. More information about New Horizons at Marlborough is available at www.countrycommunities.com.

09/08/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Joyce and William Cummings pose for a portrait on September 8, 2015. (John Soares for Tufts University)

Photo Courtesy: Cummings Foundation co-founders Joyce and Bill Cummings

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