Freedom Village of Bradenton: Mary Jane’s Story

Freedom Village of BradentonBefore moving into Freedom Village Bradenton, about four years ago, Mary Jane Handlin was having lunch with a few residents, Elmer and Donna Claussen. They were enjoying friendly conversation over a delicious lunch in one of Freedom Villages restaurants. They had some common interests, which consisted of swimming. Elmer brought up that he loves to play pool volleyball and how it is an excellent way to meet new friends while getting in quality exercise. Elmer was passionate about pool volleyball and wanted to bring it to Freedom Village. He and a few other residents brought it up to Katie Penta in activities. Activities got the supplies for them, and the residents took off with the idea.

In the meantime, Mary Jane had decided to become a resident of Freedom Village, and she also decided pool volleyball was something she was interested in, too, so she decided to join them. They typically play three times a week and have reached a record of 147 volleys. Recently, they even got to 106 volleys, and regularly, eight people attend daily matches. In addition to being a great workout, it’s a great way to socialize and meet new people.

Mary Jane says it’s exceptional from a physical and social aspect. You get to mingle with fascinating people from all different backgrounds and levels of fitness, and she feels that it is especially useful when you are new to the community. Although, sometimes people don’t want to wake up that early to play at 8:30 am. However, Mary Jane does attend every day they play and works her schedule around it because of how much fun she has, and because of the energy and joy that it brings her and her friends.

Pool volleyball helps work all parts of the body without causing stress on the joints. In order for Mary Jane to get her heart pumping, she does about a quarter to a third of a mile lap of swimming before pool volleyball even starts! They use their hands and arms to hit the ball and their legs to jump in the water. “Sometimes, we even use our heads to hit the ball, not on purpose, of course.” Mary Jane mentions while laughing.

Mary Jane has been an asset to this team as well as an asset to our community. She goes above and beyond in everything she does and is one of the most reliable people this community has. She has participated in pool volleyball for four years and plans to continue playing for as long as possible.

Freedom Village is a place that offers stages of living, meaning that they have independent living for those who are active but want socialization and activities with like-minded seniors, without the responsibilities of maintaining a home. They also have assisted living and memory care for those individuals that might require additional medical treatment and specialized care. Freedom Village is committed to enriching the lives of each resident by providing personalized care, welcoming living spaces, remarkable amenities, and customized services within the phases of living arrangements that many senior communities fail to offer. Freedom Village is a CCRC, Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Independent Living at Freedom Village of Bradenton
At Freedom Village, their independent living is for seniors who are able to live on their own and desire the conveniences of life that provide top-of-the-line amenities and services, such as social activities, chef-inspired dining, transportation, and security within a community that feels like family. Independent Living is where many individuals and couples begin their journey, and if they ever need to transition into the higher level care, it is conveniently located within the same comfortable and family-oriented community.

Freedom Village’s senior living commitment and expertise are to help residents thrive in a vibrant environment through socialization, personalized care, comfortable and inviting living spaces, numerous amenities, and incomparable services for the aging population.

You’ll experience maintenance-free living as part of a lovely, secure community. Stay close to friends and enjoy a host of social, recreational, spiritual, and educational activities. The staff will ensure the movers place everything in the correct area and leave everything else in your capable hands.

You’ll feel right at home as the community and staff strive to give you a warm welcome, including making personal introductions, encouraging visits from other residents, inviting you to social events, and more. Your family and friends are always welcome and will quickly become a part of the community as well.

As a CCRC, Freedom Village of Bradenton offers multiple phases of living for your specific needs, which include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing.

At Freedom Village of Bradenton, they are committed to doing everything they can to make their senior living community the best it can be. That is why they are excited to announce that Freedom Village’s management team will now be working with Life Care Services®, an LCS® Company*, the nationwide leader in senior living that provides management support to over 140 communities across the country. It is the same strong Freedom Village team with even better resources for a vibrant, active community! Freedom Village of Bradenton has been part of the Bradenton, Florida, community for over 30 years.

Your Life, Your Way, Every Day—Contact Freedom Village of Bradenton Today to Find Out More at 941-798-8122 or visit

Freedom Village of Bradenton

6406 21st Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34209

*Life Care Services received the highest score in the J.D. Power 2019 Senior Living Satisfaction Study of resident/family member/friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. Visit

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