Chelsea Almeida | Bethesda Magazine

Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


Chelsea Almeida

Executive Director | Brightview Bethesda Woodmont

8120 Woodmont Ave.

Bethesda, MD



For seniors, what are the advantages of city living versus moving to a campus type of environment?

Today’s seniors are active and involved. They don’t want to sit in a chair and rock the day away. Most of our new residents are downsizing to be close to friends and family in a vibrant, convenient, accessible location. They’ve been looking for something low or no maintenance where they can forget about housekeeping, laundry and cooking and enjoy this new chapter in their lives.

They’re excited to be moving to a place where they can have a car but don’t need a car. At Brightview, they can walk to restaurants, local specialty shops, the theater, movies and more. They can hop on the Circulator, take the Metro to downtown D.C. and enjoy the local Bethesda trails. A new lifestyle provides new energy. And although many things are within arms’ reach, there’s plenty to do right in the building.

What design elements and considerations went into new construction for senior living?

Brightview Bethesda Woodmont is recognized as a work of art by the American Institute of Architect’s Design for Aging Review. Beyond the artistic, we were also recognized for our multigenerational elements, including a theater, coffee shop and spa. The top floor of our community will have a penthouse feel, with two rooftop decks, a fireplace and the dining room and pub.

Every aspect of our community was designed with our residents in mind. From the high-end finishes to the large windows that create bright spaces, residents can enjoy many amenities while being part of an intimate community. Not only was the design intended to serve and delight residents, but also to be a place that they would feel proud to invite friends, family and guests.

Brightview Bethesda Woodmont is opening its doors this summer.

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