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Albemarle Retirement Home Gets Million-Dollar Upgrade

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Our Lady of Peace retirement community has undergone a series of improvements to enhance the lives of seniors who live there.

Crews broke ground on the project in early 2012 and it was completed in November. It's all part of a $1.175 million upgrade funded by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, which sponsors the retirement community.

A new addition has been added to the building, complete with a movie theater and workout facility. Seniors can enjoy watching television events like the Super Bowl, attend guest lectures, and watch movies, especially the classics.

Fitness is also a big focus of the residence, according to Sara Warden, the executive director of our Lady of Peace. The new gym offers weights, workout machines, and enough space for the group classes, which are the most popular activity at the retirement community. They're offered three times a day, three days a week.

"The former facilities didn't allow for the kind of exercise that many of us feel that we need to do, even though we sometimes would rather not do," said Rose Marie Chioni, who lives at Our Lady of Peace. "And the theater adds a dimension that's just wonderful."

Our Lady of Peace also got a new bi-fuel generator that can provide heat, air conditioning, and electricity to every resident's apartment, as well as the entire facility, in the event of a power outage. Past storms have left the center without power for hours. In those cases the center only had emergency lights available, and the common areas were the only ones with heat.

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