Describing Maple Knoll Village as a "cruise ship on land" might not be the comparison that comes to mind for many, but it suits Becky Schulte, Maple Knoll Village director of communications, just fine.

"I'm on a one-person crusade to change people's views," she says. "It's not just a nursing home. The health care is there if you need it, but it's just one small piece of the community."

As a retirement community Maple Knoll is a far cry from old perceptions of senior living. The facilities that most remember probably didn't have tai chi water classes, warm water pools, pubs with big screen TVs, poker games, planned trips and a concierge . . . let alone four social directors, including one just for the assisted living community.

"In most people's minds, they remember grandma's nursing home," Schulte says. "And we do have that. But the reason you should come here is that this retirement community takes care of all the things that aren't fun in life like security, housekeeping, lawn care. You can push all that aside here. Let us worry about the furnace."

Instead of fretting about those details you can be busy planning outings, exercising, going to classes and discovering new hobbies and friendships.

"We can keep you busy morning till night if you participate in everything," Schulte says. "It's not a place you come and just sit. It's an active community for people who enjoy life."â– 
 
Maple Knoll Village, 11100 Springfield Pike, (513) 782-2717, www.mapleknoll.org.