The Brightmore Lifestyle

At Brightmore Independent Living, one meal per day is included in every resident’s monthly fee with the option to add a second daily meal. The Carolina Cape Dining Room offers fabulous meals at lunch and dinner in an elegant setting with a uniquely casual atmosphere.  Each day, residents and their guests may enjoy their choice of entrees, fruits and vegetables, salads, soups, breads and desserts. The best part?  No cooking, no dishes, and an exceptional dining staff to serve you.  In addition to the main dining room, Brightmore Independent Living also provides coffees and hot teas 24 hours-a-day and a morning continental breakfast offering in The Parlor as well as entertaining options in The Coastline Dining Room, a handsome private dining space which residents may reserve to host family and friends in style. The Campus Director of Dining Services and Executive Chef will gladly assist in planning and preparing a very special menu for private parties of residents or they may select from the daily menu.


•    Private Studio, One and Two Bedroom Apartments with Full Kitchens
•    A Variety of Floor Plans and Views
•    Daily Chef-prepared Meals and Restaurant-style Dining
•    Private Dining Room
•    Free Laundry Centers and optional in-home washer/dryer
•    Library
•    Billiards Room
•    Public Rooms including Sunrooms, Living Room and Card Rooms
•    Non-denominational Chapel with Weekly Church Service
•    Beauty/Barber Shop
•    Pet friendly (size and number restriction)
•    Full Social and Recreational Calendar
•    Campus Wellness/Fitness Center (including aquatic and fitness classes)
•    Campus Therapy Gym and Walking Trail
•    Brightmore University Series Lifelong Learning Classes & Events
•    State of the Art Emergency Call System
•    24 Hour Security
•    Professional Management


•    Flexible Meal times and Menus
•    Electricity, Cable, WIFI, included
•    Trash Removal
•    All Appliances included
•    Weekly Housekeeping and Flat Linen Service
•    Security Services and Daily Check-in
•    Lawn Care/landscaping
•    Scheduled Transportation
•    On-site Maintenance
•    Conveniently located elevators
•    On-site Fitness

Brightmore University: Salute to the Troops Concert and Dance!

Retirement community residents of Brightmore of Wilmington celebrated their 4th Annual “Salute to the Troops Concert & Dance”: A Pre-4th of July event! In conjunction with Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Brightmore supported Parkinson’s of the Carolinas with an evening of delicious food and live music as we danced the night away with The Andrew Thieland Big Band of Myrtle Beach performing Big Band, Jazz and Patriotic music favorites. Post 10 of Wilmington started the evening off as they presented the military flags as we said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the Star Spangled Banner. A dinner blessing was given by Brightmore resident, Navy Chaplain Robert Weeks and a picnic-style buffet was served by Morrison Dining Services. The evening was accompanied by a 43 item raffle table, popcorn, wine bar, T-shirt sale & a Red, White & Blue Candy Bar with homemade pies all to benefit The Wilmington Parkinson’s & Lewy Body Support Group through The Parkinson’s Association of the Carolinas. Residents, family, friends, staff and the community had an evening under the stars as they enjoyed the sounds of summer! We can’t wait to plan next year’s event. Every year it gets bigger with guests from the community and the amount that we fundraise, so that must be a good sign!


Wings on the Mountain!

For the month of May, we are featuring two residents at Brightmore of Wilmington, Clara Hodges & Tom Craven, who are both in the musical group “Wings on the Mountain!” Wings on the Mountain performed at the 2018 New Hanover County Sr. Games Arts & Follies Showcase in the musical instrument portion this past May 18th. A large group from the Brightmore retirement community went to the performance to cheer them on, and we are so happy for them because they won and will be traveling to the State Championship in Raleigh, NC! Clara Hodges has lived at Brightmore for one year and five months. Clara has been playing the banjo for only 7 months! Clara purchased her banjo 42 years ago and had lessons for about 1 year. Clara put it away after that first year when her instructor moved to Nashville. Clara taught herself how to play the piano when she was 10 years old and played church hymns. Clara decided to pick up the banjo this past year to challenge herself. Once she found a few people to play with, she decided it would be a fun challenge and new adventure if they entered the music portion of the Sr. Games. Clara states that her favorite part of being in the Sr. Games was “Performing on the stage and having all the Brightmore folks there cheering us on! And of course, winning a chance to participate in the State finals in September!”  Tom Craven has lived at Brightmore for two years. He has been playing the fiddle off and on for many years.  Growing up, Tom also played the Mandolin, Harmonica and Guitar. Besides getting talked in to entering the Sr. Games by Clara, Tom is very familiar with the Sr. Games because he has entered in the athletic portion for years and the music for three different years in the past. Tom was a triathlete before moving to Brightmore. Tom states that her favorite part of being in the Sr. Games was “The excellent organization of the games and winning of course!” Brightmore looks forward to hearing “Wings on the Mountain” many more times in the future!

Lifelong Learning through The Great Courses – 3rd Session

Brightmore of Wilmington's Independent Living retirement community started its third 6-week educational series where residents learn from a Clinical Professor of Neurology, Richard Restak. This week’s college-level video course “Optimizing Brain Fitness,” was specifically on Focusing Your Attention and Enhancing Your Memory. In these two sessions, the residents learned that, “The brain really thrives on getting information and paying attention. The arts, sports, and everyday living all provide opportunities to strengthen attention.” In our technology and social media society, it is very easy to let those devises take your attention away from the task at hand and we lose focus immediately. Multitasking is also one of the biggest impediments to take our attention away from what we are really doing. The class realized that the most important principle for improving your memory is focusing your attention on what you’re trying to learn.  Session 4 will be coming up in a few weeks where they will be learning about “Exercising Your Working Memory and Putting Your Senses to Work.” We are halfway through, and in 3 more sessions our class will graduate!

Trouble Sleeping? Try This!

Now being offered at Brightmore, is a monthly “Night Meditation and Stretch” class. Residents will be learning from different instructors, including Brightmore’s Wellness Director, Madeline Woodard, LRT/CTRS on different stretches to do before bed to ease and relax the wandering mind. This class is to promote a good night’s sleep. Residents also get an opportunity to explore their breathing, and how to relax their bodies and mind by simply take deep belly breaths, and remembering to breathe! Guided mediation allows them to close their eyes, and escape reality for just a little while. When residents leave the class, we provide a Sleepy Time herbal tea for them to take back to their apartments, and all of them have stated “how wonderful this makes them feel, and they really do get a better night’s sleep after this class.”