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Becky Lee Hinton is more than the executive director of Moline’s Overlook Village. She also is the daughter of a resident, having moved her parents Bill and Nancy Lee to the retirement community on the Belgian Bluffs when her mother required assisted living and subsequently end-of-life care. When her mother died last April, Ms. Lee Hinton assumed her father would move back home. Instead, he decided to move across campus to the independent living wing for two great reasons: the community of friendships built around the dinner table, and the quality and variety of the food available. “Dad told me he ate better here than he had in years,” Ms. Lee Hinton explained. “He said, ‘It’s hard cooking for just two people.’ You’re not preparing a lot of vegetables, much less a wide variety of foods. Most people are just grabbing quick convenience foods. One thing he said: ‘I get fresh vegetables here all the time.’” Gone are the boring days of a generation ago when green jello and mashed potatoes seemingly dominated nightly menus at retirement homes.