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P.E.O. Grant Highlights Collaborative Spirit Between Erickson Living Employees

Mar 10, 2020

Ashburn, Virginia— On January 20, Kate Van Atta, Senior Human Resources Manager at Ashby Ponds , earned a grant from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Chapter G: Charlotte, North Carolina, to support her educational pursuits.

The primary focus of P.E.O. is to provide educational opportunities for female students worldwide; the organization also operates Cottey College in Missouri.

Scheduled to graduate this April, Ms. Van Atta is currently working toward her masters’ degree in Human Resources Management through the University of Phoenix.

“By receiving the grant to...

Ashby Ponds Continuing Care Neighborhood Earns 5-Star Rating from Federal Agency

Mar 3, 2020

Ashburn, Virginia-- The continuing care neighborhood at Ashby Ponds , an Erickson Living retirement community, attained the maximum score in three signature categories of Nursing Home Compare, a consumer information portal administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The community earned a 5-star rating in the Overall, Staffing and Quality of Resident Care categories.

CMS developed Nursing Home Compare and the star rating system to provide consumers with an easy way to search for nursing homes that...

Ashby Ponds Resident: Exercise Program Gives Me “Go-Power!”

Feb 13, 2020

Ashburn, Virginia— Upon entering the Ashby Ponds fitness center on a recent January morning, Bill Boleyn received applause from his fellow residents.

The scene wasn’t to mark a specific accomplishment as much as it was to appreciate his consistent approach to a steadfast exercise regimen.

Mr. Boleyn moved from his house in Prince William County to the Erickson Living retirement community in 2009 following a career in government. He served in the federal Bureau of Budget (now known as the Office of Management and Budget)...

Ashby Ponds Executive Chef Shares French Toast Casserole Recipe, a Holiday Treat

Dec 18, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia-- Ashby Ponds is proud of its culinary professionals! In February 2018, Executive Chef Tunde Shaanoun began her career at the senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living and enjoys the opportunity to make a positive difference with residents and co-workers.

Growing up in Hungary, Chef Tunde was influenced immensely by her grandmother, who was an accomplished chef. She would often be at her grandmother’s side in the kitchen to learn culinary skills like cutting vegetables and canning food that was grown on the...

Keeping Holiday Traditions—and Creating New Ones—at Ashby Ponds

Dec 17, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia— “I have always loved to entertain,” says Judy Hetu who lives at Ashby Ponds , an Erickson Living community. “Before moving to Ashby Ponds, I lived in Florida and enjoyed a very active social life. When I made the decision to move, I was hopeful that I’d be equally involved. I’m pleased to report that everything is not just as good, but better.”

Within days of her July 2018 move, Judy planned a 4 th of July party for her neighbors on the...

Ashby Ponds Couple Enjoys Family Connection to World Series Champs

Nov 20, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia— Residents of Ashby Ponds joined fans of the Nationals in rooting on the team during their improbable World Series run. Nats caps and t-shirts were common attire during the pennant race and post-season at the senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living .

Chuck and Patti Blanchard, though, had an added rooting interest. Their grandson, Sean O’Brien, served as one of the team’s bat boys for home games, a job he’s held for the past three seasons.

“Sean was always quite...

Ashby Ponds Technology Usage Mirrors National Trend

Sep 11, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia-- A recent survey by AARP® reports that “91 percent of those age 50+ currently use a computer and 94 percent say technology helps them keep in touch with friends and family.”

For many residents of Ashby Ponds , daily technology usage enhances the lifestyle they enjoy at the Erickson Living retirement community in Ashburn. In addition to campus-wide computer support programs, including iPad learning classes and teen technology tutors, numerous residents support their neighbors with their digital endeavors.

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“It’s our goal to meet residents where they are...

Ashby Ponds Couple Share Travel Advice

Aug 30, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia— Gary and Ana McCollim are two of the nearly 100 million Americans who will take a vacation this year, according to a recent AAA Travel Survey.

They are joining fellow residents from Ashby Ponds , an Erickson Living retirement community, in visiting family and friends, enjoying cruises and going abroad to fulfill “bucket lists.”

For Gary and Ana, though, traveling has been a long-time passion. The retired Central Intelligence Agency professionals visit Europe annually, with France as their go-to destination.

“Travel is our passion,” noted Ana. “We have a strong affinity...

Ashby Ponds Hosts Week-Long Celebration of Diversity

Aug 14, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia-- Ashby Ponds may be nestled in beautiful Ashburn, Virginia, but for an entire week, the community celebrated a world-wide view.

The Erickson Living retirement community hosted Diversity Week, featuring special events that allowed residents and employees alike to learn about each other and embrace a multitude of perspectives.

Diversity Week was coordinated by the Ashby Ponds Diversity & Inclusion Resource Group, co-chaired by resident Suzanne Rudiselle and Facilities Manager Jaroslava Slaninova. Highlights included a Fashion Show, an International Dance Festival and the Diversity Fair & Poetry Reading; activities occurred in both...

The Artists of Ashby Ponds: Alicia Sommers

Aug 5, 2019

Ashburn, Virginia— Alicia Sommers has lived at Ashby Ponds with her husband, Bill, for nearly two years. The couple moved to the Erickson Living retirement community from Great Falls, Virginia, where they resided for 38 years.

Alicia is an artist whose abstract paintings were displayed this spring in a solo show in the Art Gallery of the Ashby Ponds Great Oak Clubhouse. She enjoys a variety of media, including acrylic & oil painting, graphite and colored pencils, printmaking, etching and silk screens. Alicia and Bill list cooking, traveling and visiting museums among their shared interests.

She recently...