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See the latest happenings at our Northern New Jersey retirement community.

Food Network Chefs No Match for Culinary Expertise at Cedar Crest

Feb 21, 2019

Chefs enjoy healthy work-life balance and creating expertly prepared dishes

Pequannock, N.J. (February 21, 2019) — For most chefs, especially those working at independent restaurants, the idea of maintaining a work-life balance is laughable. It’s just not common in the industry. But when Chris Jerred discovered Erickson Living , a Baltimore-based company that develops and manages senior living communities across the country, he discovered a company that holds work-life balance at a high priority.

Jerred, like some other chefs, started his culinary career as a teenage dishwasher who worked his way up as prep cook...

Family Connections at Cedar Crest

Oct 30, 2018

Having family work where you live and live where you work is an added bonus

Like many physical therapists, Danielle Cusimano chose that career to help people. But when she landed a job at Cedar Crest , the Erickson Living community in Pequannock Township, N.J., 13 years ago, she found her “why.”

“What I appreciate now is being able to do this job in a setting where I really form a relationship with the people I work with because you’re in their home, essentially. They really begin to feel like your extended family,” Danielle...

We'll take it! - Cedar Crest residents are happy they made quick decision to move to campus.

Aug 15, 2018

Helen and David Steinberg are embracing the vibrant lifestyle at senior living community in Pequannock.

After years of living in an empty nest, David and Helen Steinberg realized they didn’t need such a large home. So they decided to downsize.

“Because David was, and still is, working as a consultant to the cosmetic industry, the house and everything about it was on me,” says Helen, who spent most of her adult life as a caretaker for their son with disabilities, her step-sons, and then looking after the needs of their parents. She was ready to start enjoying...

Making the most of life after retirement

Apr 20, 2018

Cedar Crest resident and local aquatics instructor enjoys the benefits of maintaining a part-time job

Pequannock, N.J. (April 20, 2018) After she retired as a special education teacher, Cedar Crest resident Sally Novak combined her two passions—teaching and exercise—into one, ultimate post-retirement job. For the past 12 years, she’s taught Aquacize, an aquatics exercise class at the Wyckoff Family YMCA, in Wyckoff, N.J.

Novak is part of a national demographic employment trend. Employment rates for older adults are the highest they’ve been in 55 years. Almost 19 percent of people 65 or older were working...

Former Cedar Crest Employees Enjoy Life as Residents on Campus

Mar 21, 2018

When Alan Bowen and Sam Panebianco retired from their jobs at Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living retirement community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, they knew the perfect place to move to with their wives—-their former workplace.

“We were looking for the best, and we got it,” said Sam, who was a beloved bus driver at Cedar Crest for almost nine years. His wife Pat is also a former employee, having worked on campus for two years as a RN in the Certified Home Health Department.

“Honestly, my wife and I didn’t look at any other community. We both...

Peter Kolb Celebrates 14 Years at Cedar Crest

Mar 5, 2018

Senior Facilities Manager is an everyday hero helping people live better lives.

Pequannock, N.J. (March 5, 2018) Peter Kolb’s career as senior facilities manager for Cedar Crest started with his mini bike.

“When it broke, I learned how to fix it. Starting at a young age, I like to take things apart to find out what made them work,” says Kolb, who started working for the Erickson Living-developed and -managed retirement community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, when he was 18 as a maintenance apprentice. Now, 14 years later, he’s still happily with the same company...

Cedar Crest's Mountainview Gardens Named “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report

Nov 10, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, Mountainview Gardens, the continuing care neighborhood of Cedar Crest Retirement Community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, was named a “Best Nursing Home” and received a 5-Star Rating from U.S. News & World Report.

"This recognition by U.S. News & World Report is a wonderful endorsement of our staff's daily commitment to a providing outstanding quality care for residents,” said Director of Continuing Care Brian Alexopoulos.


Cedar Crest’s Personal Moving Consultant Help Residents Avoid the Anxiety of Moving

Aug 31, 2017

Moving after many years in a home can seem overwhelming. When retired educators Harry and Cecile Veal decided to move a few months ago from Toms River, New Jersey, to Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living Retirement Community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, they avoided many of the challenges by using the community’s Realty and Moving Services Program.

Cedar Crest’s Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor assisted the Veals with their move from start to finish. She traveled to their home and customized a moving...

Cedar Crest’s Health and Wellness Expo Draws a Crowd

Aug 11, 2017

On July 27, Cedar Crest, a distinctive Erickson Living Retirement Community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, hosted a Health and Wellness Expo. The event, sponsored by Atlantic Health Systems – Chilton Medical Center, featured information tables and a lecture on “Bone Health” by Dr. Cherise Dyal. Currently, Dr. Dyal is the only physician double board certified in orthopedic surgery and obesity medicine.

“We had a great turnout for the Expo with more than 60 residents participating,” said Community Resource Manager Amy Wagener.

Healthy living is a hallmark of Cedar Crest’s lifestyle. A key feature of this unbeatable lifestyle...

Cedar Crest Awards More Than $220,000 in Scholarships to Local High School Students

Jun 9, 2017

On May 31, Cedar Crest Retirement Community hosted family, friends, residents, and staff at its annual Scholar Awards Ceremony. At the event, 28 graduating high school seniors were awarded $8,000 scholarships from the community.

The Scholar’s Program is funded by the residents of Cedar Crest to support high school students employed on campus who have shown commitment to serving the Cedar Crest community. Qualifications include working 1,000 hours at Cedar Crest during their Junior and Senior years in high school, maintaining a 2.0 GPA for their senior year, and remaining in good standing.

“Cedar Crest has been a...