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No challenge too great

New Yorker walks her way back to health, sells condo with the right people by her side

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June 22nd, 2010

When Jean Dranoff got in a serious car accident in New York City, doctors said she would never walk again. But with the guidance of a physical therapist and the support of her son both of whom encouraged a strict exercise regimen Dranoff learned to walk again and was soon strolling 20 city blocks a day. However, I got bored, she says. Realizing she was seeking community, Dranoff and her son began looking at retirement villages in northern New Jersey. Friends suggested Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains. After seeing it for herself, Dranoff was sold. It s a lovely community, just like a little city, she says of the neighborhood feel and plentiful amenities. After living in her New York City condo for the past 38 years, Dranoff chose a one-bedroom Brighton apartment home. I was eager to get here, and I was so impressed with the beautiful bay window, she says.

Finding the right people

Dranoff usedErickson Realty & Moving Servicesto make her move easier. I visited Jean in Manhattan twice, says Personal Moving Consultant Margaret Semezko. The first time, I created her floor plan and helped her make decisions on what to move and what to downsize. Once Dranoff s condo sold, Semezko recommended a moving company and when the time came, she traveled back to Manhattan to help complete the settlement. For me to travel to her to do the settlement is one of the little extra services we can provide that makes things so much easier and more pleasant, Semezko says. Dranoff moved to Cedar Crest on February 5, 2010.

Little city life

Now that she s there, Dranoff s little city truly has everything she needs. Though she left her New York doctors behind, she says she trusts her doctor atCedar Crest son-site medical center. I like my doctor very much. She gives me a lot of time, Dranoff says. She also uses the on-site pharmacy and says it s very convenient to have everything under one roof. AtCedar Crest, she attends a current events class, takes aerobics, and plays bridge. She takes long walks and continues with her fitness routine. I get up at 6 a.m. and do my exercises for 30 minutes...I shower and get ready, whether I m going somewhere or staying at home, she says. If I don t have any classes, I go to lunch at the Mountainside Cafe because it has a great salad bar. All of this, she says, is part of a daily routine responsible for her strong positive attitude the same positive attitude that helped her learn to walk again against all odds.