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Hidden benefits

Moving to Maris Grove was one of the best decisions this couple ever made

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December 24th, 2013
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Ed and Til Lorenz moved from a three-bedroom townhouse in Greenville, Del., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s community in Delaware County, Pa., because they wanted a more relaxing lifestyle. 

“We were spending all our time on the house,” says Ed. “We moved to relieve ourselves of maintaining a home, especially the exterior. Even if you don’t do it yourself, you still have to ensure it gets done.” 

Peace of mind

But after their move, Ed discovered a more important benefit—the peace of mind Maris Grove provides when he spends a few days by himself at the Lorenzes’ New Jersey beach house or travels for a week of golf in Williamsburg, Va., as he’s done with his son and grandsons.

“If we weren’t living at Maris Grove and I went off, I wouldn’t have peace of mind with Til being alone,” Ed says. 

At Maris Grove, the security personnel, all first responders, are on the job 24/7. And a professionally staffed, full-service medical center is right on-site. 

That knowledge also reassures Til that she needn’t alter any of her own on- and off-campus activities simply because Ed is away. 

In fact, the Lorenzes’ move to Maris Grove gave their entire family peace of mind. Shortly after they’d settled in, their daughter-in-law called to thank them for their decision.

Perfect location, ideal lifestyle

Ed encourages people to move to Maris Grove while they can enjoy its carefree, active lifestyle. “It’s better to move two or three years too soon rather than one year too late,” he says. 

The Lorenzes chose Grove primarily because of its proximity to Wilmington, Del., where their ties run broad and deep. 

The area is home to some of their children and grandchildren and to friends of 50-years standing. Ed has a host of colleagues from his 37 years at DuPont, and the church the couple attends for services and bible study is also there.

Ed returns to Wilmington often, usually twice a week for courses at the University of Delaware’s OSHER Institute of Lifelong Learning, a habit he established in 1995. “I like to think and be involved,” he says.

At Maris Grove, he enjoys a game of pinochle, but his primary commitments tend toward the educational and philanthropic. 

Ed co-chairs the DuPont retirees club, is secretary of the German-American club, and serves on the philanthropy advisory board. 

The commitment that means the most to him is chairing Maris Grove’s scholarship committee, which awards scholarships to student servers who work in the campus restaurants and meet certain scholastic and job-performance requirements. 

“This is my most gratifying activity,” he says. “It makes you feel you’re helping the young people get on the right side of life.”

Following the 2013 scholarship awards ceremony, a recipient’s mother approached him. With tears in her eyes, she thanked Ed for the committee’s work and asked to take a photo of him and her daughter. Ed was humbled. 

He and the graduate still stay in touch.