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Erickson Living, take two

Second-generation residents choose same trusted leader as their parents

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February 23rd, 2015
picture of second generation resident at Highland Springs

Children who attend a parent’s alma mater are often referred to as legacies.

Erickson Living, a leader in senior living, is inspiring that same loyalty as many Baby Boomers choose to follow in their parents’ footsteps.

Meet two Erickson Living legacies, second-generation residents who enjoy the same vibrant retirement lifestyle their parents did.

Erickson Living’s first community

Bill Dorn lives at Springs, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas. As a young man, Bill lived on Baltimore’s west side and commuted to the University of Maryland in College Park. 

“I lived just a block or two over from St. Charles seminary, which later became Charlestown, the first Erickson Living community,” says Bill, who was born and raised in Baltimore. “In the mid-1980s, my parents moved to Charlestown.”

When it came time to choose a retirement community for himself, Bill didn’t look any farther than his nearest Erickson Living community, Highland Springs.

“I moved to Texas shortly after my parents moved to Charlestown,” says Bill, a retired industrial safety manager. “I was familiar with the Erickson Living lifestyle, and Highland Springs has certainly lived up to all my expectations.”

In an interesting twist to the story, when Bill moved to Highland Springs in 2009 and met Chris Emmett, then-executive director, they discovered a shared Erickson Living connection.

“Chris was an intern at Charlestown early in his career and knew my mother,” says Bill. “He recognized my last name right away.”

Like mother, like daughter

Highland Springs resident Katherine Young has a similar connection. Her mother Katie lived at Greenspring, the Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.

“My mother was so unbelievably happy at Greenspring, and we were happy because we knew she was safe and secure,” says Katherine. “That was the gift she gave us.”

So when Katherine and her husband John began exploring retirement communities, Erickson Living was at the top of their list.

“John’s job brought us to Dallas,” says Katherine. “I was driving home one day when I saw a sign at the corner of Coit and Frankford saying an Erickson Living community was coming soon. We visited the sales [center] soon after and joined the priority list. It was exciting for me because I knew what was coming.”

John and Katherine moved into a two-bedroom, two-bath Williamsburg-style apartment the day after Highland Springs opened in September 2006.

Like her mother at Greenspring, Katherine relishes the Erickson Living lifestyle.

“My mother cofounded and coedited the Villager, the resident newspaper at Greenspring,” says Katherine. “She also founded the Katy-dids, a sisterhood of women with similar names. At Highland Springs, I like to work behind the scenes. I volunteer for our in-house television channel and enjoy using the library and fitness center. Choosing Erickson [Living] has been a great decision. I’ve never regretted it once.”