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Making the most of life

English professor finds stimulating friends, activities at Linden Ponds

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April 16th, 2015
Since moving to Linden Ponds, Susan Shannon says she has found a wonderful community of people who share her philosophy of living life to the fullest—and she couldn’t be happier with her new home.
Since moving to Linden Ponds, Susan Shannon says s

Susan Shannon works part-time as an English professor at Bridgewater State University. For the last 15 years, she lived in a house in Hingham, Mass. Because of her active lifestyle, home maintenance had not become a problem for her.

“I was still shoveling snow and working part-time and cleaning 33 windows in my house,” Susan says. “I was doing my own labor.”

But still, Susan felt drawn to a different type of lifestyle at this stage in her life. Some friends of hers often visited their mother living at EricksonLiving community in Hingham from them. 

Susan’s friends loved the community and said they were planning to move there when they retired. When they invited Susan to a luncheon at Linden Ponds, she figured she’d tag along just to be a good friend.

“When I came here, it stuck in my mind. I pictured myself doing what I do in my house, and I pictured myself doing it here,” Susan says. “It’s amazing where a path will take you if you listen to what is going on in your life. I kept coming back and going to presentations.”

‘The people here are happy’

Last July, Susan moved to Linden Ponds, and she says she couldn’t be happier with her decision. She says she has found an entire community of her peers who share her philosophy about living life to the fullest.

“Attitude is one of the most important things in life in my estimation, and the people here are happy,” Susan says. “We’re all in the same boat—we’ve all aged, and we’re making the most of it.”

Susan says there’s always something interesting to do at Linden Ponds and plenty of interesting people to do it with. She enjoys taking lifelong learning courses that are offered on site. She is also a member of the community’s cat club, a group of residents who help one another out with their pets. She says that type of neighborly camaraderie came in handy when she was frequently away from home during her daughter’s pregnancy and the recent birth of her youngest granddaughter. 

When the weather warms up, Susan plans to plant a garden in one of the generously sized square spaces available for residents. She had always had a garden at her house, and says she’s glad she’ll be able to continue her hobby.

When she does want some down time, Susan retreats to her apartment home, where she enjoys reading and cooking. She chose a Brighton floor plan, a cozy one-bedroom, one-bathroom home that she says is all the space she needs at this point in her life.

Interesting people

Her favorite aspect of her new home is simply having the opportunity to meet and befriend so many interesting people, which Susan says is very easy to do at Linden Ponds. One of the best ways to meet new people is over dinner at one of the community’s on-site restaurants.

“I like the friendliness here,” Susan says. “I think it’s interesting to be in a place where, just to go out to eat your meal, you can spend an hour chatting with people whose lives are so interesting.”

Susan says she has been particularly impressed by her neighbors’ talents. She says there are quite a few accomplished artists and musicians living at Linden Ponds.

“You are with people whose lives have included fabulous talents,” she says. “If I am walking to the mailroom, I might hear someone playing the baby grand piano. You wouldn’t have that if you were staying at a five-star hotel.”