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Sales Manager Kate Tanis applauds Cedar Crest’s forward-thinking approach to active living

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November 4th, 2015


To Kate Tanis, “Cedar Crest isn’t a retirement community,” she says. It’s a community for active living. 

Tanis joined the sales team in February, but she’s no stranger to the Pompton Plains, N.J., Erickson Living community. She’s worked there since 2006, holding various roles from front desk attendant to volunteer coordinator to program director for the on-site continuing care neighborhood.

“Cedar Crest is forward-thinking. I like the philosophy. It’s ahead of the curve,” Tanis says.

As a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Cedar Crest combines independent living with all levels of care on-site. 

To Tanis, though, the Erickson lifestyle makes Cedar Crest stand out among competitors, including a smaller community where she worked for about seven months before returning to Cedar Crest. 

Tanis cites three reasons Cedar Crest stands out: physical health, mental health, and independence.

Physical health

First, “It’s a proactive decision to take care of your health. Here, you have the fitness center, the aquatics center, and a medical center—all those things that promote healthy living,” she says. 

The community’s fitness center has daily group exercise classes as well as free weights and state-of-the-art machines specifically designed for older adults. 

Additionally, gym-goers can take advantage of personal trainers and fitness specialists who can guide them through exercises or even design a personalized fitness plan.

In the aquatics center, residents play water volleyball, take aqua exercise classes, or simply swim laps.

And throughout the community, people can log cardio by walking 365 days a year—outside when the weather permits or inside any time. Glass-enclosed walkways connect every building so residents can avoid Mother Nature when going to meals, activities, and doctors’ appointments. 

Mental health

Second, “People underestimate how bad isolation is for you. Even if you don’t participate in any activities here, just going out to dinner once a day has shown to be beneficial,” she says. 

Aside from meals, Cedar Crest’s 180 interest groups provide ample opportunities for people to get and stay involved. Activities include watercolor classes; current events discussion groups; a woodworking shop; sewing, quilting, and knitting groups; a hiking and walking group; and faith groups among many others. 

“Regular socialization has been shown to help with memory and improve an overall sense of well-being,” Tanis says. “Even among all of our interest groups and activities, if you have an idea for a new one, we’ll help you start it. You’d rarely have that opportunity if you lived isolated in a house.”


Third, “Cedar Crest allows you to take control of your future and not leave it to your children,” Tanis says. “Because we offer all levels of care on a fee-for-service basis, you have the peace of mind that excellent care is available on campus should you ever need it.”

Tanis says that joining Cedar Crest’s priority list is the best way to conduct retirement research and make an informed decision about where you’ll spend your retirement.

“Join the priority list and engage in the community as much as possible. You need to meet people who live here,” she says. 

“Research is also engaging in the community, going to events, seeing what it’s going to feel like, not just researching financials. To me, joining the priority list is a no-brainer. You pay a fully refundable $1,000, and you have access to the community. So you can get acclimated to it before you make your final decision,” she explains.

Priority list members also have access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, which provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

“I think it’s a huge asset,” Tanis says of the service. “Prior to someone moving, they might have our personal moving consultant come out to help them decide on what floor plan they want based on their current home, furniture, and lifestyle. It’s part of what makes Erickson Living a forward-thinking company.”

She gets it

An active lifestyle isn’t just something Tanis admires in those who live at Cedar Crest. It’s her personal lifestyle as well. She and her husband frequently jog, hike, and train for half marathons and 10K races.

She’s also an avid reader and had her second child in August. 

As sales manager, Tanis supports the sales team to provide excellent customer service to those interested in living at Cedar Crest. 

“I think that people really need to see Cedar Crest for themselves to understand how active it is,” she says. “People are really doing amazing things here.”