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Keeping up with the grandkids

Active lifestyle is key…and easy at Linden Ponds

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January 7th, 2016

Ed and Peggy Coburn

At 91 years old, Ed Coburn still rides an impressive seven miles a day on his bike. The vibrant nonagenarian tries to ride six or seven days a week, and he rides outside when the weather is mild. When temperatures turn cold, he moves his workout inside to the on-site fitness center at Linden Ponds, the Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., where Ed lives with his wife Peggy.

Not surprisingly, Ed is in excellent physical shape. He recently took the opportunity to compete in the Quincy Senior Olympics, which Linden Ponds sponsored. He took part in the free-throw basketball, horseshoes, shot put, javelin, discus, putting, and free-throw baseball competitions.

“You compete against people in your age group,” Ed says. “The whole thing is a lot of fun. It’s good to see a group like that of older people exercising.”

Smart move

Ed and Peggy moved to Linden Ponds five years ago from Falmouth. At Linden Ponds, they have a two-bedroom, Patterson-style apartment home. The second bedroom serves as a combination guest room and den, and the living room has lots of natural light and a view of the community’s manicured grounds. 

In addition to cycling, Ed belongs to Linden Ponds’ veterans association and men’s discussion group. Peggy is in the community’s book group, plays bridge several days a week, and is an avid walker. The Coburns have eight grandchildren, the youngest of whom is ten. 

“We have to stay active to keep up with the kids,” Ed says.