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August 3rd, 2016
Seventy-three Ashby Ponds residents pose for the community’s largest senior selfie.

Seventy-three Ashby Ponds residents pose for the community’s largest senior selfie.

Selfies, or pictures taken of oneself when holding a cellphone or tablet at arm’s length, are currently a hot trend on the Internet. In fact, in December 2014, the Oxford Dictionary Online named “selfie” the word of the year.

At Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., residents, many of whom are members of the popular iPad group, recently joined together for the group’s second annual “senior selfie.”

Seventy-three community members, eager to smile for the camera, came together for the photo. 

“We had so much fun last year, we thought, ‘Why not do it again?’” says community member Nan Krueger, who took the photo with the help of an extendable selfie stick. “I’m so pleased that we almost doubled the number of participants. Once the selfie was taken, we spent the rest of the day laughing and looking at our photos.”

On the cutting edge

The selfie bug hit Ashby Ponds last spring after a photo published in the Palm Beach Post claimed to be the largest senior selfie ever. 

As the founder of the iPad group, Nan felt strongly that Ashby Ponds could best the efforts of the seniors in Palm Beach. She emailed the members of her group and placed a “wanted” ad in the Ashby Ponds weekly paper asking for volunteers to participate in the selfie.

“I asked them all to bring their devices so we could show the world that we are technically savvy seniors,” she says.

Forty-four Ashby Ponds community members, with their devices in hand, posed for the selfie, which beat out the Palm Beach Post photo and quickly received press, including a spot on USA Today’s Your Take, a photo-sharing website managed by the publication.

“Simply realizing that we are able to keep up with new technology gives us all a great sense of accomplishment, and it certainly elevates us in the eyes of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren,” says Nan.