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Perfect fit for a fit lifestyle

Elaine Tagler chose Cedar Crest for its focus on activities and financial value

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November 3rd, 2016
Although Elaine Tagler has gotten involved in many activities at Cedar Crest, she’s best known for playing piano in the lounge before dinner, at happy hours, or at community events. “I feel that it helps me give back,” she says.

Although Elaine Tagler has gotten involved in many activities at Cedar Crest, she’s best known for playing piano in the lounge before dinner, at happy hours, or at community events. “I feel that it helps me give back,” she says.

Though they’ve all been through the process, few of her neighbors know more about moving than Elaine Tagler. 

As a real estate agent and stager for the past 12 years, Elaine understands what it takes to prepare a house for sale. As someone who recently moved to Cedar Crest, she also understands what it takes to downsize and change your lifestyle for the better. 

The only choice

“The whole idea of moving here was to minimize stress and have a more relaxed life,” says Elaine, who moved to the Pompton Plains, N.J., Erickson Living community in February.

She also wanted to take the burden off her son’s shoulders should she need additional care down the road. 

“I didn’t want to leave it up to my son to make decisions. [I wanted] to be settled and able to do more without having to worry about things like the lawn, snow, going to the post office. It really does take a lot of stress off,” she says.

Once she discovered the maintenance- and worry-free Erickson Living model, she looked no further—except to visit five Erickson Living communities on the East Coast. In talking to residents at each location, the only regret she heard was, “I wish I’d moved sooner.”

She took their advice and has no regrets. “I really would have a hard time finding something negative about Cedar Crest. There is so much to do. I feel very fortunate to have a place like this to come home to. It hasn’t been a disappointment in any way,” she says.

‘They have thought of everything’

Elaine says Cedar Crest is both a smart lifestyle decision as well as a smart financial decision.

“I really like the business model and was very impressed with the way the campuses were set up and maintained. It’s all very positive,” says Elaine, who worked for IBM for 20 years before turning to real estate. “I also liked Cedar Crest because of the number of people who are here; there are about 1,800 in independent living. I thought that offered a much bigger choice of activities, and it does.”

A physically active adult committed to living a healthy lifestyle, Elaine has taken advantage of many on-site fitness activities: aerobics, Zumba, twice weekly yoga, and table tennis. She also joined the special events committee, which hosted a dance in September.

One of her highest priorities was to be able to walk daily, which is possible in any weather thanks to the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled walkways that connect every building at Cedar Crest. 

“I think it’s wonderful because you can go from building to building without wearing a coat. As a walker and hiker, I can get in a lot of walking right here in any weather.”

During her initial retirement research in 2014, she called another retirement community near her former home in West Chester County, N.Y., that advertised covered walkways. 

“I asked them if the walkways were enclosed. They weren’t; it was an afterthought,” she says. “Because I’ve had a career at IBM, I was accustomed to a very well-run business. Here, I would like to say, they have thought of everything. There’s really not much more you could ask for. It makes life so pleasant.”

All the right reasons

Elaine makes staying fit such a priority that she even chose her fifth-floor two-bedroom, two-bath Lancaster apartment home for its location away from the elevators so that she can get in a few extra steps each day. To add a few more, she takes the stairs whenever she’s not carrying something heavy. “It’s a great way to stay fit,” she says.

In addition to its location, her apartment home is the perfect fit for her lifestyle. She repurposed the master bedroom as a family room, which houses her computer, TV, sewing machine, and a queen-sized sleep sofa for guests. She uses the other bedroom as her own. 

The nontraditional furniture plan enabled her to arrange the dining room furniture from her former house, as well as her spinet piano, in the open living/dining area of her apartment.

With her house sold and her new home established at Cedar Crest, Elaine is as hooked now as she was when she first visited in 2014.