Brewing up a good time
This Valentine’s Day, Wilma and Bud DeBoer will celebrate their fifth anniversary. No, no, not their wedding anniversary, though it’s nearly as significant. Bud and Wilma will celebrate five years of worry-free, active retirement living at Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
“We’ve liked it ever since we moved in,” says Wilma. “We enjoy the activities offered here, the setting, and that everything is nice and handy here. You don’t feel like you’re right near a big city. It’s quiet here, and I like that.”
They also like being closer to their children. Before they moved from a townhouse in a 55-plus community in Aurora, it was a 30-mile round-trip to visit family. Now? Just one. And sometimes even less.
Their daughter, Sandy Woudstra, works at Wind Crest in the sales department. She was so impressed with the quality of life, financial structure, and amenities that she joined the company about two years ago to help others discover the life her parents have been so privileged to enjoy.
“When they started the process, I was really impressed with the care, the steps, and the support they received,” says Woudstra. “My parents’ experience moving in here made me want to help others discover this lifestyle.”
A taste for travel
Bud and Wilma both participate in a handful of the wide array of activities available at Wind Crest.
She belongs to the Womens’ Club and plays cards with friends. He plays water volleyball three mornings a week and billiards every afternoon. And they enjoy taking day trips around the area.
Last fall, they combined Bud’s billiards with their zest for travel—and a taste for beer—in support of their grandson Derek Peters.
Derek helped to found Centennial microbrewing company Resolute. “We come from various walks of life, including finance, engineering, and accounting,” Derek says of his founding partners, “but we resonate as one around our passion for community, great beer, and even greater people.”
When word got out to the pool players and their wives that Bud and Wilma were planning to visit the brewery, interest sparked, and it turned into a group excursion arranged by Wind Crest.
“Wind Crest arranged the bus and driver. I handled the list of everyone who signed up. It all fell into place,” Wilma recalls.
In October 25, 2016, 24 neighbors boarded the bus to visit Resolute, tour the brewery, and taste award-winning brews.
One of the company’s founders, Zac Rissmiller, is an accomplished commercial brewer with a number of notable achievements. A self-described ‘beer whisperer,’ Rissmiller has won a silver medal in the 2015 Great American Beer Festival and 2014 and 2015 All Colorado Beer Festival in the Pale Ale category.
The Wind Crest group ordered ten pizzas delivered to Resolute to enjoy with their beer. “They have a food truck there, but we thought it would be fun to have pizza with our beer,” Wilma says. “They gave us a tour of the back where they brew the beer and all the tanks and everything.” Her grandson stopped in for a visit so Wilma and Bud could introduce him to the group, and each person ordered their choice of four beers in tasting glasses.
“It was a great trip. Everyone enjoyed it—and the beer,” Wilma says.
Aside from letting loose with beer and pizza, Bud and Wilma also enjoy touring the area’s many breathtaking sites. Last fall, they took the fall color tour, visiting Evergreen, Idaho Springs, and Blackhawk for stunning displays of fall leaves. “That was just gorgeous,” Wilma says.
Wilma says they have been able to enjoy retirement so much thanks to Wind Crest’s sound financial structure and convenient monthly service package, which includes nearly all living expenses such as a flexible meal plan, round-the-clock security and maintenance, utilities, and use of campus amenities.
“The monthly service package is convenient. Everything is included,” Wilma says. “If we have anything that needs to be fixed or goes wrong, [the service department is] here quickly. It’s good to know everything is taken care of and that we don’t have to worry about a thing.”