Tribune Print Share Text

An activity for everyone

Cedar Crest hosts annual activities fair, showcases 180 resident-run groups

Created date

May 5th, 2017
Barbara Schmitt represents the Adult Coloring Club at Cedar Crest’s annual activities fair in March.

Barbara Schmitt represents the Adult Coloring Club at Cedar Crest’s annual activities fair in March.

On a recent spring afternoon, residents at Cedar Crest explored the community’s more than 180 clubs and interest groups at the annual activities fair, held March 27 in the Woodland Commons Conference Center. 

More than 300 people were expected to attend the fun-filled event. Interests include arts and crafts, culture, education, games, movies and theater, travel, volunteer, fitness, and many other topics.

A time to grow

With spring signifying a time of renewal and growth, there’s no better time to host the fair, which truly demonstrates Cedar Crest’s active, vibrant lifestyle and provides new opportunities for people to discover new interests or renew old ones. 

“People move here for various reasons—such as our refundable entrance deposit or the convenient monthly service package or our on-site medical center. But one of the most common is the plethora of activities and interest groups,” says Community Resources Coordinator Kelli Daood. 

Daood explains that all interest groups begin with a resident’s idea. “If someone wants to start a group or activity, we help them find space and time on the schedule, and we help them advertise it to the community. All of our clubs are run by residents. Our resident life staff is here to help coordinate.”

Whatever their hobby of choice—whether it’s the African drumming circle, bridge group, watercolor class, or a weekly happy hour, Cedar Crest community members have no shortage of opportunities to benefit from social interaction. And that’s a big deal as we grow older. 

Numerous research studies have shown that older adults with the highest levels of social activity have significantly higher cognitive function than those who are the least socially active.

The Rush Memory and Aging Project terms social interaction and activities “life space.” 

According to the project’s website, “Life space is the extent to which we move through our environments as we carry out our daily lives—from home to garden to restaurants to workplace and beyond.” 

The project’s investigators have found that constricted life space is associated with decreased cognitive functions. They recommend that people—particularly older adults—get out as much as possible and enjoy the world around them. 

Way of life

At Cedar Crest, it’s the way of life. The Amblers and Scramblers, a walking and hiking group may be the most obvious example, but many other groups enable residents to get out and about—both within the Cedar Crest community as well as the greater community.

“There are so many activities available at Cedar Crest to help you blossom, flourish, and encourage your social group to grow,” says Daood.

Henry Utzinger, a foodie who created and updates the “Utzinger for U” guide to local restaurants, also participates in a memoir-writing group, Elderhostel courses, trips to the local IMAX for simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, and movies shown in Cedar Crest’s on-campus theater. He goes to the fitness center most mornings and to the pool quite often. 

“I like Cedar Crest for all the activities we have here,” Henry says. “There is more to do than you could ever take part in.”

Leo Thomas, a member of Cedar Crest Chorale, says, “I enjoy being part of this group for many reasons. Singing is a wonderful way to stay alert mentally and physically. You have to know what note and when to sing, learn the music, and follow directions. It also sharpens your hearing and is an aerobic exercise. Then there is also just the joy of singing!” 

The Cedar Crest Chorale, which performs two concerts on campus each year, sings a wide range of music from all eras and styles, including singing in four parts.

Coloring With Adults taps into the recent trend of adult coloring. The group meets weekly and draws a crowd. 

“It settles the mind,” says Barbara Seixas. “It is not like a craft project where you have to think about how many yards of fabric or how many tubes of paint I need.” 

In addition to being fun, creative, and calming, community members say it is a wonderful way to socialize each week.

These are just a few examples of activities at Cedar Crest. 

“The beauty of our resident life offerings is that they’re always expanding as new people move in with ideas to start their own special interest club or activity,” says Daood. “Our range of activities is constantly evolving.”



Ready for a fun-filled adventure?

For those who are ready to join the fun at Cedar Crest, the community has a handful of apartment homes available for immediate move-in.

“We currently have a limited inventory of highly desirable one- and two-bedroom apartments, which already feature several upgrades,” says Sales Counselor Kate Tanis. “Our selections team works with many of our clients to further upgrade apartments with tile showers, shutters, closets, and flooring. And we frequently run incentives on those to cover the cost of upgrades.”

Tanis encourages anyone with an interest in touring available apartments to contact the sales office at Cedar Crest.

“Our community, with all its amenities and activities, is thriving,” says Tanis. “It’s a wonderful time to visit Cedar Crest, particularly at this time of year when our outdoor spaces are in full bloom. Come and see all we have to offer.”

To learn more about the apartments available at Cedar Crest, call the sales office at 1-800-682-0312.