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No slowing down

Resident-run programming makes Fox Run ‘remarkable

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October 12th, 2017
Pat Kridler chairs an active committee called Your Own University, which puts on interesting educational events throughout the year.

Pat Kridler chairs an active committee called Your Own University, which puts on interesting educational events throughout the year.

 

In her 86 years, Pat Kridler has moved 33 times. Her father’s work, then later her husband’s job, and her own career as a minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church prompted many of those moves. Pat’s latest move was from Minneapolis, Minn., to Fox Run in Novi, Mich., five years ago. She had previously lived in Michigan and moved back to be closer to her son.

“This is a wonderful place, I feel so secure and taken care of,” Pat says of the Erickson Living community she now calls home.

Age definitely isn’t slowing Pat down. She has an active and rewarding life at Fox Run. She’s a member of the political awareness committee, an ambassador to help new neighbors acclimate to the community, and enjoys playing Scrabble with friends. 

“All the programming here is designed by residents, which is remarkable and different from other places,” Pat says. “We have a remarkable staff, and there is an attitude of fun and kindness here.”

Still learning

Pat also chairs a group called Your Own University (Y.O.U.), which puts on a variety of educational programs throughout the year. 

For example, the group hosts a monthly film screening called “Movies That Make You Think.” After watching a thought-provoking movie together, the group has lunch and discusses the film.

“That is a very successful program,” Pat says.

Y.O.U. also hosts speakers on a wide range of topics. Past events have featured a docent from an art museum, an astronomer from the Cranbrook Institute of Science who talked about the solar eclipse, a pianist who learned how to play music with only her left hand after suffering a stroke, and two local newspaper reporters who talked about current affairs and politics. 

Y.O.U. also put on a three-part wine-tasting seminar, which Pat says was both informative and fun (neighbors could enjoy a few glasses of vino without having to worry about driving home!). 

“We are an active committee, and people really like the things that we come up with,” she says.

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