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Retirement wish list

Six priorities to consider for your next move

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February 19th, 2018
Lifelong New Yorker Helen Benson moved to Linden Ponds to be closer to family and says the community offers the same types of cultural activities she enjoyed in the city.

Lifelong New Yorker Helen Benson moved to Linden Ponds to be closer to family and says the community offers the same types of cultural activities she enjoyed in the city.


When it comes to your home and your lifestyle in retirement, you probably have a few items on your “wish list.” After decades of mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow, maintenance-free living might be on the top of your list. Maybe financial security is your No. 1 priority or perhaps you’re really looking forward to making new friends. Whatever your goals for your retirement, chances are you’ll meet them at Linden Ponds.

“Linden Ponds is a multifaceted community, and people choose Linden Ponds for many different reasons,” says Sales Counselor Doris Karmin Der. 

While people have all kinds of different reasons for choosing Linden Ponds, Der says that the following six priorities are the ones she hears most often from prospective residents.

1. Activities and social life  

Linden Ponds is home to about 1,200 vibrant and engaged retirees, and there are more than 100 resident-run clubs. From Pilates and tennis to photography and foreign language clubs, from singing to card groups, there truly is something for everyone at Linden Ponds. 

“You have the opportunity for informal access to people you don’t have in your usual two-acre lot in suburbia, particularly when you retire,” says Dick Bauer, who moved to Linden Pods with his wife Ginny more than eight years ago. “Here, I can’t go down the hall without stopping to talk with somebody about what is happening in their life and their world. I find that a blessing.”

While residents can always enjoy privacy in their own apartment homes, when they do want to socialize, they don’t have to look far to find a friendly face or an interesting conversation. 

Residents and staff are known for their friendly greetings in the hallways, and residents typically eat dinner in one of the community’s on-site restaurants. People who haven’t made plans to dine with someone in particular can ask to be seated at an open table—where new friendships are often formed over dinner conversations. 

2. Health and wellness

Exercising and eating a balanced diet are important at all stages in life, but particularly so as we grow older. That’s why many people enjoy how easy it is to stay healthy while living at Linden Ponds. Nutritious and appetizing meals are available at the on-site restaurants, so community members can eat well without the hassles of grocery shopping, cooking, or washing dishes. 

With Linden Ponds’ on-site fitness center, heated indoor pool, dozens of group exercise classes, and personal trainers on staff who can created individualized fitness programs, residents are more likely to work out. 

Bernie Peavey is a longtime tennis player, and he currently plays twice a week with Linden Ponds’ tennis club. He says the friendly games are a great way to get exercise on a regular basis. 

“For those of us who have been playing for a while and love the game, it’s nice to have an opportunity to continue,” Bernie says. “As long as we can physically do it, we’ll keep playing.” 

3. Maintenance-free living

Say goodbye to chores like pulling weeds, troubleshooting a washing machine that’s on the fritz, and deicing slippery sidewalks. All of that—and much more—is handled by Linden Ponds’ professional maintenance staff. When residents need help with any task—big or small—in their apartment homes, all they have to do is call the front desk. A repair person will be promptly dispatched to their front door to handle the problem.

“I knew that what Linden Ponds had is what I wanted and needed—I knew I wouldn’t have a house to worry about, and all the work and expense that come with it,” says Rosemary McDonough. “I was widowed for 17 years, so if I was having the lawn cut or the roof fixed, I had to take care of it and hire people. It was time for me to get away from having a house.”

4. Financial security

One of the most stressful things that can happen during retirement is a big, unexpected expense—a new furnace that can’t wait until next year or a significant spike in condo association dues, for example. 

People who live at Linden Ponds don’t have to worry about that because they only pay for a predictable monthly service package, which includes maintenance, utilities, cable, property taxes, a dining plan, security, and local shuttle service. That means residents have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what their expenses will be for the upcoming year. 

What’s more, Linden Ponds has a 90% refundable entrance deposit. If residents choose to move, 90% of their entrance deposit is returned. Or if they live the rest of their lives at the community, the deposit is returned to their heirs. The Residence and Care Agreement has full details. 

“I decided Linden Ponds was by far the nicest place and probably the best value for the money,” says Barbara Ghattas, a retired nurse who moved to Linden Ponds in 2012. “I think it was meant to be.”

5. ‘Home for life’

The commitment Linden Ponds makes to its residents is that they have a “home for life.” The community maintains a Resident Care Fund, which is in place to assist people who outlive their financial resources. 

Linden Ponds is committed to supporting residents who experience a genuine and unforeseen change in their financial situation and provides several options for them to protect their future. 

The concept of having a home for life and the availability of continuing care were among the reasons Tom Zarle moved to Linden Ponds.

“As soon as I drove onto the Linden Ponds campus, I knew this was the place for me,” Tom says. “I had researched Erickson [Living] and their approach to continuing care. What I liked about this place was the economies of scale—it’s big enough that there’s so much going on, but it doesn’t feel too big.”

6. Proximity to family

Located in Hingham, Mass., Linden Ponds is near Boston and surrounding towns, where many residents’ adult children live. Many people who move to Linden Ponds from another state do so to be closer to their families. 

Linden Ponds is a great place to entertain family and friends. Residents can reserve a private dining room to host a celebration without having to clean the house or hover over the stove, or they can treat their families to a delicious weekend brunch at Linden Ponds’ on-site restaurants. 

As for young grandchildren, they definitely love splashing in the indoor pool with grandma and grandpa. 

Lifelong New Yorker Helen Benson moved to Linden Ponds in 2014 to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law. When asked if she misses the excitement of “the city that never sleeps,” Helen’s answer is clear: “Not really,” she says. “I have far more friends and people to relate to here than I would ever have in New York.”