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Natural choice

Erickson Living’s Linden Ponds an easy choice for retired rocket scientist

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March 15th, 2018
Longtime TV studio volunteer Armand Ruby can often be spotted working behind the camera at Linden Ponds.

Armand Ruby can often be spotted working behind the camera at Linden Ponds.

When Armand and Anne Marie Ruby moved to Linden Ponds in 2007, they were already familiar with the lifestyle offered at Erickson Living communities and the values the company stands by.

Anne Marie’s late mother was one of the first residents to move into Charlestown, Linden Ponds’ sister community located in Catonsville, Md., and she lived there for about ten years. When Anne Marie’s mother passed away, Armand says the family received a check for her refundable entrance deposit within three weeks.

“We knew what Erickson says they do. But we lived it, so we know that they also walked the talk,” Armand says.

Natural choice

When it came time to choose a community for their own retirement, Erickson Living was a natural choice for Anne Marie and Armand.

At the time of their move, they were living at a waterfront community in Maryland.

“There were boats, and it was a great place for the kids and grandkids to come. But it got to be too much, and we wanted to downsize,” Armand says.

Armand is originally from Worcester, Mass., where he and Anne Marie got married and started their family. Some of their adult children and grandchildren still live in the area, so it made sense for them to retire there.

With dozens of resident-run clubs, committees, and activities at Linden Ponds, Armand and Anne Marie found plenty of ways to fill their leisure time.

Actually, he is a rocket scientist

Armand, a retired rocket scientist, quickly got involved on the crew of Linden Ponds’ in-house television studio. About 80 residents volunteer in the on-site TV studio, operating cameras, directing and hosting shows, and editing video footage.

Over the years, Armand has helped other residents learn how to use the cameras as well.

“Now, if there’s a vacancy for a camera man, I’ll step in to help,” he says.

Armand, along with two of his neighbors, runs the audiovisual equipment for shows in Linden Ponds’ on-site performing arts center, as well as for the lifelong learning courses that take place in the community’s classrooms.

He is also a member of the opera club and puts on a popular monthly Beethoven series, which sometimes draws as many as 70 people to the performing arts center.

“We have a regular group of people who just love it,” Armand says. “Even if there were only 20, I would still do it because of the enthusiasm.”

Armand and Anne Marie’s family includes ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Some of the clan lives in New England, and others are spread around the country, including some as far as California.

“Generally, the California group comes in summertime and gets a place on the Cape, and we all go there for the week,” Armand says.