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Where ‘community’ is more than a place

Kathy Moffitt shares her thoughts on what makes Cedar Crest a great place to live

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March 15th, 2018
At Cedar Crest, community members support each other, as evidenced by resident-taught fitness classes. Resident Esther Price teaches Stretch ‘n’ Tone weekly as well as water aerobics.

At Cedar Crest, community members support each other, as evidenced by resident-taught fitness classes. Resident Esther Price teaches Stretch ‘n’ Tone weekly as well as water aerobics.

 

Have you ever wondered what community life at Cedar Crest is really like? It’s hard to tell until you live there, but resident Kathy Moffitt has some thoughts on the topic.

In the January issue of Mountain Matters, a monthly newsletter completely produced by residents, she published an op-ed and has given the Tribune permission to reprint a portion of her piece here.

'Community,' an opinion

By Kathy Moffitt

“I’ve been hearing this term a great deal lately, and I’ve been giving it some thought. What is it exactly?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it, in part, as: a unified body of individuals: such as a: the people with common interests living in a particular area;…b: a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society, i.e., a community of retired persons…; f: an interacting population of various kinds of individuals…in a common location.

Cedar Crest Village is a community of (mostly) retired people who came looking for an active and safe life, free from the worry of taking care of a home and of themselves. Our fabulous administration and staff do their best to keep that promise, but what is our responsibility to the community, and how does being a part of a community benefit us?

When I lived in an apartment in New York, I knew the couple in the next apartment and the guys across the hall. There were probably 250 apartments in the building, but I only knew four people. I lived in a house for 38 years and barely knew the neighbors two houses down.

At Cedar Crest, I know many of the people in my building, within the faith communities, the Chorale, the Cedar Crest Singers, and now even more through my work on the Resident Advisory Council. When I need help, there is someone there for me. If I have an appointment and am unable to drive, there is someone there for me, and I am there for others.”

If you’d like to witness the community of Cedar Crest for yourself, call 1-800-682-0312 to schedule a personal tour.

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