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Linden Ponds exceeds expectations

‘Active social life’ is an understatement for this former Plymouth resident

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April 18th, 2018
Jim Carroll (right) is a member of Linden Ponds’ Italian conversation club. The group meets regularly and includes (from left) Nancy Criscitiello, Chris Criscitiello, and Ada Kahl. Not pictured: Irwin Rappaport.

Jim Carroll (right) is a member of Linden Ponds’ Italian conversation club. The group meets regularly and includes (from left) Nancy Criscitiello, Chris Criscitiello, and Ada Kahl. Not pictured: Irwin Rappaport.

Until a little over a year ago, Jim Carroll lived in The Pinehills, in Plymouth, Mass. However, many of his friends had moved away so he decided to move to Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham.

“I wanted to come to a place where I would have an active social life,” he says.

At Linden Ponds, Jim quickly found many enjoyable activities and all kinds of people to enjoy them with.

He is involved in a men’s discussion group and a history club, and he takes watercolor painting classes.

On Mondays, he attends classical music concerts in the community’s performing arts theater. He’s also the head of the opera club.

Start your own fun

Linden Ponds has a wide range of resident-run clubs, committees, and activities in place, so community members can usually find a group that matches their interests. But they are always welcome and encouraged to start new clubs if they wish.

Jim has taken advantage of that option. He started a men’s book club that focuses on nonfiction and biographies. He’s also started an Italian film club for people interested in viewing and discussing foreign-language movies.

“I also have a conversational Italian group,” Jim says. “We come together to speak Italian and review our grammar.”

Jim began his career in research and development and then worked for many years in international and domestic marketing for the pharmaceutical industry.

Drawing on his experience in the field, Jim recently gave a presentation for his Linden Ponds neighbors. He discussed topics like pandemic diseases, rising health care costs, and drugs currently being developed by biotech companies.

Jim says making friends at Linden Ponds is easy: “Everybody here has the same objective of being social and friendly.”

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