A new way to see Erickson Living

In Focus video series highlights residents

Created date

April 19th, 2018

Erickson Living residents are featured in a new video series.

People know Erickson Living as a trailblazer in senior living. Potential and current residents associate the Erickson Living name with world-class services and amenities, a variety of stylish apartment floor plans, delicious dining choices, and myriad clubs and activities—each of which gives those considering a move the feel for life on any of its 19 campuses.

Visit the Erickson Living website, and you’ll learn all about these features. And thanks to a new video series called In Focus, you’ll also meet first-hand the men and women who live in these communities and make them socially and culturally rich environments.

“Quite frequently we hear that prospective residents want to know that their future neighbors are as vibrant and energetic as they are,” says Zachary Cheney, manager of television production at Erickson Living. “Those interested in an Erickson Living community want to move to a place where life will be active and engaging; the In Focus series highlights the stories of individual residents to demonstrate this.”

Real-life examples

Take, for instance, Ruth Kurtz, who lives at Ann’s Choice in Bucks County, Pa. An energetic woman who enjoys being “out and about,” Kurtz took advantage of her green thumb, became head of the gardening club, and grows produce, which, in turn, the club donates to the local food bank.

One season, Kurtz and her fellow gardeners provided as much as 800 pounds of fresh vegetables.

Then there’s Riderwood resident Renate Chernoff in Silver Spring, Md., who was born in Germany, moved to Canada, and upon entering graduate school, made the U.S. her home. She has a degree in chemistry and microbiology but always wanted to be an artist.

Chernoff made her dream come true working with metals such as silver. Today, she’s turned her apartment’s spare bedroom into an art studio, where she weaves thread-thin stainless steel into brilliant artistic creations

Like Chernoff, Ken Pinkham, a resident at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo., continues to live his passion.

The drummer for a band called The Wild Coyotes, Pinkham plays regularly. During his In Focus video, he discusses the importance of activity in retirement and how his social life has kept him going strong.

“When I’m playing the drums, and I see people with smiles on their faces, there’s where I get my warm fuzzies,” he says. “Music is so powerful…it’s medicine for the soul.”

To be sure, the members of one’s community are significant factors in our retirement choices. The In Focus series adds another facet to learning about what the Erickson Living lifestyle has to offer.

“The plan is to keep producing these videos,” says Cheney. “We want to give people a strong sense of campus life and introduce them to the great residents who live in our communities.”

Find these videos at ericksonliving.com/resources/video-gallery.