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Setting the record straight

Teresa Caseau debunks myths about moving to Linden Ponds

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June 14th, 2018
Tom Zarle, whose hobbies include traveling and Scandinavian folk-style woodcarving, has found a community of active and engaged peers at Linden Ponds.

Tom Zarle, whose hobbies include traveling and Scandinavian folk-style woodcarving, has found a community of active and engaged peers at Linden Ponds.

Deciding where to live for your retirement is a big decision—there’s no denying that. A lot of information exists about different living options and the many factors to consider. But making this big decision is a little easier when you have all of the facts. 

That’s why we asked Linden Ponds Senior Sales Associate Teresa Caseau to share the most common myths about living at Linden Ponds that she tends to hear from prospective residents before they have the chance to learn more about what the community really offers.

Myth #1: “I can’t even think about the task of downsizing.”

Truth: Downsizing and moving can be stressful, but it’s much easier for people moving to Linden Ponds because they have access to Erickson Realty and Moving Services, a program that provides complimentary assistance with every aspect of moving, starting with a home visit to begin the process.

“Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford can help with a plan for downsizing, packing and moving, decluttering room by room, staging, referring a real estate agent, and getting the house sold,” Caseau says. “She can even plan the layout of your furniture in the floorplan of your new home.”

Tracy Stillman and her husband Nate moved to Linden Ponds in 2016. They had lived in a house in Weymouth, Mass., for about 20 years.

With several large closets, an attic, and a basement, they collected a lot of stuff over the years. But Tracy says the process of downsizing wasn’t stressful because Ford suggested the perfect floor plan and connected them with resources for donating or selling things they didn’t want to keep.

“Lynne [Ford] thought of me when she saw this [apartment home] was available because the den closet is really large,” Tracy says.

With the den closet and spacious design, their new home has plenty of space for the furniture and household items they decided to keep.

Myth #2: “My house is paid off, so I’m spending less to live there.”

Truth: Even if you’ve paid off your mortgage, it’s never really “free” to live in a house or condo.

Whether you live in a single-family home or a condo, there are always expenses like gas, electric, cable and property taxes. Plus, homeowners have to contend with maintenance and repair costs for things like a leaky roof, broken furnace, or outdated appliances.

At Linden Ponds, residents only write one check each month for their monthly service package, which includes everything from property taxes and utilities to cable TV and meals at the on-site restaurants. That means residents can count on consistent monthly expenses without any surprises that could bust their budget.

Myth #3: “I am too young.”

Truth: You don’t have to be on campus for more than a few minutes before you realize that Linden Ponds is an exceptionally vibrant and active place. The community is home to people of a wide range of ages, who all have one thing in common: the desire to live life to the fullest.

Tom Zarle spent his career in academia, as a professor at Purdue University, vice president of Bentley University in Massachusetts, and president of Aurora University, located outside of Chicago. Tom is an avid traveler, and in 2017 he hiked 150 miles of mountain terrain in Spain.

At home at Linden Ponds, he works out five days a week at the on-site fitness center and enjoys doing Scandinavian folk-style woodcarving in his home or at the community’s workshop.

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

Myth #4: “I am not ready.”

Truth: Making the decision to move is always a bit of a leap of faith. It’s difficult to feel completely “ready” for a big change. But time and time again, Linden Ponds residents say they wish they had moved sooner because they’ve discovered how easy and enjoyable life is at the community.

Making the move to Linden Ponds when you’re relatively young and healthy makes the process less stressful and it makes it easier to take advantage of everything the community has to offer—from dozens of resident-run clubs and committees to fun group classes and exciting day trips and social events.

Myth #5: “My children don’t want me to sell the family house.”

Truth: “Some adult children feel that if you sell the family house, there somehow won’t be any more family memories,” Caseau says. “What they don’t know is that when their parents move to our community, there will be a whole new adventure for their parents to be shared with their children, friends, and family.”

Many residents find that it is actually easier to entertain when they live at Linden Ponds. They can reserve a private dining room to host large family gatherings or treat guests to dinner or brunch at one of the community’s on-site restaurants—all without the hassle of cooking and cleaning.