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Summer fun

Lantern Hill's under-one-roof design is perfect for active lifestyles

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June 14th, 2018
Lantern Hill's two chimes groups, one beginner and one more advanced, is one of many activities at the New Providence Erickson Living community. (From foreground) Joan Murphy, Judy Cornog, Jim Kuder, Dave Marr, Dick Byrnes, Nancy Yingling, Mona Baldwin, a

Lantern Hill's two chimes groups, one beginner and one more advanced, is one of many activities at the New Providence Erickson Living community. 

Summer’s high temps can be brutal. But you don’t have to just sit around inside all day. Community members who live at Lantern Hill stay active year-round, regardless of the weather. 

The maintenance-free, amenity-rich Erickson Living community in Union County, N.J., has everything under one roof, so whether it’s hot and humid or snowy and sleeting outside, residents can still pursue their passions and live a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Importance of social engagement

Staying socially and physically active is important at all life stages, but it becomes particularly vital as we get older.

Scientific evidence increasingly reinforces the association between social engagement and good health. Research reveals that loneliness may raise levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia, according to Matt Narrett, M.D., Erickson Living’s chief medical officer.

Narrett says that combining social interaction with some sort of physical or mental activity can help maintain or improve overall health.

Five ways to beat the heat

At Lantern Hill, these types of activities are easy to find. The community has several resident-run clubs and groups that cover the gamut of interests.

This summer, while many of their peers are confined to their houses trying to escape the heat, Lantern Hill community members continue to come together in a variety of ways.

1. Take a walk. Those who get their exercise daily don’t take a hiatus when the mercury rises. They simply move their activity indoors; climate-controlled walkways connect every building, creating miles of indoor walkways.

2. Get wet. The swimming pool is always a splash, especially in summer. The glass-walled aquatics center gives the sensation of being outside while offering an escape from the sun’s hot rays. Community members play water volleyball, swim laps, and take aquatics exercise classes.

3. Exercise your brain. Those looking for something more intellectual or creative can take a painting class, participate in memoir-writing, or attend a current events discussion group.

4. Hit the box office. You can catch a movie without leaving campus.

5. Avoid home maintenance. Probably the number one way people stay cool is to let someone else sweat over yard work and home maintenance. Lantern Hill’s general services department handles everything from landscaping to changing a light bulb. And it’s all included in each home’s monthly service package.

The monthly service package makes living at Lantern Hill nearly all-inclusive. It covers utilities, a monthly meal plan, property taxes, use of all amenities, 24/7 security, light weekly housekeeping, and home maintenance.

“I find that there is such quality of luxury here that it’s like living on a cruise ship, but it’s even better because you can leave the cruise ship anytime you want and go shopping or wherever you want to go,” says Chris Stoddard, who plays with the Lantern Hill women’s golf group at nearby Scotch Hills Country Club in Scotch Plains.

“Our list of activities is growing every day, especially as more people move into our new residence buildings, Maple Glen and Oakwood Court,” says Executive Director Patricia Swan-Jacobs. “It’s easy to find someone who shares your interests and stay socially engaged. And that’s what living here is all about.”

Five more ways to beat the heat at Lantern Hill

1. Build your woodworking skills. The new woodshop is up and running, ready to make toys and repair furniture.

2. Join a card group. Lantern Hill has a handful.

3. Read a book. The on-site library is stocked with hundreds of books, including large print, and the community has an active book club.

4. Cool down with gentle yoga. Lantern Hill’s on-site fitness center offers yoga and other fitness classes on a weekly basis.

5. Tune up your brain. Chimes is a wonderful way to exercise your brain with hand-eye coordination and counting, not to mention make friends. Carole Pasquale leads two chimes groups each week.