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‘Variety of ages, lots of things to do’

A refreshing take on senior living

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February 21st, 2019
Peggy Bent smiles standing in front of a lake

Peggy Bent will move this spring to Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo., in pursuit of a simpler and more physically and socially active lifestyle.

When Peggy Bent visited Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., just southwest of Denver, she saw something much different from the other retirement communities she had researched. 

“I looked at some other communities,” Peggy says. “I like Wind Crest because it has a variety of ages, lots of things to do. It has more of a homey feel.”

What she witnessed was the vibrant, active lifestyle Wind Crest promotes through its on-site amenities, activities, and friendly atmosphere. As a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), Wind Crest has two existing independent-living neighborhoods—Town Center and High Line Overlook—and one under construction (Colorado neighborhood), in addition to a continuing care neighborhood, where residents can receive assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, and memory care services.

“The beauty of an Erickson Living community is that you can live an active, independent life full of amenities and conveniences without the burden of maintaining a house,” says Executive Director Craig Erickson. “Then, if you or your spouse ever needs more care, you don’t have to go through the hassle of moving again or the stress of living in separate places.”

For Peggy, living a physically and socially active life is her number one priority.

She currently lives in a 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house with a yard and gardens. She says she’d rather spend her time having fun than maintaining her house, which is getting harder and harder since she lives alone.

And while she loves her current neighborhood in Fort Collins, she recognizes the shortfalls of living in a single-family house.

“It’ll be nice to be more social. I have a wonderful neighborhood here, but when you’re in a single-family home, you can’t interact quite as much as you can in a community like Wind Crest,” she says.

In fact, she’s already interacting and making friends, and she isn’t moving there until April, when the newest residence building, Prospect Crossing, opens.

“My college roommate has been there for three years, and she just loves it. Every time I’ve visited, everyone is so friendly and says hello. I’ve just heard nothing but positives about it,” Peggy says.

Aside from making friends, Peggy anticipates walking and biking on the High Line Canal Trail that intersects campus, taking yoga classes, and swimming.

“It’s a wonderful location near lots of walking paths and biking paths, so I’m looking forward to staying active,” says Peggy, who cycled around the world with her late husband. “There’s a lot to take advantage of,” she says.

Perfect floor plan

When she’s not out and about on campus, Peggy will have a stunning new apartment home to spend her downtime. She selected a large, two-bedroom, two-bath McKinley floor plan with a balcony that features two master suites, each with expanded walk-in closets and baths.

“I chose the McKinley because I wanted a study. That second bedroom can become my study where I’ll keep my upright piano. I wanted the extra bathroom for when family or friends visit,” she says.

She likes the additional storage of the large, walk-in closets, two linen closets, and laundry room.

The floor plan had particular appeal because the bedrooms and bathrooms sit on opposite sides of the apartment with a spacious room in between. A large kitchen with breakfast bar opens to the great room, making it ideal for entertaining.

A laundry room with a full-size washer and dryer sits off the kitchen, away from the bedrooms.

Downsizing without regret

Peggy worked with Personal Moving Consultant Beth Brandenburg to plan her furniture layout and begin downsizing.

Each Erickson Living community has its own local personal moving consultant who provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional.

Brandenburg visited Peggy in her Fort Collins home with a magnetic, to-scale floor plan and miniature magnetic furniture pieces.

“Beth looked at what I have here in the house to make sure I wasn’t going to bring too much and then laid everything out on her board like a puzzle,” says Peggy.

Brandenburg also helped Peggy create a downsizing and moving action plan, which, Peggy says, has paid off.

“I had tons of artwork and antiques. I’ve donated artwork to Colorado State University and brought antiques to a consignment shop in Denver,” she says without an ounce of regret. In fact, the only sentiment that rings true for Peggy is excitement.

“Wind Crest just suits my lifestyle,” she says.