Shape up

Linden Ponds’ approach to health and wellness makes it easy to stay fit

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November 22nd, 2019
Ed Petcavage, seen here preparing to throw a javelin, has been competing in the Senior Olympics since 2012 and says living at Linden Ponds makes it easy to stay in shape.

Ed Petcavage has been competing in the Senior Olympics since 2012 and says living at Linden Ponds makes it easy to stay in shape.

With so many athletes in residence, it’s no surprise that Linden Ponds sends a sizable contingent to participate in the Senior Olympics each year in Quincy, Mass. The Erickson Living-managed community in Hingham has been an official sponsor of the Quincy Senior Olympics for the last several years. 

In 2019, a total of ten Linden Ponds residents participated in the Quincy Senior Olympics. The athletic group brought home a whopping 40 medals. They participated in several events, including the half-mile walk, one-mile walk, three-mile walk, javelin, discus, and cornhole. 

“We had another great group of residents participate this year,” says Mary Whidden, fitness manager at Linden Ponds. “As the premier sponsor of the event, we are always very excited to watch our residents take home medals every year. Many of them train in the fitness center at Linden Ponds. Our fitness specialists develop a plan and work with residents to help them get ready. Whether it’s on a treadmill, in the pool, or on the bocce court, we make sure everyone is ready to compete.”

Prime example

Ed Petcavage first started competing in the Senior Olympics in 2012, not long after moving to Linden Ponds. Over the years, he’s traveled to Minnesota and Ohio to participate in those states’ Senior Olympics games. In 2019, he competed in the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, N.M. 

In the 2019 Quincy Senior Olympics, Ed won ten medals—five gold, four silver, and one bronze. He says living at Linden Ponds has allowed him to continue to grow as an athlete. 

“Since moving to Linden Ponds and joining the fitness center, I have experienced substantial physical health improvement,” Ed says. “The fitness staff helped me develop a three-hour per week program of stretching, strength training, and treadmill that has helped me in athletic competition. I am always ready to compete in the Quincy Senior Olympics.”

Focus on fitness

Living at Linden Ponds makes it convenient to stay physically fit. The community has a heated indoor pool and an on-site fitness center, which is staffed with professional personal trainers. From water aerobics to yoga, community members can choose from among a wide range of group exercise classes. There are also resident-run leagues for those who play golf, tennis, bocce, bowling, horseshoes, pickleball, and other sports. 

—Meghan Streit