Best year ever

Three ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions at Cedar Crest

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December 19th, 2019
In addition to her visiting grandkids, Joan Sheehan (right) enjoys spending time with her sister-in-law Marianne Sheehan, who moved to Cedar Crest after visiting Joan and falling in love with the community.

In addition to her visiting grandkids, Joan Sheehan (right) enjoys spending time with her sister-in-law Marianne Sheehan, who moved to Cedar Crest after visiting Joan and falling in love with the community. 

A whole new year stretches out before us filled with promise. Think back over your lifetime to the intentions you’ve set at the beginning of each new year. Even if you’re not one to declaratively set an official New Year’s resolution, chances are, you’ve noticed the shift in energy each new year brings. 

As we get older, our intentions or resolutions may morph in nature—from “lose weight” or “start a new business” in our formative years to “spend more time with my grandkids” or “volunteer at my favorite charity” in retirement.

The Tribune visited Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living-managed community in Pequannock Township, N.J., where residents embrace an active lifestyle, to find out what they envision for this New Year. We discovered that the top four New Year’s resolutions include embrace technology, develop an exercise routine, and spend more quality time with grandkids.

We also asked community members if and how they’re able to achieve these resolutions while living at Cedar Crest. Here’s what we found:

1. Embrace technology 

Cedar Crest empowers its community members to utilize technology to improve their daily experience. While about two-thirds of Cedar Crest’s residents are tech-savvy, the community provides free IT support, a community app called My Erickson, and other resources to help those who want to learn more with the resources they need.

One exciting way community members can expand their technological horizons is to volunteer at the on-campus TV studio. From the set to the technology running the studio, this unique amenity is equipped for professional-quality productions.

Residents host and produce daily shows like Cedar Crest Today and May & Friends with guest host Sue Van Wyk. Once a week, Joe Rosica and Executive Director Todd DeLaney cohost a new show called Issues and Answers where they get to the bottom of residents’ concerns and questions. 

“The show [Issues and Answers] really serves as a vehicle for topics or issues that are out in conversation around the community to be presented and addressed on TV.  Rather than a topic being discussed without the opportunity to respond, our show really aims at providing facts and clarity on all issues concerning our residents,” says DeLaney. “We started this approach when we felt the need for true transparency at Cedar Crest and for residents to feel confident they’re getting the whole story.” 

Community members submit topics to host Joe and he brings those topics to the discussion.

“We feel residents appreciate the approach because it gives them a direct link to a response from administration and doesn’t shy away from any topic, even if it’s unpopular or difficult,” DeLaney adds.

2. Develop an exercise routine

A common theme we hear when talking to people who live at Cedar Crest about their health and well-being is that they’re often more physically active since moving there than they have been in years. Cedar Crest’s on-campus fitness center, aquatics center, and variety of group fitness classes provide regular opportunities for people to get and stay fit. 

Community members can take classes like Stretch ‘N’ Tone; Healthy Bones, Healthy Mind; qigong; yoga; Power Posture; Movin’ and Groovin’; Total Body Circuit; and Ageless Grace, a chair-based class designed to exercise the body and mind, from a calendar of on-site weekly wellness classes. 

They can also participate in aqua aerobics and strength training, the pool volleyball club, table tennis, bocce, and cornhole.

If you prefer a more individualized approach, Cedar Crest’s fitness center provides specialized age-appropriate machines, free weights, and personal training.

3. Spend more quality time with family

Another way to stay young at heart is to spend quality time with those who are actually young in age. But when your schedule fills up with household chores, appointments with repair people, and other homeowner headaches, there isn’t much time left for the fun stuff. 

Joan Sheehan moved to Cedar Crest from South Jersey in 2016 for the convenience of having everything she needs nearby, including three of her five children. 

“I found that I was starting to need a plumber, an electrician; it was getting to be more of a hassle,” Joan recalls. She invited her eldest daughter to visit Cedar Crest. “By the end of [the visit], we loved it.” 

Joan reserved an apartment home, had a cash offer on her house, and says everything fell into place. 

Now, Joan’s family visits often, and though her schedule’s filled with activities like Wii bowling, Catholic choir, and bocce, she’s no longer bothered with home maintenance chores. Her Ellicott floor plan has a large master bedroom and plenty of floor space for her grandkids. “I have a queen-size pullout sofa. When my grandkids come, I have two twin air beds. It works out well,” she says. 

They enjoy the indoor pool, the activities, and the restaurants. “We love [the community],” says Joan.