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Three ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions at Lantern Hill

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January 3rd, 2020
Lantern Hill’s two on-campus fitness centers, aquatics center, and variety of group fitness classes provide regular opportunities for people to get and stay fit.

Lantern Hill’s two on-campus fitness centers, aquatics center, and variety of group fitness classes provide regular opportunities for people to get and stay fit.

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 Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living-managed community in New Providence, N.J., where residents embrace an active lifestyle, to find out what they envision for this New Year. We discovered that the top three New Year’s resolutions include embrace technology, develop an exercise routine, and travel more.

We also asked residents if and how they’re able to achieve these resolutions while living at Lantern Hill. Here’s what we found:

1. Embrace technology 

Lantern Hill empowers its residents to utilize technology to improve their daily experience. While about half of Lantern Hill’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 download and use the My Erickson app. 

Lantern Hill launched the app in 2016, which gives community members access to meal balances, menus, activity schedules, and the resident directory from their device of choice. 

“Communication is the major technical advantage we have within the campus,” says Dexter Johnston, a Lantern Hill community member and MIT grad whose career at Bell Labs took him through the birth of the technology age.

Campuswide high-speed Wi-Fi gives community members internet access. Some use it to download books to their Kindle or iPad; others use it to Skype or FaceTime with grandkids. Neighbors often use it to text each other to arrange dinner plans. Tech support empowers residents to connect with others and find information that supports their active lifestyle.

Embracing technology not on your New Year’s resolutions list? No worries. Residents who prefer more traditional communication methods can find information on announcements in their mail cubbies, on bulletin boards placed throughout campus, and through Lantern Hill’s TV channel, which is broadcast on televisions located throughout campus and in residents’ apartment homes. 

2. Develop an exercise routine

A common theme we hear when talking to people who live at Lantern Hill about their health and well-being is that they’re often more physically active since moving there than they have been in years. 

“The percentage of residents who come into my gym and are working out is unbelievable,” says Fitness Coordinator Melissa Sullivan. “We have close to 500 residents, and I typically have close to half that come through my doors.”

Lantern Hill’s two on-campus fitness centers, aquatics center, and variety of group fitness classes provide regular opportunities for people to get and stay fit. Now, with the addition of a second fitness studio in Bell Pavilion, even more people can take advantage of an active lifestyle.

Residents can take classes like Pilates; Stretch, Strengthen, and Tone; Water Stretch and Balance; Low and Slow; yoga; aqua fitness; and tai chi. 

If you prefer a more individualized approach, the main Lantern Hill fitness center, located in Union Square, provides specialized age-appropriate machines, free weights, and personal training.

3. Travel more

If there’s one thing Lantern Hill community members can agree on, it’s that they have more time now to do the things they want rather than chores like home maintenance, cooking, shoveling snow, or mowing the lawn. 

One of the most popular pastimes of Lantern Hill residents is to travel. 

Dexter and his wife Anne travel locally and internationally to bird-watch, as does their neighbor Herman Bieber. 

Herman also enjoys taking river cruises and visiting family in Washington, D.C., and Albuquerque, N.M. He says he has a lot more free time because everything he needs is on campus, which enables him to travel as much as he does.

“Traveling is a lot easier now that I live here,” Herman says. “When I visit my daughter in Albuquerque, I just get in a cab and go to the airport. I don’t have to worry about shutting the house down or the mail.”

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