Get ready for summer fun

Cedar Crest’s under-one-roof design is perfect for active lifestyles

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April 27th, 2020
Two older women sit by the pool in bathing suits, smiling.

Cedar Crest's glass-enclosed swimming pool is the perfect place to enjoy your favorite aquatic activity minus the sun's burning rays.

Summer’s high temps are just around the corner. But you don’t have to just sit around inside all day. Community members who live at Cedar Crest stay active year-round, regardless of the weather. 

The maintenance-free, amenity-rich Erickson Living-managed community in Pequannock Township, 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 Cedar Crest, these types of activities are easy to find. The community has 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, Cedar Crest community members can continue to come together in a variety of ways. 

1. Take a walk. The walking and hiking club, and people who simply enjoy walking 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 busy, especially in the 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. Lifelong learning classes also offer intellectual enrichment and social engagement. 

4. Catch a show. The on-site performing arts center is always hopping with shows, movies, and music. 

5. Avoid home maintenance. Probably the number one way people stay cool is to let someone else sweat over yard work and home maintenance. Cedar Crest’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 Cedar Crest nearly all-inclusive. It covers utilities, a meal plan, property taxes, use of all amenities, 24/7 security, and home maintenance. 

“I like Cedar Crest for all the activities we have here. There is more to do than you could ever take part in,” says Henry Utzinger, a foodie who created and updates the “Utzinger for U” guide to local restaurants. 

Henry also participates in a memoir-writing group and Elderhostel courses as well as going to movies shown in Cedar Crest’s on-campus theater. He goes to the fitness center most mornings and to the pool quite often, too. 

“At Cedar Crest, we have so many activities, and they are all initiated by residents,” says Executive Director Todd DeLaney. “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 Cedar Crest 

1. Play Wii golf or bowling with friends. It’s available in the Belmont Clubhouse

2. Join a card group. Cedar Crest has a handful.

3. Read a book. The on-site library is stocked with hundreds of books, including large print. 

4. Cool down with gentle yoga. Cedar Crest has yoga and other fitness classes on campus.

5. Build a model railroad. There’s a whole room dedicated to model trains.

—Julia Collins