Karen Walborn and her husband Bill Rodier look forward to their first full year at Ashby Ponds. “It was love at first sight,” says Karen of the Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va.

Each New Year’s Eve, people around the world resolve to better their lives in the coming year. For many, living a better, more energetic, productive, healthy life tops the list. As a result, the sales center at Ashby Ponds, Erickson Living’s Ashburn, Va., community, sees a spike in campus visits and priority list memberships.

Ashby Ponds marketing luncheon guests enjoy a pressure-free opportunity to learn more about the popular campus while enjoying a delicious, chef-prepared meal.

Each month after discovering Ashby Ponds from a friend, the Erickson Living website, or the popular Facebook page, dozens of people decide to learn more about the community by reserving a spot at one of the monthly marketing luncheons.

Moving to Ashby Ponds sooner than planned, Celso and Jane Gatchalian (pictured here by the Dolomite Mountains in Italy) now enjoy worry-free travel and the companionship of many new friends.

"Like many people, we thought we would live in our single-family home all of our lives,” says Jane Gatchalian. “But once my husband Celso and I visited Ashby Ponds last fall, everything changed. We knew this was where we were meant to live and once we knew that, we didn’t see any point in waiting.”

Over the past ten years, Ashby Ponds has cultivated caring friendships amongst residents and staff, diverse interests and activities, and has grown into a true community where people share their gifts to celebrate life.

Each day for ten years, community members at Ashby Ponds have fulfilled the Erickson Living community’s motto, “We share our gifts to create a community that celebrates life.” 

Recently, residents and staff celebrated the community’s ten-year anniversary with a full week of festivities.

The Ashby Ponds sales and marketing team: (top row, from left) Elizabeth Dunwoody, Holly Henderson, Christa Gormley, Bragetta Femal, Elizabeth McCumiskey, (front row, from left) Marjean Stevens, Melissa Bates, and Dana Bradshaw.

It’s been a busy year for Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. In addition to the opening of two new residence buildings, Birch Point and Cypress Ridge, the community, recently named Top Senior Living Community by Loudoun Now, is logging more sales center visits than any other time in recent history. 

Since 2011, veteran Richard Graff has shared his combat experiences with more than 6,000 students. He’s pictured here at Rocky Run Middle School in Ashburn, Va.

Since 2011, Richard Graff has met with more than 6,000 students at 110 schools in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, detailing his experiences over 195 days of continuous combat as the 104th Infantry Division, known as the Timberwolves, fought their way through Belgium and Western Germany during WWII. 

Don and Silva McPherson, pictured here on a recent trip to Italy, credit their move to Ashby Ponds for allowing them the time and the peace of mind to pursue their interests.

Each day, Ashby Ponds fulfills its motto, “Sharing our gifts to create a community that celebrates life.” Last month, the Erickson Living community in Ashby Ponds, Va., began celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a full schedule of events in honor of this important milestone. 

A view of the living room and screened-in porch in the Stratford apartment style

“I love living in my Stratford apartment home,” says Ashby Ponds community member Patricia “Pat” Westine, who moved to the Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., on New Year’s Eve 2008. “It was a wonderful way to start a new year. Now I’m looking forward to my ten-year anniversary, and I couldn’t be happier.”

12 student employees from Ashby Ponds pose together at the scholarship awards ceremony earlier this summer

USA Today reported in June that: “Over the past ten years, the average price for tuition and fees at four-year private colleges and universities has outpaced the rate of inflation by more than 3 percentage points, continuing a troubling trend that has persisted for decades.”