Carolyn Caci relaxes in her Brighton-style apartment at Brooksby, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Carolyn Caci is no stranger to downsizing.
The mother of five raised her children in the same 12-room house where she was raised. But when it came time to sell the family home, Carolyn knew her memories were the most precious treasure of all.
“I had to let go of so many things,” she says. “But I realized those things don’t make me who I am.”

Bruce and Marjorie Wedlock traded rising house maintenance costs for predictable monthly expenses at Brooksby, the Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Bruce and Marjorie Wedlock are all too familiar with the escalating costs of house ownership.
The couple loved their Colonial-style home in North Reading, Mass., but the increasing expense of maintaining the house and surrounding garden were taking a toll.

Marjorie Murphy in her Brooksby Village apartment home with a publication from her alma mater Simmons College.

As they came upon the Simmons College campus this summer,


Seven years ago as a twenty-something journalism school graduate, I accepted a job as a freelance writer for a newspaper that, admittedly, had not been on my radar long. But it soon became clear to me that reporting for the Erickson Tribune, EricksonLiving’s monthly publication, would become a defining life experience.  

Jane Kiegel, sales counselor at Brooksby. Laurie Phillips, personal moving consultant at Brooksby.

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Helen DesChene paints in the living room of her Brooksby apartment home.

Before she moved to Brooksby, Helen DesChene gave her pastel and oil paints to her grandchildren, assuming she no longer had the need. But as it turned out, her painting days were far from over.

Lorna Priestley (left) and Dianne Schueler hold pillowcases they prepared to send to U.S. military troops in Afghanistan.

Brightly colored geometric patterns, fire-engine reds, and plaids nearly leapt out of the box destined for the U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

couple sitting next to their grand piano

If there was ever any doubt about the role of music in Cliff and Sandy Brown’s life, a glimpse of the couple’s