The link between nature and health has finally been solidified. British scientists Richard Mitchell, of Glasgow University, and Frank Popham, of the University of St. Andrews, distinguished a direct connection between contact with natural environments and improved health.


Eleanore Ryder sits quietly at the tall cherry table in front of her living room window, gazing out at a view of wildflowers and mountaintops stretching for miles. [caption id="attachment_14425" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Eleanore Ryder by her tall bistro table overlooking the spectacular view from her Cedar Crest apartment home.


When Jerry Winnick saw his young son s arm wrapped in a cast, he saw an opportunity for art.

For all that you ve been through, I think it made you who you are today, 10-year-old Maya wrote to her pen pal, Patricia Shiels. [caption id="attachment_13562" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Pen pals Pat Shiels and 10-year-old Maya meet for the first time at Cedar Crest, where Shiels lives. They had been writing letters for six months.

CC RAGS may sound like a rock band, but it s actually a rock club Cedar Crest Rock and Gem Society. Founded and led by Jim Johnson, who lives at the Pompton Plains retirement community, CC RAGS meets once a month from September through May to discuss geology, minerals, and semiprecious gems.


You have to move it before you lose it, Pauline Reilly says with the infectious spunk that fills her voice and her step. Walking is the best exercise for you. I love being out in the fresh air with no interruptions. It s exhilarating, she says.


When Ruth Ellerthorpe moved to Cedar Crest four years ago this month, she never dreamed she d be running a nonprofit travel company. But when she met Betty Flanagan and Lucille Joseph, she found herself at the very nucleus of the community s Trips and Travel Club now one of the most popular groups on campus.