Former hospital administrator Dorothy Zimmerman understands the importance of having additional care available should she ever need it, while being empowered to live independently as long as possible.

Finding the right home to spend your retirement isn’t just about affordability. Or amenities. Or the food. It’s not just about continuing care or the size and style of your home. It’s about all of those things. It’s about finding a home that offers you the most value, which comes in many shapes and sizes. 

Blanche Blitzer found this small olive-green recliner for her second bedroom/TV room at Dave’s Den, the furniture resale shop at Cedar Crest, in Pequannock Township, N.J.

For Blanche Blitzer, giving back is a full-time job. But when you live in a community of caring friends like Blanche, giving back is also a natural response to feeling loved.

Jerry Winnick teaches a calligraphy and illuminating letters course at Cedar Crest’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. Here he holds an example of his work.

Do you remember learning to write? Holding your pencil with a tripod grip. The crisp scent of a fresh piece of lined paper. Swirling letters across the page. The tall loop of an “l,” the swoop of an “s,” the awkward zigzag of a cursive “z.” 

Dorothy Zimmerman’s apartment home at Cedar Crest is an eclectic melting pot of styles, patterns, and textures. Consistent hues of warm red, pink, cream, and brown bring it all together in harmony.

Dorothy Zimmerman’s apartment is an eclectic array of paintings, antiques, patterns, and textures, all in warm, soothing reds and browns. An Aztec-inspired rug sets the tone in her living room, where five beautifully upholstered vintage chairs and a sofa create a wide and open conversation area. 

Schedule a personal visit with Sales Counselors Ruth Phillips or Kate Tanis and get their undivided attention for an entire hour to learn about all things Cedar Crest.

Ruth Phillips and Kate Tanis, Cedar Crest’s two sales counselors, invite anyone curious about the Pequannock Township, N.J., Erickson Living community to join them for a personal visit over cookies, conversation, and a campus tour.

Father Ken Lasch, a canon lawyer who studied in Rome during the Second Vatican Council, has spent over 30 years advocating for victims of clerical sexual abuse.

He may have doubted his high school parish priest’s prediction, but decades later, Ken Lasch says his life as a Roman Catholic priest has been validated a thousand times. 

“I’ve never had bad assignments. I’ve always been challenged. I loved the people, and the people loved me,” he says. 

Elaine Tagler says working with Personal Moving Consultant Anne Connor was key to keeping her move simple and successful when she downsized and relocated to Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pequannock Township, N.J.

I’ve been writing about downsizing and moving for nearly 15 years, and the most common remark I hear from people who have done it goes something like this: “I don’t miss a thing.”

Carolyn Young transplanted 250 types of lilies to Cedar Crest when she moved there in 2015. Starting this month, admirers can expect to see a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Later this month, the grounds of Cedar Crest will be abloom with generations of daylilies. 

Bruce and Marge Campbell researched retirement living options, and Cedar Crest in Pequannock Township, N.J., came out on top.

Did you know that not all retirement communities operate on the same business model? A number of financial structures, in addition to lifestyle and amenity options, exist among area communities.

Variety of options