Tomas “Omar” Gonzalez (center), Linden Ponds’ director of dining services, was recently honored with a 2017 Erickson Living Leadership Award. He is pictured here with Erickson Living CEO Alan Butler (left) and COO Debra Doyle.

In order to create a caring and supportive home for the community members, Linden Ponds’ management team goes out of its way to hire and cultivate employees who embody the company’s values. One of the ways the community’s parent company, Erickson Living, supports that mission is by recognizing exceptional team members.

A golf ball in the grass

One of the longest-running resident-run groups at Linden Ponds is the women’s golf club. Each spring, when the weather warms up in April or May, the club resumes its weekly outings to Rockland Golf Course, in Rockland, Mass.

Tom Zarle, whose hobbies include traveling and Scandinavian folk-style woodcarving, has found a community of active and engaged peers at Linden Ponds.

Deciding where to live for your retirement is a big decision—there’s no denying that. A lot of information exists about different living options and the many factors to consider. But making this big decision is a little easier when you have all of the facts. 

Take a leisurely stroll through Linden Ponds’ picturesque gardens at the community’s annual Garden Promenade.

One of the most anticipated events at Linden Ponds is the Annual Garden Promenade. The event provides an opportunity for prospective residents and other visitors to tour the lush and colorful gardens maintained by green-thumbed community members.

Indira and Bala Pillay moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Linden Ponds to be closer to their family.

For 45 years, Indira and Bala Pillay, both retired physicians, lived and worked in Cleveland, Ohio; their two adult children live in Cambridge, Mass. When they learned that their first grandchild was on the way, the Pillays decided they wanted to live closer to their family.

Sandra Schipul, who lives at Linden Ponds, works part time at Pink Tulip Clothes & Accessories in Cohasset, Mass.

About two and a half years ago, Sandra Schipul and her husband Bob decided to move from Cohasset, Mass., to Linden Ponds. They were persuaded by friends from their church, Janet Schmitz and Bart Nuboer, who were planning to move to the community as well.

Rosemary McDonough smiles from her home at Linden Ponds

There’s no doubt about it: making the decision to downsize for your retirement is a big step. If you’ve lived in your house for many years, you may feel reluctant to leave it.

Jim Carroll (right) is a member of Linden Ponds’ Italian conversation club. The group meets regularly and includes (from left) Nancy Criscitiello, Chris Criscitiello, and Ada Kahl. Not pictured: Irwin Rappaport.

Until a little over a year ago, Jim Carroll lived in The Pinehills, in Plymouth, Mass. However, many of his friends had moved away so he decided to move to Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham.

“I wanted to come to a place where I would have an active social life,” he says.

Avid traveler Marty Griffin enjoys dessert at a restaurant near Lake Bled in Slovenia.

At every stage of her life, Martha “Marty” Griffin has loved to see the world. When she was growing up in the Midwest, her family traveled. Then at age 15, she took a 30-day bicycle trip through New England and got bit by the travel bug.

She started traveling every year after that. She attended Miami University in Ohio and spent her junior year abroad in France.