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.

Even when there’s snow on the ground, people who live at Linden Ponds can enjoy a low-impact workout in the community’s heated indoor pool or group fitness class.

Have you ever noticed that euphoric feeling you get when you take a brisk hike with your walking group? Or how making a post-yoga coffee date increases your motivation to attend class each week?

Linden Ponds’ “Asian Supper Club” recently enjoyed traditional Cantonese cuisine at South Garden Restaurant at the Kam Man Plaza in Quincy, Mass.

People who live at Linden Ponds bond over many things they might have in common—be that a shared passion for photography or opera, similar political or religious views, the same former careers, or a shared ethnicity. Last year, a group of residents of Asian descent started gathering for monthly dinners in one of the community’s private dining rooms.

Longtime TV studio volunteer Armand Ruby can often be spotted working behind the camera at Linden Ponds.

When Armand and Anne Marie Ruby moved to Linden Ponds in 2007, they were already familiar with the lifestyle offered at Erickson Living communities and the values the company stands by.