Lifelong New Yorker Helen Benson moved to Linden Ponds to be closer to family and says the community offers the same types of cultural activities she enjoyed in the city.

When it comes to your home and your lifestyle in retirement, you probably have a few items on your “wish list.” After decades of mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow, maintenance-free living might be on the top of your list. Maybe financial security is your No. 1 priority or perhaps you’re really looking forward to making new friends.

Team “Shark Bite” won Linden Ponds’ first wacky raft race. (From left) Executive Director Jim Centola, TV/AV Manager Liz Patton, and Director of Continuing Care Shawn Morales.

Temperatures may have cooled off in Massachusetts this fall, but residents and staff at Linden Ponds were still enjoying some fun—and a lot of laughs—at their pool, which is heated and located indoors in the community’s on-site fitness and aquatics center during the first-ever Wacky Raft Race.

Mary Jane Smith makes Nantucket baskets, a distinctive-looking type of basket that originated in the nineteenth century.

In 2014, Mary Jane Smith moved from Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod to Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham. She enjoyed life on the Cape and has family there, but when sciatic problems prevented her from golfing as much as she used to, she started to find herself alone more often than she liked.

 While on a 38-day cruise, Paul and Linda DelGreco (left), who live at Linden Ponds, met fellow Erickson Living residents L.O. and Joyce Wray (right) who live at the Erickson Living community Eagle’s Trace in West Houston.

Linda and Paul DelGreco have always enjoyed traveling. Even when they were both working full-time—she as a paralegal and he at Polaroid—they frequently escaped cold Massachusetts winters by visiting Florida. They also took several cruises over the years. But when they retired about four years ago, they decided to make seeing the world a top priority. 

Winifred and Herman Messmer live at Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass.

A little over a year ago, Herman and Winifred Messmer decided to sell their house in Hingham, Mass. They knew they were ready for maintenance-free retirement living and wanted to live at Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass.

Resident Emelia Smith showed off the fruits of her labor at Linden Ponds’ Annual Garden Promenade.

Everything was turning up roses over the summer at Linden Ponds. In July, the community hosted more than 130 guests for its Annual Garden Promenade. 

Kyleen Farrell, who started working at Linden Ponds in 2008 as a student server, was recently named recruitment/human resources coordinator.

Many companies say they are committed to retaining and promoting employees, but at Linden Ponds, that commitment isn’t just lip service.

Sara SaintOurs leads a Girl Scouts alumnae troop at Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass. She is pictured here at the Cedar Hill Girl Scout Camp in Waltham.

“Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout!” That’s Sara SaintOurs’ motto. She first joined the Girl Scouts back in 1950 in Washington State, and the organization has been an important part of her life ever since. 

Participants in the Linden Ponds 2017 Quincy Senior Olympics with former Linden Ponds Fitness Specialist Trish Smith, and Linden Ponds Executive Director Jim Centola.

Seven athletes from Linden Ponds participated in the Senior Olympics in Quincy, Mass., earlier this year. Linden Ponds was a premier sponsor of the event, as the Hingham Erickson Living community has been in the past.