Renee Summers

Renee Summers has pursued a variety of different professional paths over the years. She worked as a legal secretary and then ran her own secretarial service. She earned a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, and then at age 58, she got a degree in business management.

Resident Paul Gross

Many retirement communities offer continuous learning courses, but not many can boast that they have enough professors, artists, and other experts in residence that the on-site classes are actually taught by fellow neighbors rather than outside instructors. 

Resident Frances Galton

Playwright Frances Galton spent most of her life in New York City producing plays and teaching drama, theater, and English. She studied at Columbia University and City University of New York, and earned a Ph.D. in musical theater.

If you’re like most people, you’ll be making a resolution this month to get healthier—an excellent goal, but one that is often easier said than done. You swear you’ll eat more vegetables and lean protein but then end up feeling too tired to cook, so it’s takeout or processed prepared foods once again.

At 91 years old, Ed Coburn still rides an impressive seven miles a day on his bike. The vibrant nonagenarian tries to ride six or seven days a week, and he rides outside when the weather is mild. When temperatures turn cold, he moves his workout inside to the on-site fitness center at Linden Ponds, the Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., where Ed lives with his wife Peggy.

Linden Ponds resident

Several months ago, Sybil Goulkin decided to move from a condo in Dedham, Mass., to

Linden Ponds is home to many talented artists, from painters and sculptors to jewelry makers and poets. The Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., even has a dedicated gallery space where residents and outside artists display their work. The resident-run Linden Ponds Artist Council organizes shows in the gallery that rotate about once a month.

Linden Ponds Custom Interiors Coordinator Donna Marcella.

Having a stylish and comfortable home isn’t necessarily about having a ton of space. If you decide to downsize for your retirement, you don’t have to sacrifice style because you’re living in a smaller home.

At Linden Ponds, giving back is an important shared value among residents and staff. Earlier this year, employees at the Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass., took part in a 30-day Charity Plank Challenge.