To brighten a dreary January day, Mike Guzzardi purchased armfuls of colorful flowers and distributed them to his neighbors at Maris Grove.

After Mike Guzzardi’s daughter spent a post-graduate school year in New Zealand and then moved to Center City Philadelphia, Mike realized he’d become a permanent empty nester and should move from his four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house in Springfield, Pa.

Pete Davisson at his home office in his apartment home at Maris Grove.

Still juggling a career and homeowner chores?

Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., offers distinct advantages to people who are employed or who have an extensive volunteer schedule.

(From left) General services staff Kyle Cromer, Nick Inverso, and Tim Lamanna join Maris Grove resident Al Holcombe (second from right), to pause and admire the map Al made from state license plates.

No sooner had Al Holcombe retired than he began the hobby he still pursues today.

Al, who lives at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., is a mapmaker, and a nontraditional one at that.

Maris Grove community members Denise and Bob McIver sit in the lobby of the Redwood Commons Clubhouse theater where they held a pajama and movie party early this year. Bob bought his bunny slippers especially for the event.

Everyone knows people who are so much fun to be around that, wherever they go, they seem to bring a party with them.

Denise and Bob McIver, who moved last July to the new Redwood Commons neighborhood at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., are like that.

Pajama party

Maris Grove’s Redwood Commons Clubhouse entices neighbors like Ellen Capotosto (right) and Adele Ross to relax and converse with one another.

Ellen Capotosto knows from experience that people should move sooner rather than later to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

During her nursing career, Ellen had many patients who stayed in their homes until their health care situations became unmanageable and they were no longer enjoying life.

Maris Grove community member Betty Barrett displays some of the painting on glass she did years ago. The pieces were also displayed in the Redwood Commons Clubhouse at Maris Grove.

When Betty and Joe Barrett moved to Fox Hill Farm in Delaware County, Pa., 20 years ago, the 55-plus community had just opened. The Barretts loved moving into a place where everyone was new together and eager to make friends.

Becky Diamond is on her way to a get-together of the women’s club at Maris Grove.

Because Becky Diamond’s mother lives an active and engaged life in a retirement community near Lancaster, Pa., Becky and her husband Hugh decided seven years ago they’d eventually move to one too.

“I saw how a retirement community would benefit me,” Becky says.

A Dentzel goat that once graced a carousel now prances in the great room of Kay Bell’s apartment home at Maris Grove.

Kay Bell is a collector, so moving from a large home in Florida to a sunny one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath corner apartment home at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., entailed some downsizing.

While Kay winnowed many items from her various collections, she still was able to bring the things that meant the most to her.

In the living room of her home at Maris Grove, Marie Walker sits surrounded by antique furniture she refinished herself. She’s cuddling one of the bears she makes for hospice.

When a memory begins with “Sometimes you can’t help doing things like your mother,” readers know they’re in for a good story.