Maris Grove community member Larry Shenk holds the plaque he received at his induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame this past May.

Maris Grove’s Larry Shenk was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame on May 22. The honor is one of many Larry has received during his long career in baseball. 

Maris Grove resident Winnie Meyer (holding plaque) and some of her 57-member Winnie’s Winners team. Her team raised $5,500 to take first place in fundraising at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware’s 5K Run/Walk this April.

People who live at Maris Grove aren’t whiling away their so-called golden years. They’re giving back to help others.

Community Resources Manager Sally Christy estimates that more than 450 residents volunteer somewhere, which equates to more than 25 % of Maris Grove’s population.

Raina Sloan seated at the desk she's set up as a home office in a corner of her bedroom at Maris Grove.

Raina Sloan, a community member at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., doesn’t like the word “retired.”

“I look at those years as a new phase of life, a new beginning,” Raina says.

In the great-room gallery of her home at Maris Grove, Joanne Lennon displays a self-portrait.

When Joanne Lennon moved from her large house of 51 years in Media, Pa., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, life got better. 

Joanne sold her house last May and spent the summer at her home on the Jersey Shore. She moved to Maris Grove in September, happy to begin living maintenance-free.

Maris Grove community members Charlie and Eleanor Barr (left) sit in the living room of their longtime friends, Pat and Bob Crowther (right). Bob built the display cabinet behind them.

Fast friends since middle school, Bob Crowther and Charlie Barr now are neighbors at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa. 

Bob and his wife Pat, and Charlie and his wife Eleanor, moved last summer when Maris Grove opened Redwood Commons, its third neighborhood.

Dot and Ron Baughman’s apartment home at Maris Grove provides an eat-in kitchen and features the white cabinets and appliances that Dot wanted.

She wanted an all-white kitchen. He wanted a garage.

When they moved to Maris Grove, an Erickson Living community in Delaware County, Pa., from a 55-plus community in nearby Garnet Valley, Dot and Ron Baughman each got what they wanted.

Well-planned home

In their “cook’s kitchen” at Maris Grove, Carole and Dennis Swartz display some of the jams and jellies they made and sold at church fairs in Cape Cod.

For Carole and Dennis Swartz, moving last summer from Cape Cod to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s continuing care retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., made perfect sense.

Because Carole had developed vision problems, the move represented planning for the future.

Stan Ross assists his wife Adele as she prepares to work out at the fitness center in Maris Grove’s Redwood Commons Clubhouse.

Stan and Adele Ross’s opinion of Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s continuing care retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., can be summed up in four words: What’s not to like?

Grounds Supervisor Randy Waddell leads a group of residents on a spring plant walk at Maris Grove on Earth Day. (From left) Randy Waddell, Jo Roedel, Ruth Christie, Barbara Morrison, Ann Fleury, and Nancy Drew.

May is a beautiful time to visit Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

Spring cleanup is complete and eight tractor-trailer loads of mulch have been applied. The 87-acre campus is abloom with spring bulbs; red, pink, and white dogwoods; and fragrant rhododendrons.