Oak Crest Sales Associate Alyssa Himes (right) coordinates tailored overnight stays for prospective residents as part of the community’s Live the Life program. Carol Heinlein (left) participated in the program before moving to Oak Crest.

Like test-driving a new car or tasting the samples in a grocery store, most people enjoy the opportunity to try before they buy.

Oak Crest is known for its sprawling green spaces and community gardens. In fact, the grounds are so well kept, Oak Crest is recognized as a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Feeling stressed, out of sorts, or overwhelmed? A walk in the park may be just what the doctor ordered. New research points to what nature lovers have known for years: spending time outdoors is good for your health. 

This bird’s-eye view photo shows the extent of the construction that took place on an 87-acre quarry in Parkville, Md. In 1995, Oak Crest opened its doors. Today, Oak Crest is home to 2,100 residents who enjoy a maintenance-free community and amenities.

For 25 years, Oak Crest has been the preferred choice for retirement living in northern Baltimore.

Bill Hodges smiles from one of the restaurants at Oak Crest. He is wearing a red an white plaid shirt and has a mustache.

Having worked at Oak Crest as a physical therapist for nearly eight years, Bill Hodges was familiar with Oak Crest’s active, engaging, worry-free lifestyle, long before he and his wife Pat moved to the Parkville community in 2015.

Oak Crest chef, Joe Bollinger (Center) pictured with colleagues from Oak Crest, competed among 28 senior living communities from the mid-Atlantic region in a cooking competition.

"I don’t like dessert,” said no one ever. If you’re like me, you don’t need a reason to reach for something sweet. But the latest study by The NPD Group, a leading global information company, indicates dessert is in danger at households across America.

The Kingston is a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home offered by Oak Crest.

They say in real estate, location is everything. For retired nurse Barbara Bigelow the ideal location for her new home was 20 minutes north of Baltimore, Md., in Parkville, at an Erickson Living-managed community called Oak Crest

With Oak Crest’s Special Trips department, residents are able to travel on day trips to concerts, and museums, as well as extended trips to exciting locations. Here a group enjoys a day trip to Baltimore and a tour via the Inner Harbor’s Water Taxi.

For Sally McNelis Bowerman, one of the many perks of living at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living-managed community located in Parkville, Md., is the ability to travel worry free with ease.

Tired of home maintenance and repairs, musician and retired Baltimore County school teacher Keith Derrickson, sold his Parkville home and moved to Oak Crest two months after he turned 60.

It’s the New Year, and many of us have made a promise to ourselves to enrich and improve our lives. We resolve to maintain a healthier lifestyle, to spend time doing things that make life more rewarding, and to spend more quality time with our family and friends. 

Siblings Carolyn Zick and Carter Glass pose here before their Crestview neighborhood at Oak Crest, where they moved within a week of each other.

Carolyn Zick and her brother Carter Glass have always been close. Carolyn, the youngest of three, and Carter, the middle child, grew up near Memorial Stadium in Baltimore City, Md. As adults, Carolyn settled in Perry Hall, while Carter enjoyed city life in Butcher’s Hill.