Richard and Diane Appel moved from Jarrettsville, Md., to Oak Crest in Parkville, in 2016.

Diane and Richard Appel were familiar with Oak Crest long before they moved to the Parkville, Md., community in 2016. Both of their mothers, as well as two aunts, once lived at Oak Crest. So when the Appels began searching for a more carefree lifestyle, Oak Crest was naturally at the top of their list.

Oak Crest Sales Counselor Kelly Friend with her son Luke.

Kelly Friend was sold on Oak Crest’s lifestyle before she ever started in the role of sales counselor at the Parkville, Md., Erickson Living community. Now she helps prospective residents discover all the 87-acre campus has to offer.

A new butterfly garden in the shape of a butterfly, inspired by resident Irma Seitz, at Oak Crest to help conserve the butterfly population.

This spring, monarch butterflies began their northward migration, a nearly 3,000-mile return trip back to the U.S. and Canada from Mexico. Along the way, female butterflies will lay their eggs on milkweed plants for the next generation of monarchs to continue the journey. It will take at least four generations of monarch butterflies to reach their destination.

One of the things that attracted Beverly Martin to Oak Crest was the friendliness of the Parkville, Md., community.

The lounge at the renovated Oak Crest Town House clubhouse.

When Oak Crest opened its doors in 1995, it was one of the most innovative, beautifully designed retirement communities in Maryland.

Oak Crest resident Barbara Zorn uses Facebook on her iPad to stay in touch with family.

A 2016 national survey conducted by Pew Research Center finds that the use of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn is on the rise. But amongst older adults, Facebook has shown the greatest increase.

Oak Crest’s solid financial structure includes a predictable monthly service package, a refundable entrance deposit, along with a wide array of amenities and services, so community members can balance their budgets and enjoy their lives.

What if you knew with absolute certainty how much you would spend on monthly expenses, regardless of unforeseen circumstances? What if you knew exactly how much you would get for your home when the time came to sell?

Jean and John Stewart, who live at Oak Crest, teach ballroom dancing classes at the Parkville, Md., Erickson Living community.

This month, more than half of Americans will celebrate Valentine’s Day by buying more than 58 million pounds of chocolate, exchanging 180 million greeting cards, and shelling out an average of $146.84 on their sweetheart. 

Ashley Ruth is Oak Crest’s personal moving consultant.

Freezing temperatures, slick roads, mounds of snow that need shoveling, and heating systems that give out on the day you need them most—there’s plenty to dread about mid-Atlantic winters.