Members of the AARP Tax-Aide Program

Ahh, April! The time of year when daffodils begin to spring up, hummingbirds return, and, oh yes, tax season. 

Oak Crest residents

With a name like Knitwits and Hookers you might not expect to find a group of women at a retirement community knitting and crocheting hats, blankets, and foot warmers. But it is no surprise that the babies and veterans who receive them as gifts are grateful for the warmth and comfort they provide.  

Resident Janet Plakatoris and her son Dan Plakatoris

Janet Plakatoris had once entertained the idea of trading in her Bel Air, Md., condominium for a maintenance-free apartment at Oak Crest in Parkville. When her son Dan started working at the Erickson Living community in 2014, she decided to give it another look. 

Oak Crest resident

Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Oak Crest volunteers bring that metaphor to life with every box of goodies they send to kids around the world.


Freezing temperatures; slick, dangerous 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.

Oak Crest resident

If there is one motto that best describes Gaynel “Mickey” Buterbaugh, it would be, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” At 83, Mickey, a mother and retired nurse, is flying high (literally) after landing at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md. 

Oak Crest staff

Catherine Cohen is passionate about helping people. So when the chance to help the creative, enthusiastic residents of Oak Crest discover their passions came about, it was just the opportunity she was looking for.

Oak Crest residents

While most people go to a concert or a play to enjoy the show and have a good time, Peg Leary focuses on the light and sound. As chair of Oak Crest’s light and sound committee, Peg and her team work behind the scenes on productions to ensure every show is just right.   

Kelly Friend

Whether you’ve never set foot on Oak Crest’s campus or are already considering a future move, you may have more questions than answers about moving to one of Erickson Living’s most popular communities, located in Parkville, Md.