Anne Brownson (center) is surrounded by the Oak Crest culinary staff wearing their Orioles chef hats.

Before her feet could even reach the pedals of her grandmother’s treadle sewing machine, Anne Brownson was learning how to make her own clothes.

Headaches, high costs of home ownership

While nearly 80% of Americans age 65 and older own their homes, an increasing number, 30% (4.4 million people), are still paying on their mortgage, according to the latest report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth (center), Joan and David Austin

A survey by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) finds an increasing demand for single-level home designs, not just among older Americans, but Baby Boomers as well. One-level homes provide greater accessibility and are generally more cost-effective—benefits that appeal to busy people of all ages. 

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.

snowplow

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.