When researching retirement living options, one aspect should be at or near the top of your priority list: financial stability. 

Julia Pollock virtually attends her niece’s wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The “date” was made possible by Wind Crest’s IT and TV programming teams.

Wind Crest offers peace of mind for residents and families alike

Karen Cook found a silver lining during the COVID-19 crisis, even while sheltering in place in her apartment home. 

When she's not hiking, Terri Billings likes to have fun on the trails with her horse. She's seen here, sitting backwards on horseback.

People who live at Wind Crest have an ally when it comes to staying fit and healthy throughout the year. With years of experience and a true passion for wellness, Fitness Manager Terri Billings helps community members achieve their fitness goals with a fun, holistic approach.

Beth Brandenburg (left), one of two personal moving consultants at Wind Crest, gives Wilma DeBoer some helpful pointers on creating space in her closest.

I’ve been writing about downsizing and moving for nearly 15 years, and the most common remark I hear from people who have done it goes something like this: “I don’t miss a thing.”

A scene one of the Wind Crest restaurants. Residents are seated at white tablecloth covered dining tables, served by the dining staff.

When Pat Nottingham saw trash littering the banks of the creek in France near where she and her family lived from 1958 to 1968, she thought, “That would never happen in the U.S.” Yet, when they returned home, she found the same fate had fallen on the riverbanks at home. 

“That was the first time I became interested in environmental stewardship,” she says. 

Kathleen Capriotti loves not having to worry about shoveling snow or bundling up now that she and husband John live at Wind Crest.

Over the past decade, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who live at Wind Crest, the community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., developed and managed by Baltimore, Md.-based Erickson Living. Among all my interviews, I’ve discovered seven common reasons people move to and enjoy living at Wind Crest. 

Diane Martinac is seen here in her home at Wind Crest. She is wearing a blue crewneck sweatshirt with her community name tag pinned to her chest. There's a set of wooden shelves behind her.

“I find that a lot of times when people retire, they don’t know what to do with themselves,” says Diane Martinac, who retired from Lockheed Martin after 39 years in configuration and data management. 

Jerry and Marcia Anderson, with their Cavachons Teddy Bear and Tiffany Love, had been on Wind Crest’s priority list for ten years when a brand-new apartment home in Prospect Crossing inspired them to move sooner from New England.

“There’s never been a better time to join the priority list at Wind Crest,” says Sales Counselor Sandy Shelpuk. “As we prepare to open two new residence buildings this year, Summit Square and Quincy Point, it’s so important to plan now to make sure an apartment home is available when you’re ready to move.”

Dale and Kay Tabor say moving to Wind Crest was a great decision. They enjoy staying active and tending to their colorful patio garden outside their apartment home.

Many people pursue new passions when they move to Wind Crest—like painting, acting, or TV production—but many others call on life experiences to continue their life’s work or return to something they haven’t had time for in years.