Donna and Howard Lutz (left) enjoy Wind Crest’s amenities and activities while having the peace of mind that continuing care is available on site. Karen and Ken Pinkham (right) moved to Wind Crest for its active lifestyle.

What are your retirement priorities? Maybe you dream of living maintenance free. Or perhaps you’re more practical and want the peace of mind continuing care provides. Do you look for sound financial investments? Or maybe you look for interest groups and social interaction.

Woody Doyle rehearses Driving Miss Daisy in preparation for the Readers Theater production this month at Wind Crest.

After months of rehearsals, Wind Crest’s Readers Theater presents Driving Miss Daisy November 18 and 19. 

Larry and Vicki Noffsinger celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2015. The couple, who met in college, will take on the next stage of their life journey when they move to Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo., next summer.

At age 72, 24 hours of hiking and hitting golf balls is nothing out of the ordinary for Vicki and Larry Noffsinger. It’s all in a day’s retirement.

Donna Mason, who moved to Wind Crest, says the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., meets all her needs, including complimentary moving coordination, which made her quick, two-month move from Greeley, Colo., easy as pie.

Donna Mason knew she wanted to live at Wind Crest before she was even old enough to move there. When she turned 65 and moved to the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., her girlfriends told her she was too young. Her response? 

Carolyn and Piet Kallemeyn spend much of their time facilitating and taking continuing education courses but they also enjoy traveling. Wind Crest’s round-the-clock security and gated entrance were big selling points for the Kallemeyns.

This year as winter approaches, Piet and Carolyn Kallemeyn prepare for facilitating courses through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Denver (OLLI)—instead of caring for five acres of lawn and plowing a 300-foot driveway. 

The Peyton Floorplan: Luxury Two Bedroom, Two Bath

When John Moulton got tired of living alone in his four-bedroom house on one acre of land in Parker, Colo., he opted for a maintenance-free lifestyle at Wind Crest.

Fern Bechtel chose a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment home with a large bay window and lots of natural light at Wind Crest.

One day, Fern Bechtel woke up and made a big decision.

“I called my children and told them I was giving them the greatest gift I’ll ever give them,” says Fern, dressed in printed leggings, a cream-colored turtleneck sweater, and gold baubles accenting her coiffed hair as she talked with me.

Moving to maintenance-free living at Wind Crest freed up Bob Shiley to purchase a Cessna 172 and hanger. When he’s not taking off from Centennial Airport, he serves his community as president of Wind Crest’s Resident Advisory Council.

In autumn, when the aspen trees turn a brilliant gold and the Colorado Rockies take on a sun-kissed hue, people travel from far and near to view the splendor as they wind through mountain passes or hike the state’s myriad trails.

Writing coach Royalene Doyle has helped more than 20 people share their stories, poetry, photography, or knowledge since 2006. She lives at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Royalene Doyle has a special gift. A gift of value especially for neighbors and peers at Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., where she lives.