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.

Jim and Jane Davis look forward to inviting their three grandchildren to their new home at Wind Crest, where they can enjoy the indoor swimming pool any time of year. From left are Zach, Jane, Ella, Jim, and Cassidy.

Jim and Jane Davis know the value of Erickson Living’s priority list, especially of joining it early. 

Blandine Sevier bakes an apple tart in her kitchen at Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Blandine Sevier and her husband George greet me at the door, and the buttery aroma of unbaked dough mixed with the acidic, sweet scent of freshly sliced apples fills my nostrils. 

“Bonjour,” I say. 

“Bonjour! Comment ça va?” Blandine replies. 

Barbara McEldowney and her husband Mack took advantage of the opportunity to move to a new apartment home at Wind Crest. “We wanted to make the move now, while we can enjoy all Wind Crest offers,” Barbara says.

Opportunities to move into a brand-new home at Wind Crest may be coming to a close—for the foreseeable future.

Wind Crest resident Merlin Neff.

When most people move to Wind Crest, the maintenance-free Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., they relish the luxury of not having to cook dinner every night. 

Char Aubin (left) and Barbara McEldowney became friends quickly after moving to Wind Crest last fall. They’ve become unofficial social chairs of their new neighborhood, The High Line Overlook.

When Char Aubin and her husband Bob moved to Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo., from Minneapolis, Minn., she expected lots of things—maintenance-free living; consolidated monthly bills; a stunning, brand-new apartment; beautiful mountain views; milder winters; and top-notch continuing c

Resident Len Hilgartner creates bowls and vases in the woodworking shop at Wind Crest.

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1. Socialization is key to mental health.