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.

Think you know everything about continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs)? Think again. We found five facts that might surprise you.

1. Socialization is key to mental health. 

Donna and Howard Lutz love the ten-foot-high ceilings and open space of their Montrose-style apartment home in Wind Crest’s Parry Landing residence building.

Donna and Howard Lutz never make quick decisions. They analyze, examine, and evaluate. But one swift decision turned out to be one of the best decisions they’ve ever made: They moved to Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

John and Susan Gianakos sample the steak and crab cakes at Wind Crest’s dining stations event in March. Chef Manny Colin looks on.

Hilary Henz knows a thing or two about menu planning. He and his wife Barbara owned and operated a continental restaurant specializing in Swiss cuisine, Chalet Lucerne in Winter Park, Colo., for 21 years. 

Fern Bechtel and her dog Razzie live at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Fern Bechtel knows just about everyone at Wind Crest, including her three best friends. That’s because she’s convinced more than a half dozen people to join her at the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., since she moved there in November 2014.

Wind Crest Sales Counselor Molly Thorne-Dhieux

With the blossoming real estate market in the Denver metro area, more and more people are looking to take advantage of low interest rates before they rise, creating a bounty of buyers.

Philanthropy Coordinator Karla Norvell, Sales Associate Jenn Anderson, and Community Resources Manager Craig Ellsworth

Charitable giving in the United States hit a record high in 2014, according to the National Philanthropic Trust. Americans gave $358.38 billion that year—a 7.1% increase over 2013. Additionally, 2014 marked the fifth year in a row that giving increased.

Denver Broncos rally at Wind Crest

Wind Crest residents and staff turned their Rocky Mountains locale into a virtual sea of orange as they cheered their beloved Denver Broncos onto a Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers on February 7.