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Riderwood

With an election year now upon us, Riderwood’s resident-run Democratic Club has been busy. Nearly 3,000 active and politically engaged retirees live at the Silver Spring, Md., Erickson Living community and consistently turn up to the polls on Election Day. That’s why candidates make it a priority to schedule campaign trail stops at the community.

Riderwood
Ed Gehres (pictured with his wife Evelyn) says living at Riderwood is like “being on a perpetual cruise.”

There’s no doubt about it—making the decision to downsize for your retirement is a big step. If you’ve lived in your house for many years, you may feel reluctant to leave it.

Oak Crest
Oak Crest resident Robert Annen won first place in the poetry division of the 2nd Annual Silver Pen Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Aging. The poem is now part of a collection in his newly published book of poetry

This Mother’s Day, as millions of moms receive flowers and gifts, Robert “Bob” Annen honors his late mother Bertha with a poem he wrote and dedicated to her a few months after she passed away in 2015.

Oak Crest
Friendship Park, Oak Crest’s new outdoor venue, features two bocce courts, three putting greens, a walking trail, and seating area with fountain.

No matter what month of the year, Oak Crest is always abuzz with activity thanks to its ingenious weatherproof design granting on-the-go residents access to the entire campus without ever going outside.

But now that spring is here, another world has come to life as golfers, gardeners, and outdoor enthusiasts of every kind head back outside.

Maris Grove
Grounds Supervisor Randy Waddell leads a group of residents on a spring plant walk at Maris Grove on Earth Day. (From left) Randy Waddell, Jo Roedel, Ruth Christie, Barbara Morrison, Ann Fleury, and Nancy Drew.

May is a beautiful time to visit Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa.

Spring cleanup is complete and eight tractor-trailer loads of mulch have been applied. The 87-acre campus is abloom with spring bulbs; red, pink, and white dogwoods; and fragrant rhododendrons.

Maris Grove
To brighten a dreary January day, Mike Guzzardi purchased armfuls of colorful flowers and distributed them to his neighbors at Maris Grove.

After Mike Guzzardi’s daughter spent a post-graduate school year in New Zealand and then moved to Center City Philadelphia, Mike realized he’d become a permanent empty nester and should move from his four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house in Springfield, Pa.

Maris Grove
Pete Davisson at his home office in his apartment home at Maris Grove.

Still juggling a career and homeowner chores?

Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., offers distinct advantages to people who are employed or who have an extensive volunteer schedule.

Linden Ponds
Rosemary McDonough smiles from her home at Linden Ponds

There’s no doubt about it: making the decision to downsize for your retirement is a big step. If you’ve lived in your house for many years, you may feel reluctant to leave it.

Linden Ponds
Jim Carroll (right) is a member of Linden Ponds’ Italian conversation club. The group meets regularly and includes (from left) Nancy Criscitiello, Chris Criscitiello, and Ada Kahl. Not pictured: Irwin Rappaport.

Until a little over a year ago, Jim Carroll lived in The Pinehills, in Plymouth, Mass. However, many of his friends had moved away so he decided to move to Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham.

“I wanted to come to a place where I would have an active social life,” he says.