Cedar Crest
Ruth Ellerthorpe (left) and Lucille Joseph are two of the brains behind Cedar Crest’s most popular club, Trips and Travel.

To Louise Aldsworth, travel is as essential to life as breathing. That’s why moving to Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., was a breath of fresh air.

Cedar Crest
May Fisher, who lives at Cedar Crest with her two cats, Sascha and Maggie (inset), cohosts a TV show on the in-house television station with friend and neighbor Edie Dombal, called The Edie and May Show.

What are your pets’ names, and how old are they?

Sascha is 12 and Maggie is probably 16. I’m not sure because I got her third-hand.

What kind of pets are they?

They are called domestic shorthaired cats.

Describe the day you got your pets.

Cedar Crest
A senior couple shake the hand of a realtor next to a Sold sign in front of a house.

The weather may not feel like spring, but in the real estate world, the spring market is well under way. If you’ve been considering listing your house, now is the time. And here are three reasons why.

1. It’s a seller’s market according to New Jersey Realtors®. Their July 2017 report concluded:

Brooksby Village
Sales Manager Gina Fernandez and Mike Warren, administrative assistant in resident life. Both began their careers as high school students.

Gina Fernandez was a freshman at Peabody High School when her mother saw a notice in the newspaper advertising student wait staff opportunities at Brooksby Village, the

Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.

Brooksby Village
CTV Coordinator Jessica Rogers (standing) leads a workshop for volunteers interested in learning more about stage managing in Brooksby’s TV studio.

Not long after Kathryn Kirleis moved to Brooksby Village in July 2015, a listing on the Peabody community’s monthly calendar piqued her interest.

“It was a meeting for residents interested in volunteering in the TV studio,” says Kathryn, a retired social worker. “My curiosity about broadcasting came right back up to the surface.”

Ann's Choice
A phone conversation between Nell Adams (left) and Ann’s Choice Sales Director Deborah Olcese about plaid purple boots ultimately led Nell to move to Ann’s Choice.

phone call about a pair of plaid purple winter boots launched Nell Adams on the path that brought her from Boone, N.C., to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

Nell has no children, but her niece Susan, with whom she’s very close, lives in Ambler, Pa., near Ann’s Choice.

Ann's Choice
Apple computer group member Carol Knitter, who teaches an iPad photography class, prepares to take a photo of group cochair Phil Alley. They both live at Ann’s Choice.

The past few months have been busy ones for members of the Apple/Mac computer group at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

As community members shifted from desktops to laptops to mobile Apple devices, the group’s focus has shifted too. These days that means iPads and iPhones.

Wind Crest
Fran and Bill Myers may have downsized when they moved to Wind Crest, but their new home still holds what matters, including Fran’s grand piano.

Bill and Fran Myers were Wind Crest ambassadors ten years before moving to the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community. Now that they’ve lived there for nearly a year, all their expectations have been confirmed—and they have a gaggle of friends to pal around with along with all the new ones they make daily.

Wind Crest
Residents maintain container gardens on The High Line Overlook patio.

Soon the snow will melt and the perennials Judy Puckett planted last summer behind Parry Landing, the residence building at Wind Crest, will begin to poke up through the ground.

Judy, a lifelong gardener who moved to Wind Crest from the foothills in Jenesee, Colo., planted perennials native to Colorado, including yarrow, lupine, and Russian sage, among others.