Mary Schaller smiles standing in front of some beautiful yellow flowers.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”—Alan Lakein

In every phase of our life the more options we allow ourselves, the more freedom we have to make the choices that best suit our needs.

Fox Run
Noni and Vern St. Amand (left) have become close friends with Jan and Hal Brautnick since moving to Fox Run. The two couples spent time together in Florida last winter.

From its full-service restaurants to its heated indoor pool to its well-appointed clubhouses with handsome fireplaces, Fox Run is often likened to living on a cruise ship. But residents Noni and Vern St.

Fox Run
Fox Run Executive Chef Michael Bootz first started working at the Novi, Mich., Erickson Living community as a prep cook when he was just 19 years old.

Fox Run residents consistently say that one of the best parts of living at the Novi, Mich., Erickson Living community is that they no longer have to prepare their own meals or do all of the grocery shopping, meal planning, and cleaning that accompanies cooking.

Eagle's Trace
Kristen Kennedy was named the 2018 Leader of the Year at Eagle’s Trace, the Erickson Living community in West Houston.

Kristen Kennedy, resident services coordinator at Eagle’s Trace, was chosen as the West Houston community’s Leader of the Year for 2018.

Eagle's Trace
David McBrayer’s newly built harpsichord occupies a place of honor in his Brighton-style apartment home at Eagle’s Trace.

When David McBrayer moved to Eagle’s Trace in February 2018, he thoughtfully arranged the furniture in his one-bedroom Brighton-style apartment home.

“Everything I brought with me has meaning,” says David, a retired transportation planner whose apartment showcases his affinity for English antiques.

Eagle's Trace
Bob Armstrong plays table tennis every week at Eagle’s Trace. He recently competed in the Texas Senior Games in San Antonio.

When it comes to table tennis, Bob Armstrong’s never lost his competitive edge.

Bob recently traveled to San Antonio for the Texas Senior Games, playing in the 85–90 age bracket. He brought home the gold medal for singles play and the silver medal in the doubles competition.

It’s the unfolding chapter in his lifelong affinity for the sport.

Cedar Crest
Carolyn Young transplanted 250 types of lilies to Cedar Crest when she moved there in 2015. Starting this month, admirers can expect to see a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

Later this month, the grounds of Cedar Crest will be abloom with generations of daylilies. 

Cedar Crest
Bruce and Marge Campbell researched retirement living options, and Cedar Crest in Pequannock Township, N.J., came out on top.

Did you know that not all retirement communities operate on the same business model? A number of financial structures, in addition to lifestyle and amenity options, exist among area communities.

Variety of options

Chef Paul Brewer is the executive chef at Charlestown’s Short Line Café.

Like a true Marylander, Chef Paul Brewer got his first taste of the culinary industry as a teenager steaming crabs at a seafood restaurant. After college, he pursued a career in hospitality and honed his skills at restaurants throughout the region.