Mary Chor is seen here, tending to four garden plots at Riderwood.

For the last 10 years of her career, Mary Chor worked at the United States Botanic Garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. She worked in the education department and ran the volunteer program.

“When I was there, my primary focus was public education about how plants are important to humans and the impact humans are having on plants,” Mary says. 

Sales Manager Phil Kaeser and Sales Associate Amy Giubilo, smiling here in front of the community, agree that Seabrook is a great place to live and work.

Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine both awarded Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. The ranking considered more than 76,000 employee surveys from companies with the aging services industry.

Digital artist Lou Rivera shows some of his artwork at a local art show.

Like artists of any medium, Lou Rivera draws inspiration from his travels and the world around him. But his digital medium sets him apart from most painters his age. 

Wayne Steadman, seen here sitting at his desk in his home at Seabrook, finds time to both serve his community as Director of Living in the Community and enjoy hobbies like golf, poker, pickleball, and water aerobics.

Wayne and Pam Steadman are practically professional movers. Wayne’s career with Mobile Oil Corporation took them through 18 moves and around the world. But finally, they’ve settled down. And they say their latest—and last—move was by far the easiest. 

Tallgrass Creek
Co-chairs of the Green Team Al Pugsley (left) and Wes Geer show off the “frunk” in Al’s Tesla Model 3. Since the electric-powered car has no internal combustion engine under the front hood, there is room for a handy front-end trunk.

Tallgrass Creek resident Al Pugsley has driven thousands of miles during the last 13 years but has surprisingly spent almost nothing on gasoline. That is because Al, a passionate electric car advocate, has owned and driven zero emissions vehicles since 2006, seven in total. 

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Tallgrass Creek resident Judy Salisbury, Resident Life Manager Jan Magee, and residents Joan Smith and Debbie Williamson relax after finishing the community’s “Walk for a Cause.” The walk was among several activities celebrating Diversity Week at the Overland Park, Kans., community. 

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Enjoying “A Night on the Boardwalk,” one of the theme dinners hosted by Tallgrass Creek’s dining staff, are (from left) neighbors Karen Keenan, Jane Watts, Restaurant General Manager Megan Sova, and neighbor Jill Jones.

Before Jane Watts decided to move to Tallgrass Creek, she compared a list of all her home expenses to the monthly service package at the Overland Park, Kans., community. 

Wind Crest
After a long career at Lockheed Martin, Diana Martinac enjoys having more time to volunteer at Children’s Hospital, just five minutes from her and her husband’s home at Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

When Rick and Diana Martinac walked into Wind Crest eight years ago, they were too young to move to the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community. But they weren’t too young to start planning for their retirement. 

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Self-taught photographer Jean Willey captures the unique shelf displays around Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., using a Canon G1X Powershot with a 12.5–62.5 mm zoom lens.

Walk the halls of Wind Crest, and chances are you’ll run into a woman toting a Canon G1X Powershot with a zoom lens around her neck. That’s Jean Willey. She connects neighbors through digital photography.

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