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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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Sandy Shelpuk is one of two sales counselors at Wind Crest, and two of her daughters also work in the community—Emily in finance and Niki as a concierge.

Due to the overwhelming demand for Wind Crest’s maintenance-free lifestyle, the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community welcomed an additional sales counselor, Sandy Shelpuk, to the team. 

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Chef Patrick Yeager surrounded by both his culinary team and members of the Windsor Run staff and resident dining services committee celebrate their second place finish in the ninth annual Charlotte-area Chef Wars.

Despite the rise in popularity of cooking programming and celebrity chefs, community members at Windsor Run, an Erickson Living community in Matthews, N.C., need not look farther than their own on-site restaurants to enjoy expertly crafted culinary creations.

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This beautifully appointed model apartment is used as the Live the Life suite at Windsor Run.

"For over two years we looked at many retirement communities,” says Joel Albaum, who moved to Windsor Run this past June with his wife Maxine. “Our son Todd lives in Charlotte. We knew we wanted to move from our home in New Jersey to North Carolina to be closer to him and his wife Robin.”

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Windsor Run pioneer residents Janet and Ray Malarkey say they’re already gathering wonderful memories from their first year in their new community.

Each day for the last year, community members at Windsor Run fulfilled the Erickson Living community’s motto, “We share our gifts to create a community that celebrates life.” Recently, residents and staff celebrated the life they helped create with a day of festivities in honor of the community’s one-year

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Beautiful brick buildings are shaded by by pergolas in the wonderful North Carolina sun.

Since the opening of Windsor Run’s third residence building, Beech Hollow, in June, priority list membership at the sought-after community is blossoming, too. 

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Schedule a personal visit with Sales Counselors Tony Stephenson or Sandy Shelpuk and get their undivided attention for an entire hour so you can learn about all things Wind Crest.

Wind Crest Sales Counselors Tony Stephenson and Sandy Shelpuk invite anyone curious about the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community to join them for a personal visit, conversation, and campus tour.

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Traudl and Telu Li have lived internationally most of their lives, including Taiwan, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Hawaii, and now Colorado. Traudl wrote and published a book about living internationally entitled Light and Shadows

While many people dream of moving to Hawaii for retirement, Traudl and Telu Li moved from the Aloha State. But what would make someone want to move from paradise? 

After living in a tropical climate for 34 years, they were ready for a change of scenery. For Traudl and Telu, what started as a change of scenery and weather has become a positive change in lifestyle.