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Cedar Crest
‘What does being an American mean to you?’

In honor of Independence Day, we asked Cedar Crest community members the above question. Here’s what they said:

Peggy Noto

It’s the greatest gift we can have to be in this country—the freedom. We have our own choices and can express our opinions.

Joe Rosica

Cedar Crest
Summer’s high temps can be brutal. But you don’t have to just sit around inside all day. Community members who live at Cedar Crest stay active year-round, regardless of the weather.

Summer’s high temps can be brutal. But you don’t have to just sit around inside all day. Community members who live at Cedar Crest stay active year-round, regardless of the weather.

Cedar Crest
Walter Bogaerts has had a love affair with opera for more than 50 years. Since moving to Cedar Crest two years ago, he has been sharing that love with his neighbors by showing twice-monthly operas in the community’s performing arts center.

Walter Bogaerts and his wife Anja may be known as “the chocolate people” around Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community where they live in Pequannock Township, N.J., but to them the sound of music is much sweeter.

Maris Grove
In the great-room gallery of her home at Maris Grove, Joanne Lennon displays a self-portrait.

When Joanne Lennon moved from her large house of 51 years in Media, Pa., to Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, life got better. 

Joanne sold her house last May and spent the summer at her home on the Jersey Shore. She moved to Maris Grove in September, happy to begin living maintenance-free.

Maris Grove
Maris Grove community members Charlie and Eleanor Barr (left) sit in the living room of their longtime friends, Pat and Bob Crowther (right). Bob built the display cabinet behind them.

Fast friends since middle school, Bob Crowther and Charlie Barr now are neighbors at Maris Grove, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa. 

Bob and his wife Pat, and Charlie and his wife Eleanor, moved last summer when Maris Grove opened Redwood Commons, its third neighborhood.

Linden Ponds
Tomas “Omar” Gonzalez (center), Linden Ponds’ director of dining services, was recently honored with a 2017 Erickson Living Leadership Award. He is pictured here with Erickson Living CEO Alan Butler (left) and COO Debra Doyle.

In order to create a caring and supportive home for the community members, Linden Ponds’ management team goes out of its way to hire and cultivate employees who embody the company’s values. One of the ways the community’s parent company, Erickson Living, supports that mission is by recognizing exceptional team members.

Linden Ponds
A golf ball in the grass

One of the longest-running resident-run groups at Linden Ponds is the women’s golf club. Each spring, when the weather warms up in April or May, the club resumes its weekly outings to Rockland Golf Course, in Rockland, Mass.

Linden Ponds
Tom Zarle, whose hobbies include traveling and Scandinavian folk-style woodcarving, has found a community of active and engaged peers at Linden Ponds.

Deciding where to live for your retirement is a big decision—there’s no denying that. A lot of information exists about different living options and the many factors to consider. But making this big decision is a little easier when you have all of the facts. 

Lantern Hill

Alberta Sehnert: That you do not have to have the same beliefs as everybody else and you can still get along and be friends. 

Rose Kranz: It means the world to me. Is there anything better?