Oak Crest Village

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Retirement/Assisted Living

Link to Oak Crest Village News letter.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as the oldest baby boomers become senior citizens in 2011, the 65-and-older population is projected to grow faster than the total population in every state. In fact, 26 states are projected to double their 65-and-older population between 2000 and 2030. As the senior citizen population increases, so does the popularity of continuing care retirement communities.

Older folks often find themselves at a point in their lives when the children are grown and gone and they are still living in and maintaining their four-bedroom, three-bath home that sometimes seemed cramped for their family of five but now is like a sprawling mansion. Too many rooms to clean, too much grass to mow and too expensive property taxes to pay each year. Many people at this stage of their lives are ready to start over in a smaller place without all the hassles of homeownership.

If youre looking to spend your retirement years as though youre on a permanent vacation, you dont have to head to Florida to do so. Oak Crest Village in Parkville is like a resort for the 60 and over crowd. A continuing care retirement community, Oak Crest houses 2,100 residents, 1,800 of whom reside in independent living. Featuring three community clubhouses, five restaurants, three salons, coffee bars, libraries, dry cleaners, a putting green, a swimming pool and much more, Public Relations Manager Jeff Getek describes it perfectly: Oak Crest Village is like a cruise ship that never docks. OK, so there arent any slot machines, but there are plenty of activities to keep the residents busy. From book clubs to bunco to minature yacht races, theres something of interest for everyone in the 175 resident clubs.

Oak Crest even has its own in-house, closed-circuit television studio where it broadcasts informational talk shows, often featuring residents, to the entire retirement community. Residents even get in on the action behind the scenes assisting with production. Of course, the safety and security of the residents is a top priority. One security measure is a latch on every residents door that is put up at night and will fall back down when the resident leaves his or her home in the morning.

When security guards make the rounds in the day, if someones latch is still up they will check to make sure everything is OK. In the event of a medical emergency, Oak Crest Village has its own EMS team. There are emergency pull cords in every apartment home, and the response time is just two to three minutes at most.

"We also have our own physician here that residents can use", Getek explains. In addition to a medical center, there is also a pharmacy on premises. What about your beloved Fido or Boots? Your pet is welcome here. "We are pet-friendly", assures Getek. "We have about 200 dogs, plus cats and birds, living at Oak Crest." In fact, one of the event scheduled to take place in June is the Canine Cup, which Getek describes as our own version of a dog show.

With many more amenities and services than mentioned in this brief article, residents of Oak Crest Village can take advantage of all the comforts and convenience they deserve in their retirement years while enjoying an active, vibrant lifestyle. Developed and managed by the Baltimore-based Erickson Retirement Communities, Oak Crest Village is located at 8820 Walther Blvd. in Parkville. For more information, call 410-665-1000 or visit www.ericksoncommunities.com.


Link to Oak Crest Village News letter.


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