By David Weidert
Executive Director, MonteCedro
In my role as General Manager of MonteCedro, part of the ECS family of communities for active seniors, I have the privilege of witnessing every day the inspiring lives led by a group of extraordinary individuals. The people who call our community home are the definitive examples of the phrase ‘life is for living’.
As an organization, ECS will soon celebrate 100 years of providing exceptional communities and services to older adults in Southern California. During this time, we have come to understand some simple yet profound truths about the interconnection between health, beauty and fitness.
At MonteCedro, the foundation of a life well lived is based on proactive wellness and lifelong learning, what we call Creative Living. What we feel is what we do, and vice versa. Our fresh farm-to-table meals, wonderful group of skilled and dedicated team members, and incredible range of classes, activities, events, and excursions allow our residents to thrive and grow. – physically, mentally and spiritually. For more information, link to: ecsforseniors.org/montecedro/academy.
I am pleased to share some of their stories with you here.
Ralph Perry, 86, is an incredible example of someone who continues to lead an active lifestyle. At 70, Ralph reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and at 73, he reached Mount Everest Base Camp. At MonteCedro, Ralph takes advantage of our location in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, he hikes 4 km to the top of Echo Mountain. The trailhead starts a few minutes from our community and climbs 1,700 feet to a view that Ralph says is well worth it. “The secret to staying healthy is to keep moving.”
Hugh and Marleen Scheffy have called MonteCedro home since 2017. They love the lifestyle and particularly appreciate the gym facilities available to residents. “We exercise six days a week,” says Hugh. They like to train with weights and aerobic exercises and participate in flexibility and balance classes.
“Cesar is the fitness trainer here,” says Marleen. “He’s fabulous and so motivating.”
They also appreciate the variety of dining options. “The menu changes daily and Chef James Hsieh and his team are great,” says Hugh. “Everything is fresh and absolutely delicious.”
Diet and exercise are only part of the healthy lifestyle equation. Staying mentally and emotionally active is vital. Marleen is passionate about art and is the current chair of the resident art committee. Over the years they have curated a collection of over 500 works which are exhibited in public and common areas of the community for all to enjoy. She and her peers on the committee exemplify a “resident-led, staff-supported” community ethos.
Ralph, Hugh and Marleen are just three of the people who make MonteCedro such a vibrant community. They remind us all that while aging is a part of life, how we choose to live can make all the difference.
Founded on four commitments – Choice, Creativity, Trust, and Connection – MonteCedro offers a maintenance-free, resort-style, seamless care retirement community living in Altadena.
ECS. 100 year celebration. Proudly non-profit. Please visit montecedro.org to learn more.