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A Day in the Life of a Crane’s Mill Resident

Join us for a look at independent living activities at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey

Nicole Smith, Director of Community Programming, poses with residents in the Cherry Blossom Lounge.

Nicole Smith, Director of Community Programming, poses with residents in the Cherry Blossom Lounge.

Many people wonder what it’s like to live at Crane’s Mill. Sure, there are beautiful apartments and cottages, friendly staff and common areas on-par with fine hotels. But what do people do all day? Luckily for you, you found the answer here!

Every day, there are many activities, events and jaunts to nearby locations on the calendar. The beauty of Crane’s Mill is that we keep our calendar filled to the brim—and our residents have the choice to do as much or as little as they wish.

Here is a closer look at a recent calendar of activities:
7:00 to 9:30 a.m.-Breakfast at the Heartwood Cafe. Sit down for an omelet or a stack of pancakes, or grab a yogurt, bagel and fruit on your way out the door.
9:15 a.m.-Stretch Class. We bring the exercise classes right to YOU! Located in Towne Square, you don’t even need to venture outside to have a fitness professional help you stay fit as a fiddle. Classes rotate and are offered every day.
10:00 a.m.-Needeworks. Join a group of needlework enthusiasts in Sycamore 2 for this fun and relaxing pastime. All skill levels are welcome!
10:00 a.m.-Lap Swim. Our indoor pool is always the perfect temperature. Low impact exercise with high aerobic rewards.
11:30 to 1:30 p.m.-Lunch at the Heartwood Cafe. Made-to-order sandwiches, grilled chicken, hot entrees, pizza, and more! Plus a salad bar like you would find at your favorite restaurant, ice cream and freshly baked desserts.
2:30 p.m.-Afternoon Social. Residents and staff join together for a multi-generational celebration! Music, treats, and fun.
3:30 p.m.-Catholic Mass. Every Thursday, we host a full Catholic Mass right on campus. (We also host Shabbat services and a multi-denominational Sunday service each week)
4:30 p.m.-Happy Hour. Prior to dinner, stop in the Cherry Blossom Lounge for your favorite finger foods. Bring your own wine and spirits, we’ll provide the glasses, ice and mixers.
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.-Dinner at the Candleberry Dining Room or the Heartwood Cafe. Our flexible meal plan affords our residents an array of dining options. Formal dining with full wait staff, upscale cuisine or a casual fare—the choice is yours!
7:30 p.m.-Gordon James: History of Jazz. Music expert and recording artist Gordon James visits Crane’s Mill to take residents on a musical exploration of jazz music.

That certainly is a full day of fun—and that’s just an average day! 🙂

We hope you found this in-depth look at the today’s activities and events as fun and exciting as we did. And remember: you can access the full month’s activity calendar any time by clicking here.