All About Successful Aging

Crane’s Mill, a senior living community in Essex County, New Jersey, is committed to the successful aging of its residents.

A Crane’s Mill resident uses the Telesensory Machine in our library.

The Crane’s Mill staff is continuously searching for new ways to ensure our residents are able to stay active and healthy throughout their retirement.

There are examples of this type of commitment to successful aging all around the campus. For instance, in our library, there is a Telensory Machine, which magnifies text and images in books up to 50 times their original size. This machine was brought to Crane’s Mill in part because of our resident low vision support group and their dedication to ensuring that people with vision impairment can still enjoy books, magazines, and other printed materials.

Another great example is the Hearing Loop technology installed in Hinman Hall. Here’s a link to an article that provides more details about the technology, and how Crane’s Mill uses it to keep our residents and guests “in the loop.”

We’ve heard of many more great things to come in the area of successful aging, and we’ll be sure to post about them right here on the Crane’s Mill Courier as we learn more.

Healthy Living Tips for Seniors: Check Out This Video from Crane’s Mill

At Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, our residents have access to an array of services and amenities to help them live each day to the fullest. Check out the video below for more.

Stay young at heart with these healthy living tips for seniors from Crane’s Mill. It’s important to stay active, eat a well-balanced diet, and stay socially engaged with friends new and old. At Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, New Jersey, residents have access to an array of services and amenities that are fully included and designed to help each resident age successfully.

Every day, Crane’s Mill residents enjoy a planned exercise program such as aerobics, stretch & flex, strength training, yoga, tai chi, water aerobics, water walking, lap swimming, and more! Plus, there is full access each day to our indoor heated swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Dining options offered in our community include an array of choices nightly in the Candleberry Dining Room, while three meals a day are served in the Heartwood Café.

Call 973-276-6700 or visit our contact page for more information on Northern New Jersey’s Premier Retirement Community.

A Look Inside the Crane’s Mill Library

Our continuing care retirement community is akin to moving to a small town, but everything’s connected by indoor walkways!

The Crane’s Mill Library is a popular spot in Towne Square. The library is completely resident-run, and includes an array of books including fiction, non-fiction, large print, and art. Plus, the library offers the latest issues of many periodicals, including the Star-Ledger, New York Times, AARP magazine, The New Yorker.

In addition to print, the library boasts two all-in-one desktop computers with internet access, a copy machine, and a Telensory machine that magnifies text and images up to 50x their original size.

Here is an inside look at some of our residents enjoying their library:

Health & Wellness at Crane’s Mill

Health & Wellness are of the utmost importance at Crane’s Mill.

Ylli Bilani, head personal trainer at Crane's Mill, works with a resident in our fitness center.

Don’t forget to visit the Health & Wellness are of our website. There, you’ll find information on our indoor pool, fitness center, wellness center, and details on successful aging programs across our campus.

Some interesting facts about Health & Wellness at Crane’s Mill:

Our indoor pool and hot tub are open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition to the open swimming times, there are multiple aquatic exercise classes each week. Plus, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren are welcome to use the pool with you.

Our fitness center was completely redesigned and renovated in 2008. It includes state-of-the-art equipment that one would find in exclusive gyms and rehabilitation facilities. A personal trainer is on staff six days each week.

Our library includes a magnification machine for those with vision challenges. The machine magnifies both text and photos up to 50x their original size.

To learn more, click here to visit the Health & Wellness page.

You’re Invited: AARP Smart Driver Class at Crane’s Mill

AARP Smart Driver Class

Red 1960 Chevrolet Impala Taillight and Fin—a true classic!

An AARP Smart Driver class will be held at Crane’s Mill on Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 14th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  The course will occur in the Activities Room.

By taking the AARP Smart Driver course, you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

Participants receive a certificate upon completion for a premium reduction for 3 years from their insurance carrier (call your insurance carrier to determine your specific discount for completing a “Defensive Driving” class).

There are NO tests to pass.

The fee for the course is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-AARP members, payable upon registering. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Checks (or money orders) should be made payable to “AARP”. Cash is not accepted.

Seats in the class are available on a first come-first served basis. Residents are afforded the opportunity to register before the class is opened up to others from the outside community.  Registration for individuals who are interested in taking the class but are not residents begins on Friday, August 1st. To register, contact Meredith Wu at 973-276-3012. Payment should be mailed after availability has been confirmed.