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Homework key to retirement happiness, says Ann’s Choice couple

Their advice: Join the priority list and take part

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January 24th, 2012

Irv and Zipporah Segal so enjoy life at Ann s Choice, it s difficult to believe they ever dragged their feet about moving. The Segals had called Elkins Park home for nearly 50 years, living in a 2,600-square-foot condo apartment for 18 of those years. To go to work, Irv simply took the elevator from their fourth-floor apartment to his first-floor office. They never considered moving. Then Irv spent eight weeks in rehab. Zipporah visited him every day in spite of how the trips wore on her. The kids thought that if either of us became ill in the future, those visits should be less problematic, Irv says. At Ann s Choice they would be, the children said, because its rehabilitation, personal care, and extended care neighborhood are on-site at the Erickson Living community in Bucks County, Pa.

Setting priorities

Irv and Zipporah decided to join the Ann s Choice priority list on April 17, 2009, as their first step in moving to the community. Joining the list gave them the right of first refusal on an available apartment home based on their priority list date. They didn t know it then, but their priority list date would prove key to their future happiness. Still, they resisted taking the next step. So they didn t attend luncheons or priority list events or campus tours. Little did they know at the time, these events help future residents make important decisions about their new home. Zipporah says had they attended, heard other people s questions, and asked some of their own, it wouldn t have taken as long to find and obtain the apartment home that fit their needs.

The perfect fit

Irv and Zipporah turned to Ann s Choice Sales Counselor Marie Dmoch for help since the community was 97% sold out. When a Worthington floor plan became available in April, the Segals 2009 priority list date put them high on the list to consider it; Zipporah deemed it perfect. Its second bedroom is now her studio, its den accommodates their grandchildren s sleepovers, and its spacious great room comfortably hosted 21 guests for a sing-along late last year. The Segals couldn t be happier. Zipporah lavishes time on her art, plays bridge three times a week, and joined the stained glass group. Irv attends lecture programs and short courses and gardened with abandon last summer, growing tomatoes and cucumbers in his garden bed. Their children are thrilled. Irv and Zipporah also say they have met scores of interesting neighbors and developed strong, meaningful friendships.

The priority list

Because there s a scarcity of apartment homes at Ann s Choice, people considering it as a retirement option but who put off joining the priority list and attending campus events risk a delay in obtaining the home they want and in enjoying the enviable lifestyle at Ann s Choice. Avoid our mistakes, say the Segals, Accept those luncheon invitations.