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Good-bye winter worries

Hello vibrant, active life

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February 21st, 2012

Last Halloween a heavy, wet snow blanketed the Philadelphia area, bringing down tree limbs and causing numerous outages. All my retired friends were busy getting out their shovels and snow blowers to deal with it, says Ann s Choice resident Jim Seyboldt. And I was thinking, I ve got people for that. I didn t shovel anything. Had Jim still lived in his house, in Warminster, Pa., instead of Erickson Living s community in Bucks County, he would have been outside shoveling a very long driveway. Instead, he watched the Ann s Choice professional grounds crew deal with the mess. They plow 24/7 when they need to, he says.

What matters most

Jim has none of the worries of owning a house: If my sink needs a washer, I have people. If my drain runs slow, I have people. A phone call brings expert maintenance staff to his aid. They re prompt, efficient, and they get the job done, he says. Jim lives in a one-bedroom Dawson apartment home. It s a snap to clean, and it readily accommodates what matters most to him. Keep heirlooms you ll actually use, and give your kids the things they want, Jim advises. He chose Ann s Choice for its size and its vibrant, active, friendly residents. They re still growing, learning, and participating, and there s always something going on, he says.

Enjoying life

No matter where you move from, you fit right in, and your neighbors help you, Jim says. His niche is enjoying life: I do what I think will be fun and interesting and enjoyable for me each day. Today that could mean horseshoes. Tomorrow it could mean tennis, cards, or billiards with his Warminster buddies or with his new neighbors. When you re all living right here you can say, Let s do this, and it happens, Jim says. An avid walker, he s landed in a neighborhood that s a walker s paradise. Outdoors he rambles the community s 100-acre campus or walks nextdoor in Warminster Park. In inclement weather, because climate-controlled, enclosed walkways connect every campus building, he walks indoors. He s also taken up new interests ranging from the campus theater group to water volleyball games in the aquatics center. And, guided by tech-savvy neighbors, he s even entered the computer age. He heads to any of the community s three computer labs to email friends and family. Last year he did some first-ever online shopping. And when he gets into glitches, there s always someone at the lab to help. Such neighborliness can t be measured in material terms. But every evening when Jim gathers with friends to talk and laugh over dinner in one of the five restaurants at Ann s Choice, he knows they re the things that make life so enjoyable.