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The best retirement plan

Greenspring priority list offers much more than peace of mind

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March 20th, 2012

Few things in life are certain. But for the more than 1,300 members of the Greenspring priority list, their future at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va., is assured. In fact, their future at any of Erickson s 16 communities is guaranteed. Recognizing another certainty of life namely that circumstances change priority list membership at one community may be transferred to another community at any time without loss of priority status or place in line. Acting as a waiting list, the priority list enables those interested in the Erickson Living lifestyle to reserve their space in line for the apartment home of their choice. For a $1,000 refundable deposit and a $150 one-time application fee, members leave the what ifs of retirement behind.

On your schedule

We joined the Greenspring priority list in 2001, says Peggy White, who moved to the community with her husband, George, in April 2010. We knew we wanted to make the move; it was just a matter of when. Knowing that a home would be available to us when we were ready gave us real peace of mind. George and Peggy are not alone in their desire to plan for the future. Greenspring s priority list is filled with people like the Whites who knew what they wanted one day but were not sure when that one day would be, says Sales Counselor Sheila Willing. Others, like community members John and Pat Perkins, were ready to make a more immediate move to Greenspring. They knew they had to join the priority list as soon as possible. We were on the priority list for two years waiting for the apartment home we wanted, says John. In January 2010 we made our move and couldn t be happier. You learn very quickly that you don t want for anything here.

Busy calendar

While on the Greenspring priority list, members enjoy numerous opportunities to visit the campus, meet current residents and staff, and ask important questions. They are also invited to exciting members-only events carefully planned to allow members to get to know each other in a fun setting. Last year, members attended a garden tea party in the Greenspring gardens, a Washington Nationals baseball game in downtown Washington, D.C., and a winery tour in Delaplane, Va. All of these events are so much fun, says Director of Sales Jarad Smith. Plans are currently under way for another vineyard tour next month and a September theater performance at either the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., or at the theater at Wolftrap, in Northern Virginia. Most priority list events are offered to members free of charge. A nominal fee of $10 was required for the Washington Nationals game and included a $35 ticket, door-to-door transportation, and $10 worth of food. Joining the priority list is an excellent way to ensure the retirement you ve always hoped for, says Smith. Now, it s also a great way to meet like-minded people who will someday be your neighbors. That s a winning combination.

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