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Tom Feeney collects friends old and new

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May 22nd, 2012

Tom Feeney grew up in the Olney section of Philadelphia, a caring community where everyone knew and looked after one another. When he moved to Ann s Choice, an Erickson Living community in Bucks County, I felt the same kind of care here, he says. He began inviting childhood friends, former work colleagues, and former Pinecrest Golf Course neighbors to dinner at a campus restaurant so they could experience a bit of the Ann s Choice lifestyle themselves.

Creative friendships

Many of my friends have seen how happy I am here and have looked into Ann s Choice on their own as a result, he says. His invitations have influenced nearly a dozen folks to move in, including Russ and Jane Neiger for instance. Russ and Tom served in the same Boy Scout troop. Tom considered moving to Florida near three of his children but decided not to leave his Pennsylvania friends. Reminiscing with people you ve lived with over the years is like reliving your life, he says. The reminiscing kicks into high gear when Ann s Choice hosts Olney High School s annual reunions. Tom and more than 100 other Ann s Choice neighbors are Olney High School alums. Tom also collects new friends. He finds creative ways to pare the Ann s Choice campus of 2,000-plus residents into smaller clusters of friendly neighbors. This spring he reserved an Ann s Choice private dining room and hosted a get-acquainted dinner. He contacted couples he knew, one from each of Ann s Choice s three neighborhoods, and asked them to each invite a couple he didn t know. Before we knew it, we had 14 people, he says. It was a way to introduce one another and establish new friendships. And no one had to cook! Residents monthly service packages provide chef-prepared meals in their choice of six campus restaurants.

Freedom to do what he really enjoys

The community s one-level, maintenance-free living makes Tom s life easy. Should his air conditioner go on the fritz, he s a phone call away from speedy, expert help from Ann s Choice s professional maintenance department, all at no additional charge. For a doctor s appointment, he heads to the on-campus medical center. The facilities and staff are outstanding, he says. He has commitments every day of the week, and he truly enjoys each one. He s organized pizza parties for people he plays cards with and people who live on his floor. He s helped start a residents chip-and-putt league at a local golf course and co-chairs an annual golf outing to benefit the Ann s Choice scholarship fund for its student servers. When he s not volunteering or socializing, he frequents the campus fitness center and swims every morning in its all-season, glass-enclosed pool. And he s an Ann s Choice ambassador, welcoming and mingling with visitors at the community s marketing events. I think being involved and active will help me live longer, he says. He chose his fourth-floor two-bedroom, two-bath Jackson-style apartment home for the spacious views from its six windows. Tom reserves the expansive master bedroom for overnight guests and uses the second one as his combination bedroom and den. At night, soft sounds of fountains below waft through his open windows and lull him to sleep. (To see a sample floor plan of Tom s Jackson apartment home, turn to the back page.) Living at Ann s Choice is the highlight of Tom s life, and he recommends it to everyone he meets.