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Couple says moving to Fox Run the second best decision they ever made

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November 20th, 2012

Four years ago, Bob and Jean Minninger were living in a condo in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Although they loved their condo community, other things caused them to reevaluate their ideal vision for their retirement. We were in a large condo, and the maintenance became a burden rather than a joy, Jean says. Likewise, meal planning and prep was time-consuming and no longer fun. In addition, not knowing what health issues either of us might face down the road, we felt for the sake of our children and each other we would be wise to downsize now to an environment where our future health needs would be met. Today, Bob and Jean say their lives are filled with joy and very little stress. The stress for both of us seemed to melt away, Jean says. We are now healthier and more energetic than we ve been in years. What was the change that led to such a dramatic shift for the Minningers? They moved to Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich. The Minningers say the full-service, maintenance-free community offers them everything they need without any of the hassles or worries they don t.

Incorporating elements of home

Jean says she and her husband always feared that downsizing would be a stressful process. But they found quite the opposite to be true at Fox Run. The Minningers worked with Fox Run s interior decorator, who helped them customize their two-bedroom, two-bath Jackson-style apartment home. Jean says the decorator helped her and Bob figure out how to incorporate the elements they loved most about their condo into their new home at Fox Run. Bob s grandfather was an artist, and the Minningers had many of his paintings displayed in their condo. Bob was worried he d have to put his grandfather s paintings in storage, but Fox Run s decorator came up with a great solution. She suggested the Minningers turn one bedroom into an art gallery where Bob could keep his grandfather s work on display. It s Bob s man cave, Jean says. He felt so good about not having to give up those things. For Jean s part, she says she wanted a spacious kitchen with a view. Even though the Minningers regularly dine at one of Fox Run s four on-site restaurants, Jean says she still enjoys making breakfast, and Bob now fixes his own lunch. Their apartment home s kitchen is large enough for a table by the window, as well as a small office space for Jean.

Vital, intelligent, talented, ' and positive

As much as the Minningers love their apartment home, they say it s the world just beyond their front door that makes their life at Fox Run so fulfilling. Before they became residents of the community, the Minningers attended an expo on campus that showcased all of the resident-run clubs and activities available at Fox Run. We realized how vital, intelligent, talented, and positive everyone is here, Jean says. That was a huge eye opener. When they moved to Fox Run in 2009, the Minningers wasted no time getting to know their neighbors and joining recreational clubs. Both Bob and Jean belong to a golf league. The guys and gals I play with are just great, Bob says. The nearby public golf courses are beautiful and really inexpensive. Jean works as a volunteer at Fox Run s Treasure Chest, an on-site resale shop where residents can donate clothing, jewelry, furniture, and household items they no longer want. Proceeds from Treasure Chest sales are donated to Fox Run s Benevolent Care Fund. Fox Run is a not-for-profit community dedicated to supporting residents who experience an unforeseen change in financial situation. Should a resident s finances change for reasons beyond their control, Fox Run s Home for Life Commitment provides several options to protect their future. (Ask to see the Residence and Care Agreement for details.) It s not only a meaningful volunteer activity, but it s also a social hour, Jean says. I ve really enjoyed working there. The Minningers have always loved to dance, so they were pleased to discover Fox Run has its own dance club. We ve danced our way through our romance and our life, and we found a dance group here, Jean says. We ve made new dancing friends. Since moving to Fox Run, Bob says he even found a hidden talent. At Thursday afternoon happy hours, Fox Run residents gather in the clubhouse for a sing-a-long around the piano. During one of those sing-a-longs, neighbors told Bob he had a good singing voice. With encouragement from his friends and neighbors, Bob decided to join Fox Run s chorus, where he has the chance to sing on a regular basis. There is much more here than we even have time to fit into our schedules, Bob says. So many people are talented, and they get opportunities [at Fox Run] to express their talents.

Family time

With three daughters and eight grandchildren, the Minningers have a busy family life. They make regular appearances at their grandchildren s sporting events. Jean says the younger children also spend the night at Fox Run with Nana and Baba, the Minninger grandkids nicknames for their grandparents. With its many on-site amenities, Fox Run is usually a big hit with visiting children. We take them one at a time, and it s very special to them, Jean says of her grandkids overnight visits. They love the pool, the shuffle board, and especially brunch. Bob and Jean also maintain an active social life with old friends who don t live at Fox Run. They get together with local friends for potluck dinners, as well as keep in touch with friends who have retired in other states. We thought if we moved away that we would lose our friendships, Bob says. But not only did we expand our friendships in great numbers, we haven t sacrificed other friendships. Bob and Jean agree that Fox Run is the best place for them to live their retirement to the fullest. The best decision we made in our lives was when we got married, and number two is when we decided to move to Fox Run, Bob says. Jean echoes her husband s sentiment, and she encourages other people who are interested in the vibrant lifestyle at Fox Run to make the move sooner rather than later. Come in when you are younger so you have the energy to meet people and get involved, she says.