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Renaissance man

Gold medalist shares his secrets to an active lifestyle

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November 26th, 2013
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Four years ago, when George Scott moved from Doylestown, Pa., to a maintenance-free lifestyle at Ann's Choice, Erickson Living's community in Bucks County, he started competing in Pennsylvania's Keystone State Games. He's been winning gold medals in senior competitions ever since.

Ship-shape

In 2011, competing in the Keystone State Games and the Pennsylvania Senior Games, George, or Scottie as he's known, won an unprecedented 11 medals. This summer, at his first national competition, the State Games of America in Hershey-Harrisburg, he competed in the 90-94 age group and captured six gold medals for the 100- and 200-meter runs, the long jump, triple jump, shot put, and hammer throw. Scottie's 200-meter time was 61 seconds. What keeps him in championship form? He moves. Scottie walks for 45 minutes on the 103-acre campus of Ann's Choice or at Warminster Community Park, next door. He also plays full-court basketball three times a week at the Doylestown YMCA. "Running on the basketball court helps me for the track events," he says. In spring, he's at the Ann's Choice fitness center, using a treadmill to build stamina for the 200-meter run and state-of-the-art machines to build strength in his arms and legs. When he trains outside for his individual events, his girlfriend, fellow Ann's Choice resident Helen Helmuth, is his coach. She times his runs and measures his throws, puts, and jumps.

Let's dance

While Scottie thinks that walking is the best exercise, he believes doing an activity you enjoy is even more important. What he enjoys is dancing. From waltzes to swing, Scottie knows all the steps. With Helen as his partner, he can rumba, samba, tango, cha cha, and hustle with the best of them. They've been dancing together at venues on and off campus since they met in 2009. Last year, with help from community resources staff, he and Helen launched a monthly dance that welcomes all their Ann's Choice neighbors, as well as dancers from around the area. The highly successful Last Saturday Dance, which features live music, is held every month except November and December. A cover charge pays for the bands, and profits benefit the community's charity fund. "I believed that once people came, they'd continue to come," says Scottie. And that s what's happened. Besides dancing to music, Scottie also plays it. When the Ann's Choice Second Time Around band performs, he's at the keyboard. He also plays the organ. In fact, an organ he built himself stands in the den of his spacious one-bedroom, Gilman-style apartment home with a den and one and a half baths.

Perfect community

"For an active person, Ann's Choice is the perfect choice," he says. "It's also a financially-sound decision." Scottie pays a predictable monthly amount that covers taxes, utilities, and his maintenance-free and amenity-rich lifestyle. "I compared my expenses before I moved," he says, "and what I pay at Ann's Choice gives me a lot more." For his children, the big benefit has been peace of mind. Should their dad encounter health problems, they know he'll receive excellent care; Ann's Choice provides a full-service medical center and a continuing care neighborhood right on site.

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