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‘Ann’s Choice was a good idea’

Couple still thriving after ten years at Bucks County community

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January 30th, 2014
‘Ann’s Choice was a good idea’
‘Ann’s Choice was a good idea’

Ken and Mary Longman have watched Ann’s Choice grow from a cluster of people in 2003 to its current small-town population of more than 2,000 community members. Ann’s Choice “pioneers,” they moved to the Bucks County, Pa., Erickson Living community when it first opened.

The Longmans followed Mary’s parents’ lead when they moved from Princeton, N.J., to Ann’s Choice. 

“[Her parents’] move into a continuing care retirement community in Michigan led us to move sooner rather than later,” says Ken. “We could see that the move was a new adventure rather than a closing down.”

Ann’s Choice, too, provides a full continuum of care right on campus, from its full-service medical center to its rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood. Those amenities prolong residents’ abilities to remain independent. 

“My father lived independently in their apartment till he was 98 because my stepmother, who supervised his care, knew additional support was always available from the housekeeping and nursing staffs,” Mary says. “None of us children lived nearby.”

Active lifestyle

The Longmans could well match Mary’s father’s longevity. They took to the active lifestyle at Ann’s Choice immediately because it matched their ideas of how to live. They challenge their brains and bodies daily through an eclectic mix of on- and off-campus activities.

When digital cameras became popular, Ken got serious about photography. He belongs to the Ann’s Choice digital photography club and recently exhibited some of his photos at a Doylestown art gallery.

Due to his photo credits in the Tribune, his work now reaches an ever-larger audience. 

Although Ken photographs people for the Tribune, his favorite subjects are landscapes and cityscapes. Blessed with his father’s artistic eye, he has won awards for some of those photos.

Committed to the community

Ken was the first chair of the Ann’s Choice Resident Advisory Council and served on its board of directors for years. Mary did the same at the Treasure Chest, the community’s resale shop that raises money for the community’s resident care fund and its scholars’ fund. 

Together, they started the campus Political Interest Group and have made videos for the campus TV station and for outside organizations. 

Wellness activities also rank high with the Longmans, and weather never curtails their efforts. 

They’ve logged more than 1,000 workout visits each at the campus fitness center, they do tai chi at home, and every evening they walk the .66-mile interior loop that connects all campus buildings.

Out and about

But they’re not tied to campus. They drive to Church of the Advent in Hatboro twice a week for religious services and volunteer work. 

Mary also volunteers at a local kindergarten. “I’m needed, useful, and I enjoy this age group,” she says. 

Home base is their lovely two-bedroom, one-bathroom Franklin-style apartment home. It’s proved a good fit, says Ken. 

The home’s second bedroom, which boasts two roomy closets, is their all-purpose guest, computer, and photo-related storage room. 

Their much-loved patio is their favorite spot for lunch and for pre-dinner drinks before they dine with neighbors at one of four campus restaurants. 

“Ann’s Choice was a good idea,” Mary says. 

“It still is,” echoes Ken.