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Finding home, again

Ann’s Choice is more active than an active adult community

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March 28th, 2014
Mary and John Tarquino, who love the lifestyle at Ann’s Choice, moved there from an active adult community.
Mary and John Tarquino, who love the lifestyle at

After ten years in an active adult community in Warrington, Pa., where they expected to stay put, John and Mary Tarquino moved to maintenance-free, activity-rich living at nearby Ann’s Choice. 

Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., offers them invaluable amenities such as an on-site medical center, a campus pharmacy that also stocks gifts and convenience items, and some 150 groups and activities.

It also boasts a fitness and aquatics center, five restaurants, and shuttle transportation. 

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For Mary, who has some vision problems, the amenities spell independence. She can pursue interests and run errands right on campus.

“Our second visit to Ann’s Choice made me aware of all the activities,” she says. “I wanted to come while we could take advantage of them. When you come in together, you get involved in more things.” 

“And the longer we live here, the more involved we’ll be,” says John. He likes that Ann’s Choice offers options: he and Mary can go to dinner when and were they want, not at some pre-ordained time or at a designated campus restaurant, and they can take part in as many or as few campus activities as they choose. 

It makes Mary happy that John’s already doing more at Ann’s Choice than he did in Warrington. A World War II veteran, John belongs to the veterans club and the ROMEOS (Retired Outstanding Men Enjoying Ourselves).

Every Friday, the Tarquinos join longstanding friends for dinners off campus. On campus, they never miss the monthly Last Saturday Dance so John can jitterbug. 

In December, they danced at the New Year’s Eve party. “Where else could we walk down the hall to the party, then walk home and have no traffic or weather to deal with?” asks Mary.

A graduate of Philadelphia’s St. Hubert’s High School, she belongs to the Catholic High School Girls alumnae group on campus. And she worked on decorations for the community’s fall gala that benefits its resident care fund. 

She also walks two miles a day for fitness. 

“This winter, we had snow, then ice, then more snow, then more ice,” Mary says. But because climate-controlled, glass-enclosed walkways connect the campus buildings, she could walk every single day. 

The perfect home

The couple’s beautiful Glenmont-style apartment home has all the features they wanted—a large bedroom, one-and-a-half bathrooms, and an eat-in kitchen. 

It also has a den. They didn’t want a second bedroom because they rarely used the one at their previous home. Campus guest suites or the nearby Holiday Inn Express conveniently accommodate visiting family members. 

Mary and John planned to join her cousins for Christmas dinner last year. When the gathering was unexpectedly canceled, they turned to plan B. 

“We went to a campus restaurant and had a traditional Christmas dinner with our Ann’s Choice neighbors,” Mary says. “Had we still lived in our old house, we might have been eating pizza. And we’d have been by ourselves.”

For John, the most important benefit of living at Ann’s Choice is peace of mind. “It takes the pressure off my children and us,” he says. “We won’t ever have to move again.” 

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