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‘The place for us’

Retirement living is easier at Fox Run

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October 14th, 2014
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Dr. Seymour (Sy) and Rose Berman lived for more than 40 years in Wing Lake, Mich. Their house sat on a one-and-a-half-acre lot, which was becoming difficult to maintain. So in 2013, the Bermans chose a different lifestyle for their retirement. 

“We were getting older, and it was time to think about moving,” Sy says.

In search of maintenance-free retirement living, the Bermans toured some communities in the Detroit area and ultimately decided to move to Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi. 

Sy says he and Rose knew some people who were already living at Fox Run, but they wanted to become better acquainted with the community before deciding to move. They were able to arrange an overnight stay in one of Fox Run’s guest suites. During their stay, they enjoyed meals at the on-site restaurants, participated in resident activities, and got to know the people who would eventually become their neighbors.

“We looked at some other communities, but what stood out about Fox Run is that the people were very kind,” Sy says. “We both thought that this was the place for us.”

A one-of-a-kind home

The Bermans had their eye on a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment home, but it wasn’t available when they wanted to move. But Fox Run’s staff offered a creative, and what turned out to be perfect, solution. Two one-bedroom units were combined to form one spacious, customized apartment home. Rose says the result is a large home that fits all of the furniture they wanted to keep from their old house. 

“The second kitchen became a very nice walk-in closet,” Rose says. “We really have a lot of space. The rooms are about the same size as we had at our house.”

The Bermans put their space to good use, as they enjoy entertaining at home. Rose recently hosted her bridge club at Fox Run. The group had lunch in one of the community’s private dining rooms and then relaxed in the Bermans’ apartment home. During the fall, Sy and Rose hosted a large family dinner for Rosh Hashanah. 

Rose still enjoys cooking for special occasions, but on most nights she sits down to delicious meals and leaves the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning to the Fox Run dining staff.

“We usually have dinner downstairs [at one of Fox Run’s restaurants],” Rose says.  “That was one of the biggest features that made me want to come here—when you’ve been married for 64 years, you’ve done your share of cooking.”

“‘Cook’ is a four-letter dirty word around here,” Sy jokes.

Large community, small world

Sy says that when he and Rose first started looking at retirement communities, he was a bit reluctant because he feared he would lose his privacy and freedom. “I was reticent, but now I am so glad we moved to Fox Run,” Sy says.

Not only has he found that he still has all of the independence that he wants, he’s also gained access to a terrific network of other active retirees and all kinds of fulfilling social events and clubs. In fact, since moving to Fox Run, Sy and Rose have discovered a number of interesting connections to people from their past.

Sy had a dental practice for 53 years and has realized that some of the residents and staff at Fox Run were his former patients. Sy and Rose also learned their next door neighbors at Fox Run, Dan and Nora Braude, lived down the street from them years ago. Most surprising of all, Sy has reconnected with four other Fox Run men who were all in his graduating class at Central High School in Detroit.

“We realized we all live here now, and we all remember each other,” Sy says. “We’re just picking up where we left off in 1942.”

‘So many choices’

Thanks to all of the interesting activities available to Fox Run residents, Sy and Rose, who will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary in April, are enjoying their life together as much as they always have. 

Both Sy and Rose are members of Fox Run’s Shalom group, which organizes events and celebrations for Jewish residents, including a large Passover Seder that is open to the entire Fox Run community. The Bermans have also joined their neighbors on a number of bus tours and day trips to nearby towns and attractions. 

“There are so many choices of things to get involved in here, and we’re happy to take advantage of it,” Sy says.

Rose is a volunteer for Fox Run’s in-house television station and stays fit by participating in a water aerobics class in the heated indoor pool. 

Sy gets exercise by walking outside on Fox Run’s picturesque tree-lined trails. He plays in a men’s bridge group and belongs to the political awareness committee, which hosts political candidates and other speakers. He’s also learning how to speak Italian in a class taught by fellow resident Frank Barresi. 

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Sy says of learning to speak Italian. “They say if you want to keep your mind sharp, learn a new language.” 

Lock the door and go

Even when the Michigan winter is particularly brutal (as it was last year), Fox Run residents don’t have to deal with snow and freezing temperatures. There are so many amenities housed on Fox Run’s campus, including a bank, salon and spa, convenience store, and medical center, residents don’t have to go outside at all during nasty weather. 

As they have for many years, the Bermans plan to escape the Michigan winter by spending several weeks in Palm Springs, Calif. This year, when they head toward the sunshine, they won’t have to worry about arranging for someone to collect their mail or check for freezing pipes while they’re away. They can enjoy their winter getaway knowing that their home is protected 24/7 by Fox Run’s security team. 

“Life is a lot simpler when you live here,” Sy says.