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A perfect fit

Couple brings family memories, mementoes to Ann’s Choice

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February 16th, 2016
Ann’s Choice resident Sylvia Ziserman
Ann’s Choice resident Sylvia Ziserman

Everything about Stan and Sylvia Ziserman’s move to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., was as carefree as the life they’re living now.

They moved from the over-55 community of Flowers Mill, in Langhorne, Pa., after 11 years in a house they never expected to leave. Stan had poured his heart and his abundant carpentry and electrical skills into accouterments and trim that made the house into a home they loved.

But last year, he realized that continuing such efforts was becoming too much for him. The Zisermans decided it was time to move.

They visited Ann’s Choice several times, planned eventually to move there, and had selected an apartment style they liked. 

Putting plan into action

The couple contacted Colleen Rosica, the community’s personal moving consultant, to learn if the furniture they wanted to bring would fit in their chosen floor plan, a two-bedroom style with an eat-in kitchen and a bay window. 

The fit was critical because the Zisermans’ furniture all held precious family memories. “Colleen is like Mrs. Magic,” says Sylvia. “She said she’d make it work, and she did.” 

Two days later, Ann’s Choice Sales Counselor Marie Dmoch called and said the Zisermans’ favored floor plan had become available.

“We were preparing to leave on vacation, but as a courtesy, we toured the apartment,” Sylvia says. “When Marie opened the door, Stan looked at me, I looked at him, and we said, ‘okay.’”

While a relative who is an attorney oversaw the paperwork, Sylvia and Stan left on a three-week European cruise. Everyone stayed in touch via email.

The Zisermans moved last summer. Because their furnishings carry such emotional ties, Sylvia says they brought their family with them.

“The bay window is the perfect place for my mother’s and father’s twin chairs,” says Stan. 

“We weren’t going to move without those,” adds Sylvia.

Stan’s father’s humidor also has a place of honor in the bay. Two paintings by his paternal grandmother hang above the living room sofa, and the dining room table belonged to Sylvia’s beloved Aunt Florence.

And when Sylvia’s longstanding friend moves to Ann’s Choice early this year, that feeling of family will just expand even more. 

An accommodating lifestyle

The Zisermans value their independence. “You can come and go as you like and do whatever you want at Ann’s Choice,” says Sylvia. 

The couple now walks to medical appointments because they use Ann’s Choice physicians, who practice in the campus medical center, as their primary care doctors. 

“The appointments last half an hour,” says Sylvia, “and the timer isn’t going.”

They also play cards and games and attend campus movies, musicals, and theatrical performances.

They visit the campus fitness center three times a week and appreciate that the community’s system of climate-controlled hallways and bridges means they needn’t venture outside to get to their sessions. 

Stan belongs to the digital camera club and volunteers at Rose Gardens, the on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood, as well as at the campus TV studio.

Sylvia helps deliver challah rolls to Jewish residents at Rose Gardens. It makes her feel good to participate in her community.

A retired clinical social worker who’d led bereavement groups and counseled people going through serious illnesses, she also volunteers in a similar way at Ann’s Choice. 

 “We love it here,” she says.