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Young at heart—and mind and body, too

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February 16th, 2016
Ann's Choice residents, Charlie and Kathy Kelly
Ann's Choice residents, Charlie and Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly liked what she heard during her visit at a sales luncheon at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa. 

She liked the many on-site activities and amenities. 

She liked the fee-for-service policy; residents only pay for additional care if and when they need it. 

She liked the 90% refundable entrance deposit, as detailed in the Ann’s Choice Residence and Care Agreement. 

And she especially liked the peace-of-mind safety net, the promise of a home for life: Should residents, through no fault of their own, exhaust their savings, the Ann’s Choice resident care fund would enable them to continue to live at the community. Again, the Residence and Care Agreement has all the details.

So in 2014, Kathy and her husband Charlie moved from nearby Churchill, Pa.

They still go to sales luncheons, but now they attend as campus ambassadors telling luncheon guests what it’s really like to live at Ann’s Choice. 

Kathy always says that Ann’s Choice couldn’t make life any easier.

Active lifestyle

Charlie chose the Kellys’ apartment home, a one-bedroom with an eat-in kitchen and a generous-sized great room. “It’s all the space we need,” Kathy says. 

Although Charlie used to teach stained glass, he doesn’t need an in-home studio. He does his projects in the Keystone Clubhouse craft studio where the stained glass club meets. 

He does his woodworking in the campus woodshop. 

He can work on model trains in the model railroad clubroom. 

Charlie had donated his G-gauge train to the train club. This December, he not only displayed his train outside, but he and a woodshop buddy collaborated on a chapel with stained glass windows to display with it.

Kathy’s hobby is socializing. She has scores of friends at Ann’s Choice and stays connected with friends in Churchill. 

She’s also a devoted game player.  

Games are always under way in the three clubhouses. And because the clubhouses and residence buildings are all connected, Kathy can get to her games regardless of weather. 

“And it’s lovely to go to the climate-controlled bridges and watch the snow come down,” she says. 

Everything under one roof

Kathy thinks nearly everything a person could want is available right on campus. 

The fitness center is open 24/7. Residents swim laps, take classes, and play water volleyball at the aquatics center. They walk to campus movies, events in the performing arts center, and stimulating lectures at the Ann’s Choice Lifelong Learning Academy. 

On-site bank branches, spa/salons, postal centers, and a pharmacy/convenience store make errands simple.

There’s also a medical center staffed by Ann’s Choice physicians who treat only Ann’s Choice patients.

Charlie was happy simply to shed home upkeep and yard care for maintenance-free, one-level living. 

But Ann’s Choice offers so much more, says Kathy. 

“You walk more, and you socialize at dinner and in the clubhouses,” she says. “Those things keep you younger and your mind sharp. You’re not sitting at home alone and depressed. It’s a better lifestyle. We love it here.”