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What’s better than Florida in winter?

Worry-free living at Fox Run, of course

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November 3rd, 2016
Beth Conway recently started a walking club at Fox Run.

Beth Conway recently started a walking club at Fox Run.

After spending 20 years living in Florida for eight months of the year, Beth Conway decided to resume living in Michigan year-round about three years ago. 

Instead of moving full-time into her Michigan condo, Beth moved to Fox Run, which, she says, makes it easy to get through the winter—even after all of those years in the Florida sunshine.

“I don’t mind it at all—if I want to go some place, I go,” Beth says. “My kids are very close, so they come over. And living here, you don’t even have to go out if you don’t want to.”

Beth was familiar with Fox Run in Novi because her Michigan condo was just about a mile away. She and her now late husband had toured the community, and while he was ready to move, Beth was still hesitant. 

After her husband passed away, Beth stayed in Florida for several years but then decided to move to Fox Run to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She has three daughters and seven grandchildren, and her first great-grandchild was born a few months ago.

“I had no family down there, and I knew it was a concern of my children,” Beth says. “And I thought if [my husband] liked Fox Run that much, he’d be happy I am here.”

Stepping into friendship

One thing Beth did get very accustomed to while living in Bonita Springs, Fla., was walking on a regular basis. That’s why she recently formed a walking club at Fox Run, where residents can log steps on the picturesque tree-lined paths on campus. 

The walking club was getting up and running over the summer, and Beth was looking forward to more neighbors joining in once autumn brought cooler weather more suited for brisk walks.

“My intent for the walking club is just for people to get exercise,” Beth says. “It doesn’t matter how fast or far they go.”

To help fellow residents get in the habit of walking, Beth put together maps showing the mileage of on- and off-campus trails. The maps also show the lengths of the heated indoor hallways that connect Fox Run’s residence buildings, which are an ideal place for residents to get their daily steps in during cold and snowy weather.

“If you can’t go outside, these maps will tell them how far it is down various hallways,” Beth says. 

In addition to walking with her neighbors, Beth has found plenty of other great leisure activities at Fox Run. 

Sampling new hobbies

Beth plays euchre and gin rummy with friends in the clubhouse once a week. She is a Eucharistic minister and takes Holy Communion to residents at Fox Run’s continuing care neighborhood. She is also a member of the Friendly Visitors Club, a group of volunteers who brighten the days of neighbors who are under the weather or recovering from an illness.

Since moving to Fox Run, Beth has also challenged herself to try a new hobby—acting. She belongs to a group called Curtain Call, which puts on comedic shows for their neighbors in Fox Run’s performing arts center. 

Over the summer, the group of 25 resident actors was working on a show called “As the World Turns at Fox Run,” a light-hearted spoof about life at the community. 

The members of Curtain Call write their own scripts, build their own scenery, and make their own costumes—and Beth says they have a ton of fun and a lot of laughs during their weekly rehearsals.

“It’s just a really happy time,” she says.