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Making room for more living

Lifestyle at Fox Run a good fit for working professional

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December 13th, 2016
Fox Run resident Ana May Salgado is an administrator for the Peruvian American Medical Society.

Fox Run resident Ana May Salgado is an administrator for the Peruvian American Medical Society.

Ana May Salgado lives in a retirement community, but she is still very much engaged in her professional life. 

Ana May worked for 30 years as a medical biller, and now she continues to work from home as administrator of the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS), a professional organization for Peruvian doctors practicing in the United States. 

Medical professionals who belong to the group make multiple medical missions to Peru each year, providing free health care to thousands of people in need. 

The members of PAMS also meet once a year for a conference; Ana May travels to attend. She says the conferences are often held in Peru but have also been in Switzerland, Mexico, and U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Ga. 

A native of Puerto Rico, Ana May lived for a while in Barcelona, Spain, before relocating to the Detroit, Mich., area. Ana May and her husband Paul moved from West Bloomfield, Mich., to Fox Run in 2014.

“We always wanted to retire here,” Ana May says. “I wanted to move sooner, but I had to convince my husband—but now he really likes it here.”

Right-sizing

Ana May and Paul moved from a five-bedroom house to a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with a sunroom at the Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich.

Ana May says she was excited to get rid of the things she no longer needed or valued. And the timing was perfect because her son was purchasing a new condo at the same time; he was able to use a lot of the furniture Ana May was hoping to discard. She says she and Paul thoroughly enjoy the simplicity of their new lifestyle.

“I had no problems at all. I called my children and said, ‘Take whatever you want,’” Ana May says. “I had no stress or hang-ups about moving.”

When she’s not busy with her work for PAMS, Ana May enjoys the many activities available for residents at Fox Run. She belongs to the Italian-American Club, does line dancing with her neighbors, and helps with the Catholic masses on campus. 

She also likes to attend showings of documentary films in the clubhouse. One of the best things about life at Fox Run, Ana May says, is the people who live there.

“It’s great because everybody wants to make friends,” she says. “I have more friends here now than I did before.”

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