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Unexpected happiness

How a reluctant move turned into the best decision

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February 19th, 2018
Bob Taylor spends time on the balcony of his home at Ann’s Choice nearly every day until he heads to Florida for the winter. His balcony overlooks Warminster Park, where he often walks.

Bob Taylor spends time on the balcony of his home at Ann’s Choice nearly every day until he heads to Florida for the winter. His balcony overlooks Warminster Park, where he often walks.

 

Family members in Pennsylvania led Bob Taylor to move from his waterfront home near Mystic, Conn., to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

He’d learned about the community a few years ago when he flew north from his snowbird home in Florida to spend the Christmas holidays in Pennsylvania with his son and daughter-in-law in Langhorne and his granddaughter in Ivyland.

Not eager to sell

Bob had previously explored a number of retirement communities within a 40-mile radius of his son but had found none that he liked. Still, he listed his house for sale—although at a very high price in hopes it wouldn’t sell and he wouldn’t have to move.

However, during his holiday visit, his granddaughter took him to Ann’s Choice.

Their tour made Bob realize he’d never find a better place to live, which gave him pause. And then, after he returned to Florida, something extraordinary happened—a cash buyer made Bob an amazing offer and wanted possession in two weeks. 

Bob’s son handled the paperwork. His family packed up his furniture, cleared out his house, and moved his belongings into his new home at Ann’s Choice, a one-bedroom Brighton-style apartment home. 

It provides all the space Bob needs and features a balcony he uses every day until he heads to Florida each winter. His third-floor view overlooks Warminster Park where he often walks.

Life on his terms

Bob moved directly from Florida to Ann’s Choice and knew no one. “But it didn’t take me long to meet people,” he says. 

Meeting and connecting with people is Bob’s forté. 

Three mornings a week, you’ll find him at a table of community members and staffers talking sports and sharing gossip in Banners Café. “That starts my day on a high note,” Bob says. “At dinner, I’m a drifter.” That means he usually returns to Banners and sits with someone he doesn’t already know.

Because Ann’s Choice’s on-site amenities are just a stroll down the hall, they fit to a T Bob’s habit of walking the campus.

His Ann’s Choice staff physician practices in the medical center, the pharmacy is also on site, and so is the bank he patronizes.

Bob belongs to the men’s breakfast club, plays poker with his buddies, and takes casino trips with the Ann’s Choice travel group. 

But his most fulfilling commitment is volunteering with Abington Hospital Hospice where he visits with patients and shares with survivors his own story as a widower. 

Making friends in his community

Bob knows nearly everyone who lives or works at Ann’s Choice, their families, and their stories. But he specializes in helping new neighbors adapt to their new home. 

“I walk around every day, and every day I meet new people,” he says. “By reaching out, I try to make someone’s day, and that makes my day too.”

Bob believes that happiness is a mindset. “You’ll never be lonely at Ann’s Choice unless you want to be,” he says. “And if you’re single, there’s no better place to be around people.”

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