Tribune Print Share Text

Experiencing the present, planning for the future

Couple touts benefits of joining Ann’s Choice priority list

Created date

October 19th, 2018
Before lunching in the Acorn Pub at Ann’s Choice, priority list members Claire and Joe Marshall browse in one of the campus libraries.

Before lunching in the Acorn Pub at Ann’s Choice, priority list members Claire and Joe Marshall browse in one of the campus libraries.

Wherever you are in your search for a retirement community, joining the Ann’s Choice priority list lets you visit as often as you like to experience amenities that people who live there enjoy every day.

When you become a priority list member at Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., you not only save your place in line for the apartment home of your choice, you gain entrée to amenities like the campus fitness and aquatics center and to activities and special-interest groups.

You can also enjoy meals in the campus restaurants at discounted prices.

Priority list members Joe and Claire Marshall place high value on those perks.

Attractive interest groups

At an exclusive priority list event, Joe learned about the fitness center’s post-rehabilitation program. It seemed designed with him in mind because he’d had back surgery and rehabilitation about two years ago.

“I decided to take advantage of the program to keep myself more physically fit,” he says. He’s at the fitness center twice a week now, once to use the machines and once to do core-strengthening exercises and squats with an Ann’s Choice personal trainer.

Joe also attends computer club and veterans club meetings. He enjoys monthly breakfasts in Ann’s Choice’s multipurpose room with the ROMEO club (Retired Older Men Enjoying Ourselves).

When the Marshalls move sometime next year, Joe will join the campus woodshop. And Claire, a noncook, will dine every night on cooked-to-order, chef-prepared meals offered in campus restaurants.

Weatherproof lifestyle

Currently, Claire is less involved than Joe in campus life. A skilled seamstress, she’s busy completing unfinished projects, reducing her sewing equipment, and downsizing her fabric stash.

Claire’s sewing room in the Marshalls’ house of 45 years in Upper Southampton takes up the entire finished portion of the home’s lower level. At Ann’s Choice, the couple’s desired apartment home will have two bedrooms, one of which will become her new sewing room.

Claire visits campus now to attend exclusive priority list events in Keystone Clubhouse or to lunch with Joe at the Acorn Pub. She’s also accompanied him to Ann’s Choice Lifelong Learning Academy lectures in the campus performing arts center.

She’s impressed with the performing arts center, which accommodates an audience of nearly 300 and provides theater-style seating. “At other places,” says Claire, “the auditorium was simply a room with chairs.”

Those other places also required going outside to get to dinner. But Ann’s Choice’s three neighborhoods and clubhouses are all accessible inside via the community’s climate-controlled hallways and bridges, an invaluable amenity through long hot summers and winter snows.

Claire, in particular, is looking forward to that weatherproof lifestyle.

“I think the priority list program is wonderful,” she says. “The residents are so friendly, you feel like you’re part of this family. You know you won’t feel like a stranger when you move.”

Because of his frequent campus visits, “I feel comfortable here,” adds Joe. “There’s no better way to find out if Ann’s Choice is for you than by joining the priority list.”