Gary Hattal’s vast collection of signed baseballs are displayed in his Ann’s Choice apartment home.

Gary Hattal always loved baseball. He has fond childhood memories of his family gathered around their first TV—black and white, of course—watching the Phillies play on Sunday afternoons.

An older man is facing a laptop, with his back to us, and talking to the female doctor on the screen.

Telemedicine, the name for remote consultations with physicians over a computer or tablet, has existed for decades. Today most insurers, including Medicare, offer coverage for telehealth services. Reminiscent of the house calls you may remember, it’s a convenient way to see the doctor, especially when you’re not feeling well.

Ann's Choice resident Howard "Bud" Williams performed an organ recital, which the campus TV studio recorded and broadcast. This was just one of many special programs aired during the state-mandated stay-at-home period.

When Governor Tom Wolf required Pennsylvanians to wear masks and shelter-in-place, the on-site TV studio at Ann’s Choice, an Erickson Living-managed senior living community in Warminster, Penn., became the hub of information, activity, and entertainment. 

A headshot of Lisa Sicilia.

Customer service is in Lisa Sicilia’s DNA. An experienced catering professional, Sicilia spent most of her career helping clients plan and execute flawless events. Now, she’s helping prospective residents execute flawless moves to Ann’s Choice as the community’s new personal moving consultant. 

Here, a resident waves to her family from her balcony as her family members wave and hold out signs wishing her a happy birthday. 

Ann's Choice pulls together during uncertain times

In challenging times, we pull together to care for each other. This became the motto at Erickson Living-managed communities across the country, as staff and residents found innovative ways to stay safe, healthy, and connected during the COVID-19 outbreak.

YouTube contributor Gloria Donahue aka “Nana,” with her grandson and cameraman Tom Miller, in the kitchen of her Ann’s Choice apartment home.

If you’re a regular Tribune reader, you may recall a story about Ann’s Choice resident Gloria Donahue aka “Nana.” Her popular YouTube cooking show “Nana’s Cookery” has been viewed more than two million times.

Ann's Choice prefers to recommend certain vendors because of their proven track record of simplifying the moving process for seniors. 

Remember how house hunting used to be? You’d grab the Sunday paper, comb through hundreds of listings, jump in the car, and drive to as many open houses as possible. 

If you were looking today, you’d see how meager the weekend real estate section is, if your local paper still exists! 

Janice Edelman pursues her new passion behind the camera in the Ann’s Choice TV studio.

Janice Edelman’s philosophy of life is simple: dive in and trust that it will all work out. “If you don’t try new things, how will you know if you like them?” she asks. “I jump in and worry about how deep the water is later.”

Trudy Sellers is pictured here in her home at Ann's Choice. Trudy wears glasses and red top, with a golden broach on her left shoulder.

Trudy Sellers is upbeat, charming, and very busy. Her lilting German accent punctuates her conversation. From her sunny attitude, you’d never suspect how painful her childhood was. Like so many of her compatriots born before or during WWII, her life was filled with trauma.