With his beard and stovepipe hat, it’s not too difficult to envision Ann’s Choice resident and Lincoln reenactor Fred Antil as the sixteenth president.

People who live at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., spend little time lounging in their apartment homes. More than 150 clubs, special interest groups, and events vie for their time.

A phone conversation between Nell Adams (left) and Ann’s Choice Sales Director Deborah Olcese about plaid purple boots ultimately led Nell to move to Ann’s Choice.

phone call about a pair of plaid purple winter boots launched Nell Adams on the path that brought her from Boone, N.C., to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

Nell has no children, but her niece Susan, with whom she’s very close, lives in Ambler, Pa., near Ann’s Choice.

Apple computer group member Carol Knitter, who teaches an iPad photography class, prepares to take a photo of group cochair Phil Alley. They both live at Ann’s Choice.

The past few months have been busy ones for members of the Apple/Mac computer group at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

As community members shifted from desktops to laptops to mobile Apple devices, the group’s focus has shifted too. These days that means iPads and iPhones.

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.

Frequent Ann’s Choice travelers Trudi Hertfelder (left) and Evelyn Delaney stand by the transportation department’s bulletin board display of upcoming trips.

The transportation department at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., offers an endless variety of day excursions, trips to cultural attractions, and travel to more distant locales.

Ann’s Choice neighbors Lee Berkley (left) and Alma Griffith display a few of the children’s books collected by their Third Tuesday book club.

Late last summer, the Third Tuesday book group at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., launched a drive for children’s books. 

Fran Calahan and Gary Hattal take a turn on one of the dance floors at Ann’s Choice.

“There’s an aura about Ann’s Choice,” says Fran Calahan. “It’s inviting and welcoming, and you can feel that when you first walk in.”

Fran moved from Doylestown to Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., in Jan. 2010, nine months after she’d broken her right knee. 

Pottery club members Charlie Kelly (left) and D Parker work on their clay projects in the Ann’s Choice arts and crafts studio, located in Village Clubhouse.

For D Parker, moving to Ann’s Choice fulfilled a lifelong dream.

“I married young, had a family, and put my dreams of going to art school aside,” she says. “But I’d been drawing most of my life.”

(From left) Ann’s Choice residents Jeroo Dalal with her husband Fram, and Jeroo’s sister Mithoo Katrak with her husband Adi, gather in the Dalals’ kitchen where Fram reigns as chef.

This story begins in India where sisters Jeroo Dalal and Mithoo Katrak grew up. Jeroo married Fram, and Mithoo (pronounced ME-too) married Adi, men who’d been good friends since kindergarten.

In 1964, Fram’s Fulbright scholarship took the Dalals to Philadelphia, Pa. They spent 42 years in Elkins Park before moving to Atlanta, Ga.