Karl and Elaine Vonder Schmalz pose in front of a wall of framed photos from their travels

Las July, Elaine and Karl Vonder Schmalz joined Ann’s Choice’s priority list and reserved their future apartment home, a two-bedroom Fairmont floor plan.

They aimed to move before winter from their five-bedroom house in Southampton, Pa., to Erickson Living’s retirement community just ten minutes away in Bucks County.

Tom McKinney’s portrait exhibit at The Gallery at Ann’s Choice was primarily resident-driven. Residents launched and manage the gallery. Irene Reiter (left) interviewed McKinney during a special event in the campus performing arts center.

Most retirement communities provide clubs and activities to participate in, but one community takes it a step further.

Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., inspires its residents to dream big. “They encourage us to think up good ideas,” says Edie Krieger. “Then they support us to make those ideas happen.”

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.