The bay window in Ruth Kurtz’s apartment home at Ann’s Choice serves as a nursery for the tomato and pepper plants she starts from seed.

Come spring at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., flowering trees and shrubs paint the 103-acre grounds a saucy pink. 

One of the things that make Sandee Berman the happiest person at Ann’s Choice is her patio. She even sits out there on sunny winter days.

Sandee Berman claims she’s the happiest person at Ann’s Choice. That’s saying a lot considering she never intended to move to the Erickson Living retirement community in Bucks County, Pa. 

Ann's Choice residents Peter and Eileen Lynch.

Peter and Eileen Lynch moved from Island Heights, N.J., to Ann’s Choice six years ago when they decided to give up the unending chores associated with a house large enough to hold Peter’s 100-year-old Steinway concert grand piano. 

Ann's Choice fashion show participants.

Decades ago, women donned a Sunday dress, put on white gloves and a Sunday hat, and then traveled to a department store downtown for a ladies luncheon and a trunk show of the latest fashions. 

Deborah Olcese, Ann’s Choice Sales Director.

Today’s uncertain economic environment has led to second-guessing on the part of many people who want to shed their homeowner responsibilities for an easier lifestyle at a retirement community. 

Ann’s Choice residents Linda and Mike Droluk

Because Mike and Linda Droluk knew exactly what they wanted, the Jamison, Pa., residents spent five years researching local retirement communities. 

Ann’s Choice community member Anne d’Auray Tracy

Before she and her husband moved to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., Anne d’Auray Tracy spent decades leading an exceptionally busy life. 

John LaPlaca and Delmy Boyle-LaPlaca

The dining services department at Ann’s Choice caters a variety of breakfast gatherings and special events. 

It also caters wedding receptions for residents of the Bucks County, Pa., Erickson Living community. 

Ann’s Choice resident Ellen Newman plays accordion in the community’s Second Time Around Band.

Ellen Newman is an independent-minded person and one of the most active residents at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.