When Harry and Rosemary Beam were considering a move from their home of 57 years in Northeast Philadelphia, they had their eye on one place for quite some time.
“We’d driven past Ann’s Choice for many years and always liked it up in this area,” said Harry Beam, who retired from a career in communications. The appeal of the beautiful grounds at Ann’s Choice, the Erickson Senior Living-managed community in Bucks County was a significant factor in the couple’s decision to move in June 2016.
“The road leading up to Ann’s Choice is lined with trees, and there are seasonal flowers around the main entrance,” said Beam. “Once you’re on the campus, the grounds are very pretty.”
Beautiful walking paths, gardens, ponds, gazebo and abundant amenities, including tennis courts, pickleball court, and a putting green provide residents with various options to enjoy all the benefits of spending time outdoors.
A study conducted by graduate students at the University of Minnesota found that everyday access to nature improves quality of life in older adults. The study looked at ways “green space,” such as parks and gardens, and “blue space,” like lakes, streams, and fountains, promote the physical, mental, and social health of seniors.
Spending time outdoors has a significant bearing on health and well-being, including increased physical fitness, improved mental health and sleep patterns, strengthened immune function, and enhanced relationships.
“At Ann’s Choice, residents can make the most of their retirement years while enjoying a wide variety of outdoor leisure activities, from walking paths and nature trails to gardening, photography, social events, and other programs, all just steps from the door of their apartment home,” says Sales Director Deborah Olcese. “Residents can participate in the outdoor activities they enjoy most, independently or while socializing with other community members, all without the burdens of maintaining their own house and yard,” says Olcese. The aesthetic appeal of Ann’s Choice is even more desirable for its maintenance-free lifestyle.