by Shannon Traphagen

Senior Couple Jogging In Park

Transitioning into retirement means different things to different people. But the fact of the matter is – it’s an unknown and scary transition for all of us. As people live and remain active longer, a pertinent question arises—what does independence look like in retirement?

Peg and George Fletcher moved to Fox Run when it first opened in 2007. She and her husband wanted to move while they were still capable. “We were very familiar with continuing care retirement facilities, and my husband and I wanted to make the decision together while we were young enough,” says Peg.

Ellen Narins decided to move to Fox Run after the November 2014 storm. “My husband was already here, so I was living alone. Following the storm, maintenance on the house played a factor in my decision. I was also visiting friends here, so it already felt like home,” says Ellen.

Not only is Fox Run a pet friendly community, but it also cultivates an environment of active aging. From art shows in the Gyda Higgins Gallery to engaging lectures, dinner parties and happy hours, exercise classes and swimming, the Thursday farmer’s market and more, there is always something going on. “This is the most vulnerable time of our lives,” says Peg, “so it means a lot to be able to enjoy the lifestyle we embrace, surrounded by a caring staff. It’s also important to be able to make our own decisions, and we have that here.”

When Judge Joseph Sedita and his wife Toni came to Fox Run in 2011, they felt an immediate sense of family. “Moving here provided a renewed sense of energy and connectedness—staff and neighbors welcome you,” his Honor explains. He also loves that Fox Run is enjoyable for our extended family. “Our grandkids can come use the pool whenever they want, and family members frequently join us at Sunday brunches,” says Judge Sedita.

The Seditas say they feel safe at Fox Run, noting that each apartment is equipped with security measures. A personal response button is built into each apartment door. If the door hasn’t been opened within a 24-hour period, a staff member calls them, or someone stops by to make sure all is well. It’s a great security feature in case there is an injury, and someone can’t call for help.

The landscape of what aging looks like in today’s society is changing, and Fox Run works hard to create opportunities for health and an enhanced quality of life, respect for independence, and security for all who live there. Tripp Higgins, Fox Run’s Director of Sales and Marketing tells people how important it is to enjoy life to its fullest while you are still healthy and able to make your own decisions. He says, “Planning ahead and giving yourself time to adapt to change makes it possible to enjoy your independence and thrive in a vibrant, engaging, community where there is support and companionship.”

WNY Resource:
Fox Run is located at 1 Fox Run Lane, Orchard Park NY 14127. Learn more about what makes Fox Run a unique Lifecare Community at or call 716.662.5001 to arrange for a personal tour.