There’s nothing more important as you age than to surround yourself with the people and services that help you thrive.
“The atmosphere here was terrific. People talked to each other, people were friendly, people laughed. People, they may not know each other, but they’d say hello anyway. And that seems to be the norm here.” – Louise Brouillette, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET LOUISE BROUILLETTE, AN OUTGOING PERSON WHO LOVES SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Louise Brouillette on Friday, October 30th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Having grown up in Richmond, Vermont, Louise loves the outdoors. An avid skier for much of her life, she enjoyed countless camping adventures with her best friend, Irene. Driving a Lincoln Continental pulling an Airstream trailer, they hit nearly every state. Louise and Irene were co-workers, travel buddies and housemates for 50 years. Being a Public Health Nursing Professor took Louise from Syracuse University to Michigan State. At The Fountains, attending lectures and interacting with a wonderful variety of people daily, reminds Louise of being back on a university campus. She always has friends to dine with and she also has time to read, knit and travel, too.
NEVER TOO EARLY TO PLAN AHEAD
With so many wonderful retirement living options available today, you simply can’t start your research early enough. The best time to move to a retirement community is before it’s too late. Couples and friends who plan ahead and make the move together set themselves up to enjoy years of carefree, fun-filled living with friends. As Louise found, facing such decisions alone is a whole lot easier with supportive friends and family by your side. “[Tish] said, …Dave and I are coming here next Monday and we’re going to pick you up and take you to visit some places.’ And I said, ‘Well, that sounds like a good idea.’ And so Tish had done her homework and she had a lot of places to see and the very first one was this.” – Louise Brouillette
LIKE BEING IN A UNIVERSITY AGAIN
After retiring, Louise and Irene shared a house in West Palm Beach for 15 years. When Irene passed away, Louise didn’t like living alone nor did she want to live in the snow, so she was thrilled when Irene’s family introduced her to The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods. In it, she found her match. “…and I thought, ‘Wow, you know this is really the place I think I like.’ I like the way it’s developed. I love the trees. I love the water. I love meeting the people and there’s so much to do. And then there are our seminars and it’s kind of like being in a University again.” – Louise Brouillette
VIVACIOUS VILLAGE ATMOSPHERE
When Louise is not in her apartment, there’s no shortage of places to go or things to do. “I think the café is a marvelous, marvelous place and that is full of people most of the time… And then there’s a lot of extra rooms, you know, like there’s the gym over there and there’s the salon. There’s just places to go to where you can have meetings and some sense of privacy.” – Louise Brouillette
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Louise in person over coffee or a drink in our Tiffany Lounge. Just call 1-941-306-3739 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.