A MATTER OF CHOICE
It’s only a matter of time before everybody needs support. The key is to move when it’s still a matter of choice.
“People need to come while they can still really enjoy a life. And make these friends.” – Lyn Jacobson, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET LYN JACOBSON, AN ACTIVE ARTIST WHO MOVED TO THE FOUNTAINS AT LAKE POINTE WOODS FROM OSPREY IN 2005.
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 Lyn Jacobson on Thursday, January 29th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Lyn retired permanently from snowy winters when she moved to Nokomis, Florida from Skokie, Illinois with her husband and two kids in 1970. She owned a successful architecture and interior design business in Venice, Florida for 45 years and was president of the Venice Art League. In 2000, she married her second husband and settled in Osprey. Five years later, they moved into a sunny, lake view apartment at The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, where they continued to enjoy their old friends, the theater, the symphony, the ballet and going dancing together. Lyn likened it to being back in college where the only thing you had to do was go to class and have fun.
DON’T REMAIN FROZEN IN FEAR
“I’ve heard one of my own friends say, ‘Oh but my furniture won’t fit in here.’ And I said to her, ‘What is more important, people or furniture?’ I think people are afraid of change and they are reluctant to make the downsizing that’s necessary. They don’t want to go through things and get rid of stuff. And it’s too bad because it really hampers them. And I’m going to go a step further with you, this business of aging in place, staying in your own home to age, it becomes so isolated because your friends are getting ill and old and they can’t visit you, they don’t drive anymore. So you have strangers taking care of you at great expense. Your home has been modified at great expense for wheelchairs or whatever, better to come to a place like this where you make friends and you have a life.” – Lyn Jacobson
A PRIVATE ESTATE
Before choosing The Fountains, Lyn and her husband looked at four or five other places. To Lyn’s surprise, The Fountains was located right in the Sarasota neighborhood she’d lived in for 30 years. She’d driven past its entrance thousands of times yet never knew it was there. “We thought it was a private estate all those years,” she said. Now, that private estate is hers to enjoy. “We drove in there and you know it’s pretty seductive, if I can use that word, when you drive in and you see the lake and the beautiful building. It just grabs you and the 54 acres, I mean it’s wonderful stuff.” – Lyn Jacobson
THRIVING WITH FRIENDS
Widowed seven years ago, Lyn continues to enjoy a fun-filled life with her Fountains friends. One of a half dozen or more resident artists, she manages their “Bay Two” art studio. Over the years, she has indulged other creative interests by directing “Songfest,” a drop-in group of singers and FlimFlam, an annual resident musical theater production. She also oversees the community’s High Holy Days services. “I think [my kids] are very happy that I’m where I am because I have all these friends and neighbors and I am very much a part of the life here.” – Lyn Jacobson
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Lyn in person over coffee or a drink in our Tiffany Lounge. Just call 1-941-462-4670 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.