BRIGHT TOMORROWS BEGIN TODAY
If you could start one thing today to make all your tomorrows the best they can be, would you do it?
“I had different friends invite me for different lunches at different retirement places, you know, through the years so that’s part of the start of it.” – Shirley Gotthelf, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET SHIRLEY GOTTHELF, A SOCIABLE PERSON WHO DECIDED RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LIVING WAS BETTER THAN HIRING HELP AT HOME.
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 Shirley Gotthelf
on Friday, January 30th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Shirley enjoys playing classical piano, walking, cycling and collecting art. A native of Birmingham, Michigan, she raised three children there, taught piano and worked alongside her husband in their drug store. Upon retirement, they filled their Longboat Key home with art and enjoyed the Florida sunshine. When her husband passed away a few years ago, Shirley felt out of place amongst all the couples in the neighborhood and she craved being around people. “My daughter had suggested I have somebody come in. I’m very able… And I said, ‘That sounds horrible,’” Shirley said. Instead, she made a summer project out of researching her options.
PLAN FOR THE LONG RUN
People are living longer thanks to the miracle of modern medicine and knowledge of what it takes to age well. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of your life will be a cake walk. If you’re lucky enough to reach advanced age, you’ve got to prepare to face new challenges. Have you made your plan for the long run? Everybody wants to maintain their independence as long as possible. You may be surprised to learn that aging in place at home can be the toughest road there is. Fortunately, options today are abundant. Evaluating them for yourself is imperative. “So, people I’m sure avoid it for a long time and they should not. They should get involved in looking around and finding out about it while they’re in great shape.” – Shirley Gotthelf
TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT
You won’t know if retirement community living is right for you until you try it. Shirley advises, “Just do it and go see.” “I think it’s very important for anybody that really is sincere about considering making the move… stay over one night. I think all the places offered that. I know The Fountains do. They put you up in a luxury place and somebody takes you around through the day and shows you the different activities, the places and where to eat and whatnot. You learn to feel more comfortable that way instead of just going to lunch with a friend.” – Shirley Gotthelf
REASONS TO SMILE
Shirley toured several area retirement communities but an overnight trial stay convinced her to move to The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods in October of 2014. Now she says she smiles every day she walks into her two-bedroom apartment, which is filled with her favorite art pieces. She also enjoys breakfasts and dinners with friends, fitness classes five days a week and lectures and plays at Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning. Going to the concerts, going to lectures… It gets you out of the house and gets you involved. – Shirley Gotthelf
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet our residents 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.