Securing your best future is good for your entire family.
“There is no particular age that would make a person do this. Just the idea of being realistic, looking into the future, we didn’t want one of us to be left alone.” – David Lafferman, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET MOLLIE AND DAVID LAFFERMAN…STILL THOUGHTFUL AFTER 62 YEARS.
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 Mollie and David Lafferman on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Originally from High Point, NC and Baltimore, MD respectively, Mollie and David have been married 62 years. They raised their three children in Greensboro, NC, where they had real estate careers. After retiring, they moved to Palm Aire 15 years ago to be near family and, of course, play golf. Now that they’re living at The Fountains, they still enjoy golfing and they also participate in exercise classes five days a week. David has fun at breakfast with new friends while Mollie sleeps in. Mollie is busy “from the time I open my eyes until I go to sleep at night.” As a member of the Hospitality Committee, she enjoys welcoming new residents. She also teaches Mahjongg to beginners.
READY IS A STATE OF MIND
Nearly everyone who moves to a retirement community has said, at one time, they “weren’t ready.” Oftentimes one spouse is “ready” and the other is not. Such was the case with David and Mollie Lafferman. However, the day finally came when neither could bear the thought of leaving the other alone. Their mutual desire to situate each other for that inevitable day and to continue enjoying life together as long as possible became a strong motivator for moving when they did. “Maybe I wasn’t quite as ready as my husband was but we were driving back here one day from the area we lived in before and he made a statement he said, ‘For the first time in a long time since I began aging I feel very secure.’ And that made it all worthwhile for me.” – Mollie Lafferman
Last summer, when Mollie and David decided moving to the right retirement community together would be the greatest gift they could give each other, they planned to move within one year. Mollie was already familiar with The Fountains from playing in Mahjongg tournaments there. After looking at five or six other places, they selected a two-bedroom apartment at The Fountains, sold their home in two weeks and moved in on November 4, 2015. “The apartments have very lovely sized bedrooms. We have a bath and a half and they were so accommodating about putting up a fan or changing the door or just little things, painting the colors I wanted. So I was really very pleased when we moved in.” – Mollie Lafferman
Mollie and David found moving from their home into a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment much easier than they anticipated. Now they encourage others not to wait too long. “And of course The Fountains offered us Senior Movers which is terrifically good. They really helped a lot. I just think that people look at their lives and they say, ‘Gee, I’m comfortable where I am. I don’t need to move anywhere and if something happens I have children or I can do it later.’ But later is a hard time to do it.” – Mollie Lafferman
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Mollie and David 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.