WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MOVE MAKES
After 17 years at University Park Country Club, Tom and Joan happily sold their home to younger retirees.
“I hate to say this but we are getting older so we decided it was time for a move for us. We have three boys; they all live up north. And in order to make it less stressful for them we decided to move while we can still do it.” – Joan Latanision, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET TOM AND JOAN LATANISION, AMONG THE LATEST UNIVERSITY PARK NEIGHBORS TO DISCOVER THE FOUNTAINS.
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 Tom and Joan Latanision on Thursday, February 9th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Tom and Joan thoroughly enjoy the Sarasota-Bradenton area and have completely thawed out from the many winters they spent in Pennsylvania. After 17 happy years at University Park, these lovebirds, married 59 years, were happy to discover the friendly, carefree lifestyle of The Fountains. Their spacious two-bedroom, two-bath apartment has room to spare with 12 closets and two lanais. And while their future is secure, their lifestyle is as active as ever. Tom feels like he’s at summer camp every day, riding his bike, playing golf and staying fit. Joan enjoys bridge, bingo and Tai Chi. Attending happy hours and dinners has made it easy for them to get to know nearly all their neighbors within the first year.
THE TIME IS NOW
The time to research retirement living options is when you think you’re not ready and before it’s too late. “I think both of us feel that, as we go into the future, we got here early enough. As I said, we know most everyone in here and we know a lot of people quite well, considering it’s only been a year. Those people will be here as long as we are or longer and it’s nice to know that if anything ever happens to me, that Joan will have friends here that go back to the time when we moved in, when we were able to partake of the activities and the opportunities to socialize with people. If you wait until you are not capable of doing that, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to meet people.” – Tom Latanision, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
CHOOSE YOUR BEST FUTURE
While living at University Park, Tom and Joan witnessed friends and neighbors caught off guard by changing health needs, time after time. So they decided to do their research and move to the right retirement community before anything could stop them. Now, they’re having fun, dining with friends new and old, even enjoying catered brunches on the beach. “We saw children rushing down here and spending weekends or weeks in some cases to try to find suitable accommodations for their parents. And we said this isn’t the way we’d like to do it, we would like to be in charge and make the decisions ourselves on where we spent the last years of our lives.” – Tom Latanision
DON’T KNOCK IT UNTIL YOU SEE IT
Of the six or seven places they considered, The Fountains was the right community for Tom and Joan. You can’t know what’s best for you until you look around. No two retirement communities are alike. Visit as many as you can. “A lot of people have never been and I don’t think they understand how enjoyable the sunset of your life can be if you live in a facility like this. I think they have a complete 180° opposite perception of what life is like in a retirement community.” – Tom Latanision
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Tom and Joan 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.
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