Category: Resident Voices

May 24, 2019

Resident Stephanie Louis is Enjoying Friendly Neighbors and Peace of Mind at The Fountains

THE CLOCK IS TICKING Time doesn’t stand still for anyone. Ready or not, the future is coming. Have you begun exploring your retirement living options? “I really wasn’t quite ready to move into a high-rise apartment building like Town Center here so we concentrated on looking at communities that had villas. We thought that might […]

January 3, 2019

Residents Terry and Kay Day are Enjoying Their Worry-Free Lifestyle at The Fountains

WHY WAIT WHEN YOU CAN HAVE IT NOW? “Residents we interviewed would always tell us, ‘Oh we love it. We wish we’d done it sooner.’ We looked at each other and said, well, what are we waiting for?” – Terry and Kay Day, residents of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods MEET TERRY AND KAY […]

October 9, 2018

Residents Dick and Jean Georgiades’ are Enjoying Their Semi-Retired Lifestyle at The Fountains

YOUR BEST FUTURE STARTS WITH A PLAN The sooner you begin planning, the better off you’ll be. “I am more of a planner than probably my husband but we had been thinking in these terms for at least the last two years...” – Jean Georgiades, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods MEET DICK […]

April 9, 2018

Resident Rose Sobol is Enjoying Delicious Cuisine and Friendly Neighbors at The Fountains

LISTEN TO YOURSELF Are you thinking about your future? Planning how you’ll continue enjoying the life you love is a wise move, indeed. “I had stayed in our house for five years after my husband died. And then it occurred to me that one day I may not be able to take my Zumba classes […]

January 11, 2018

Residents Harvey and Betsy Hinrichs are Enjoying Close-Knit Friendships and Worry-Free Living at The Fountains

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS In the right retirement community, you really can be independent while also feeling taken care of and not alone. “Harvey and I both had a rough winter here and our friends were after us to move into someplace like this, a place where we would be taken care of and not […]

November 6, 2017

Resident Alice Shaw is Enjoying an Active Lifestyle and Extraordinary Outings at The Fountains

ROMANCING THE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY The right opportunities appear when you’re ready for them. Are you ready to create your own best future? “I knew it was the right time for me at this time. Last year I would’ve said “no.” This year it’s time and I’m glad I made the decision.” – Alice Shaw, resident […]

October 4, 2017

Resident Ann Orkin is Enjoying Days Filled with Freedom, Friends and Fitness Classes at The Fountains

PRIVACY PLUS Why risk loneliness, fear or boredom living alone when so many options offer privacy, security and a built in social life? “…one thing about The Fountains, people respect your privacy. But they are also open to be with you and talk to you if you choose to do so. It’s the best of […]

July 13, 2017

Resident Annabel Ryan is Enjoying Maintenance Free Living and Friendly Neighbors at The Fountains

RETIRE FROM BEING TIRED Homeownership gets to be exhausting. Why not trade in thankless chores for doing things you enjoy with people you like? “I was tired of taking care of a single-family home and all the arrangements and costs that go with that.” – Annabel Ryan, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods […]

June 19, 2017

Residents Tom and Joan Latanision are Enjoying a Friendly, Carefree Lifestyle at The Fountains

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 […]

April 7, 2017

Resident Julian “Jay” Rabow is Enjoying New Friendships and Unlimited Activities at The Fountains

SURPRISE OF YOUR LIFE How can anybody possibly know they’re not going to like retirement community living if they don’t at least take a look? “…my initial response was, ‘Oh no, I’m not going to go to anyplace like that.’ I can’t tell you how wonderful this is.” – Julian “Jay” Rabow, resident of The […]

January 16, 2017

Resident Arline Stern is Enjoying a Vibrant Community and Friendly Neighbors at The Fountains

LIVE WELL LONGER Why put off moving to the right retirement community when you know the active, worry-free lifestyle will help you live well longer? “I think the people here are terrific. It will extend my life, I believe… You just know that this is a different stage of your life. I feel fortunate that […]

October 27, 2016

Resident Diane Reimann is Loving Less Responsibilities and More Time for Traveling Since Moving to The Fountains

EVALUATE YOUR SITUATION When’s the last time you took a good hard look at where you’re living and whether it’s still working for you? “Needs change and you have to be able to change with them and I think that’s one of the secrets of being truly happy.” – Diane Reimann, resident of The Fountains […]

October 14, 2016

Residents Jo and Joe Hanson are Enjoying Friendly Neighbors and an Active Lifestyle at The Fountains

HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME? If you wait until you have no choice but to move, then you’ll know you’ve waited too long. “A lot of our friends, when we started talking about moving said, ‘You’re too young.’ I’m 65 and he’s 67. But I see enough people in assisted living places that […]

September 16, 2016

Residents Donna and David Davis are Enjoying a Vibrant Lifestyle at The Fountains

COUPLES DON’T ALWAYS AGREE AT FIRST Eventually the lucky ones see eye to eye on the advantages of retirement community living. “My thing is change is good and when you can help each other do it, it’s much better. It’s much better to accept the change and you just have to accept that life changes […]

July 12, 2016

Resident Jerrie Weiss is Enjoying Rekindled Hobbies, Exercising, Volunteering and Entertaining Friends at The Fountains

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? There are so many reasons to love life in the right retirement community, it’s about time you have fun exploring. It’s just lovely eating with people every night in the dining room or the café, very good food and nice ambience. I’ve made some good friends and it’s really wonderful. […]

June 13, 2016

Residents Mollie and David Lafferman are Enjoying Their Worry-Free Lifestyle at The Fountains

THOUGHTFUL MOVE 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 […]

April 12, 2016

Resident Adele Wolfson is Enjoying Her Active Lifestyle Surrounded by Friends, Culture and Sunshine at The Fountains

SOMETIMES YOU GET LUCKY Why leave your future to chance? With planning and forethought, you can create a promising future built on choice. “I never looked any place else so I was very fortunate because The Fountains turned out to be a very friendly, very friendly place. And lots of activities and I’m busy every […]

March 10, 2016

Resident Louise Brouillette is Enjoying the Vivacious Atmosphere Among Friends at The Fountains

INCLUSIVE ATMOSPHERE 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 […]

January 11, 2016

Residents Jim and Evelyn Turchik are Enjoying Their Active Lifestyle at The Fountains

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT Why leave the future to fate when you can move to the right retirement community now and enjoy every minute? “My daughter has thanked me many times for doing this so that she doesn’t have to worry what to do with mom and dad in the future.” – Evelyn Turchik, […]

September 3, 2015

Resident Mike Miller is Enjoying His Easy-Go-Lucky Lifestyle at The Fountains

DO YOU FEEL LUCKY EVERY DAY? Attitude isn’t everything. Your environment, friends and support system can make all the difference. “Many of the residents say it is like living in a country club and it really is… It’s definitely an easier life. Easy-go-lucky is I guess the best way to express it.” – Mike Miller, […]

June 5, 2015

Resident Shirley Gotthelf is Enjoying Her Sociable Lifestyle at The Fountains

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 […]

May 7, 2015

Resident Lyn Jacobson moved to The Fountains to make friends and live life to the fullest.

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 […]

April 9, 2015

Residents Ben and Judy Adams’ Fascination for Carefree Retirement Living Moved Them to The Fountains

BOLD STEPS BRING REWARDS The first step is often the most difficult. “Judy I think was the one that was more persuasive and said, ‘You know, while we’re breathing and everything is good and we both have our health, let’s do it.’ So we did it.” – Ben and Judy Adams, residents of The Fountains […]

March 10, 2015

Resident Mary Anne Banks is Enjoying Her Ideal Retirement Lifestyle at The Fountains

THIS IS IT Living well is easy when you’re in the right place. How will you know? You’ll just feel it. “As I drove in I thought, ‘This is it. This is where I’m going to live.’” – Mary Anne Banks, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods MEET MARY ANNE BANKS, A VIBRANT […]

February 6, 2015

Residents Tom and Joanne Gildea’s Desire for Peace of Mind Moved Them to The Fountains

GOOD DECISIONS ARE YOURS TO MAKE Start planning your secure future today by honestly assessing your current situation and exploring all your options. “My advice, like I said, it’s better to act rather than react.” – Tom Gildea, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods MEET TOM AND JOANNE GILDEA, WHO LOOKED FIVE PLACES […]

January 7, 2015

Resident Mary Paul moved to The Fountains to trade in chores for more rewarding pursuits.

FUN AND FRIENDSHIP EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR It’s important to find a place that’s just right when you outgrow the snowbird life and decide to live in Sarasota full time. “In the summertime my neighborhood used to be vacated. Everybody would go up north and there were very few neighbors and I felt somewhat […]

November 25, 2014

Residents Clyde and Pat Foster’s Desire for a Full-Service Community Moved Them to The Fountains

LIFE GOES ON Life as you know it doesn’t end when you make the move to a retirement community. It just gets better. “Just because you’re living in a retirement home doesn’t mean that you can’t still continue playing golf or doing those things, seeing your friends and doing your charitable work that you did […]

October 13, 2014

Bob Daisley talks about his decision to move to a retirement community.

“Probably the reason why most people come to The Fountains, initially, is that they are attracted by the lovely landscaped campus that's here. That catches their eye first and then they begin to look around and The Fountains is one of the prime retirement communities in this region, maybe even in the United States, it's […]

August 8, 2014

Warren and Susan Augenthaler talk about their decision to move to a retirement community.

“…you don't have to worry about the children worrying about you. If something does happen to me my wife is secure, I don't have to worry about what's going to happen to her, I'm not going to leave her with a big house and furniture and all this stuff and everything…” Warren and Susan Augenthaler […]

May 9, 2014

Frank and Del Infanger talk about their decision to move to a retirement community.

Frank Infanger says: I tell you there is nothing wrong here. Everything is gorgeous. The plantings are lovely, the food is delicious, we don’t even, my wife doesn’t cook anymore. I mean, we’re now retired, I’ve been actually not working at a job since I was sixty so it’s been twenty-seven years and now I […]

May 9, 2014

Cathy and Fred Crehan talk about their decision to move to a retirement community.

Cathy Crehan says: We’re eighty-five and we’ve reached the point where taking care of our house and all that business suddenly got to be too much so it was time to move. Cathy and Fred Crehan Interview, March 2014 J: Jill I: Ines C: Cathy F: Fred Interview starts at 4:41   F: Good morning! […]

April 6, 2014

Joyce and Iver Berry talk about their decision to move to a retirement community.

Joyce Berry says: If I was just sitting in my house, I wouldn’t bother putting makeup on. Here I get up and I shower and get dressed and put my makeup on, and we go upstairs for breakfast. Joyce and Iver Berry Interview, October 2013 JH: Jill Hofer IN: Ines Newby J: Joyce I: Iver JH: Good […]

April 4, 2014

Terry & Kay Day talk about their decision to move to a retirement community.

Terry and Kay Day said: “Residents we interviewed would always tell us, ‘Oh we love it. We wish we’d done it sooner.’ We looked at each other and said, well, what are we waiting for?” Terry and Kay Day Interview, February 2013 JILL:  Good morning, this is Jill. TERRY:  Hi Jill, this is Terry Day. JILL:  […]

April 4, 2014

Fred and Jeanne Sener talk about their decision to move to a retirement community.

Jeanne Sener says: There’s a lot to keep you busy, that’s for sure. I think this is the best move we ever made! Fred and Jeanne Sener Interview, January 2014 F: Fred JS: Jeanne J: Jill J: Good afternoon, hello! F: Hello. J: Hi there, this is Jill Hofer and Ines Newby. You’re on the line from […]

April 4, 2014

Pat Beggan talks about her decision to move to a retirement community.

Pat Beggan says: You know what’s nice about [living] here? Everyone is happy. Everybody is up. You walk into our dining room and you hear people laughing. That feeling of camaraderie and spirit – it’s fun to live here! Not only are the residents wonderful people, but all the service people are wonderful. I mean […]

December 12, 2013

Margaret Keene & David Nottingham talk about their decision to move to a retirement community.

David Nottingham says: “The major thing we were looking for – because it’s something you can’t put your finger on and it varies from individual to individual – is a place that we felt comfortable living in. When you get up in the morning, you’ll be glad you’re there.” Margaret Keene and David Nottingham Interview, December 2013 […]

April 5, 2013

Navigator Served on a Lucky Ship

By CLIFF BERMANN as told to ABBY WEINGARTEN Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:05 a.m. Last Modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:05 a.m. A native of Jersey City, N.J., Cliff Bermann has been a lifelong enthusiast of all things nautical. After his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy during World War II, he […]