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 be a transition between a house.” – Stephanie Louis, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
MEET STEPHANIE LOUIS, AN OCEAN AWAY FROM SOUTH AFRICA BUT ONLY A SHORT DRIVE FROM LONG BOAT KEY.
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 Stephanie Louis on Saturday, February 9, 2019. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Stephanie emigrated from South Africa with her husband Sydney to raise their family in 1965. After teaching medical students at Cornell and Brown, Sydney retired to Long Boat Key and later The Meadows. Stephanie stayed busy as a docent at the Mote Marine Aquarium and taught ESL at the Friendship Center. Stephanie calls moving to their Fountains villa Sydney’s last gift to her, as he died a short time later, leaving her securely situated. Now, when she isn’t dining with friends, attending fitness classes or walking the beautiful grounds, Stephanie is running the library and the book club. Though she has her own car, she takes advantage of transportation to cultural events and lectures.
Don’t wait for a life crisis to begin charting the course that’s best for you. “The Fountains had everything we were looking for. The thing that was the final decision was we put the clocks forward, spring forward, and we had a clock on the wall above the kitchen sink and we got it down somehow but between the two of us we could not get that clock back up again. I wasn’t going to let him climb up on the ladder because he had very early Parkinson’s but he was still a little shaky. And he being macho was not going to let me climb up on a ladder. And we had hurricane shutters that were very heavy and I looked at him and I said, ‘Literally and figuratively the clock is telling us it is time to make the move.’” – Stephanie Louis
PLENTY OF ELBOW ROOM
When they moved into their spacious Fountains villa in 2013, Stephanie used to cook for the two of them a couple of times a week. After
Sydney’s passing, she was comforted by the idea that she could join friends for breakfast or dinner whenever she likes. “I believe that living in a villa here at The Fountains I have the best of both worlds. I have my own home where I can have my, what shall I say, my own freedom to come and go as I like but I also have all the advantage of all the facilities and all the programs and everything that Town Center has to offer.” – Stephanie Louis
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO CALL HOME
Stephanie has plenty of room for visiting grandkids in her 2,100-square-foot villa. Her daily walks remind her she’s always surrounded by nature and friends. “There are birds, beautiful birds, there’s the lake, there’s the turtles in the lake, there’s the trees when they are in bloom. And you bump into people that you know on the way and you say, ‘Hi, how are you?’ You know, ‘Nice to see you’ and it’s just, what is the word I’m looking for? It’s a beautiful place in which to live.” – Stephanie Louis
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Stephanie 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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