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

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 I firmly believe that you need to go before you need to go.” – Jo Hanson, resident of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods

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 Jo and Joe Hanson on Thursday, August 11th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

This happy couple met at Vanderbilt University, where Jo studied chemistry and Joe studied electrical engineering. With more in common than just their first names, they hit it off. She went on to get her master’s degree in environmental engineering, which led to 21 years with Monsanto in St. Louis. Retirement brought them to Southbay Yacht and Racquet Club in Osprey, Florida. Jo is a master gardener and an ombudsman for the Florida Dept of Elder Affairs and Joe, a project engineer, works full time for a church. Despite friends’ warnings that they were “too young,” they moved to an 1,800-square-foot apartment at The Fountains in 2015 and couldn’t be happier.

Independence thrives on choices. If you’re of retirement age, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face is where to live and the only way to make the decision that’s right for you is to take the time to explore your options. Even if you’re perfectly happy where you are, you’ll never know if staying put is the right choice until you’ve truly examined your alternatives. “I see enough people in my ombudsman work to know that so many of them say, ‘Oh, I wish we’d done this years ago.’ You can’t wait until one of you breaks a leg or has a stroke or gets sick. When you need it, there may not be a spot for you where you want to be…” – Jo Hanson

Only children with no kids, Jo and Joe decided three years before they moved that they would not leave their future to chance. They spent the necessary time exploring their options and when the right apartment opened up at The Fountains, they didn’t hesitate. They moved two years earlier than they had originally planned. “We looked at five other independent living facilities around here and we only moved five miles so this is kind of our geographic comfort zone. We still go to the same grocery and doctors and he’s even closer to work now than he was. And of all the facilities we looked at, this one is probably the most active.” – Jo Hanson

Retirement years should be fun years. After all, you’ve earned them. Even though Joe “failed retirement,” as Jo points out, he still makes it home in time for happy hour! “…We like this place because the people and the residents are friendly and active. Being engineering nerds, we never were people that went and sought out socialization but since we’ve been here, we’ve probably had dinner and met more people and done more stuff in the eight months than we had the last ten years, which is good for us.” – Jo Hanson


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Meet Jo and Joe Hanson 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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