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Is retirement community living right for you? You’ll really never know until you start exploring your options.
“So you have to scout and you have to find the place that not only is offering so many things and resources but that you feel at home in. And you’ll find it if you just visit them.” – Nancy Keller, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET NANCY KELLER, A LIFELONG STUDENT OF SOCIETY AND CULTURE WHO’S ALWAYS LEARNING AT 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 a video interview conducted with Nancy Keller on Friday, February 19th, 2016. To read the condensed transcript, please click here.)
The first student to graduate with a PhD in sociology from the University of Arizona, Nancy made her living as a clinical sociologist, preferring to work with people over a career in academics. Her education and professional background serve her well as a resident of The Fountains, where she has spearheaded such programs as RSVP, which matches Veterans with ROTC students, a reading service for residents with low vision and Hall Friends, which helps neighbors to watch out for one another. For ten years prior to moving to The Fountains in 2012, Nancy lived in Green Valley, Arizona. Over time, she grew tired of owning property and found herself yearning for more year-round opportunities for learning and social engagement.
LIVE AND LEARN
With maturity comes wisdom and one thing age teaches us is that we need to keep learning. Another is that time is precious. As Nancy Keller and others have learned, a retirement community can relieve you of frustrating household chores and give you back time to live and learn within a supportive community of friends. “I think at our age and stages it’s crucial to understand the need to simplify life, to really be willing to learn how a change in life can benefit a person. It benefited me a great deal. I no longer felt stuck. I was learning, people around me were learning, so quickly we could form friendship circles and discussion groups and all sorts of things that I think are crucial to really adapting. And the main thing is to continue to learn. As long as we’re learning we’re alive.” – Nancy Keller
DO WHAT YOU LIKE
Having first scouted retirement communities in and around northwest Tucson for a friend, Nancy knew just where she wanted to live when the time came. She moved with only her most beloved belongings into a one-bedroom apartment at The Fountains, taking a leisurely year to sell her Green Valley villa, furnished. Four years into it now, Nancy remains fully involved in life at The Fountains, connecting with pursuits that stimulate her interests. “I do think that after retirement it’s the better part of life, actually, which is to adapt and to simplify and to do what you like to do.” – Nancy Keller
MIX IT UP
In addition to serving on resident committees that influence community life, food, the library, health and well-being, Nancy finds time to enjoy tai chi, chair yoga and weekly socials. With such diversity of interests and abundant opportunities for social interaction, it’s a lifestyle that suits her in every way. “Here it is active and it’s understandable and we have some influence on what happens to each and every one of us. So it’s great. I love living here.” – Nancy Keller
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Nancy over a drink in The Catalina Room or cappuccino in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-520-777-1413 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.