THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN TOAST AND TEA
Why wait another day to explore your retirement living options? What you discover may surprise you.
“I think sitting in your own house looking at the four walls cooking your own little toast and tea is not a good arrangement.” – Mary Anne Butler, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET PAUL AND MARY ANNE BUTLER, HAPPY FOUNTAINS RESIDENTS TODAY AFTER 16 GREAT YEARS AT SADDLEBROOKE.
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 Paul and Mary Anne Butler on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Mary Anne is a writer. She worked as a journalist and in public relations for nonprofits before authoring four books, including her memoir about growing up during the Great Depression. Paul is a World War II Navy Veteran, engineer and businessman. As owner and president of Metalmark Corporation, he strengthened parts for military aircraft. Together, they raised three children. Upon retirement, they left New Jersey winters behind to hike and golf under the sunny skies at Saddlebrooke. Those were happy years but three years ago, they discovered new interests and friends at The Fountains. Now Mary Anne volunteers at the library and with Writers Read and Paul enjoys counseling ROTC students who are contemplating military careers.
STOP WISHING AND START LIVING
Some people hold on to their big house long past the time that it makes sense. Everybody wonders where the time goes but so far nobody has been able to bring it back. Isn’t it about time you discovered a better way to live for today – and tomorrow? Exploring your retirement living options is the best first step you can take toward your best future. “I just think living in your own home all by yourself if you’re a widow or even a couple is lonely. You know older people are not that interesting to young people. They think, oh the neighbors and the little children are going to come and visit. I think that’s wishful thinking most of it.” – Mary Anne Butler
TIME FOR A CHANGE
In their eighties, Paul and Mary Anne started casually looking at retirement communities without getting excited over any of them, until they saw The Fountains. On that very first visit, they knew they’d found the right place. A few months later, they were settled into their third-floor, three-room apartment overlooking the courtyard, enjoying chef-prepared meals, Tai Chi classes and more. “…it seemed like a time to make a change because Saddlebrooke was changing. You know the Baby Boomers were moving in and we could no longer do the hiking group and didn’t play golf anymore.” – Mary Anne Butler
To their three children’s relief, Paul and Mary Anne made their own choice to continue living independently in a manageable way. With their self-contained lifestyle, anything they need is just a phone call away. Even when Paul was hospitalized, Mary Anne managed just fine. Afterwards, they both appreciated his in-house therapy service. “I have to say I like the help here. They’re wonderful, the staff in the dining room, the girls who clean the apartments, the maintenance group. They’re all just wonderful. I have no complaints at all.” – Mary Anne Butler
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Paul and Mary Anne 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.
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