GET A MOVE ON
Arlene Hicks called it “moving on at age 72.” Whatever you call your next chapter, isn’t it time to get started?
“I’ll tell you my goals in life coming here included new friends and new activities to keep me physically and mentally healthy and strong. In just three months living here I feel it. I’m strong, I’m healthy, I’m happy.” – Arlene Hicks, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET ARLENE HICKS, WHO MADE UP HER MIND TO MOVE ON AT 72.
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 Arlene Hicks on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Arlene raised two children in Michigan, where she also worked as a school teacher and sales rep. When the kids flew the coop, she took up playing Bridge. She made lots of friends but winters were difficult and she missed her daughter, who had made Tucson her home. At 72, Arlene decided it was time for a change. She mustered the nerve to uproot and replant herself in the sunshine. Now, she not only spends more time with family, she has also found her ideal prescription for staying strong, healthy and happy.
STRONG, HEALTHY, HAPPY
When you think about your future, do the words “weak, sick and depressed” come to mind? Hopefully not! Everybody wants to be strong, healthy and happy as they age and the best way to ensure that your life unfolds as you wish is to make it happen. Aging well takes vision, belief and action. Staying put may seem desirable, but is it really? Before you make up your mind, get to know your options. Lots of people choose retirement community living for easy access to a healthy and happy future. “I guess that you have to really look deep inside yourself and realize that this is a huge, huge step in your life and it’s going to be, it could be exciting or it could be scary.” – Arlene Hicks
TOO YOUNG? TRY TO KEEP UP.
At 72, Arlene feels she fits in just fine at The Fountains. The choices are endless and she calls her own shots. She’s figured out her way around Tucson and enjoys visiting her daughter downtown. Now that her granddaughter is enrolled as a freshman at the U of A and her son is looking for a home here, she’ll have even more fun to look forward to. “There are so many activities here, you know physical fitness, medical transportation. You can play bingo and poker. I play Bridge, I do tai chi, Scrabble, chess, there are social hours, live music entertainment, rides to go shopping, sing-alongs and books to read.” – Arlene Hicks
COMFORTABLE AND INVOLVED
From the moment Arlene set foot in The Fountains lobby, she felt at home. “As we walked around in the dining room my daughter and I were kind of looking for a table to sit at and people smiled at us and said, “Welcome to The Fountains. Would you like to come here and sit with us?” Now that sounded pretty wonderful. This is the friendship and activity I was looking for. I’m very comfortable here. You know you can ask anybody for any kind of help and be involved in so many things.” – Arlene Hicks
Meet Arlene 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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