The sooner you move to a retirement community, the more benefits you’ll reap.
“…it’s never too early to move into a retirement community, but it can be too late.” – Donald A. Wells, Professor Emeritus and resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET DR. DON WELLS, AN ECONOMICS PROFESSOR WHO KNOWS THE BENEFITS OF RETIREMENT COMMUNITY LIVING
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 Dr. Don Wells on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Don was 73 and still teaching economics at the University of Arizona when he and his wife decided neither one wanted to care for a large home and yard anymore. They took their time, carefully examining all their options before they finally decided on one that offered them the privacy and maintenance-free lifestyle of a condominium, plus with a whole lot more. “…by moving in then and still being very active we’ve made a lot of very good friends…and it’s very, very nice to be able to be with people with different backgrounds and different interests. The younger you are when you do that the more likely it is that you can have this kind of interaction.” – Don Wells
The University of Arizona brought Don and his wife to Tucson from teaching at Southern Illinois University in 1969. After moving to The Fountains in 2003, Don continued teaching, finding the location ideal for his commute to the University. As Casita renters, they have enjoyed all the privacy they want while making plenty of new friends. Without the responsibilities of homeownership, they enjoy the freedom to pursue outside interests. The Classic Plan gives them the flexibility to cook for themselves or pay for chef-prepared meals whenever they want. “…the choice we faced was to move into a condo somewhere and then move into a retirement community later and it just made sense not to do it twice…” – Don Wells
ACTIVE TODAY AND ACTIVE TOMORROW
Are you still working, driving, shopping, cooking, dining out, traveling, entertaining friends, volunteering and enjoying life fully? If so, now is the right time to have an honest conversation with yourself and your loved ones about how you plan to continue engaging in the activities you enjoy long into the future. “…there’s no reason at all to think that moving into a retirement community, independent living, would in any way stop you from doing what you wanted to do before you moved…I think our timing was just right, it’s kind of fortuitous but it worked out very well for us, there would’ve been no reason to do it earlier and delaying it would not have been helpful.” – Don Wells
NO RUSH AND NO WORRIES
Professor Emeritus Wells recently participated in a videotaped interview to help business students understand consumer motivations for choosing retirement communities. While many couples move to relieve their children of worry, the Wells’ moved BEFORE their kids in California and Vermont ever had to worry at all. Having the big move behind them has other upsides, too. For example, downsizing only becomes more difficult with age. “I think having the flexibility to make that decision and not to have to rush or to sell when the market is bad, that becomes very important financially.” – Don Wells
Meet Don 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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