MAKE YOURSELF RIGHT AT HOME
Home is a place where you feel comfortable, safe and surrounded by friends and pursuits you enjoy.
“There is plenty to do. And it’s a wonderful place. It’s a place I call home now. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. After all, after eight years, if I hadn’t been happy here I wouldn’t have stayed.” – Mari, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET MARI, A TUCSONAN BY WAY OF QUEENSLAND AND QUEENS.
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 Mari on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Mari was milking a cow in rural Queensland, Australia when she first laid eyes on her future husband. An American soldier, he was stationed overseas. He took her hand in marriage and moved her to Queens, NY, where she worked as a librarian and raised two sons. They started researching retirement living options in 2000 as Tucson snowbirds and became permanent residents of The Fountains nearly nine years ago. Widowed at 90+ years of age, Mari continues to live fully, surrounded by her many friends. Her many interests keep her mind active and engaged. She exercises five days a week and hops on The Fountains bus to attend the opera and symphony at every opportunity.
A VERY GOOD LIFE
When managing a household and all that goes with it starts to become a bit more than you bargained for, it’s good to have a working knowledge of your options. Today’s vast array of retirement living alternatives offers something to match nearly every taste and budget. The biggest mistake people make is waiting until a big problem arises before they even begin to do their homework and make a plan. You can avoid that pitfall by learning all you can about your options today. For residents like Mari, retirement community living spells freedom to come and go as she pleases, to stay fit, dine well, enjoy music and attend lectures. It’s a lifestyle most people would enjoy at any age. So what are you waiting for? “It’s a wonderful place. It’s a place I call home now. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.” – Mari
SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT
Mari realized early on that she and her husband were not equipped to care for one another as time went on. Rather than let their lifestyle become diminished in any way, they opted to move to a supportive living environment. Their research led them to The Fountains and enabled them to enjoy eight more years together before he passed away. “He died a year ago so I’m alone now. But I have plenty of friends and plenty to do and it’s a place with much to do, more than you can ever do yourself. There’s plenty of programs and plenty of services. It’s really a well-run establishment.” – Mari
STAYING CONNECTED WITH MUSIC AND OTHER PASSIONS
Interested in nutrition and wellness, Mari served six years on the dining committee. She also believes it’s important to keep moving lest you become a statue, hence her busy workout schedule. Most of all, Mari stays connected with her best friend, music. “Without the services of The Fountains I wouldn’t be able to get to the opera or the symphonies and that is important for people who are interested in music and who need it the way I need it. It’s part of my life. It’s my friend.” – Mari
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Mari 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.