WHAT’S YOUR LINE?
Regardless of their occupations, all kinds of people find life infinitely interesting at the right retirement community. Have you explored your options?
“I’ve met so many interesting people here, from college professors, to farmers, to every kind of profession you can think of.” – Marilyn Savage, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET MARILYN SAVAGE, AN AIR FORCE BUCK SERGEANT AND MOTHER OF THREE, WHO KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT TAKING CHARGE.
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 Marilyn Savage
on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Originally from Chicago, Marilyn moved many times during her husband’s 26-year military career, including to Davis Monthan from 1955 to 1960. When retirement arrived, they picked Tucson. Once widowed, Marilyn maintained their mobile home long enough to realize she never wanted to replace another furnace. In 2015, she told her kids she was moving and picked out a lovely one-bedroom apartment with a den overlooking a tree-filled courtyard at The Fountains. She loves that she can read a book, take a nap or dine with friends. Marilyn is active in the Military Officers Association of America and the Society of Military Widows. She also enjoys mentoring ROTC cadets who regularly visit The Fountains.
SECRETS HAVE THEIR PLACE
Marilyn Savage was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base during the Korean War when she met her future husband, a B-29 pilot. One of her responsibilities was to type out airmen’s orders. Consequently, she often knew where her husband was heading before he did. She could never tell him. Secrets have their place in the military but when it comes to planning your own best future, it’s best to be honest with yourself and those you love. Tired of home maintenance hassles and living alone, Marilyn took charge of her situation. She explored her retirement living options, discussed them openly with her family and moved to The Fountains. “If your children tell you that you have to come here, that’s when you don’t like it. When you make the decision yourself, don’t wait to have the kids tell you you can’t do something…” – Marilyn Savage
THRIVE IN A CONGENIAL ATMOSPHERE
The best way to determine whether a retirement community is right for you is to come in for a meal and talk to the people who live there. Neighbors like Marilyn will tell you, it’s like living in your own home only better because you still have your privacy along with abundant choices to enjoy life with friends. “Don’t sit and be lonesome because you can be as quiet and away from everything as you want here or you can be busy all the time, it’s up to you. But why be lonesome all day when you can have good food and good company? And everybody is so pleasant here…” – Marilyn Savage
SAFETY NET OF SERVICES
Marilyn enjoys everything about The Fountains, from the friendly banter with dining room servers to the peace of mind knowing someone is always nearby to help. Twice hospitalized, she and her family found in-home care services by BAYADA both convenient and reassuring. The emergency response system also once rescued her from what could have been a disastrous bathroom fall. “I love it. I’m waited on, what’s not to like?” – Marilyn Savage
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Marilyn 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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