ENJOY EACH DAY
Aging well beats the alternative, and the right retirement community can help you thrive.
“I think it’s a fine place. I truly do. And not only living here but the amenities and they pay very good attention, the staff and the landscaping people and the people in the dining room. You know they keep us very happy, to be quite blunt.” – Olive St. Onge, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET OLIVE ST. ONGE. HER MILITARY BACKGROUND GAVE HER THE DISCIPLINE TO MAKE THE RIGHT MOVE AT THE RIGHT TIME.
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 Olive St. Onge on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Olive married American serviceman Louie St. Onge in 1943. They traveled extensively at home and abroad with the U.S. Air Force, raising four children. Upon Louie’s retirement, Olive continued to work for the U.S. Civil Service. Her last assignments before retiring for the Department of the Navy in 1988 were in Italy and Spain. Before moving to The Fountains at La Cholla, Carlsbad, California was their home. As a widow, Olive’s active life continues. She’s a member of the Book Club and Knitting Club. If ever she doesn’t feel like dining with friends, she enjoys convenient take out in the privacy of her casita.
TOUGH CHOICES, GOOD OUTCOMES
Decisions like leaving the home you love can be complicated by fear, sadness and even grief over the loss of a lifestyle that has served you well. However, when you look at your options, you begin to see what you stand to gain. The right retirement community can give you every opportunity to live well, your way. With courage and an open mind, everyone can embrace their next chapters. “The difficult part was leaving the home where we had a beautiful garden. But my husband couldn’t take care of it anymore. So, to be quite honest, he had a problem moving to anywhere, quite frankly, away from the home but eventually he realized it was because of his health, because of the hospital close by and everything else available. You know, he spent a very fine five years here…” – Olive St. Onge
WHERE WILL YOU BE BEST SERVED?
Louie’s deteriorating health caused them to rethink where they would be best served during their next chapters. Proximity to a hospital was one prerequisite. Being near family was another. They researched options in Palm Desert, Alexandria and Tucson. After much consideration, they moved to The Fountains at La Cholla in 2006. Louie passed away five years later. “I have an end casita. It’s right across from the main building. It’s approximately 1,200 square feet. It’s two bedrooms, two baths, very large living room, dining room, very, very spacious and I have an excellent view of the mountains and other places. And quite frankly I’m very content.” – Olive St. Onge
Olive’s daughter, who lives nearby, thinks The Fountains is terrific, according to Olive. They can each maintain their privacy and independence while seeing each other whenever they want. Olive rises early and prefers to make her own breakfast. She rarely misses lunch with her Fountains friends. Every Sunday, Olive’s daughter and son-in-law join her for brunch at The Fountains. “And we see her at other occasions, too, but they’ve been coming for lunch on Sundays ever since we moved here. And they enjoy it very much, especially my son-in-law. He’s got a huge appetite.” – Olive St. Onge
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Olive 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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