Listening to people’s stories, learning about different cultures and discovering what you have in common is a rewarding way to live each day.
“When you move into a big place like The Fountains, there will be a great variety of people and the chances that you will find kindred souls is very likely.” – Toetie Oberman, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET DON PLUMMER AND TOETIE OBERMAN, KINDRED SOULS ENJOYING A RICH NETWORK OF FRIENDS AT THE FOUNTAINS.
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 Toetie Oberman and Don Plummer on Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, 2018, respectively. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
A retired electrician from Boston, Don wintered here for years while touring the U.S., Canada and Mexico by motor home. With his wife he traveled 113,000 miles in what he describes as the best 12 years of his life. When they closed that chapter, they turned to The Fountains to begin their next. That’s where they met Toetie, their neighbor. Originally from the Netherlands, Toetie had married a Harvard history professor and raised four kids. The University of Arizona eventually lured them to Tucson. Today, having the shared experience of outliving their respective spouses, Don and Toetie are among hundreds of neighbors who are thankful for the friendships and other opportunities The Fountains makes possible.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
It’s never too early to plan your move to the right retirement community. Just be ready for a new adventure filled with freedom, fun and friends. “We have people here from all religious backgrounds and political backgrounds, the whole gamut. People should think, ‘What is it that I really am afraid of?’ And some people may think that they lose their freedom. Here, you are driven to your medical appointments, you are taken to shopping possibilities, you can go to brunches with your friends and be taken there or breakfast or dinner, you know these outings where you can meet people. I think it’s very important, don’t go too late, go when you still think it is fun to make friends, that it is fun to, you know, experience something new. You should see moving into an independent living place like an adventure.” – Toetie Oberman
MAKE GREAT FRIENDS
Don and his wife enjoyed many good years together at The Fountains, beginning in a spacious casita before choosing a convenient apartment. Though he outlived his spouse, Don stays plenty busy surrounded by great friends. “The reason I really like it here is the social life. I could very easily live alone because I’m in good health but I would rather live here and meet people and talk to people… I think it’s a very outgoing atmosphere here. Everybody is friendly, the help is always very friendly and the building is lovely. Of course, we have yoga three times a week too, chair yoga, which I go to.” – Don Plummer, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
DISCOVER GOOD NEIGHBORS
When she lost her spouse, Toetie downsized to a smaller house in the foothills, however she soon saw the value of retirement community living as a way to combat loneliness. She examined nine before choosing The Fountains. Moving in across the hall from Don and his wife, the three became friends. After Don’s wife passed away, having been through such a loss herself, Toetie could talk to him about it. Today, they continue to look after each other as good neighbors do. “I look after his cat…he looks after my cacti and feeds my birds.” – Toetie Oberman
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Don and Toetie 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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