RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Whatever your ideal lifestyle was yesterday may not be the perfect fit today. The trick is to stay one step ahead.
“I think we did it at the right time.” – Dee Cohen, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET IRV ROSEN AND DEE COHEN, A COUPLE WHO IS MORE ACTIVE NOW THAN THEY WERE BEFORE THEY MOVED.
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 Irv Rosen and Dee Cohen on Thursday, February 5th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Irv and Dee met playing Bridge at Mission Palms, their former apartment complex. He’s a retired research chemist while she’s a clinical dietician. Widowed with two children each, the Midwestern transplants loved their location in Tucson, but they yearned for more action. Having visited The Fountains and seen its robust calendar of classes, trips and socials, they decided to give it a try. They now share a spacious Casita with plenty
of guest room for visiting relatives. Today, you’ll find them not only playing Bridge, but also ballroom dancing, line dancing, exercising three days a week, dining with friends and loving life every day.
BECAUSE YOU’RE PERFECTLY HEALTHY
Most people look for reasons not to move to a retirement community, rather than the other way around. “We’re not ready yet,” is the most common reason. Hidden deep inside this simple statement is the truth. It may be “we’re still getting by,” or “we don’t need any help.” It may also be “I don’t want to think about moving, it’s too overwhelming.” While all of those feelings are real and valid, so are the reasons for moving now. Reason #1: Because you can. And that may not always be the case. Situating yourself for the future while you have your health is the smartest move you can make. “It was a good time for us because at our age you don’t know what’s going to happen in the next five or so years but we are doing fine right at this point.” – Dee Cohen
NOT BECAUSE OF NEED
Nobody should move to a retirement community because of need. You should do so out of want – like Dee and Irv did. Neither had health concerns when they moved in, nor do they now. What they did have was a realistic outlook. Nobody lives forever, so why not enjoy it now? “I think I’m more active now. I really am. I used to volunteer at the hospital, which I don’t have time to do that anymore but I didn’t have all the other activities that I’m involved in and Irv too. He does the same thing I do, the exercise and the dances. And so I think I’m living a healthier life now.” – Dee Cohen
CARE IS ALWAYS THERE
Dee and Irv are healthy, fit and happy. In addition to their dancing and exercise classes, Dee loves walking and water aerobics in the heated pool. She also enjoys committee meetings, dining with friends, cooking in their own full, spacious kitchen and venturing out on the town. While they’ve not utilized the care that’s available in The Fountains’ assisted living and memory care neighborhoods, they appreciate knowing it’s there if they do ever need it. “Come visit and see what we have to offer. We’re happy with everything actually and the meals are good too.” – Dee Cohen
Meet Dee and Irv 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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