NOTHING TO LOSE
When you view moving to a retirement community as the beginning of your next exciting chapter, you have everything to gain.
“We did not lose the mountain views. We didn’t lose the wildlife and we certainly didn’t lose community because there’s community here.” – Marion Cimmino, resident of The Fountains at La Cholla
MEET MARION CIMMINO AND JUDITH GREEN, WHO TOGETHER GAVE UP NOTHING AND GAINED MUCH MORE.
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 Marion Cimmino on Monday, November 2nd, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
When New York City biology teacher and author Marion Cimmino retired to Tucson with her dear friend, Judith Green, she didn’t retire her passion for nature or teaching. To this day she not only serves as a docent at the Desert Museum, she also presents assorted educational programs on subjects like Prehistoric Arizona at The Fountains and other places all over town. At home in their two-bedroom Fountains Casita, Marion and Judith enjoy unobstructed views of the Catalinas and a veritable wildlife parade in their back yard. They play Bridge, attend ladies outings and best of all, their formerly time-consuming chores of homeownership, among other worries, are gone for good.
NOT READY FOR WHAT?
Those who procrastinate moving to a retirement community commonly use the excuse “I’m not ready.” That’s code for “I have a lot to think about.” Planning how you will live your retirement is a highly personal process that does take time and effort. The earlier you begin, the better prepared you’ll be to make the decision that’s right for you. “I mean it’s pretty hard, each person is different, so it’s hard to say what one should or should not be doing. But if you have an idea in your mind, somewhere there is a flicker that you need to make a change, then I would suggest that you sit down and start looking at what you expect, what you want, and then start looking for that. See what meets your needs.” – Marion Cimmino
EMPTY YOUR STRESS BUCKET
After 20 years as Sun City Rancho Vistoso homeowners, Marion and Judith made a conscious decision to find a less stressful way of life and for two years now at The Fountains, they’ve been enjoying a worry-free and maintenance-free lifestyle built on choice, with multiple dining options included. “I hate to cook. Judy loves to cook. She will cook up a storm sometimes. I mean it’s just amazing what she can do. But we have the option that we don’t have to do that. She cooks, she does but we don’t have to go shopping anymore every day or whatever to buy the stuff so it’s good.” – Marion Cimmino
GIVE UP NOTHING, GAIN A WHOLE LOT MORE
Marion and Judith still enjoy doing their own thing. Their wide network of friends widened. With convenient services plus the proximity of assisted living and memory care, they also gained priceless peace of mind. “Well, we certainly enjoy the food here…. We also have taken advantage of a couple of opportunities to go by bus to certain areas that we did not want to drive, for example the Gem Show. Parking there is lunacy and a couple of the theaters at night when we just didn’t want to drive.” – Marion Cimmino
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Marion and Judith 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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