MAKE YOUR NEXT MOVE YOUR BEST MOVE
One of the best aspects of retirement is embracing the freedom to enjoy your active independence with friends.
“My friends thought I did it too soon, that I was too young to move into such a place, but I didn’t feel that way.” – Mary Robinson, a resident of The Fountains at Canterbury
MEET MARY ROBINSON, WHOSE THEME SONG IS “I NEVER HAVE TO EAT ALONE.”
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 Mary Robinson on Thursday, August 14th, 2014.)
Mary moved to The Fountains from Edmond after her husband passed away. That was nine years ago. With her children all close by, she enjoys her independence, meeting new people and especially dining with friends every night without ever having to be the cook or get in the car. Her carefree, active lifestyle also allows her to frequently play Bridge, get together with her Book Club and participate in Water Aerobics. If Mary were back in her old house in Edmond or even in a garden home, she’d be spending a lot more time dealing with chores and a lot less time having fun. She says, “If I had to provide for myself I’d live on cheese and crackers. I simply wouldn’t cook for myself.”
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Mary looked at communities with her husband and wishes he’d lived long enough to make the move with her. Now she’d like to tell every couple she meets about the advantages of moving in as a couple. “There is one thing that you cannot say to people but it’s very true, as couples we don’t die together. Someone is always left and so I tell people not to wait too long because if they move in as a couple they develop their own support group for whatever is coming down the road and when someone is left, they don’t have a move to contend with and they have their own support group in-house.” – Mary Robinson
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
When an opportunity arose to secure a lifestyle that’s as supportive as it is fun, Mary Robinson wasted no time. She hasn’t for a second regretted moving to a retirement community when she was 74. She never wanted to become isolated as a widow, plus “It just didn’t make any sense for me to continue in a place that was far too large for me,” she explains. Nor did she see any point to buying a small garden home only to move again a few years later. Instead, she chose the sure pathway to fun with friends. And she’s been enjoying herself ever since. “I think the greatest hazard when you’re old and alone is depression and you need to work against that, you know, and so fun activities are the way I work against that.” – Mary Robinson
Mary chose The Fountains over other communities for its ideal size, finding it just right for knowing every one of her neighbors. “I think it’s the right size and of course there’s every level of service available if we need it. I particularly like the underground parking which you know, when I moved here I was still driving at night and so that safety consideration was big for me.” She also loves that her children can go about their lives without worrying about her safety or happiness. “They don’t have to be responsible for me in any way,” she explains.
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Mary in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-405-381-8165 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.