RETIREMENT LIVING YOUR WAY
Nobody lives quite like you. So make a plan to live where you know you can always call your own shots.
“I like it here because I do not have to get in my car to go somewhere. There’s always someone to talk to. There’s always something to do if you want to do it and you can go exercise or go swimming.” – Marge Whitehair, resident of The Fountains at Canterbury
MEET CHUCK AND MARGE WHITEHAIR, WORLD TRAVELERS WHOSE SENSE OF ADVENTURE LED THEM TO FIND THEIR IDEAL RETIREMENT LIFESTYLE.
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 Chuck and Marge Whitehair on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Chuck and Marge met in 1999, married in 2006 and traveled the world together – literally to 50 countries – before moving to The Fountains at Canterbury from their home located just a mile and a half away. Their decision to move came when facing a dilemma: undergo an expensive kitchen remodel or find a new home. “We looked at condos. We looked at garden homes and we looked at eight different retirement centers,” Marge explains. At The Fountains at Canterbury, they found the people very friendly, the apartments large, the setting beautiful, the food good and the hospitality great. It was just right for them.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Whether you like to garden, play cards or just meet interesting people, the right retirement community has something for everyone. “I’m sort of a lazy person,” Chuck states, “but Marge is just the Energizer Bunny and she goes constantly.” The Fountains offers abundant options to suit them both. Chuck plans Men’s Group events while Marge exercises, tends flowers or plays duplicate Bridge. When friends come over Sunday night for cards, Marge enjoys cooking, especially now that she doesn’t have to prepare meals every day. “During dinner we would sit at different tables with people we didn’t know so we could learn a little bit more about them and we still do that, too.” – Chuck Whitehair
ENHANCE YOUR INDEPENDENCE
In case after case, retirement community living significantly enhances independence and well-being. Yet many couples who put off the decision mistakenly believe moving means giving up their independence. They’ll hunker down for “just one more winter in the house,” not realizing that the longer they wait, the more of their cherished independence they’re giving away. Staying in more and seeing friends less is not living well, at least not when you have a choice. And the sooner couples realize this, the better off they’ll be, according to Chuck and Marge Whitehair, who made their move to The Fountains at age 77 and 79. “It was about right on time as far as I’m concerned for us because we’re still capable physically and mentally to do pretty much what we used to do before.” – Chuck Whitehair
CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE
Chuck, Marge and their neighbors bring a lot of great ideas for programs and that makes life interesting. You’re not just sitting around waiting for someone to entertain you. You’re doing what you love. Also, as Marge points out, being surrounded by friends is important at every age. “Look forward to the future and don’t dwell on the past or on giving up your home because you’re making a new home and new friends and you can still have a good life and not be lonesome.” – Marge Whitehair
Meet Chuck and Marge 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.