HAVE FUN LOOKING
Even if your next move is a long way off, it’s a good idea to start exploring your retirement living options today.
“You are not going to decide for a couple years anyway, so get out and look and it gives you a chance to see as much as possible.” – Marilyn Flynn, resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay
MEET MARILYN AND TONY FLYNN, ST. PETE SNOWBIRDS WHO LOVE THEIR MICHIGAN SUMMERS ON THE LAKE.
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 Marilyn and Tony Flynn on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Tony and Marilyn were neighbors in Hillsdale, MI, where Tony owned the local radio station and Marilyn owned the supermarket. After losing their respective spouses at the same time, their friendship evolved, resulting in a happy second marriage. The first seven years they divided their time between their Michigan lake house and a lovely home in Sun City Center. When the Florida house became too much, they looked around at their options. For two years now, they’ve been enjoying carefree winters overlooking Boca Ciega Bay. From their gorgeous 18th floor apartment at The Fountains, they watch dolphins, birds and manatees play. When it’s time to head north, they just lock the door and go.
SOONER OR LATER
If you’re lucky enough to live a long life, changes will come. The good news is, you can manage those changes very well and even thrive, given the right environment and support. Don’t leave such an important decision to chance. There are a whole lot of wonderful retirement living options out there and finding the one that’s right for you will take time. So start exploring – and have fun doing it. “…you have to just set your mind to ‘this is something we need to do and so we’re going to move forward’ and you make up your own mind. I don’t want to be responsible to get the sprinklers fixed and get the trees trimmed and all that stuff. And you come here and say, ‘Ok, this is where I can go and not have to do all that stuff.’” – Marilyn Flynn
RENTAL OR BUY IN
For Marilyn and Tony, renting made much more sense. If they ever decide to move to Michigan permanently, they have nothing to lose. Meanwhile, they love walking the grounds, sitting on the dock and grabbing quick bites at the café. They can see their doctors without leaving the building. Marilyn’s granddaughters, who live nearby, even love coming over for Bingo. Best of all, they don’t have a single chore to worry about, including cooking. “I’ve talked to people that like to cook and they do, they cook in their room, they go down to dinner also, but they do cook things that they want for themselves. You can go either way, whatever suits you the best.” – Marilyn Flynn
WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE
Convenience is everything at the right retirement community. To Marilyn and Tony, convenience means more than delicious meals and entertainment. For example, when Marilyn had recent shoulder surgery, in-house rehabilitation and exercise classes helped her regain her strength. On top of conveniences, they love their double apartment and Tony especially appreciates that the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. “We like living here. We wouldn’t be able to fill much of a page if we wanted to write down what was wrong with it.” – Tony Flynn, resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Marilyn and Tony over a drink at the Sky View Lounge or cappuccino in the Citrus Café. Just call 1-727-498-3850 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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