LONELINESS NEEDS A WARNING LABEL
Too much “me” time can be harmful to your health. A daily dose of people is nature’s best medicine.
“I played cards and I golfed but it still wasn’t enough. There were too many days where you were by yourself.” – Bonnie Lamrouex, resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay
MEET BONNIE LAMROUEX, A GOLFER AND BASEBALL FAN FROM ZEPHYRHILLS WHO’S ENJOYING EVERYTHING ABOUT LIFE AT THE FOUNTAINS.
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 Bonnie Lamrouex on Friday, November 4th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
A mother of four, Bonnie is famous in her own family for the cookies she bakes. In 1991 she and her husband, Wayne, relocated from snowy Michigan to sunny Zephyrhills, Florida, an hour away from three of her children in St. Petersburg. They thoroughly enjoyed their 55+ community but after Wayne passed away in 2010 and later, when she was rehabbing from a broken hip, Bonnie’s family begged her to move closer. Last year, she heeded their advice. Living independently now at The Fountains with her cat, Tinkerbell, she’s grateful she finally traded her struggles with loneliness for non-stop access to life-enriching pursuits with people she adores.
WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE?
Some humans are mighty hearty, not to mention stubborn. So, sometimes it takes a blinding flash of the obvious for them to wake up and realize their living environment isn’t really working for them like it once did. Take Bonnie Lamrouex. Widowed in 2010, she thought she was getting along fine in her 55+ community, until she broke her hip. That injury put more than a crimp in her golf game. It made her realize just how much she missed the company of peers on a daily basis and ultimately prompted her decision to move to a retirement community. Her kids were overjoyed. “They kept saying, ‘You’ve got to move, you’ve got to move.’ And I kept digging my heels in saying, ‘I’m not ready, I’m not ready.’ So finally I said, ‘Ok, I guess I’m ready.’” – Bonnie Lamrouex
EXPLORING YOUR OPTIONS
In one day, Bonnie visited five retirement communities with her daughter. Of the five, they liked The Fountains best. Before making her final decision, Bonnie attended a Discovery Luncheon and assorted other community events, just to make sure it was the right match for her. “The Fountains was the first one because my daughter just lived a block away, two blocks away, so we came to The Fountains first. So then we go to the next one we say, ‘Oh, this is nice but I like The Fountains better.’ And by the time we got done the only thing that was still on the list was The Fountains.” – Bonnie Lamrouex
LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT
No two retirement communities are alike. You’ll want to compare them on the qualities that are important to you. When Bonnie did just that, she discovered The Fountains had everything she was looking for. “The atmosphere and I think they keep you busy if you want to be busy and everybody is so nice and the food is very good. I love the food so just everything about it. And it’s on the water. That’s the number one for me being from Michigan, being on the water. I love the water.” – Bonnie Lamrouex
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Bonnie 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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