DECIDE FOR YOURSELF
One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to choose for yourself where to live well and worry free.
“I did not want my children having to make any decisions for me. I wanted this to be my decision, where I would go to live, and so we looked at a few places.” – Nancy Durand, resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay
MEET NANCY DURAND, WHO RETIRED FROM TEACHING AND TRAVELING THE WORLD TO A CAREFREE LIFE ON THE BAY.
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 Nancy Durand on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Originally from Eerie, Pennsylvania, Nancy retired at 60 from her career as an educator and moved to Panama for a year. She taught school there and traveled to Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru, fulfilling her dream to visit Machu Picchu. When she returned, she realized she preferred a tropical climate and relocated permanently to Florida. When her Gulfport apartment was put up for sale, Nancy decided to explore retirement living options and her kids fully supported her decision to make The Fountains home last year. Nancy enjoys fitness, yoga, meditation, movies and spending time with her family, including her sweet granddaughter who lives nearby. She has made many friends and spreads joy and laughter wherever she goes.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED
As life goes on, we all need to rely more on others to maintain autonomy, and ironic as that sounds, there’s an agreeable solution. By choosing the right retirement community today, you can avoid the stress and expense of eventually hiring others to mow the lawn, fix the roof, shop, cook, clean and make sure you’re okay. People like Nancy Durand thrive today and every day knowing their future is secure because they’ve made the move before those needs ever arrived. Are you ready to enjoy life worry free among friends? Plan ahead and explore your options now before the future sneaks up on you. Come learn more at our next Discovery Luncheon. “It’s everything that I need and it will take care of me as I run into health issues.” – Nancy Durand
CHOICES EVERYWHERE YOU TURN
Instead of giving anything up, Nancy feels she gained everything: a secure future, safe surroundings, dolphins and manatees playing outside her windows and wonderful friends. One of her favorite benefits is choice-filled dining. “I don’t have to cook anymore, somebody cooks for me, I like that. I can make my lunch or I can make my breakfast but I can come downstairs and have breakfast, I can come down and have either dinner or lunch or I can pay for an extra meal if I want to. The food is good, the variety is good, I like what they have to offer out of the kitchen and the service is good.” – Nancy Durand
RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE
Once you begin exploring, you’ll find what you’re seeking. “I fixed up the apartment the way I like it. I got one with a fabulous view of the water. I love looking out there. I don’t know where they’ve been hiding but there have been dolphins, there was a pod of dolphins out there for quite a while when I first moved here… Seeing the dolphins in the morning is just really like a big bonus. When I saw that I thought I picked the right place. This is the place for me.” – Nancy Durand
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Nancy Durand 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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