Residents Joyce and William Martin are Enjoying Life at The Fountains

Wouldn’t you like to live where you can watch the sun rise and set, spot dolphins at play and feel happy and healthy every day?

“Out of one window we see Boca Ciega Bay and the other we can see all the way over to the Gulf of Mexico. Yes ma’am, sunsets are gorgeous.” – William Martin, resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega 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 William Martin on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Sweethearts since their teens in St. Louis, Joyce and William have been married for 60 years. They traveled the world before and after he retired from GE, where he was an engineer. They chose DeLand, Florida as their first retirement destination because William liked the idea of living near Stetson College, where he took a variety of classes for fun. He took up writing as a hobby and has already written five books. As residents of The Fountains for over a year, they both take advantage of the exercise classes. Joyce enjoys attending the Sterling University lectures and William enjoys sharing his knowledge of engineering, science and writing with neighbors as a Watermark University volunteer.

Astronomers can predict to the minute when the sun will rise and set on Boca Ciega Bay every day of the year but nobody can predict when everyday chores are going to wear you down. So, when is the best time to move to a retirement community? You can only ask yourself, “Am I enjoying life to the fullest today?” and “Am I well situated for all my tomorrows?” William and Joyce Martin were living in a condo when he went in for routine surgery and wound up having a stroke. After 100 days of rehabilitation, he could not return home. He needed assisted living. “[My sons] found [The Fountains] and recommended it to me and I tell them all the time that it was the smartest move I ever made, taking their advice.” – William Martin

Having a great sense of humor has served William and Joyce well whenever they’ve encountered bumps along this road called life. William credits his
positive attitude to the influence of Incarnate Word nuns and the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, he once told his drill instructor, “You guys are sissies next to those nuns.” Shortly after William moved into his 12th floor apartment at The Fountains to continue his rehabilitation, Joyce fell and broke her femur. Now it was her turn for assisted living. William knew just the place! “Last night we were watching TV and I said, ‘I’m happy’ and she said, ‘So am I.’ I thank God every day that she’s in my life.” – William Martin

William’s stroke rehabilitation is aided by his belief in the power of prayer and the discipline of, well, the Marine that he is. Despite the challenges, he considers himself one lucky guy. As a writer and a philosopher, William sees life as a book. To understand the whole story requires reading all the chapters. If a retirement community is where you want to write your next chapters, he offers this advice: “We all have an epilogue and a prologue; share your prologue with us.” – William Martin


Will you overlook the sun-dappled water of Boca Ciega Bay or the twinkling city lights of St. Petersburg? The choice is yours.DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Joyce and William 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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