Wish all you want but the best way to stay well is to plan ahead so well-being is a way of life.
“I just thought I was going to be well all the time.” – Bob Whalen, resident of The Fountains at Greenbriar
MEET BOB WHALEN, WHO FELL FOR THE FOUNTAINS QUITE LITERALLY.
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 Bob Whalen on Monday, February 1st, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Born and raised in Kansas City, Bob’s a Vietnam Veteran and retired banker who has made The Fountains his home for three years. In spite of the health scare that set his move in motion, he remains in good health for his 88 years, grateful for the fact that he takes only one pill a day. As a homeowner, Bob was once the proud pruner of 36 rosebushes. Now he focuses on what he might be able to cut out of his hectic post retirement schedule. Between concerts and hockey games, calling Bingo and serving on four committees, he much prefers being busy to sitting around staring at four walls.
Of all the things to be fearful of in today’s world, retirement communities are not among them. In fact, the right retirement community can eliminate many of the worst fears you could face growing older. Living in a retirement community can replace loneliness, boredom and isolation with an active social calendar and network. Moving to the right community at the right time can help you preempt frustrating difficulties with driving and household management, not to mention health management. Of course, if you don’t make the decision while you’re well and able, you might not have the luxury of choice. Sometimes life throws you a curve. “I was at the point that I had been in the hospital so I couldn’t really make my own decisions. I mean I had a little bit to do with it but I had to depend on my dearest friends.” – Bob Whalen
CHOOSE THE BEST LIFE FOR YOU
Bob is one of those lucky guys who wound up in the right place by accident. Prior to moving to The Fountains three years ago, he was content to be sharing a three-bedroom condo with a friend. He’d never given much thought to “what if’s” when he experienced a fall that landed him in the hospital. His doctors’ worst fears weren’t realized, but they did recommend he stop driving. Giving up his car keys was the hardest thing Bob has had to face since he retired. Moving to The Fountains has helped him maintain his independence. “There’s no perfect place but for the most part I’d say I’m very satisfied here.” – Bob Whalen
In addition to appreciating furnished transportation to nearby grocery stores and to the doctor, Bob enjoys being served breakfast and dinner in the dining room. He also finds it easy to fill his days on purpose with purposeful activities. One of his favorite volunteer posts is as a resident ambassador for The Fountains. Have a question about life at The Fountains? Just ask Bob! “And I’m one that takes new people around to show them the place when they come to think about whether they want to come in here or not.” – Bob Whalen
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Bob in person over a cup of coffee in our Gallery Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-816-425-2157 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.