Resident Ted Scott is Enjoying Friendly Neighbors and Stimulating Watermark University Classes at The Fountains

Overstaying your welcome in your own home can lead to serious setbacks. The right retirement community can help you move forward again.

“I’m going forward not backward… I saw the advantage of people, being around people, keeping me socially alert, conversationally alert, some are not as up on topics necessarily that I might want to talk about but they still provided me a social environment that was stimulating.” – Ted Scott, resident of The Fountains at Greenbriar

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 Ted Scott
on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Ask Ted about his idyllic childhood and he’ll reflect fondly about growing up surrounded by extended family in Petoskey, Michigan. There he learned to fish, hunt, pick apples and play piano. He remembers those years as simpler times when people didn’t have much but wanted for little. Ted earned his first degree from what is now Central Missouri University, where he met his beloved Australian born wife, Hazel. She fanned the flames of his lifelong quest for learning and adventure. In between traveling the world and raising their son, Ted enjoyed a passionate teaching career at community colleges. Though he’s been retired for 17 years, he still loves learning and teaching and he approaches every day as an exciting adventure.

There are two camps when it comes to retirement living: the planners and the procrastinators. Which camp are you currently in? Are you actively planning your best future by acknowledging what’s missing from your life and exploring solutions? Or would you rather just not think about it? Most people spend a little time in both camps but those who procrastinate for too long miss out. “I really do think that as we get closer and closer to what I am calling the later senior years, we ought to very seriously think what it means to plan, not to put it off. I really wish I had even been more diligent and maybe even came here rather than near my 80th birthday somewhere around my 65th.” – Ted Scott

A year after retiring to Independence to enjoy their new grandchild, Ted’s future took an unexpected curve. Without warning, Hazel suffered a fatal brain aneurysm. It took 16 years for Ted to realize how desperately he missed daily social and intellectual interaction. To his delight and much to the relief of his family, he has found that and more at The Fountains. “They were so thrilled because they had secretly been concerned that I was rattling around in that big condo and they just didn’t think, you know, that’s what their dad ought to be doing. And so when I knew that they were behind me 101 percent that was a relief.” – Ted Scott

Since Ted moved in, he has not once looked at his fridge and said, “Oh gosh, what am I going to fix for dinner tonight?” He’ll gladly trade thankless chores for the opportunity to take and teach interesting classes through Watermark University. “I’m telling you, I can’t get over how I discover things that are just better than I thought. No one can anticipate everything. I don’t think that’s possible, particularly when you’re making a move to a new place, you know, to a new situation, new environment.” – Ted Scott


Meet Ted 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.


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