WARM UP TO WINTER
There’s no such thing as the wintertime blues when you have fun and friendship.
“Here you have a program, you meet wonderful people, you have a staff who cares. And you’re busy all the time. I’ve gone to every exercise class they have.” – Bea Lacativa, resident of The Fountains at Millbrook
MEET BEA LACATIVA, FIT AS A FIDDLE AND LOVING LIFE.
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 Bea Lacativa on Monday, November 2nd, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Bea was born in the Bronx on January 22, 1916 but you’d never believe her age. She’s as fit as a fiddle and fiercely independent. After raising three children, Bea dabbled in interior design and social work and traveled to places like Italy, France and Cuba. At The Fountains, she’s grateful to have ready access to an active lifestyle filled with friends and fun. She takes advantage of exercise classes, lectures and extraordinary outings throughout the Hudson Valley. Half the time she cooks for herself and the other half she gives the chef the honor. Whenever she’s in the mood for the arts, she enjoys top rated programs in house or hops on the chauffeured bus for an evening on Broadway.
JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET
How many more winters will it take to convince you there’s a better way of life waiting for you? People waste a lot of precious time hemming and hawing over whether they should move or stay put, when they could be having the time of their lives. Retirement community living lets you continue to do the things you enjoy and so much more. It only takes one afternoon to learn how. Once you take the time to do it, you’ll wonder why you ever hesitated at all. Do as Bea did and take a chance on liberating yourself from winter worries forever. “I didn’t go out because of the weather and I sat there saying to myself, ‘I will never do another winter again. I will do something. I will either go on an extended vacation or I’ll go somewhere.’” – Bea Lacativa
When Bea used to take the bus from the Bronx by herself to see shows in the city, her daughter in Poughkeepsie would be worried sick. Eventually, she convinced her Mom to move to an apartment nearby. Bea loved her apartment, but not the closed in feeling that winters brought. Getting away to warm places wasn’t as easy as it used to be, either. Bea chose The Fountains hands down for its robust community life programming. She even willingly gave up her car! “The places you are taken you can get anything you want without a car. You’re taken to the doctor and home. You’re taken shopping and home. I don’t need a car.” – Bea Lacativa
WHY LEARN THE HARD WAY?
Bea first visited The Fountains with a friend. They both loved it. Her friend moved in right away. Bea did not feel as though she was ready. As a result, she went on to experience one of the most miserable winters on record, alone in her apartment. As she discovered, that’s no way to live at any age. Save yourself the trouble and plan ahead. “You know it is great. I’m very glad that I did it because if you don’t go when you’re almost 100 when are you going to go?” – Bea Lacativa
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Bea over a drink in the dining room or cappuccino in the Millbrook Market & Café. Just call 1-845-605-4457 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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