WAY TO GO
It’s wise to keep your eyes and mind open to opportunities when planning your next chapters. When one door closes, another opens.
“So living in a big house, having to have everything hired done, it’s just not the way to go. My three children all agreed and so the decision was really quite easy.” – Emma Williams, resident of The Fountains at Millbrook
MEET EMMA WILLIAMS, A TEACHER WHO’S ALWAYS LEARNING – 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 Emma Williams on Monday, May 2nd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
A native of Glen Falls, NY, Emma’s no stranger to scenic beauty and it surrounds her at The Fountains at Millbrook. Some people prefer city life, but Emma enjoys living tucked up next to the woods, with easy access to nearby cultural offerings. She enjoys regional theater, has season tickets to the Philharmonic and loves to visit the Presidential Library in Hyde Park. Emma raised three children in Poughkeepsie then taught history for 25 years. When her husband died in 2004, she faced a crossroad. With failing eyesight due to macular generation, she knew it wouldn’t be long before she could no longer drive. So she sold her car and her house of 51 years and moved to The Fountains.
NO FEARS AND NO REGRETS
Like it or not, age brings inevitable change. Rather than fear it, fight it or fret over it, people like Emma Williams simply make the best of it. She wouldn’t have chosen low vision or life without her husband, but with confidence, independence and a positive attitude, she forged a path that’s right for her. You can, too. Whether or not your path ultimately leads to a retirement community, it’s important to explore your options and embrace the future with an open mind. “…the idea of a total change didn’t really faze me. In fact, I was rather happy at the prospect. It was not quite a year after my husband died that I moved here and I have never had any cause to regret.” – Emma Williams
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Ten years after moving in, Emma’s life hasn’t skipped a beat. She takes advantage of transportation to medical appointments and outings and travels the country visiting family when they aren’t visiting her. Her two-bedroom, two-bath apartment is not only private and spacious, it also feels like a nature retreat. “My apartment, the front of it is all windows, all tall windows which looks out on a very pretty meadow. And we look out on a variety of wildlife including, of course, deer but also including wild turkey and a variety of birds. There are, in fact, a lot of people who are real birdwatchers here and they enjoy themselves because there’s such a variety.” – Emma Williams
EMBRACING THE NEW
Emma thought settling into her new surroundings felt like being a college freshman and wasted no time making friends and getting involved. She led Great Decisions for three years and served one term as president of the resident council. Choice-filled living makes it easy for residents to create their own destinies, based on their own interests. “There’s so much that can be brand-new. I know there are so many people here, for example, who have taken up painting for the first time in their lives. Some of them are doing beautiful work.” – Emma Williams
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Emma 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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