You can hear great advice until you’re blue in the face but seeing is believing.
“I moved at the right time because I’m still able to drive. I still am able to get around. I’m still able to participate in 100% of the activities that they offer here if I want them.” – Len Weiss, resident of The Fountains at Millbrook
MEET LEN WEISS, ADVENTURER, ARTIST AND PROUD RESIDENT OF THE FOUNTAINS AT MILLBROOK.
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 Len Weiss on Friday, July 31st, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
“My first life was as a child going to school and living with my parents, second life was married person with a family, wife, kids, job, all that stuff. My third life was after my wife passed away I became very active and that’s when I did all the traveling. I became an outdoors person. I went skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking; you name it that sort of thing. I was heavily into it so that was my third life. And now my fourth life is a little more sedentary here at The Fountains. But each one of my lives have been different and they’ve been interesting. And I never knew what community life was like. I never really thought about it I guess. But I love it here.” – Len Weiss
NO SUCH THING AS TOO SOON
A health scare and the fear of becoming a burden to his children prompted Len to look at every retirement living option in Dutchess County before selecting his current home at The Fountains at Millbrook. That was three years ago and ironically – or perhaps coincidentally – his health problems have long since faded, leaving Len free to enjoy everything The Fountains offers. He wouldn’t trade it for anything. Moving when he did turned out to be the best decision he could have made. He got rid of unneeded junk and gained a carefree life. Now he advises, “Don’t wait too long to come to a place like this because I find as people get older they can’t take advantage of what The Fountains has to offer.” – Len Weiss
LET IT SNOW
Len took an early retirement from IBM and traveled the world before entering his “fourth life.” Now, he pursues art and writing, attends concerts and fitness classes and everything’s at his fingertips. “If we have 12 inches of snow and I want to go out, I call up the maintenance department and they dig my car out and clean it off. They deliver to my front door so I don’t have to worry about shoveling snow. I don’t have to worry about mowing the lawn. Like I’ve told other people, I don’t have any responsibilities in life anymore. I’m just here at this point in my life to have fun and that’s what I do.” – Len Weiss
If you think Len is happy with his choice, you should talk to his kids. “Oh they’re very happy. They know what a favor I did them. First of all in getting rid of all the junk from my house, I mean, for six months before I moved, I made two trips a day one to the junkyard and one to the Salvation Army, so cleaning out my house was a big boon to them. And now they see me happy. I have a full life here and they’re glad I came.” – Len Weiss
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Len 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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