TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN FUTURE
You can prevent lots of heartache for yourself and your loved ones by exploring your retirement living options early.
“I was worried that I did not want my children being concerned about us. I did not want to make it hard on them. I know what it’s like to care for parents, I cared for mine.” – Sandy DeMasi, resident of The Fountains at Millbrook
MEET SANDRA (SANDY) DEMASI, WHO TRADED THE FEAR OF BECOMING A BURDEN TO HER CHILDREN FOR CAREFREE LIVING IN THE BEAUTIFUL HUDSON RIVER VALLEY.
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 Sandy DeMasi on Monday, October 31st, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Sandy enjoys knitting, baking, Bridge and Canasta. Born in New Rochelle, NY, she married her husband John at 18 and moved to Mahopac. There Sandy taught special education for 20 years and loved it. When their kids were grown, they retired to St. Lucie, Florida but health issues brought them home to be near their kids. Even though they had their own place at Vineyard Commons in Poughkeepsie, they feared becoming a burden on their kids so in September of last year they moved to The Fountains. Now they can travel, see family, pursue their own interests and know that help is always just a phone call away.
PRESERVE YOUR INDEPENDENCE
Everyone wants to preserve their independence but living on your own and living independently are not the same thing. You can grow very dependent on friends and family living on your own, whereas living in the right retirement community can actually enhance your independence. How? Find out by exploring your retirement community options in person. It’s the only way you’ll ever know whether a retirement community is right for you – and your family. “Oh they love it, they are very happy. They are the ones that really wanted us to do this and you know when we talked about it they both said they thought it was a great idea to make sure we got someplace nice. And we went to several places, the girls came with me. This was the place that we liked the best.” – Sandy DeMasi
NO MORE KITCHEN WOES
Married 61 years, Sandy and John chose a two-bedroom, two-bath residence at The Fountains after examining all their options. They have it fixed up beautifully. In her small working space kitchen, Sandy can bake sticky buns for the holidays, her family’s favorite. However, with The Fountains meal plan she never has to fret over cooking, which is a big relief. “I love to cook and I love to bake. But I was getting to the point it was hard for me to stand up for long periods of time and I just started getting to the point where I really didn’t feel like it anymore so I don’t really miss the cooking.” – Sandy DeMasi
In no time, John was playing poker with friends and Sandy discovered she enjoyed Wii bowling as much as she did Bocce. She also got involved planning a Caribbean cruise. They both discovered friendships are easy to make when so many neighbors share common interests. “After we were here about a week or so I saw a couple sitting by themselves and I went up and I introduced myself. And we decided to sit together the following night for dinner and we’ve been sitting together ever since which makes it nice.” – Sandy DeMasi
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Sandy 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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