Resident Terry Sawall is Having Fun at The Fountains

Where is it written that you have to stop having fun after dark? At the right retirement community, the fun never ends.

“I like the idea that somebody can drive at night….We go into Poughkeepsie for the Philharmonic. We go to the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. We go to the theater and various places around. You know it’s just really nice.” – Terry Sawall, 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 Terry Sawall on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Born in Yonkers, where she met her first husband, Terry attended Hunter College then Marist for her MBA. In Wappinger Falls, she worked for nonprofits, taught special education and was an avid skier. Her first marriage lasted 25 years. Then she met Len, her partner for the next 25 years and counting. They share a love of art and world travel, Italy being their most recent stop. At The Fountains, Terry is President of the Resident Council and has taken up art. And French. Fridays are Ladies Nights. On Saturdays, she hunts for garage sale treasures. Certain Sundays, she studies foreign films. She socializes with her friends outside the community often and if you visit the Moose Club, you might see Terry taking dance lessons with Len. Wherever there’s fun, that’s where you’ll find Terry.

Finding the right retirement community is no small task. There are many choices and one size definitely does not fit all. So regardless of your current age, it makes sense to begin exploring and discussing your options with those you love. Take your time learning about all the different ways you can be supported as your life begins to change, because change it will, no matter how physically fit and socially active you may be right now. Planning for your future and situating yourself in the right environment before those changes take place is the best way to ensure that you will continue to live well, your way. “One thing I tell people when they’re looking that it’s never too soon to look, first of all, and if you’re thinking about it, make the move while you can still enjoy what the facility offers.” – Terry Sawall

Before selecting their two-bedroom, two-bath apartment at The Fountains four years ago, Terry and Len lived separately in Wappinger Falls. Len had been thinking long and hard about the best way to secure his autonomy since he no longer wished to drive. Terry loved the whole concept of thriving together at The Fountains. “We are in McAllister which is a separate building. It’s got three apartments in it and it’s got a huge wraparound porch. It’s a really old-fashioned kind of place and it’s just really right very near the main building. And it’s got windows on three sides… And you know full kitchen, washer dryer downstairs that we share, the three apartments share.” – Terry Sawall

In no time Terry realized one of the best reasons to live at The Fountains: the caring staff. “You know the staff will do anything for you. I mentioned to my housekeeper that I have chairs on the porch. I asked her what I should wash them with because you know they were dirty and she said, ‘Oh, just call Marcy who is head of housekeeping and tell her you want them done and I’ll do them for you.’ You know and it’s not just my housekeeper it’s everybody. They’re all like that. They’re very caring.” – Terry Sawall


Bistro 79 provides an intimate setting with a weekly changing dinner menu sure to impress.DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Terry 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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