SELF RELIANCE VS. INDEPENDENCE
Self reliance wanes with time but the right retirement community can nurture your independence indefinitely.
“And I could see it made sense because anytime I needed something, somebody had to fly to me or drive to me and leave their families and work and everything.” – Lucy Smith, resident of Pinebrook
MEET LUCY SMITH, SHARP AS A TACK AT 92.
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 Lucy Smith on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Lucy hails from Superior, Wisconsin, where she married her high school sweetheart, Ted Smith. He became a B-24 pilot, flying 35 missions over Germany. After raising five children, they lived in Fort Collins, Colorado and later Hot Springs, Arkansas. Their marriage of nearly 70 years left Lucy with five wonderful children, 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren to love. At 92, Lucy feels she’s been blessed with a wonderful life, which continues at Pinebrook in Milford. Lucy is a positive minded person who enjoys getting up and facing every day with a good breakfast. She knows nearly everyone by name at Pinebrook and enjoys dining with different neighbors every evening. Her routine includes chair volleyball and book club.
PEER INTO YOUR CRYSTAL BALL
Like death and taxes, some things in life are inevitable. You can either resist life or embrace it. Whatever changes your own future holds, you can count on this: Moving to the right retirement community will make your life easier and a lot more fun. “Well, it is a good idea to think about what the future might be and how, as your body ages, there’s things you can’t do anymore. Your mind thinks you can but your body says, ‘No, you can’t.’ And it’s kind of good to get where actually you’re taken care of is the way I look at it. This is such a nice place to be and I don’t have to worry because if something happens, they keep track of you and it would be taken care of.” – Lucy Smith
MUSTERING THE COURAGE
Managing their home in Hot Springs, Arkansas by herself, Lucy soon realized she wasn’t as independent as she thought she was. Worried, her children convinced her that they’d all be better off if she moved closer to one of them. Lucy trusted her daughter in Cincinnati to research her options. When her son pulled up with her furniture in tow, Lucy had only seen Pinebrook in a brochure. “So that’s how I got here and I loved it the minute I saw it and went up to see my room and it was more than I expected, it was nicer. And the thought of getting three meals a day and not having to cook sounded pretty wonderful.” – Lucy Smith
In Hot Springs, Lucy would go days without seeing anyone. At Pinebrook, she’s around people whenever she wants. Settling in didn’t take long and Lucy was soon enjoying her new atmosphere and routine. “And I see other people, when they come in, they’re kind of unsure about things and it’s just natural that you’d feel that way, I guess. But everybody is very interesting and very nice here and very eager to help. I have no regrets that I moved. I’m just so glad that I’m here.” – Lucy Smith
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Lucy in person over a cup of gourmet coffee or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-513-297-4076 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.