ADAPT AND THRIVE
Even the best laid plans can change as life unfolds. The key to thriving is being ready and open to alternatives.
“We had really planned to age in place…but my husband’s neurologist, every time we’d go, she would quiz me about finding a continuing care community. She thought it would really be better for us…” – Priscilla Lotsberg, resident of The Fountains at Washington House
MEET PRISCILLA LOTSBERG, A MODEL OF RESILIENCE WHO THRIVES ON LIFE AT THE FOUNTAINS.
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 Priscilla Lotsberg on Monday, May 4th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Priscilla comes from Eerie, Pennsylvania, but she lived and worked as a counselor for most of her life in the DC area. Since moving to The Fountains in 2008, Priscilla has become more active than ever. She serves on the Resident Council, chairs the Care Committee, belongs to the Garden Club and enjoys Great Decisions lectures, too. A member of The Skytones, she loves to sing solos and she’s even gotten over her childhood phobia of piano recitals, now that her piano teacher won’t take “no” for an answer. Retirement community living has afforded her all of these opportunities to thrive and more.
BEING PROACTIVE PAYS OFF
When life throws you an unexpected curveball, you have to adapt to catch it. It may not be the pitch you were expecting, but with a little flexibility and the right team backing you up, you can handle just about anything. When it comes to Priscilla Lotsberg’s story, the baseball metaphor still applies. When her husband developed Alzheimer’s, her willingness to explore options and her ability to adapt to a new living situation really made a difference in their quality of life. “I think it’s really a good thing to do for a number of reasons. And I think sometimes you just have to gulp and bite the bullet and do it.” – Priscilla Lotsberg
FINDING THE BEST MATCH
Priscilla did her homework before selecting a spacious, three-bedroom apartment at The Fountains then downsized smoothly with
professional help. “A lot of places really wanted to take me in independent and my husband in assisted. And I just really didn’t want that. I felt I was capable of taking care of him at that point. And I thought it would be better for both of us if we were just together so I came to Washington House and I liked the size of it…I just thought it was very welcoming. As I was leaving the interview I just thought, ‘I can live here.’ It just struck me that this is going to be the place.” – Priscilla Lotsberg
LOVING APARTMENT LIVING
Now that her husband has passed, Priscilla remains grateful for all the support shown to both of them. She has since transferred to a smaller two-bedroom residence and she couldn’t fathom living anywhere else. “My main motivation…was to have time with my husband and not have to be concerned about the upkeep of a house and the yard and all that goes with it. I never thought I’d want to live in an apartment. I pretty much always lived in a home. But I love it, I really do.” – Priscilla Lotsberg
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Priscilla in person over a cup of coffee in the Cherry Blossom Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-703-291-0188 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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