HOW MUCH FUN IS YOUR LIFE?
The best retirement gift you can give yourself is time to enjoy life fully. Why wait to get started?
“Do it while you still are mentally capable and physically. Because there’s a lot to enjoy here.” – Joe and Nancy Capizzi, residents of The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET JOSEPH AND NANCY CAPIZZI, WHOSE UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS LED THEM TO DISCOVER A LIFESTYLE THEY LOVE.
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 Joe and Nancy Capizzi on Thursday, August 7th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Originally from Philadelphia, Joe and Nancy lived for 16 years in Wisconsin, where Joseph worked as a Research Scientist for Kimberly Clark and Nancy worked as the Business Manager for White Heron Chorale, a semiprofessional entertainment group. Joe was visiting his mother in Philadelphia in January of 2011 when a health scare uprooted their lives like trees in a storm. Fortunately, Joe survived and by April, they had sold their home and put down new roots at The Watermark. Now they, along with Joe’s doctors, credit their active lifestyle and Watermark’s engaging social atmosphere for Joe’s complete recovery and their mutual well-being. Three years later, Nancy chairs the Library Committee and is a member of the Art and Food committees while Joe chairs the House Committee.
EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT
Joe Capizzi was visiting Philadelphia relatives when a critical health event landed him in the hospital a thousand miles away from home. His wife, Nancy, immediately flew from Neenah, Wisconsin to be by his side. When Joe was released from rehab he needed a temporary handicapped accessible residence, and Nancy chose The Watermark at Logan Square. Total recovery looked questionable at first, however Joe’s health began to improve. While at The Watermark, Joe rebounded to full independence. He and Nancy were so impressed by The Watermark’s excellent care and the warm, kind and compassionate environment, they decided to make it their permanent home. “Joe was very ill, for a whole year he was recuperating, so we really needed the medical care that was here and, you know, all the handicap services. It took him a good year to recover.” – Nancy Capizzi
FROM BARELY SURVIVING TO THRIVING
Before their move, Joe spent a lot of his free time taking care of their large, corner home in Wisconsin and Nancy spent a lot of time preparing food. Now that they don’t have those chores, they can enjoy morning walks together. While Joe catches up on reading or photography, Nancy enjoys the gym, line dancing and yoga classes. Whenever they feel like it, they cross the street to visit the Free Library, head to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute a mile away or hop on The Watermark’s “loop” bus to venture all over Philadelphia. They see a lot more of their grandkids, too. “And we no longer own a car and that’s a blessing.” – Joe Capizzi
Things have turned out surprisingly well for Joe and Nancy. They had never planned to come but they stayed, as Nancy says, “because we had made friends and we liked the life here.” She appreciates the ease of dining with friends, their kindness and support and Joe lauds the value of a rental lifestyle that includes maintenance, utilities, transportation, food, entertainment and priceless peace of mind. “I feel confident that Joe would be looked after if I were in the hospital or worse and I think he feels confident the same way because it’s happened.” – Nancy Capizzi
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Joe and Nancy over a drink at The Mark or coffee in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-215-240-8915 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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