Busy Couple Loves Convenience, Sense of Community
When Fred and Marie Ibbetson first saw Asbury Place, they had no intention of moving and knew nothing about the community. Instead, they came along as support for friends who were touring and wanted additional eyes and ears.
What the Ibbetsons heard made a lot of sense, Fred says, and when they returned home, he said to Marie, “You know, this might not be a bad idea for us!”
Moving early a key benefit
By deciding to move to Asbury Place when they were still active and in good health, they were able to wait for the exact home they wanted and enjoy the social, wellness-focused lifestyle that is key to continuing care retirement communities, Marie says.
The couple knew they were saying goodbye to maintaining their home and lawn, but they hadn’t considered that they were gaining a second community, something that has enriched both their lives, Marie notes.
Gaining another family
“If you ask anybody who lives at Asbury Place, they will tell you that part of living here is that you are part of a big family,” Marie says. “There’s a sense of community and belonging that’s very special.”
Fred takes their dog Toto around the campus’s pond daily, getting in close to two miles. He feels the community’s on-site wellness programs, classes, and convenient health care services have helped him stay healthy. He enjoys not having to fix the plumbing and mow the lawn, focusing instead on what he wants to do.
And he and Marie do a lot.
Residents' talents enrich campus
Like many residents, the Ibbetsons have lent their talents and energy to enhancing the campus by jumping into existing programs and classes, helping launch new programs such as Asbury Ambassadors, and supporting the development of a new Activity Center. They both are active in the Resident Council, which collaborates with the community’s leadership.
And they remain very busy with their former friends and their family, participating in church events and choir, having people over for lunch, going on the church Latvia mission, and babysitting their great-grandson a couple of evenings a week.
“We had a full schedule before we moved here,” Marie says. “Now there’s just not time to do all the wonderful things we want to do.”