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John Knox Village resident Beverly Cardinal has been elected as President of the John Knox Village Foundation. She assumed her position on January 1st from past-President Michael McLain, who submitted his resignation effective at the end of 2010. Mr. McLain will continue to serve John Knox Village as a member of the JKV Board of Directors.
We made the choice to move in and never looked back. My husband Roy told the children, ‘We are doing this for you.’ They will never have to worry if we are being properly cared for or if we have a place to live.
During the three years since I moved to JKV, numerous friends have asked why I made this choice, sometimes with puzzlement since I seemed to be in good health. Questions based on a false concept of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) as a ‘nursing home’ certainly merit a clarifying response. Exploring my options, in the face of the collapsing real estate ‘bubble,’ I was encouraged by friends, including some at JKV, to look seriously at Continuing Care Retirement Communities. I was single, and all my family lives 1,500 to 2,000 miles away, so the prospect of a community where my future needs could be satisfied seemed particularly attractive,” he added. David also thought back to the 1960’s and his vow to not end up in an impersonal commercial nursing home.
In 1971, the Scotfords began coming to Florida. They owned a home in Naples for 10 years, and became full-time Florida residents in 1995. After seeing how their parents coped with aging, they decided to become highly proactive toward their retirement plans. Approximately four years ago, the Scotfords started researching CCRC’s in Florida. They narrowed their search from more than a dozen locations to John Knox Village. JKV made a lot of sense – given their church, doctors and friends were all in the area. Judy said they also “fell in love with their Heritage Tower apartment.” “This is a very exciting place to live,” she said. “We knew friends who lived here, and they had nothing but praise for John Knox Village.” Since moving in, the Scotfords continue to stay active. They are involved with The Village’s Rotary Club, assist with Marketing events, participate in activities and attend their church functions.
Lewis and Carole “Charlie” Aron moved to The Village in December of 2003. Originally from Rhode Island, the couple also previously lived in Washington D.C., Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Korea for three years and even Germany for nine years. Lewis was a civilian attorney for the U.S. Department of Defense. Charlie was employed as a social worker, librarian and office manager. “We were truly impressed by the people at John Knox Village. The residents are very active, whereas at other locations there was nobody out and around.”
The whole point of retiring and being at home was so could I perform a lot of the work myself, however, I spent all my free time, and lots of money, trying to maintain the house – painting the inside, putting in new windows and doors, painting the outside, lawn care, etc. I told myself that I would wait to do this when I turned 70. After analyzing my retirement funds, seeing them dwindle in a poor market, now was the better option rather than later. I made the decision quickly to spend my money before it was gone.
Over the years, Suzanne featured more than 350 restaurants from South Florida in her weekly feature. In 1998, Suzanne and Guy moved into John Knox Village. Unfortunately, Guy passed away shortly after. After David passed away, Suzanne went for a visit to the small town of Marthaville, Louisiana, where her daughter and son-in-law had built a small house for her on their property. “I had spent the past 11 years at John Knox Village. My life was here,” she said. Therefore, with the doctor’s “okay,” Suzanne made the choice to move back to John Knox Village. In January of 2012, she landed back at The Village.
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