To Marcia Gelfand, the fact that Fountainview at Gonda Westside is under construction and opening in two years is a huge benefit. Right now she’s too busy with friends, family and interests to plan a move.
Marcia participates in acting classes at the Joslyn Senior Center in Manhattan Beach and attends Osher Lifelong Learning classes. She walks on the beach several mornings a week, belongs to a gym and has sung in synagogue choirs. She spends quality time with her children and grandchildren, who are close by. “I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “This waiting period will give me time to really feel ready.”
The New York native lived in La Jolla for 40 years with her husband, Stanley, before he passed away. She moved into a two-bedroom cottage in Manhattan Beach in 2013. Marcia scaled down when she left La Jolla and will do it again before moving to Fountainview. “Downsizing is hard but it’s very freeing,” she says. “It’s best to have the help of a friend who isn’t emotionally attached to your possessions.”
Marcia’s La Jolla home has appreciated in value and she will use the proceeds from the sale to fund her entrance fee to Fountainview. To free herself financially, she chose a smaller one-bedroom apartment. ”For one reasonable monthly fee at Fountainview, I will take care of so many of my expenses allowing me to travel and give gifts to my family.”
How does Marcia feel about being a single person moving to a new community? “I feel good about it,” she says. “Everybody will be coming in new and ready to meet other people. That’s a real positive for me as a single person.”