Go­ing Na­tive at Shell Point

Re­tire­ment com­mu­nity res­i­dents em­brace the out­doors— on and in the wa­ter

RSWLiving - - HEALTH & WELLNESS - Lynn Sch­nei­der is di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Shell Point Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity, and Michelle Tomp­kins is its well­ness man­ager.

Af­ter an ex­cit­ing ca­reer in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Liz Schilling knew ex­actly what she wanted to do when she re­tired to Florida: “I wanted to be out­side!” she ex­plains. She’s just one of the more than 2,400 peo­ple who en­joy the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment that Fort My­ers-based Shell Point Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity has to of­fer. “I like to stay busy and Shell Point of­fers so much to do,” she adds.

Liz and her hus­band, Terry, looked for a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity where they could con­tinue their out­door life­style— on and in the wa­ter. She’s very ac­tive in cro­quet and wa­ter ex­er­cise groups, and loves kayak­ing, boat­ing and ex­plor­ing sur­round­ing wildlife ar­eas. “Shell Point is such a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity, spread out over 700 acres for us to en­joy. We ab­so­lutely love it!”

The same is true for Harold Roth and Wilma San­ders. Both re­tired teach­ers, this cou­ple al­ways be­lieved they would spend

“Shell Point is such a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity, spread out over 700 acres for us to en­joy. We ab­so­lutely love it!” —Liz and Terry Schilling

their re­tire­ment years liv­ing on the beach. Af­ter spend­ing 15 years as snow­birds on Marco Is­land, they moved to Shell Point in 2018.

De­scrib­ing them­selves as beach lovers, the cou­ple en­joy the views of the Caloosa­hatchee River on their daily 2-mile walks around the is­land, fol­lowed by a fit­ness class or two. They’ve been pri­or­i­tiz­ing their health now that they’re at Shell Point— and make sure to take ad­van­tage of Well­ness Con­nec­tion and group ex­er­cise classes.

In less than a year, it’s fair to say that Roth and San­ders have tran­si­tioned well to their new Shell Point life­style. They jump right into the daily ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams that are of­fered to keep res­i­dents fit, healthy, en­ter­tained, en­gaged and busy. Roth and San­ders are happy to be do­ing ev­ery­thing that in­ter­ests them.

The cou­ple take about 45 min­utes each week to pre­pare their cal­en­dar. They re­view the Weekly Re­minder and Shell Point Life mag­a­zine and watch “Shell Point To­day,” the daily half-hour pro­gram on Shell Point Tele­vi­sion, to be­come in­formed about what’s go­ing on.

They make sure to write down ev­ery­thing that they want to do or par­tic­i­pate in, so not to miss out on any­thing. The cou­ple also take Academy classes such as tai chi, at­tend Great De­ci­sions and Cur­rent Events group meet­ings, en­joy lunch on the Suzy Q— and are be­com­ing in­ter­ested in the Green Team events and vol­un­teer­ing.

Im­mer­sion in Shell Point’s cul­ture—and mak­ing the most out of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able—will al­low res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence a life­style like no other.

“Be­ing on the wa­ter and hav­ing the gar­dens nearby re­ally im­pressed me. I can fish right out­side my door!” Roth says. He’s part of the newly formed fish­ing club and also par­tic­i­pates in Model Yacht Club sail­ing, which is very new to him. Roth even bought his first model boat, which he sails two days a week, along with main­tain­ing his gar­den.

When the cou­ple are not busy with pro­grams or events, they love tak­ing their guests for golf cart tours of the com­mu­nity. In con­vers­ing with Roth and San­ders, you’re sure to feel their joy and ex­cite­ment. As they can tell you, im­mer­sion in Shell Point’s cul­ture—and mak­ing the most out of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able—will al­low res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence a life­style like no other.

Roth and San­ders haven’t wasted any time get­ting en­gaged in well­ness pro­grams, vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. Their en­joy­ment of life at Shell Point shines through in all they do. “I feel like we stepped into a pot of gold,” notes San­ders. “I am the hap­pi­est I’ve ever been!” adds Roth.

From top: Wa­ter aer­o­bics and boat­ing are pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at Shell Point Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity.

Clock­wise from near left: Wilma San­ders and Harold Roth make a weekly cal­en­dar of things to do. Choices might include go­ing for a walk, us­ing a Seg­way like Karen Riecks, driv­ing a golf cart like the Schillings, tak­ing part in yoga or golf, or re­lax­ing with hu­man and ca­nine friends.

From above: Shell Point Academy of­fers classes in tai chi; Liz Schilling, who re­tired to Shell Point from Wash­ing­ton, D.C., loves kayak­ing and other wa­ter sports.

Shell Point’s 700 acres of­fer plenty of places to ex­plore on a bike.

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