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Senior Choices: Retirement Communities Look to Serve Active, Independent Adults

When Fred and Marie Ibbetson began telling friends they had decided to move into Asbury Place of Maryville, a retirement community, some wondered just what they were thinking.

“We’re not ready for that yet,” Marie said friends told them. One even told them “I still want to have fun.”

This couple, married since 1981, still has fun. They enjoy trips to the mountains. They both sing in the choir at their church, Fairview United Methodist, where Marie is also a Sunday school teacher. The couple takes advantage of the fitness center on campus and an activities center where one night they might participate in a potluck or insert themselves in a game of bridge.

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