Quality living in the golden years

I first met the sisters of Santa Teresita when our family moved to Los Angeles and multiple people asked me to spend some time with them.  I must admit I was at first a little uncertain.  When I met these women it was like being with old friends.  They are all so engaging, funny and dedicated to helping others.  I have had the privilege over the last four years to observe a group of women who could run a Fortune 100 company with ease and have chosen to dedicate their lives to truly making aging be the golden years.

Sisters of Santa Teresita

Spending time with the Sisters of Santa Teresita

Santa Teresita is a magical place that provides seniors with the care they need to help them live with the dignity they deserve.  It is run by the most amazing group of selfless individuals that I have encountered in my lifetime.  The Carmelite Sisters have dedicated their lives to serving others.   Santa Teresita began in 1930 when the Carmelite Sisters established a three-acre tuberculosis sanatorium for young women and girls. Since then, Santa Teresita has grown to a twelve-acre campus that provides services to families from childcare to senior care.

Creating connections between generations

The sisters had a vision to create, what I believe to be, one of the most thoughtful assisted living options in Southern California.  They paid attention to every detail and have created a place that family and friends would want to come visit.  Their incredible creativity included building the cottage for seniors overlooking the day care center for children.  This way, seniors have the opportunity to volunteer and work with the kids from the day care center, or even sit at their balcony and watch the young laugh and play. It’s a wonderful intergenerational approach.

Every time I visit with the sisters I am filled with gratitude, awe and appreciation.  These women run a tight ship, care deeply for everyone they serve, and ask for nothing in return for the gifts they give to others every day.

Planning for the golden years

The sisters remind me how important it is to plan for the golden years.  One tool that may help people of any age prepare for those golden years is the My Retirement PlanSM online retirement planning tool.  This program provides tips to get started, evaluate where you currently stand, and develop a plan to achieve your financial goals and dreams.  What are your goals in retirement? Write me and let me know. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Stevens

About Lisa Stevens

Mother of three…devoted wife…spiritually centered…community minded…Wells Fargo veteran…passionate about helping moms take care of themselves financially. Raised by a devoted mother who continues to provide unconditional love and support, Lisa has been following in her mother’s path for the last 14 years as she raises a son and two daughters with her husband and best friend, Rob. How she responds to challenges at home and at work is a daily reflection exercise. She strives to use unexpected character-building moments to embrace her shortcomings and commit to learning and growing. As a community banking executive, Lisa likes to think of life’s journey as a series of deposits – freely giving of yourself to others – and withdrawals – opening yourself to receiving gifts from others. She readily admits motherhood gave her an entirely new perspective here. Her personal experiences and 24-year career in financial services led her to write this blog with moms in mind. Money can evoke a range of emotions for moms, and Lisa strives here to help moms take control of their financial future.
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