Maravilla Scottsdale offers an active retirement lifestyle
Resident’s active lifestyle continues at Maravilla Scottsdale.
By Constance Sablan
After 30 years of working for the government overseas, Ann Bamberger settled in the Valley where she has enjoyed a year-round, active lifestyle. In 2009 she began an extensive search of senior living options that would allow her to continue the fulfilling lifestyle she loved. After three years and visiting 11 retirement communities, Ann chose Maravilla Scottsdale and hasn’t skipped a beat in enjoying all the things she loves.
“Maravilla offers a very comfortable way of life and it was a good fit for me. It’s what a lot of us are looking forward to in retirement. It is well-located, has wonderful amenities, and was a better option price-wise for me,” says Bamberger.
Before she moved to Maravilla Scottsdale, she enjoyed a very active lifestyle that included hiking, water aerobics, being a member of the Phoenix Symphony, and more. She found Maravilla Scottsdale not only supported the activities and lifestyle she was accustomed to, she was introduced to new social, recreational, and educational opportunities as well.
Ann has enjoyed participating in Zumba classes, the hiking club, line dancing, working out in Maravilla’s fully-equipped fitness center, playing card games, joining Rummikub tournaments, and most recently taking up Pilates.
“There is always something to do. And, you can do as much or as little as you choose,” says Ann. “They just started a water volleyball activity but it conflicts with my line dancing class so I haven’t tried that yet.”
In addition to recreational and fitness opportunities, Bamberger says she enjoys the numerous cultural and continuing education activities that are available to residents––in and out of the community. In particular, Bamberger has enjoyed taking classes at Maravilla Scottsdale through ASU’s OSHER Lifelong Learning program. The program offers area seniors the opportunity to take university-quality non-credit short-courses and lectures.
According to Bamberger, OSHER’s high-quality program adds tremendous value to Maravilla Scottsdale, and in fact residents from other senior living communities and the surrounding Scottsdale community come to participate.
“ASU’s OSHER Lifelong Learning classes are a real asset to have here at Maravilla Scottsdale,” says Bamberger. “Plus, we have docents from the Phoenix Art Museum who come monthly whose presentations have been fascinating. I’ve also enjoyed continuing my regular outings to the Phoenix Symphony.”
According to Bamberger, the community’s low-maintenance lifestyle, including housekeeping, new daily opportunities for wellness, socializing, continued learning, vast amenities, and attractive architecture and design all played a part in her decision to make Maravilla Scottsdale home.
Located in North Scottsdale, adjacent to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort and the TPC Scottsdale golf course, the community’s convenient location further enhances residents’ on-the-go lifestyles. With interconnecting pathways and lush landscaping, Ann has enjoyed walking her dog daily throughout the grounds.
And, when she’s not on the go, Bamberger says she enjoys visiting with friends and neighbors at Maravilla Scottsdale’s Ironwood Grille restaurant.
“The community’s restaurant is one of the things that most attracted me to Maravilla Scottsdale,” says Bamberger. “Unlike other communities that had just one large dining room, Maravilla has numerous attractive dining spaces; more like an intimate restaurant, and the food is very satisfying.”
Based on her experience in exploring retirement living options, Bamberger recognizes that every senior has to make the decision that they’re most comfortable with based on their long-term needs. However she offers this advice, “If you lead a healthy lifestyle, have a positive attitude and like to stay active––this is the place to do it!”
Maravilla Scottsdale offers a full continuum of care including: independent living, assisted living, and memory care programs. What’s more, Maravilla Scottsdale’s quality care and services are backed by a three-year accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Maravilla Scottsdale is one of the first retirement communities in the nation to earn accreditation for its independent, assisted living, and memory care programs. CARF evaluators commended the community for its programmatic and recreational aspects, “top-notch” dining services, individualized and person-centered care philosophy, and family-like environment among residents and staff.
7325 E. Princess Blvd., Scottsdale
Did you know that Scottsdale has two dedicated senior centers offering a variety of programs, recreational classes, special events, support services, and other opportunities geared specifically toward senior adults? Check out the locations below to learn more about these great community resources for you or a loved one.
Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale
Hours of operation: Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Via Linda Senior Center
10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale
Hours of operation: Mon.–Thurs., 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri. –Sat., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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