Lloyd and Jonna Lininger believe that “paying it forward” is more than just a catchphrase. For them, it’s a way of life. That’s why, 10 years after moving to Sarasota, they began researching retirement communities. As committed volunteers, they wanted to spend less time maintaining a home and more time giving back.
The Glenridge quickly moved to the top of their list. Lloyd, a former statistics professor, and Jonna, who worked as a nurse, realized the on-site medical facilities and security of long-term care were a wise investment in their well-being. “The facilities here are so superior,” Jonna says. “The community has everything you would ever need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And if the time comes that we need healthcare, it’s available here.”
After moving into The Glenridge a year ago, the Liningers now enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle that allows them plenty of time to help others. Both volunteer several hours a week at the nearby Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, where they also serve on the board of directors. Jonna guides patients through the admissions process, while Lloyd helps clean, maintain and deliver hospital equipment.
When they’re not volunteering, the Liningers enjoy working out at the Fitness Center, watching movies at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, and exercising their mental “muscle” at The Glenridge Academy, where both of them recently took the “History of China” class.
One thing’s for sure: They never have time to get bored. “We’re busier now than we were before!” Jonna says. “Everyone is so nice, and we’ve met wonderful people. We have the privacy of our home if we want it. Every time we come back from a trip, it’s a wonderful feeling that we’re home, and this is our place.”