The Best of Both Worlds

Perfect home for an independent active lifestyle or those needing a little assistance.

The Matanzas High School lacrosse team compiled a respectable 9-7 record before bowing out of the state playoffs after one game this past spring. The Pirates’ season might not have been as successful as it was were it not for Ron Coyle.

Photo by Nerissa Johnson.

Ron Coyle

A former college lacrosse player at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ron has spent each of the last 25 years, including the past two at Matanzas, passing on his expertise in the sport of lacrosse as a volunteer assistant coach.

It’s one of the many activities that keep this 88-year-old former computer systems manager from feeling his age.

“Age has never bothered me,” Ron says. “A lot of that is because I take good care of myself. But I think the fact that I’m so active and I’m always busy doing something is one of the big reasons I feel as good as I do.”
In addition to his work as an assistant lacrosse coach, Ron is also an active member of a Palm Coast area camera club, an amateur magician and the president of the Resident Council at Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care, where he now lives.

Ron took on that last duty not long after he moved to Sabal Palms last October. That move came at the behest of his children, who worried his active lifestyle was making it hard for him to keep his two-story home in order.

“The house was getting to be too much for me,” Ron explains. “So, my daughter started looking for a place and found Sabal Palms. We both checked it out and agreed it was the right place for me.”

Five Levels of Care

Sabal Palms Assisted Living & Memory Care is a senior living community. It offers studio, one- and two-bedroom suites and five levels of customized care as well as specialized care for those residing in its secured memory care community referred to as “Journeys”.

The care levels begin with minimal assistance, such as medication management, transportation and housekeeping and move up to include incontinence care and shower assistance. The community also has a complete fitness room with exercise equipment, a piano lounge, wine bar, game room and more.

Yoga, cooking, painting and music classes are among the vast array of daily activities open to all residents, who are also treated to a movie each night in the community’s theater, where popcorn is always served.
The use of the fitness room was instrumental in helping Ron get back on his feet. When he first arrived, he was coming off a month-long hospital stay due to a bout with
pneumonia and needed to get himself back in shape for lacrosse season.

“I was actually in a wheelchair when I first got here, but I got rid of that pretty quickly after I started doing physical therapy there,” he says. “Now, I’m back driving again and doing all the things I like to do.”
Ron, who has been performing magic since he was in college, says he plans to put on a magic show for the residents at Sabal Palms later on this year. It’s one of the ways he intends to show his appreciation for all that’s done for him there.

“It’s really a great lifestyle,” he says. “I don’t have to worry about laundry or cleaning or cooking. All that is taken care of for me, and the food is great. I really like it here, and I can come and go as I please and do all the things I like to do.

“I go out and take pictures; I coach; I do my magic. It’s a great situation for me, and the care here is exceptional. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. Like I said, I really like it here. It’s home now.”

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