Professor Gives Life at Park Springs Top Marks

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Resident Pat Thomas and Grandkids

Chemistry has always been important to Park Springs Member Pat Thomas. During her 35 years as a professor of pharmacy at the University of Georgia, Pat helped students understand clinical drug interactions in the laboratory. And when it came time to choose a retirement community, the “right chemistry” was essential.

After her husband died in 2004, Pat discovered she had little interest in maintaining the couple’s 3,000-square-foot home on two acres in Athens. She did some serious thinking about where and how she wanted to live long-term.

“I knew I wanted a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) with onsite health care. And after looking around it seemed that Park Springs met my needs better than any other community.”

That was nearly 10 years ago, when Pat was 68. Her adult children (two daughters) were concerned that she was “too young” for a retirement community. But they soon realized that life at Park Springs was a great fit for their active mom, who was still working at the time. “They really consider Park Springs a gift because they know I’m happy and secure here.”

Active Lifestyle and Home Away From Home

Pat’s children aren’t the only family members who have found a lot to love at Park Springs. The community has also become a home away from home for Pat’s two local grandchildren. Eight-year-old Lydia and 11-year-old Walker live with their mom, a teacher, in nearby Snellville. Pat, their Grammy, is an intimate part of their lives.

On work and school mornings Pat drives over to help the kids get up, dressed and fed before dropping them off. At the end of the school day she picks them up and brings them to Park Springs. That’s when the fun begins. “They’ve really grown up around Park Springs and feel very safe and secure here,” says Pat. Lydia and Walker love to talk with other Members, feed the fish in the lake, swim and check out what’s growing in Grammy’s garden.

Many evenings Pat orders supper from the Bistro (chicken fingers and tacos are favorites), which she and the children enjoy in Pat’s villa after homework is done. For a special treat, they eat in the Park Springs dining room.

Not to be outdone, Pat’s Athens grandkids, Wade (4) and Rion (8), also love to come to Grammy’s house. They often spend the night during school vacations.

Interacting with Family is just part of Pat’s active life, which includes art classes at Park Springs. Another passion of hers is dancing, which she shares with partner Jim Davee, whom she met at Park Springs. The couple goes dancing most Friday nights and works out at the Park Springs Fitness Center together. They also enjoy attending UGA football games and traveling, including an annual trip to Maine to visit Jim’s son and family.

“I’ve always been someone who needs social involvement and activities, and both are very accessible here,” says Pat. “The people are really wonderful and there’s always something fun to do.”

As she nears her 10-year-anniversary at Park Springs, Pat is looking forward to making a few changes in her villa, but there’s not much else she’d change. Life is good for this former professor who understands the importance of finding the right chemistry!


Park Springs, an Iskason Living Community, is Atlanta’s premier resort-style retirement community with exceptional onsite amenities, services and healthcare. Contact us to schedule a private tour today to see if Park Spring’s active continuing care community in Atlanta is right for you or your loved one.

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