Learning and Connecting–Cathedral Village

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Forget the old rhyme, “No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.” At Village College, the continuing education program at Cathedral Village, the pencils are sharp, there are only good books, and the teachers and students are friends and neighbors. Cathedral Village is a premier continuing care retirement community in Philadelphia, Pa. The Village College has been keeping the community’s academic residents engaged in learning for more than 18 years.   Emmy Starr, Ted Shakespeare and Dick […]

Understanding Arthritis–How Joint Pain Impacts Daily Life

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The number of adults with arthritis is rising by about 1 million people each year, according to a 2013 government report. The report reaffirms previous predictions that cases of arthritis would rise rapidly with the aging of the population. However, the impact of arthritis on activity limitations is exceeding previous estimates, says the Arthritis Foundation. “The sharp rise in activity limitations is alarming,” says Arthritis Foundation President and CEO, Ann M. Palmer. “More people are hurting when they walk and […]

There’s No Place Like Home

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According to the AARP, 80 percent of American seniors desire to stay in their homes for the remainder of their lives. This process is known as “aging in place.” Seniors choose to age in place for many reasons: proximity to family, familiarity, convenience, a desire to maintain independence, as well as safety and security. With advancing age there are physical changes related to declining health and chronic diseases which may compromise a person’s ability to remain living independently. There are […]

Be a Balanced Caregiver

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By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW Caring for a parent, grandparent, spouse or loved one has its challenges and rewards. It can be gratifying as well as frustrating, with no clear roadmap on how to proceed. More than 65 million people in the United States care for a parent or disabled adult, and of those caregivers, more than a third still have minor children living at home. Middle-aged adults may find themselves sandwiched between limit testing teenagers, pushing for more independence, and […]

Time to Call 9-1-1

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Biological Warnings Many Ignore Each year, about 600,000 Americans—one in four—in the United States die from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Individuals should never ignore the biological warnings of heart attack, stroke or heart failure. It is best to call 9-1-1 immediately if a medical emergency is suspected. Of the 715,000 Americans who have a heart attack each year, about 525,000 are first-timers, says the CDC, and those individuals may not know what’s happening. Sadly, […]

Real Life Story–Right at Home and Mary Poole Hartsock

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“As long as I am well and able to do for other people, that is what I want to do,” said Mary Poole Hartsock, who, at 90 years old, is still working as an in-home caregiver for Right at Home of Frederick, Howard, Carroll, and Washington Counties. Mary Poole Hartsock, 90, received the Right at Home National Caregiver of the Year Award inrecognition of her outstanding service to home care clients. Pictured from left to right: Brian Petranick, President/COO; Carole […]

A Booming Community–Homewood at Willow Ponds

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By Christy Brudin Friends prepare for a museum outing. A woman heads off ­ to work. Students file into the fitness center. Homewood at Willow Ponds, an active adult community in Frederick, Md., is booming—primarily because it provides Boomers with exactly what they want—a maintenance-free, activity-‑ filled lifestyle with the promise of future care if it is needed. Homewood Retirement Centers includes five communities in Maryland and Pennsylvania and has a long history of o­ offering enriching lifestyles at reasonable […]

Art and Inspiration–Lorien Taneytown

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By Christy Brudin Art has always been a big part of Millicent “Millie” Bassett’s life. From theaters in New York City to classrooms in Connecticut, Millie has been inspired by countless artists—and helped provide some inspiration for novice art teachers. Following her recent move to Lorien Taneytown Assisted Living in Taneytown, Md., Millie is already looking forward to starting an art appreciation group for her fellow residents. She’s also found a great place to relax and get inspired: the onsite […]

Solve Long-Term Care Issues

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An Ombudsman Can Help ­The word “Ombudsman” is a Swedish term for a person who acts as a third party in resolving problems. A Long-Term Care Ombudsman can assist consumers who are choosing long-term care providers (nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, adult day care programs and home care agencies) by offering information on an individual provider’s services, history of complaints and their licensure status. Ombudsmen are advocates who work to improve the quality of life for seniors and […]

The Neighborhood You Dream About

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The Village Movement is Prompting Communities to Think about Creative Solutions for Aging in Place Imagine you are living in a community where you know your neighbors. Imagine that your patio needs weeding, and you prefer not to do it. In this neighborhood, a simple phone call can have someone over to take care of your weeding. Perhaps you need some home repairs, or you are returning home from the hospital after surgery and need some assistance. In this neighborhood, […]