Community Corner

Join the Fight Against Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a serious disease that causes bones to become brittle and weak, making people vulnerable to serious bone breaks and damage from minor falls, bumps and everyday impact that do not affect healthy skeletons. Unfortunately, no cure exists for this condition, which affects around 54 million Americans and up to one in every two …

Helpful Communication Strategies for Dementia

Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions progressively diminish mental capacity as they worsen, including a patient’s ability to communicate with and understand the people around them. Here are some insights from our assisted living community in Gloucester County , NJ on developing an effective way to communicate with your loved one. Common communication problems for dementia patients:  Struggling to find the right …

How to Prepare for Hospice Care

Hospice care, appropriate in the event of advanced, life-limiting illness, requires patients and loved ones to make profound changes in their expectations for care and treatment. Our associates from our hospice in South Jersey share some insights on how to prepare yourself or a loved one for this stage of care, and how to make this difficult transition easier. …

Connections Are Everywhere

Coincidence or not? You decide. I walked onto the cruise ship and faced an entire wall lit up with the message, “How Will You Tell your Story?” This followed a very interesting conversation during a 25-minute van ride from my hotel to the cruise ship port in Florida. I sat next to a woman named …

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An Uncommon Career Path

My career path began on a humid summer day — while running on a soccer field in Shavertown, PA. I don’t remember, but my mom told me, “As you collapsed, your wheezing could be heard from the sidelines.” Luckily, a nurse and parent spectator, recognized the symptoms of an asthma attack and jumped into action. …

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May 31st is National Senior Health and Fitness Day!

National Senior Health and Fitness Day encourages seniors across 50 states to get out, get moving, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. This is a great annual day filled with events all across local towns and senior living communities – here’s what it’s all about and how to join in, from our assisted living team …

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Daughter of a Pilgrim and of the American Revolution

  With roots to historic events over 400 years ago, the late Alice Carnrite Teal aptly came into the world on Flag Day. In 1620, the Mayflower, with 102 passengers and a crew of about 35 enduring extremely cramped conditions, departed England. Among these passengers, John Howland, came as a manservant to John Carver, who …

Tips for Seniors to Sleep Better

May is Better Sleep Month, so our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ , is exploring some tips and insights to help seniors fight insomnia and get a good night’s sleep. Why is sleep important? Getting enough sleep is essential to maintaining our physical and mental health, which is important for every stage of our lives. However, our sleeping patterns change …

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Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life in which interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the best way possible. Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed …

Seniors and Cataracts

As we age, we can experience certain health and wellness changes that affect our senses, including our ability to see clearly. Cataracts is a common vision problem often associated with getting older. Here’s some insight from specialists in assisted living in Gloucester County, NJ . What are cataracts?  Cataracts is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy …

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Human Health Improved By Gardening

Horticulture has been used as therapy for centuries. In 1798, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, wrote that gardening improved the conditions of mentally ill patients. Gardening as a means of physical and occupational rehabilitation was employed in U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals for returning World War II veterans. The idea of …

Raising Awareness of Alcoholism Among Seniors

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so we’re talking about the issues surrounding seniors and alcohol abuse. As a leading CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey , we’re dedicated to a high quality of resident life  that includes bringing awareness about this concerning issue. Alcoholism in seniors is easily overlooked  According to the National Institute on Aging, although alcoholism is an issue …

Mary Magdalene, Mary, & Salom walking up to the bright empty tomb of Jesus Christ early Sunday morning, Showing Golgotha in the background.

Wonderful Truths of Easter

by Rev. Kimberly Wecht Director of Mission and Pastoral Care The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and …

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Foolishness

by Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco Director of Mission and Pastoral Care 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the Cross is foolishness.” Foolishness. Wow, where do I go with that, and not look foolish to boot. As I read and reread this passage today, I kept returning to the word foolishness. The idea of foolishness. “For …

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What is Holy Saturday?

by Rev. Bernadette Cataline Staff Chaplain The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and watched how Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb. Then they went to prepare some sweet smelling spices for his burial. But on the Sabbath, they rested, as the Law of Moses commands. Luke 23:55-56 Recently someone asked …

Easter. The crucifixion. Three wooden crosses in silhouette stand silently on a hill at sunset. The dramatic sky is beautiful in its blue and orange colors. Christianity, religious themes.

Why In The World Do They Call It Good Friday?

by Rev. Dr. Richard Leaver Director of Mission and Pastoral Care Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. (John 18:2, 3) Good Friday was …

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Join Hands Around a Table

by Rev. Virginia Stein Hubbard Director of Mission and Pastoral Care How do you observe momentous occasions in life? In my family we surround ourselves with family members and/or our closest friends and share a meal. We reminisce about our shared experiences—even though we sometimes remember these times differently.  In so doing we strengthen the …