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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Judas Offers His Services

by Rev. Kimberly Wecht Director of Mission and Pastoral Care “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?’ And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity …

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Dr. Robert M. Grife Appointed Medical Director at The Shores

United Methodist Communities at The Shores Executive Director, Jennifer Courlas, announced the appointment of Dr. Robert M. Grife, as medical director for the senior retirement community. With a special focus in Stress Management and Geriatrics, Dr. Grife also holds Board Certification in Family Medicine. He will oversee all care levels including assisted living, memory support, …

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While We Were Still Weak

by Rev. Dr. Richard Leaver Director of Mission and Pastoral Care While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we …

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Legal and Financial Tips when Considering Assisted Living

So, you’ve decided that moving into an assisted living community is the right choice for you or your loved one — now you have to start getting ready for the transition. While everyone thinks of what furniture they should take, how to sell their house or how to decorate and plan their new space, many …

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Extravagant Love

by Rev. Beth Mallozzi Director of Mission and Pastoral Care John 12:1-11 Extravagant love is demonstrated by Mary. She anoints his feet with expensive perfume, almost literally worth her weight in gold. Not just with her money, but also through the intimate act of wiping his feet with her hair, Mary loves Jesus. To Judas, this …

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The Return of the King

by Rev. Salvatore Seirmarco Director of Mission and Pastoral Care Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 46 I’m sure that most of us have watched or can remember watching a military parade. Some may remember the victory parades after WW2. I can remember the parades after the First Gulf War. The returning army marching in all their glory. …

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Rehabilitation at The Shores in Cape May County

As one of the leading assisted living communities in Cape May County, New Jersey , we’re proud to offer expert short-term rehabilitation services to assist seniors in their recovery from falls, surgical procedures, and illnesses. Here are all the benefits of choosing this professional service: Faster recovery and healing: As we age, it becomes more difficult to bounce back quickly from illnesses and injury. However, professional short-term rehabilitation can help …

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Avoid These Mistakes When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

Although moving to an assisted living community can be very stressful for seniors as well as their families, the great care, amenities, and socialization result in real improvements in care and quality of life. However, positive outcomes rely upon finding the right fit. Here are some mistakes to avoid when on this search, from our …