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Happy senior people taking selfie during winter holidays.

The festive season is a time for sharing joy and love with family and friends, but it can be more difficult for those with loved ones in assisted living. Here are some tips for including your loved one during this busy holiday period. Spending time at the assisted living community: Many assisted living communities really …

Six golden stars over black background. 3D illustration of high quality customer service

6 Awards Garnered Among 6,500 Entries When the time and energy expended toward high quality communications realizes positive outcomes, all share in the triumph. United Methodist Communities is the recipient of six 2016 MarCom Awards, an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. There were over 6,500 entries from all …

The Shores United Methodist Communities

United Methodist Communities at The Shores’ Staff Achieves a Deficiency-Free Nursing Survey While Thursday, October 6 started out like any other day at United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City, it marked the beginning of an intensive multi-pronged assessment. At the conclusion of five business days, The Shores victoriously achieved a deficiency-free nursing survey …

By Mary Kate Somers Whether they live, visit and or volunteer at The Shores, pets play a big role. Such is the case with  Data, a 2-year-old Golden Doodle, who volunteers two days a week. This handsome guy brings joy to everyone he visits in Assisted Living, Healthcare, Memory Support and the Bridges. Data came …

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 …

It requires just a few minutes to conclude that Marie T. Zukoff, a nationally known watercolorist, keenly observes human behavior and possesses a naturally calm demeanor. Reflecting her personal painting style, which conveys tranquility and peaceful solitude, Marie gracefully makes her way around the room, giving attention to the residents attending class this afternoon. Marie …

In May of this year, Cathy Foley, move-in coordinator at Bristol Glen, received the United Methodist Homes Hospitality Award for demonstrating the spirit of unconditional love, care; taking responsibility, following up diligently to enact solutions, and going above and beyond to make everyone feel welcomed. So, it’s no surprise that Foley got an idea, sparked …

Making sure residents are engaged in activities of their choice is always the main objective of the Memory Support Residence (MSR) at Bristol Glen. With 15 residents who have one of three levels of dementia – high, medium and low – Marie Manzi, the director of memory support and residential social worker declares, “The Life …

Bristol Glen resident, Cornelius (Neal) Faber, is a man whose love of carpentry never fades.  Although long retired, that hasn’t stopped him from keeping his hands busy sanding, cutting, refinishing and woodworking worn tables, chairs and benches into revitalized pieces of beautiful furniture. Neal and his wife of 71 years, Norma, have settled in quite …

One hundred and eleven years of ministry and thriving communities have required much. It has taken generous donors, dedicated volunteers, spirited residents and their families, professional vendors and partners, talented associates, faithful churches, reliable community partners, caring organizations, businesses, and individuals. Among the dedicated volunteers of all our auxiliaries, which from our founding, have sacrificially …

At age 108 ½, Mildred Nicholson Bell peacefully passed away. As a lifetime resident of Pitman and beloved resident of United Methodist Communities at Pitman, Mildred proudly described herself as a “Pitmanite through and through.” Born on July 31, 1906, her family lived in a Grandview Avenue home with gas lanterns and an outhouse. Years …

Whether you bake with Martha, sauté with Jacques, or kick it up a notch with Emeril, Sodexo’s “Chef Stage Center” display cooking program promises candy for all the senses. All four chefs agree that, “since its introduction at the United Methodist Communities’ full-service communities, it has become a resident favorite.” In the spirit of flexibility …

Male and female senior holding weights

United Methodist Communities recently opened SeniorFITness at United Methodist Communities at The Shores (Ocean City). It follows the unique and highly beneficial program’s implementation at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen (Newton). SeniorFITness, a venture with United Methodist Communities partner Alliance Rehab, is led by professional exercise physiologists. The multidisciplinary program designed to be both fun and …

In the fall of 2012, United Methodist Communities submitted nine associate names to LeadingAge’s Longest Tenured Employee Contest. Organization-wide, nine associates had 30 or more years of service. United Methodist Communities at Collingswood cook John Schopfer’s years of service totaled 33. In the 30-39 years category, LeadingAge received over 420 submissions. Their names, including his, …

a sprig of pink orchids shot in a studio against a white background, carefully composed to present the flower heads in a pleasing formation. Carefully lit and taken with a macro lens for maximum detail.

Orchids are considered among the most popular houseplants, this according to www.proflowers.com .  Amazingly, there are 25,000 different types of orchids – with more being discovered every day.  “Orchids can impart a wide variety of messages,” the experts say, “but historically the meanings of orchids have included wealth, love, and beauty.” Wikipedia tells us the cultivation …