Community Corner

A Love for Carpentry

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 …

Charitable, Sacrificial and Supportive

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 …

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Living Mission Our Own Way

As Methodists, we have always done things our own way. At a time when most Christians saw God as a distant, all-controlling judge, John Wesley, our founder, believed in grace, free will and in faith embracing both belief and service. Proclaiming a God of love and invoking compassionate service, individual choice, and personal responsibility, Wesley …

A Tribute to Mildred Nicholson Bell

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 …

Residents Say “Bravo” To Chef Stage Center

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 …

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Active and Strong Through SeniorFITness

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 …

Remembering John B.L. Schopfer, 1952 – 2014

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, …

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Anchored In Wesleyan Beliefs

Many of you chose to live at United Methodist Communities, or helped your parent(s) choose one because our faith-based foundation reassures you that our relationship with God defines our identity, inspires our service and frames our mission. However, like all relationships, our relationship with God requires care and nurture to remain vital. Toward that end, …

Long-term Daily Multivitamin Supplement Use Decreases Cataract Risk in Men

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Past observational studies have indicated a relationship between nutritional supplement use and eye health. However, randomized trial data on the effects of …

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Winter Blues?

Is your elderly loved one feeling sad or blue? If so, they may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly referred to as SAD.  Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that occurs during the winter months when the days are shorter and there is a chill in the air. The exact cause of …

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New Jersey Highlands Orchid Society “Blooms” in Bristol Glen

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 …

An Organization Is Only As Strong As Its Associates

During our strategic planning process, which culminated in the creation of our five-year strategic plan adopted by our board in 2013, we discussed visions for the future. Out of these discussions came the direction of a person-centered living model in our full-service communities, reaching into the community by establishing hubs for seniors who are not …