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Rise Up Singing

Summer and Music Hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s smoky voice croon George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess evokes the warmth and joy of summer.  “One of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing.” For me, summer starts in springtime when the robins return to Michigan to lay their eggs. I crack my windows, even though it is still...

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Summertime and the Livin’ (Isn’t) Easy

I was born in West Virginia. As a young boy, I would lie in my bed at night and listen to the towboats blow their whistles as they entered the curve on the Ohio River at Huntington. The towboats actually pushed the barges. It was dangerous work  The barges were usually in groups of six across and eight long, stretching...

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Appreciating Summer

There are signs and markers of summer everywhere these days. For some, school begins just days away. For others, vacation is still ahead. And for many, the routines of work life make the heat of the day obsolete. As themes were suggested for this August blog series, Gershwin’s Summertime  wormed it’s way into the conversation. One of the most recorded...

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Joy in Aging

If You’re Not Getting Older… I was widowed at a young age. Before his death, my husband was subject to his younger brothers’ teasing about getting older. As soon as he turned 21, for example, they would warn that he was “almost 30.” He would respond with consistency: “If you’re not getting older, you’re dead.” Truth. But this seems like...

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Medication Matters

Medication Matters Medication is the last blog in this series about What Matters Most for your healthcare. Inspired by an article from NextAvenue, this post rounds out the 4 Ms: What Matters, Mentation, Mobility and Medication. These are a part of the Age Friendly Health Systems initiative. So, what about medication? Advances in medications are a part of the equation...

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Mobility Matters

Mobility matters. We may live in a mobile culture, but being mobile — navigating the space around us — is more fundamental. This navigation began from the time we rolled, skootched, crawled and walked away from our parent’s arms as young children. Once we master walking or skootching or crawling or even rolling with wheeled devices, we gain confidence and...

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Mentation, Brain Health

Brain Health Mentation, or brain health, is the second blog in this series about What Matters Most for your healthcare. Inspired by an article from NextAvenue , What Matters, Mentation, Medication, and Mobility. These are a part of the Age Friendly Health Systems initiative of the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Mentation, or brain health, is...

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LISTEN UP: Hearing What Matters Most to Our Care As We Age

AGE FRIENDLY The population of the United States is aging. A 2017 study found that “within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history." As the number of older adults in our country and around the world rises, we are find an increased use in the term “age friendly.” There...

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The Light of Hope

Many residents in our community seek to live fully each day by focusing their energy on the light of hope. Addressing the joys and challenges of aging while living toward hope takes courage and tenacity. Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk I have developed deep admiration for a resident who moved here about eight months ago. Rev. Paul Deppen, a...

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Hope as a Journey

Assessing for Hope As a chaplain working with older adults in long-term care, part of my call is to complete spiritual assessments with residents. In obtaining their spiritual histories, I use the HOPE model. The tool allows me to talk with residents about what brings them hope and joy among other things. When a resident arrives to the community, we...

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2018 Community Benefits Report

Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life

Learn more about the historic effort to raise $20 million over five years through the Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at United Church Homes.

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