Bingo, rosary and sing a longs are the core of most activities in many senior settings. Although we can never… ever..ever… remove bingo from our calendars, there is more we can be doing to enrich our residents’ lives. We are at a point where times are changing, as we continue our journey through what’s known as culture change and so is our understanding at Artman, of what residents need and want from us. My name is Katelyn McKinley and I am the Director of Community Life at Artman, Liberty Lutheran’s senior living community in Ambler, Montgomery County. I have the privilege of supervising a community life staff that provides our residents with daily activities and events to enhance the resident’s quality of life and provide them with a wonderful meaningful day.
A new grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries will fund a special, innovative project to better serve memory impaired residents at Liberty’s senior living communities.
Following national trends, Liberty Lutheran’s senior communities are seeing a significant increase in older adult residents with cognitive impairments, especially mid to late state dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 13 percent of Pennsylvania seniors are currently living with dementia, a figure which is expected to increase by nearly 20 percent within the next ten years.
When you hear the song, “My Funny Valentine” does it remind you of a special place in time thinking about a special person? What comes to your mind? When one Artman resident plays it on his Casio keyboard in his apartment he is smiling from ear to ear.
Let us share with you the story of our resident piano man, who enjoys playing one of his favorite songs for residents, friends, loved ones and countless others when they come to visit. James is new to Artman, Liberty’s senior community in Ambler, Montgomery County, but it is a place “he always wanted to live when it came time to move out of his two-story home.”
So not surprisingly, according to a 2011 report from AARP, the vast majority of older adults want to continue living in their own homes or communities. They want to “age in place.” Continue reading →
For many of us, the holidays are a heartwarming and happy occasion. For others, it can be a lonely time of year, particularly as someone ages and has little or no family, holding on to memories of years past and longing for the personal connections that make it such a special time of year. Artman, Liberty’s senior living community in Ambler, goes to great strides to ensure each resident has a joyous holiday season, thanks to what is known as “Heart’s Desire.”
~By Janet Lorenzon, Executive Director, Artman
“You can live forever in that place, it is so good,” says Bob Cinalli, whose mother has lived at Artman for 4 years. These words of affirmation are exactly what we want to hear from someone with a relative living in our community. Our goal at Artman, Liberty’s senior living community in Ambler, is that every family member feels uplifted when they visit and comfortable when they leave.
Each year the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services is blessed with the outpouring of support we receive from members of congregations in Southeast Pennsylvania.
Liberty Lutheran is pleased to announce our new initiative – “Say Yes to Service.” Connect with others through our Family of Services to make a difference. Together we can continue our shared legacy of faithful service by bringing new and exciting opportunities to members of your congregation.
Where did the last 20 years go? That’s the biggest question Fran Conley pondered when we asked her to talk about being one of the first members of The Becoming Center in 1994.
“I was here when the doors opened,” she recalls.
Two decades ago, Fran’s very–health conscious daughter was driving by Artman, Liberty’s senior community in Ambler, she saw the signs for the newly created Becoming Center and urged her mother to join. Fran lived only two blocks away and still does.
The Liberty Lutheran Family of Services is blessed to provide vital resources to thousands of people facing life-changing situations in Pennsylvania. Each person is courageous in their own way. Ellen Stern, a resident at Artman, is an exceptional example.
Ellen and her husband Harold moved to Artman in January 2014 after a series of health problems. They realized the split-level Willow Grove home that they shared for more than 40 years wasn’t ideal for the walking and balance issues that come with age. But don’t let her age and petite frame fool you. At 87, Ellen has as much courage and spitfire as ever.
“I still want to fight when there is a wrong,” she says.