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.
Three elderly women and a man sat around a table in Paul’s Run’s library recently, huddled over their iPads and listening intently to Community Life Director, Jeri Iacono’s directions.
“The most important thing you need to know is how to turn it on,” she told the group. “Don’t be afraid of hurting it. Be patient and when you don’t know how to get out of something, hit the home button,” she added, pointing to the large round button at the base of the iPad.
By Maria Kent, Liberty Lutheran PR Intern
Angela Danno has been an active resident at Paul’s Run since she moved in to Liberty’s Northeast Philadelphia retirement community 21 months ago. She exercises daily and knows first-hand the importance of physical fitness when it comes to aging. “I have little aches and pains…some pinched nerves,” she explained. That’s why she participated in Senior Fitness Day at Paul’s Run for the second year in a row.
Picture this: more than 200 senior citizens WALKING from Honolulu to Philadelphia! Okay… maybe that’s not humanly possible, but that was idea behind the Amazing Race at three of Liberty Lutheran’s senior communities.
Residents at Paul’s Run, Artman and the Village at Penn State kicked off the Amazing Race walking challenge in August, featuring four weeks of activities to inspire residents to get moving. Each week featured a different virtual destination. Residents “walked” from Honolulu to Dallas, then to New Orleans, and back to Philadelphia.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen
A typical day for Olive includes a lot of sleep and little, if any, engagement with others. Olive, 103 years old and in the advanced stages of dementia, is a resident at Artman, Liberty’s senior living community in Ambler, Montgomery County. Up to now, staff has had little success engaging with Olive. That changed on a Tuesday in August.
As a leader in senior living services, Liberty has embraced technology to support our commitment to compassionate, quality care and innovation. Within the last year, Paul’s Run Retirement Community and Artman, two of our four senior living communities, have adopted cutting-edge technology to facilitate virtual house calls that permit a physician to see a resident “on demand” in our skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods.
As a teenager, Marjorie Davis remembers sitting on the front porch of the Haywood Mansion with her grandmother, Margaret Artman Clymer. “When I visited, we would sit on the porch rockers and shell peas – peas that were grown right here in the gardens.” Although a memory from more than 70 years ago, it’s one that Mrs. Davis cherishes to this day. Continue reading →
When it comes to determination, Charles Moyer is demonstrating he’s got what it takes. The 86 year old Lansdale man is one of the newest members of The Becoming Center, Liberty’s health and wellness center for older adults on the campus of Artman in Ambler. He is taking on a fitness routine for the first time in his life. Continue reading →
The dining room was decked out with balloons and flowers, and a giant sheet cake was placed at the front of the room with Happy Birthday written in red across the vanilla icing. The momentous occasion even prompted State Representative Ed Neilson to bring state proclamations for all of the honorees. This is the Centenarian Club at Paul’s Run – 24 men and women marking their 98th birthday or beyond this year! On Thursday, May 16th – the Centenarian Club and their friends, loved ones and staff at Paul’s Run celebrated with a special luncheon. It’s been an annual tradition at the Northeast Philadelphia retirement community for the last five years.
“They’re just so proud that they’ve made it and all that they accomplished in their lives,” said Jeri Iocona, Life Enrichment Manager, Paul’s Run.
Members of this “club” come from different countries, different professions and different faiths, but they have at least one thing in common – they have achieved longevity in life that most people only hope to experience. Continue reading →
-Karen Read, MSN, RN, Nurse Educator
“Within all of us resides the need to be whole.” – Oliver Sacks, M.D.
Americans are living longer lives than ever before. In fact, it’s estimated that 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day. But with that, it seems, we are also hearing about more cases of dementia. Chances are that we have or will cross paths with someone who is diagnosed with dementia symptoms. The more we know about dementia, the more help we can get for those battling the disease. Continue reading →