Jim & Mary Ruth: A Story of Love & Music

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The first time I met Jim and Mary Ruth I was immediately struck by the love these two share for each other. All he has to do is walk in the room and Mary Ruth’s face beams. In 65 years of marriage, Jim and Mary Ruth have experienced much together. One of the many things they… Read more »

The Gift of Spiritual Care in a Senior Community

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While Blakeford at Green Hills is not a faith-based community, we value the importance of the spiritual needs of residents, their families, and our team members. In fact, when developing our Six Dimensions of WellLife we knew it was imperative to include a spiritual dimension as part of addressing the whole person. At Blakeford, we… Read more »

It Was 20 Years Ago Today . . .

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! With the simple flip of a calendar page and the stroke of the second hand at midnight, we’ve gone from 2015 into a new and exciting year. For all of us at Blakeford, this New Year’s Day is particularly significant. You see, 20 years ago today the very first Blakeford residents… Read more »

A Year of Community: Reflecting on 2015

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” is one of my very favorite songs of the season. When it’s time to roll out the Christmas music it is always one of the first songs I want to hear. Because aside from all the hustle and bustle and cheer and goodwill and gifts and parties and…(you get… Read more »

Why Are the Arts Key to Dementia Care?

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When you receive a serious medical diagnosis, it can feel as though that diagnosis replaces your identity. I am no longer myself — instead, now I am cancer, or heart attack or dementia. But even when we carry a diagnosis, we also continue to live our lives. We are more than our diseases and care… Read more »

Our Life Enrichment and Wellness Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

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Every day, the members of our Life Enrichment and Wellness team work to promote a positive and healthy wellbeing and belonging for each Blakeford resident. The team is made up of creative and compassionate people who love what they do and value the importance of our residents. From outings and events to games and music, the… Read more »

Learning to Be Mindful

We are all aware of the necessity for physical training of our bodies to keep them sound and strong as we age, but what about “brain training”? I recently had the pleasure of enrolling a new couple in our LiveWell program who practice centering prayer every day. I’ve also dabbled in some research around the… Read more »

How To Create Meaning in Dementia Care

One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost. All engagement tends to be for survival and not for enrichment. This often results in… Read more »

5 Secrets to Transform Your Experience of Aging: Shifting from a Sense of Loss to a Sense of Gain

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My 15-year-old son Evan walked off the tennis court triumphantly, as if he had just won the U.S. Open. Up to that point, our matches had always ended in a tie: I made sure of that or, rather, I could make sure of that. Now, toweling off while feeling an unfamiliar tug on my heart,… Read more »