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Holiday Light: The Beauty of Traditions

Holiday Lights blakeford at green hills

I love seeing all the holiday lights come out. I love the brightly lit trees, the candles, streetlights, storefronts….well, all of it! The lights are especially a welcome site this time of year. In this part of the world the daytime is short and the nighttime is at its longest. Darkness seems to dominate the… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: Sharing Your Life Story

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If you sat down to write your autobiography, what would fill the pages of your life story? Over the past few weeks we have defined spirituality. We have explored how our inner beliefs serve as the framework for our own life story by informing how we find and nurture a growing sense of purpose, and… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: The Power of Decisions

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Have you ever stopped to reflect on how your spirituality influences the decisions you make on a daily basis or how you feel about the decisions of others? In our previous posts we discussed the difference between spirituality and religion. We then discussed how our spirituality affects how we find and nurture a growing sense… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: Finding Your Purpose

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What do you want to be when you grow up?  This is a common conversation starter with children. The conversations that follow are often filled with excited possibilities. The answers reveal a lot about our interests, dreams, passions or sense of calling. What I love about children is that the possibilities seem as endless to… Read more »

Spirituality & Aging: Why Is It Important?

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How often have you heard or asked the questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?  What does it all mean? My kids are all grown, and I’m retired, now what? How these questions are answered frame the lens in which one’s very existence is viewed. Like an epic novel, our life unfolds… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Setting Boundaries

Welcome back to our Caregiving & Relationship series. Last week, we looked at The Value of Training and its impact in a family caregiving setting. Gayle Alston, director of training at Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Sherry P. White, a project manager at Schmiedling Home Caregiver Training, and Julie Cherry, Care Manager at Blakeford At… Read more »

How to Shed Light on the Holiday Blues

closeup of a notebook with the text holiday blues written in it on a rustic wooden table with some christmas ornaments, a cup of coffee and a globe

The holidays are a time of joy, bright lights, and celebrations. Family and friends gather for meals, shopping, religious observations and other meaningful traditions. Yet, for many, these same activities can be painful reminders of grief and loss or illicit feelings of what is often referred to as the holiday blues. Good news! There are… Read more »

The Heart of Caregiving

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On the first Sunday of March, family, friends, and team members gathered at Blakeford to hear the reading of names and the ringing of a bell to honor and remember each of those residents who had passed in 2015. Ceremonies like these can be an important part of the healing process when one faces a loss. This… 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 »

A Look Back and a Glance Toward the New Year

Ever noticed how you just get used to dating things correctly and suddenly it’s time to change again? Can it really be the end of 2014 already? Well, in just a very few days we will indeed tear off that last page of the calendar and welcome 2015 with all the promise of the new year that… Read more »