SPRINGHOUSE SENIOR LIVING – MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the Springhouse monthly newsletter. Learn about all the exciting and inspirational activities and work being done around our senior living community. We provide tips and other information from the lives of our residents.
Reopening, Renewal and Hope
Spring has sprung and there is hope in the air as our community has begun to re-open! We’ve had so many positive changes in the last month, it is hard to keep track of them all! Here’s a peek at some of what’s been happening at Springhouse: visitors are now welcome to come at their convenience and can visit in resident apartments (only 2 at a time please), residents may dine in the dining room if they choose for all three meals each day, we have resumed bus tours around Boston for a change of scenery and some fresh air, and we’ve welcomed back everyone’s favorite mailman, Bob!
Springhouse is thrilled to introduce Annette McCarty as the new Activity Coordinator for our Independent Living Community!
Annette is a talented local artist and has a strong background in the arts, which she’s already begun to share with our community. See her self portrait to the right. She previously served as the Chair of the Department of Art a local community college, and prior to that worked as their Art Gallery Curator and Coordinator. After retiring from full time work, Annette has most recently taught art classes to seniors at 2Life Communities in Brighton.
In addition to the arts, during the pandemic Annette has taken up the hobby of urban gardening so we anticipate she will be active with our Garden Club. She is also looking forward to working with our resident Activity Committee to discover new destinations for outings once it is safe to resume our weekly trips. Please join us in welcoming Annette!
Matter of Balance is Back!
Once again, Springhouse is partnering with Ethos to offer the popular Matter of Balance class. Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Classes run for 8 weeks and include fun videos, group discussion, a safe surroundings survey and mild exercise to increase strength and flexibility. It is offered at no charge. Those using a cane or walker will also benefit from this program. Especially this year, as many have not been as mobile during the pandemic it is more important than ever to improve your balance and self-confidence
Space is limited. To Register: Contact Ann Glora at 617-477-6616
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The class will be taught via Zoom. Springhouse residents may gather in Main Street to participate together in a group.
Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 15th thru June 3, 2021
Seniors are often challenged by diet and nutrition, because dietary needs change as we age. It can sometimes be difficult to incorporate all the nutrients seniors need into an everyday diet.
One way to make food more inviting and palatable is to include fruits and vegetables that are fresh and in-season. The spring is an especially good time to try new types of produce!
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is one easy way to make sure you or your loved one are getting the nutrients you need through your diet. There are a number of fruits and veggies that are in season during the spring. Each is packed with different nutrients and vitamins. Let’s look at a few of the choices:
• Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, copper, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin and vitamin B1.
• Cabbage has high levels of vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, potassium and fiber.
• Peas have lots of protein, B vitamins, vitamins C and A, manganese, iron, potassium and lutein.
• Shallots are a wonderful source of potassium, vitamin B6, manganese and folic acid.
• Eggplant is high in fiber, potassium, manganese and vitamin B1.
• Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium.
• Peppers have lots of Beta-carotene, vitamins B6, C, A and potassium.
• Carrots are rich in Beta-carotene, vitamins A and K and potassium.
Monthly Support Groups – Updates
At Springhouse Senior Living, we have acknowledged the need to keep positive and support our mental health during COVID-19.
The Coping with Covid support group for Springhouse independent living residents meets in Main Street at 3:30 p.m. on April 22. The Coping with Covid support group for assisted living residents meets in the Bistro at 2:00 pm on April 15th.
This month, the group will be facilitated by Meredith Griffiths, Therapeutic Program Director. This group will offer an opportunity for residents to gather and discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on our day to day lives personally and as a community at large. The meetings will have limited seating and be held on a first come, first serve basis, due to social distancing guidelines.
Our Care to Care support group is currently suspended until further notice, however for those caring for a loved one with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association has put together a number of online resources which you can access: https://www.alzmassnh.org/virtual-programs/
The Living with Loss support group is being held virtually via Zoom while some residents are meeting in person for the meeting (social distanced of course). For more information on how to participate, please contact Meredith at email@example.com or call 617-522-0043 x 2110.