Local Business Owner Gives Back to The Community

Business owner, FayeAnn Carson of Cambridge, Maryland and resident of Talbot County, made a generous donation to Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center in honor of her late grandmother, Mrs. Alice C. Jackson, who was a regular member.

Left to right: FayeAnn Carson, Joan Muzzillo (fundraising committee member, and Childlene Brooks (Manager of Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center).

In addition to her donation, Carson expressed her desire to give more back to the organization that gave her grandmother another place to call home. Initially wanting to offer complimentary services as a nail technician to the Center’s members, FayeAnn’s idea evolved into a larger fundraising event called “Spa Day” after consulting with the Fundraising Committee. “Spa Day” was the first event of its kind to be held at the Center and received very positive reviews from the members.

In addition to Carson’s manicures, the “Spa Day” fundraiser included several other vendors that offered services to the members such as chair massages by Stephanie Latham, LMT of Massage plus, yoga sessions lead by Dee Dee McQue of Eastern Shore Yoga, and intuitive medical readings and chair pilates by Jena Latham.

Carson is now also a member of the Brookletts Place- Talbot Senior Center Fundraising Committee.

About Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center

Brookletts Place is dedicated to serving residents 60 years of age and older from all walks of life in Talbot and surrounding counties. Brookletts Place strives to create an environment where individuals can create, thrive and participate in life-long learning that enhances their physical mental and emotional lives. To learn more, please visit www.brooklettsplace.org or call 410.822.2869.

Partners In Care Sponsors a Support Group for Visually-Impaired Seniors

If you are older person with an eye condition such as macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, you most likely have questions or concerns about how your vision issues will affect your ability to carry out your everyday life.

Partners In Care (PIC) Upper Shore is sponsoring a support group for visually-impaired seniors, both for PICmembers and for additional older adults in the community with their families and caregivers .

The group held their first meeting in June at the Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center which was well attended, and there was much input from those in attendance.  Attendees were very enthusiastic as they shared ideas and concerns andwere eager to learn more about products and services available to them.  Also, the caregivers, friends and families who attended learned much about their role in the life of visually-impaired individuals.  Future plans include topics such as transportation, services and tools for the blind.

The next meeting will be Tuesday July 18th from 1 to 2:30 pm at Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton.  The featured speaker is Amanda Gonzales of the Maryland Library with information about free books on tape for visually impaired and handicapped individuals.  There will be applications to fill out and instructions on how to receive books on tape via pre-paid mailers.

Seating is limited to 20 visually-impaired members and 20 family, friends and caregivers. There is no charge for attending; however, an RSVP is required to the Partners In Care-Upper Shore office.  To reply, please contact Pam at 410-822-1803.

Partners In Care is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to help older adults remain independent via services provided by volunteer members.  Membership is open to those who are age 50 +, who are ambulatory and willing to participate as good neighbors.  Membership is not based on income, and there is no monetary cost for membership or services.

Partners In Care provides many additional services including transportation and advocacy to help older adults remain independent in their homes. Partners in Care is supported by multiple community funding, including the United Fund of Talbot County. The United Fund enables Partners In Care and other non-profits serve the many areas of need in our community.

Senior Nation: Integrace Bayleigh Chase Voted “Best Assisted Living”

Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, has been voted “Best Assisted Living” in the Best of 2017 reader’s poll conducted by What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine. What’s Up? Media honored all its winners at the “Best of Party 2017” at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Thursday, June 15.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase offers a resident-centered Assisted Living program, supported by the Integrace Pathways philosophy, that promotes independence while providing medication management and personal care as needed. Bayleigh Chase Assisted Living residents benefit from a daily engagement program that features exercise, social events and outings, outdoor activities, music, art and technology.

“We are extremely honored that What’s Up? Eastern Shore readers chose our Assisted Living program as the Best of 2017,” said Andrea Lev, LNHA, executive director, Integrace Bayleigh Chase. “The colleagues on our Assisted Living team go above and beyond every day to provide a compassionate and enriching supportive living environment that celebrates each of our residents as individuals. This recognition is a testament to their wonderful work.”

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a vibrant community that offers residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

Photo caption: Integrace Bayleigh Chase representatives at the What’s Up? Media Best of Party 2017. From left to right: Andrea Lev, executive director; Joel Yacks, director of clinical services and ALM; Amy Fountain, social worker; Louise Montgomery, recreation engagement director; Gerry Brenner, RN, assistant director of clinical services.

Londonderry Residents Learn About Soils, Archaeology

Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents were recently treated to a lecture on soil science and archaeology by Dr. J.E. Foss, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee.

Presented at the end of May, the program was titled “Soils and Archaeology: From Pompeii to Guatemala,” and gave residents a look at a number of archaeological sites Foss has had the opportunity to work at as a soil scientist. Over the past 30 years, he’s worked to help do things like date sites and examine contamination in places like Puerto Rico, Central America, Italy, Jordan, Albania, Tunisia and Greece.

Londonderry resident Dr. J.E. Foss is pictured atop a Mayan temple in Guatemala with fellow researchers.

“Soils are different all over the world,” Foss, a Londonderry resident of about six months, said. “I bounced around quite a bit.”

Foss’ work has taken him to sites both commonly heard of, like Pompeii, and those less name recognizable, like Mitrou and Petra. Though some of the residents at Foss’ lecture had actually visited Pompeii themselves — he calls them a “well traveled group” — they still showed a lot of interest in the historical aspects of his presentation.

“They were especially interested in the Mayan sites in Guatemala, El Mirador,” Foss said. “Everyone has a natural interest in archaeology — where do we come from, what’s the history, that sort of thing.”

Foss hopes to organize a trip in the future for residents to visit an active archaeological dig. He says he’d also like to present other lectures specific to some of the interesting sites he’s worked.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Dedicates Barry Library

On May 25, Integrace Bayleigh Chase held a special celebration to dedicate the Barry Library. The library is now named for Mrs. Jean Barry, a current Bayleigh Chase resident who was instrumental in conceiving, designing, and establishing the library for Bayleigh Chase residents and guests to enjoy. The dedication commemorated the fifth anniversary of the library’s opening. Pictured left to right: Integrace Bayleigh Chase Executive Director Andrea Lev; Jean Barry; and Resident Association President Anne Ryan Neary.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant retirement communities throughout Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of dementia care, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two memory clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with dementia. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

Talbot Hospice Hires Bereavement Coordinator

Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge recently announced the appointment of Rebecca DeMattia, LCSW-C as Bereavement Coordinator. As a licensed certified social worker and certified grief counselor, DeMattia has been providing grief counseling since 2007. In her role as Bereavement Coordinator, she will be responsible for the supervision of and overall management of a bereavement program including the planning, implementation of grief support to patients and their families, caregivers, hospice staff, and the community at large.

DeMattia has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work, both from Salisbury University. She received her Certification in Grief Counseling from the American Academy of Grief Counseling in 2012 and is currently working toward a doctorate in Social Work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

“We are very pleased to have found someone with Becky’s background and enthusiasm to steer our bereavement program,” said Dodge. “She has great ideas for new programming, and has already proven to be an asset to our team and to our patients and family members.”

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“I look forward to immersing myself in the culture of Talbot Hospice and providing the important support that is needed by patients and their loved ones who are facing this sacred chapter of life,” said DeMattia.

Talbot Hospice offers individual and family consultation as well as a number of support groups that meet on a regular basis.  Services are offered without charge and are made possible through charitable donations. Bereavement services are offered to anyone, regardless of county of residence, whether or not their loved one was served by Talbot Hospice. For a complete listing of groups offered visit TalbotHospice.org or call 410-822-6681 for more information.

Connolly Joins Londonderry Board

Charles C. Connolly III recently joined the Board of Directors at Londonderry on the Tred Avon.

Connolly has been the Director of Finance for Talbot County Public Schools since July 1990.

A graduate of Wilmington College with Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees, he is a certified public accountant. He began his career farming with his parents before moving on to C.W. Amos & Company, a certified public accounting firm, working his way up to become a manager in the regional office.

Connolly serves as a liaison and trustee for Maryland Association of Boards of Education Group Insurance Pool, Maryland Association of Boards of Education Workers Compensation Fund, Maryland Association of Boards of Education Legal Services Association, Eastern Shore of Maryland Education Energy Trust and Maryland Association of Counties OPEB Trust. He is a member and serves on boards of various non-profit organizations throughout Talbot County.

A Talbot County native, he and his wife Mollie, a teacher for Talbot County Public School for 37 years, are planning for their daughter Keegan’s upcoming wedding in July. Connolly enjoys riding motorcycles, woodworking, making children’s toys and assisting with his wife and daughter’s scarf manufacturing and sales business.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and over, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Participates in The Senior Expo

Representatives from Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, were happy to participate in The Senior Expo, sponsored by The Star Democrat, on March 22 at Chesapeake College.

Dr. Allan Anderson, medical director for the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic at Bayleigh Chase, was a featured speaker at the event. He presented “Maintaining Brain Fitness,” sharing a basic overview of how the brain processes memory, and expert tips for keeping our minds healthy as we age.

Lauren Harding, Assisted Living and Memory Care Admissions Director, and Dr. Allan Anderson, Medical Director, represented Integrace Bayleigh Chase at The Senior Expo at Chesapeake College.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase also had a booth at the event, where guests were able to learn more about the continuum of innovative services – including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation – Bayleigh Chase provides for both residents and the greater community.

“We received so many phone calls leading up to The Senior Expo from people who were excited to hear Dr. Anderson speak, we knew this event would be a success,” said Betsy Griffin, Advertising and Marketing Director, The Star Democrat. “We thank both Dr. Anderson and Integrace Bayleigh Chase for being a part of this great day for our community.”

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a vibrant community that offers residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant retirement communities throughout Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of dementia care, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two memory clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with dementia. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

Londonderry Residents Model Latest Fashions

Residents and staff members from Londonderry on the Tred Avon walked the catwalk on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, showing off their biggest smiles and best poses in a fashion show organized by the Londonderry on The Tred Avon community’s Residents Activities Committee.

Around 15 residents and four staff members volunteered to model for all the community residents, who were able to watch the show, shop from a pop up boutique, and win chances at a number of centerpieces and donated door prizes.

Photo – from left, Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents Pat Lewers, Vita Strong, Camille Kneale and Betty Hurford show off their best model poses during a fashion show on Tuesday, March 7, organized by the retirement community’s Residents Activities Committee.

“It was a lot of fun for everyone involved,” said Susan Andrews, a Londonderry resident and member of the Residents Activities Committee involved in planning the event. “The outfits were bright, beautiful and fun … and people had a very enjoyable, lighthearted time.”

The fashion show was a true community event, with Lu LaRue clothing provided by Renee Bounds Barringer, jewelry from Piazzzz in St. Michaels, and hair and makeup done by Trish Smith. It was the first fashion show planned by the Residents Activities Committee, which keeps Londonderry’s residents busy with a variety of events and happenings.

“Physical, intellectual, artistic activities – we try cover all the possible activities that somebody might like to participate in,” said longtime Londonderry resident and member of the activities committee Lari Caldwell. “We like to see our residents enjoying everything that we have available here. It’s a lovely place to live.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

2017 Spring Series by Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture

Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture announces its new Spring 2017 series entitled “Faith And” at Washington College in Chestertown. The six-part series features:

Faith and Leadership
Al Sikes, former Chair of the Federal Communications Commission
“Faith & Leadership: A Discussion of a Life of Public Service”
6:00 PM, Wednesday, March 22
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College, Chestertown

Faith, Politics & The Ivory Tower
Josh Dunn, Director, Center for the Society of Government and the Individual, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Faith, Politics & The Ivory Tower: Conservatives and Higher Education
5:00 PM, Friday, March 24
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College, Chestertown

Faith & Science
JP Moorland, Distinguished Professor ofPhilosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
7:00 PM, Thursday, April 6
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,
Chestertown

Faith Law & Liberty
Shannon Holzer, award winning author and scholar
7:30 PM, Wednesday, April 12
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,
Chestertown

Faith & The Emotions
James K. A. Smith, Gary and Henrietta Byker, Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin College
6:30 PM, Tuesday, April 18
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,
Chestertown

Faith & Music
Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Director of the True Symphony Institute
6:00 PM. Tuesday, May 3
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,
Chestertown