Spy Minute: Londonderry Toasts 25th Year Anniversary

It’s always a great moment when a respected community turns 25 years old. That quarter-century mark is one of the best indicators that the organization being celebrated has reached a point of maturity which promises a long healthy life to come, and there is no better example of this than Londonderry on the Tred Avon birthday bash this week.

While Londonderry has always had a sense of rock-solid stability, mainly since has been anchored by a 19th century Gothic Revival manor house, with now over 97 cottages and 26 apartments along the Tred Avon River, it is also true that for the first ten years of its existence, the then revolutionary new retirement community struggled against many odds to keep from closing, including revised partnership agreements, legal entanglements, and more recently, the unchartered waters that came with the Great Recession of 2008.

All of that is now ancient history as Londonderry is currently experiencing a waiting list for future residents, expanding its cottages and adding a large clubhouse this year.

As David Hazen said at the end of his comprehensive history of Londonderry noted, “Londonderry On The Tred Avon, nee The Retirement Community of Easton, Inc., can face the future knowing that it has been a great home for its residents of the past, while looking forward to being an even greater one for those of the future.”

The Spy was there a few nights ago to capture the scene as residents and friends gathered to toast Londonderry and its future.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon please go here

 

Dr. Terry Detrich Joins Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic at Bayleigh Chase

Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, announces that Terry Detrich, M.D. is joining the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic on October 2. A neurologist who has practiced in the local community for over 40 years, Dr. Detrich will be joining medical director Allan Anderson, M.D. and nurse practitioner Yvonne Liswell on the clinic team, as it expands its services to provide a more comprehensive approach to supporting families on Maryland’s Eastern Shore living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive impairments.

The addition of Dr. Detrich signifies the clinic’s evolution from traditional memory care to a more advanced and holistic neurocognitive model of care. This model not only focuses on diagnosing and treating impairments associated with memory, but also disorders that present in all five cognitive domains of the brain, including changes in language, motor skills, balance, visual/spatial perception and executive functions.

Dr. Detrich’s specialty in neurology, in collaboration with Dr. Anderson’s specialty in geriatric psychiatry, enables clinic patients to benefit from a multi-disciplinary team utilizing the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatments. Each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation to obtain an accurate and detailed diagnosis, followed by a thorough care plan to optimize quality of life for every individual and their family.

“We are happy and honored to welcome Dr. Terry Detrich to our clinic team, as his expertise and well-respected reputation are unparalleled in our region,” said Allan Anderson, M.D., medical director, the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic. “It is our priority to continue to expand the services we provide to our greater community, and ensure that families on Maryland’s Eastern Shore have access to the most advanced diagnostics and therapies to help those living with not just memory loss, but all forms of neurocognitive changes.”

“I am thrilled to be working with Dr. Anderson and the Bayleigh Chase team. This is an exciting new direction in my professional career that will allow me to continue to provide care to the greater community in a high-quality patient and caregiver environment,” said Terry Detrich, M.D.

The Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic is located within the Integrace Bayleigh Chase community at 545 Cynwood Lane in Easton. The clinic evaluates individuals on an outpatient basis. For more information or to request an evaluation, please call 410-820-5191.

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, memory support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

The Queens of Washington Street: The Drag Race for Talbot Hospice

It’s safe to say that Washington Street never gets campier in a given year than during the annual Talbot Hospice Drag Race. Ten or so men in full drag take to the streets of Easton in September to win the support of blue-ribbon judges on their wardrobe and charm.

Its also a wonderful way for the community to support the work of the greatly respected Talbot Hospice, which has helped so many families on the Mid-Shore with end of life support and treatment.

The Spy was there to catch some of the fun.

This video is approximately five minutes in length.  For more information on Talbot Hospice please go here 

Senior Nation: Over Five Thousand Dollars Raised to Feed Talbot Seniors

Upper Shore Aging received a check this week for $5,644.00, from GIVE 65, a community service program of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. The money raised will be used to provide congregate meals for seniors in need at the Senior Center in St. Michaels, located at the YMCA. It is estimated that over one thousand meals will be provided because of this effort.

Receiving the check on behalf of Upper Shore Aging, Childlene Brooks said, “We’re just so grateful for the dozens of generous citizens here on the Eastern Shore who made these financial gifts and for Home Instead Senior Care’s Foundation for matching those gifts, dollar for dollar!” Gary Gunther, also with Upper Shore Aging, joined Brooks in receiving the check from local Home Instead Senior Care Franchise Owners, Ben & Jenna Marchi who were on hand to present it. Gunther echoed Brooks comments and added, “Because of this effort, seniors who might otherwise go hungry will have these needed meals, and our kind neighbors here on the Eastern Shore can take pride knowing they played a role in it.

The online giving event earns its name from the period of time, 65 hours, from July 11 to 13, that donors could give gifts to be matched by the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. Upper Shore Aging was selected to participate this year, in the event whose goal is to help nonprofit organizations serving seniors raise funds online and increase awareness. Ninety nonprofits from 36 states and the District of Columbia participated this year.

“GIVE65 allows us to help our seniors while raising awareness of the critical need for private sector partners to play active roles in their communities and financially assist the programs and services that so many seniors rely on,” said Ben Marchi, the Franchise Owner of Home Instead Senior Care, whose office is in Talbot County.

The 65-hour GIVE65 Event began at 7 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 11 and concluded at midnight on July 13. The virtual event is an initiative of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation® and the nation’s first and only crowd-fundraising platform focused exclusively on helping nonprofit organizations across the country raise funds for programs and services benefiting seniors.

To learn more about GIVE65, visit GIVE65.org. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible in the United States.

 

Capturing the Special Moments of Paul Robeson with Christopher Bagley

One of the more interesting things that Brookletts Place, Talbot County’s Senior Center in Easton, is getting known for lately is their music programming. With concerts set up every month, Brookletts Place, with the help of such arts organizations like Carpe Diem Arts,  the relatively new center building is turning out to be of one of the community’s top music venues, showcasing local as well as international talent with just the right ticket price- which is typically free.

But for a event on September 15th, Brookletts Place is actually going to charge an entry fee.  In this case, it will be a donation to help raise funding for its other important programs that the senior center sponsors throughout the year like like Meals on Wheels throughout Talbot County and the hot lunch program in Easton.

But in exchange for that modest contribution, patrons should prepared to hear the powerful  music of singer Jason McKinney and musician Christopher Bagley as they bring to life famed singer Paul Robeson, and his accompanist Lawrence Brown, in a one act production entitled  Moments with Paul written by McKinney.

The Spy sat down with Chris at the Bullitt House the other day to talk about the extraordinary saga of Paul Robeson’s brilliant career and tragic downfall. That story, intermixed with gospel classics, has turned into a powerful account of Robeson’s extraordinary gifts, movingly performed by McKinney and Bagley.

Since they took to the stage in these roles at Chesapeake College in September of 2012, they have taken the story of Robeson on the road throughout the United States, and will be having its first international debut in Israel later this fall.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about Brookletts Place and this performance please go here

 

Senior Nation: The Artists of Londonderry

It makes sense to visit the Academy Art Museum and smaller art galleries in Easton and St. Michaels when one wants a sense of the local art scene on the Mid-Shore, but sometimes of the best examples of native talent can be found in the most unlikely places.

One of those is at Londonderry on the Tred Avon, just off of Port Street in Easton. This very special retirement community counts among its residents highly accomplished retired professionals in almost every field, from college professors to well known corporate leaders, but it has also attached some exceptional visual artists who continue to produce stunning landscapes, portraits, and few abstract paintings to the pleasure of the entire community.

Last week, the Spy took some time to capture a small sample of the kind of art now on display in the public spaces at Londonderry.

For more information about what’s going on at Londonderry please go here

Senior Nation: Londonderry Once Again Named Best Senior Living Facility

For the second year in a row, Londonderry on the Tred Avon has been named Best Senior Living Facility by What’s Up Magazine in its annual “Best of Eastern Shore” competition.

Located in Easton, 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 Peggy and Jim Sloan, residents for the past year, there were a number of things that drew them to Londonderry. The couple lived in Florida for more than a decade before deciding to move back to the Eastern Shore to be closer to some of their adult children, and immediately
knew Londonderry was the place for them.

“Everybody was just so friendly,” Peggy Sloan said. “It felt like home.”

Since moving in, the Sloans have come to love Londonderry’s roster of activities, the quality of its residents and staff, and the amenities offered in its cottage. The retirement community also offers both housekeeping and dining, which are important features for the Sloans.

“As we get older we can’t always do those things as well for ourselves, so those were some really nice aspects,” Peggy Sloan said.

According to Chela Hernandez, an accounting assistant who’s worked at Londonderry since 2015, “Best Of” is a title that really applies. She attributes it to how friendly and close knit both the staff and residents are.

“I heard great things about Londonderry before coming here, and as soon as I walked in for my first interview, I immediately felt at ease and very welcomed,” Hernandez said. “I never dread coming to work, because a day of work here is not a boring day by far.”

For more information about Londonderry, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Senior Nation: When Dad is 106 Years Old with Nina and Peter Newlin

It seems unfathomable to imagine what it must feel like to be 106 years old. In the case of Shipley Newlin, You continue to wear your favorite shirt, you are still surrounded by loving children, and you can still make others chuckle around you using your unique brand of humor. But Shipley, who only just lost his independent living at age 102, is also aware that he is an infrequent exception in the world of mortality statistics.

That exceptionalism is also shared with his children. Nina, a curriculum administrator with the Kent County Public Schools, and Peter, an architect in Chestertown, also acknowledge the rarity of their family trait, which includes their mother, who still plays tennis at aged 97, and grandparents that were also in “Century Club” themselves.

In fact, the Newlin children (three other sons are scattered around the country) have never hesitated to celebrate their father’s longevity. They also encourage him to flex his memories and find other ways to engage the former mechanical engineer like trade jokes with him and laugh at his puns as all three of them carry on their day-to-day lives.

Now living with son Peter, and his wife Gail, Shipley and his “kids” gathered around the dinner table last week to reminisce and talk about what it’s like when dad is 106 years old and going strong.

This video is approximately three minutes in length.

 

 

 

Senior Nation Minute: It’s Lunchtime at the Talbot Senior Center

While the Talbot Senior Center serves a variety of purposes, including classes, workshops and physical exercise programs, its most popular is the extremely affordable ($2.50) lunch served Monday through Thursday. Dozens of senior citizens find their way to Brookletts Place during the week to enjoy a warm meal, but more importantly, the social interaction that comes with it.

The social component of the Senior Center’s lunch program is essential since many seniors find themselves isolated as a result of physical ailments or lacking  transportation. Brookletts Place has become an important outlet to interact with others, catch up on news, and learn of other resources, public and private, that can make their lives easier and more enjoyable during these golden years.

The Spy checked on the lunch program this week to witness this important community service.

This video is one minute in length. For more information please click here

Mid-Shore Health: The YMCA’s Winning War against Diabetes

There are a few things that the local health community knows about type 2 diabetes. The first is that it is an epidemic, with close to 28 million Americans already diagnosed facing a lifetime of a disproportionately higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, and a variety of other conditions that often lead to chronic disabilities and death.

The second is that close to 100 million Americans are assumed to be prediabetic. That’s right, about 100 million folks are walking around who could very quickly transition to a condition is experts say is the 7th leading cause of death.

The third is that those whose blood tests indicate a prediabetic condition can dramatically reduce the odds of developing full-blown diabetes by shedding 7% of their weight and committing to some form of exercise for at least 150 minutes a week.

That third fact is what the YMCA of the Chesapeake is now focused on.

Working with adults who are prediabetic, the Y has created year-long classes and support groups throughout the Mid-Shore to slowly and methodically educate their members that their pre-diabetic condition can be controlled or even eliminated with simple, common sense eating and light exercise.

Under the direction of Bridget Wheatley, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Director, these outreach efforts are now starting to show some stunning results in the first two years of operations. The three formal classes are running at capacity, and more and more participants are forming informal support groups to maintain personal goals.

The Spy caught up with Bridget and several members of the Y’s support group in Denton a week ago to talk about their experience and the extraordinary sense of well-being that has come with modest changes in lifestyle.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about the YMCA of the Chesapeake and its Diabetes prevention programs please go here