Talbot County Council Forum October 5

A quiet and peaceful spot on the banks of the Tred Avon river will be in the mainstream of current local politics when the Londonderry retirement community hosts a forum for candidates to the Talbot County Council on Friday, October 5, at 3:00 pm.

It has invited all candidates to a new Club House to tell of their plans for the future direction of the county, and the public to come and hear them. The League of Women Voters of the MidShore will be on hand to moderate the forum. By League policy, forums it conducts are nonpartisan and serve as an important part of its mission to inform and empower voters – of making democracy work as the League likes to say.

For this event Londonderry on the Tred Avon will use its new Club House just opened at 700 Port Street in Easton. Those who drive may go to straight up to the Community Center to park and be directed by a short walk to the Club House. For further information call 515-229-0180.

Senior Nation: Ask Irma on Taking a Long Trip at 86 Years Old

Senior Nation is committed to offering resources to help us deal with the challenges and opportunities of aging. To that end, we are launching a new monthly column called “Ask Irma” by Irma Toce, where we focus on all topics related to aging.

Dear Irma,

I am 86, in pretty good health and I want to go on a safari in Africa My children are upset and my oldest daughter doesn’t even speak to me at the moment Should I stay home? I really want to go.
The Old Adventurer.

Dear Adventurer,

Your children are likely upset because they are worried about you. Have you shared your travel plans with them? Is it an organized trip and if so have you given them as much information as you could?

If you feel healthy and up to a trip and your physician has given you a clean bill of health by all means enjoy the adventure You might want to bring an iPhone or iPad so you can FAceTime or Skype with your children and that might make them feel better I am sure they’ll all get “over” it when you return and I hope your oldest daughter is going to give you a big send off

Bon voyage!

Irma Toce is the  CEO of Londonderry on the Tred Avon with over 25 years experience work with seniors. Her years of experience in the field is accompanied by BS in social work and an MA in health management, Irma not only leads the dynamic community of Londonderry, but she is also nationally recognized as an expert in the field of aging

Londonderry on the Tred Avon’s Grand Opening of New Community Center

Londonderry on the Tred Avon will host the Grand Opening of its new Clubhouse on Tuesday, September 18th from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Londonderry residents and the public are invited to attend and enjoy food, drinks and live music. An advance RSVP is required

“All of us at Londonderry are excited to celebrate this important milestone,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry on the Tred Avon CEO. “After several years of planning and construction, the wait is finally over. We are thrilled to present this new space to our residents and offer even more amenities and gathering spaces within our community.”

The 5,000 square foot space features as fitness center, salon, large multipurpose room, catering kitchen, meeting room, outdoor deck and with seating and overlook tower.The Sales and Marketing Office has also moved into the new space.

Please RSVP for the event by visiting www.londonderrytredavon.com.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, 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.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Recognized by Baltimore Magazine

Londonderry on the Tred Avon CEO, Irma Toce, and Director of Sales and Marketing, Rachel Smith

Londonderry on the Tred Avon CEO, Irma Toce, and Director of Sales and Marketing, Rachel Smith, were both recently named the “Faces of Retirement on the Eastern Shore” by Baltimore Magazine.

“The recognition from Baltimore Magazine is a testament to Londonderry’s stellar reputation on the Eastern Shore and beyond as a premier location for active retirees,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO. “Rachel and I were proud to accept this recognition on behalf of the entire Londonderry community of residents and staff. Londonderry is truly a special place to retire.”

Toce and Smith were recognized for their experience and commitment to excellence both at Londonderry and in their respective fields of aging and sales and marketing.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, 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.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Introduces New Board Members

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is pleased to welcome Andy Hollis, Kevin Moran and Sara Rich to its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of residents and community members who volunteer their time to provide guidance and strategic direction to the cooperative and its management team.

“Andy, Kevin and Sara are tremendous additions to the Londonderry Board of Directors,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO. “Their professional, volunteer and leadership experience in Talbot County and beyond are an asset to Londonderry. They all have a deep appreciation for our mission and the direction we are headed as we look forward to an exciting year.”

Photo: Londonderry on the Tred Avon welcomes Sarah Rich, Kevin Moran and Andy Hollis to its Board of Directors.. Front row: New members, Sara Rich, Kevin Moran and Andy Hollis. Second row: John Masone. Back Row: Lari Caldwell, Pat Lewers, Robert LaForce and Ken Sadler. 

For more than thirty years, Mr. Hollis has been a dedicated public servant on the Eastern Shore having served as the Talbot County Manager, Town Manager of St. Michaels and member of the Talbot County Council. He also has extensive experience in zoning, planning and development in the public sector. He is also a graduate of Shore Leadership and current member of the MidShore Regional Council.

Kevin Moran is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Credit Officer at 1880 Bank. He has more than thirty years of experience in the financial services industry and has lived on the Eastern Shore for nearly twenty-five years. Mr. Moran is an active community volunteer and supports Channel Marker, the Bay Hundred Youth Task Force, Easton Rotary Club and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Moran and his wife life in St. Michaels and they have two adult daughters.

Sara Rich is the CEO of Choptank Community Health and is a current Board Member of the First Wesleyan Church in Easton and Saint Martin’s Ministries in Ridgely. Originally from Michigan, Mrs. Rich and her husband have lived on the Eastern Shore for the past thirteen years and have two young sons.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, 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.

Senior Nation’s Ask Irma: My 86 Year Old Mom is Falling More Often Now

Senior Nation is committed to offering resources to help us deal with the challenges and opportunities of aging. To that end, we are launching a new monthly column called “Ask Irma” by Irma Toce, where we focus on all topics related to aging.

Dear Irma,

Mom has been falling more these past few weeks, should we place her in a nursing home? She is 86 and currently lives alone

**************************
Thank you very much for your question.

First of all let’s have a look in mom’s home. Are there any trip hazards? Area rugs, lots of furniture, different flooring in different rooms, stairs etc.

Secondly how is mom’s diet? Is she eating well balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.

Does mom exercise, does she take yoga or balance classes?

Thirdly, and most importantly, is she drinking enough fluids throughout the day (8 glasses of water) Dehydration is a common cause for dizziness, urinary track infections etc. all of which can cause a person to fall. This is the season to hydrate even more because of the heat and humidity.

There could be numerous causes for a person to fall, I only mentioned a few but please have mom checked by her physician to rule out any medical issues.

Take care!

Irma

Irma Toce is the  CEO of Londonderry on the Tred Avon with over 25 years experience work with seniors. Her years of experience in the field is accompanied by BS in social work and an MA in health management, Irma not only leads the dynamic community of Londonderry, but she is also nationally recognized as an expert in the field of aging.

Senior Nation: Ask Irma

Senior Nation is committed to offering resources to help us deal with the challenges and opportunities of aging. To that end, we are launching a new monthly column called “Ask Irma” by Irma Toce, where we focus on all topics related to aging.

Dear Irma,

When is the right time to move into senior housing?

Respectfully,

“Stayathomemom”

******************************************

Dear StayAtHomeMom,

This probably is the question I have heard most throughout my career And my answer is always “Move and enjoy before it is too late”

I say that because all too often consumers wait for an “event” to happen Whether it’s moving into independent living, assisted living or a dementia assisted living, it has become very clear no one is ever quite ready to make the move So we wait and I have seen prospects actually wait so long they now do not qualify for the senior living of their choice

My advice is when you start thinking about senior living, start to look while you are still able to make decisions and fully capable of participating with all the amenities and programs that are being offered to enjoy life to the fullest Don’t wait for that fall to happen or someone wondering off

Start a whole new fresh chapter in life with wonderful peers to share stories with and make new memories with.

Fondly

Irma

Irma Toce is the  CEO of Londonderry on the Tred Avon with over 25 years experience work with seniors. Her years of experience in the field is accompanied by BS in social work and an MA in health management, Irma not only leads the dynamic community of Londonderry, but she is also nationally recognized as an expert in the field of aging.

 

Senior Nation: One Building Lot Left at Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon announces they are nearing completion of their independent living community. Londonderry is an intimate cooperative community for adults ages 62+ offering maintenance-free living, new Clubhouse facilities, a full programs and events calendar, limited medical support and transportation off campus.

“The past 3 years have been very exciting as we’ve been able to watch Londonderry gain over 20 new cottages and welcome new neighbors to our community,” said Rachel Smith Director of Sales Marketing. “We encourage anyone who has been considering moving to Londonderry to take advantage of this last new construction opportunity.”

The one remaining lot is conveniently located within walking distance of the new Clubhouse and can accommodate the Skipton, Belleuve and Easton models.

“Building a retirement home at Londonderry is a special experience,” said Smith. “For some, this is their first new home, and the ability to work with our builder to customize their new home to suit their tastes and lifestyle is exciting.”

Photos and floor plans of the available models may be found online at www.londonderrytredavon.com under the “new construction” section. Interested seniors may contact the Sales and Marketing Office at 410-820-8732 to learn more and schedule a tour of the campus.

 

Londonderry Residents Participate in “Londonderry’s Got Talent” Show

Londonderry on the Tred Avon staff and residents participated in the second annual “Londonderry’s Got Talent” Show on Wednesday, April 18th. The much-anticipated event was held in the Londonderry Community Center with well over 100 residents and many family members in attendance.

“This is the most highly-anticipated event of the year,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO and emcee for Londonderry’s Got Talent. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone at Londonderry to learn more about each other, laugh together and poke a little fun at the aging process.”

This year’s talent show featured 12 individual and group acts. Attendees were treated to musical performances, book readings and acting performances to name a few. There were guest appearances from “celebrities” including “Willie Nelson” and the community favorite, “Minnie Pearl”. The famous “Bag Ladies” even made a special appearance.

Nancy Burns, a resident in the audience, said the event “was a wonderful time and very funny. We really enjoyed ourselves.”

Guest judges for the event were Rosemary Fasolo and Peter Markano from Pixel Print and Post in St. Michaels and Craig Stitcher from Bayside Lawn and Landscape in Easton.

The winner of this year’s talent show was George Wadelton for his rendition of “Memory” from the Broadway musical, Cats.

Cathy Cooper, Londonderry resident and performer, said, “As residents, we all have a role in this event. Some of us act, and some of us laugh and applaud. Whatever the role, it’s a great time to come together and celebrate our community.”

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, 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.

Senior Life’s Ask Irma: Concerned Daughter Needs Advice to her Mother’s Grief

Senior Nation is committed to offering resources to help us deal with the challenges and opportunities of aging. To that end, we are launching a new monthly column called “Ask Irma” by Irma Toce, where we focus on all topics related to aging.

Dear Irma,

Dad passed almost a year ago. Mom took such good care of dad. After my dad’s passing I’ve noticed Mom is not enjoying the things she once loved, she is not spending time with friends or taking care of herself. What can I do to help? Mom is healthy and was once vibrant.

Signed,

Concerned Daughter

********************************************

Dear Concerned Daughter,

Thank you for reaching out and showing concerns for mom.

Your mom is going through the grief of losing her husband. You also wrote that mom used to take care of him which implies that he was ill.

While taking care of a spouse is a difficult thing to do, it does give a sense of being “useful” and needed.

After your father’s passing all of a sudden the feeling of being needed is no longer there and mom might feel “useless.”

It also seems mom might suffer from depression because of her lack of interest in friends and taking care of herself

I would suggest to take her to her physician to check for depression and once she receives a clean bill of health to slowly introduce her to volunteering.

The Senior Center might be a good first place to start.

I hope you find a way to re-introduce mom to a social setting so she can enjoy herself among her peers.

Good luck to you and your mom.

Signed,

Irma

Irma Toce is the  CEO of Londonderry on the Tred Avon with over 25 years experience work with seniors. Her years of experience in the field is accompanied by BS in social work and an MA in health management, Irma not only leads the dynamic community of Londonderry, but she is also nationally recognized as an expert in the field of aging.