The Inaugural Eastern Shore Research Forum on September 10

Integrace Bayleigh Chase and the Integrace Institute have announced that the Easton life plan community will host the inaugural Eastern Shore Research Forum on Monday, September 10. Aging services, healthcare and research professionals are invited to learn about current research studies being done to examine how new technologies can be used to better deliver health care and other support to older adults.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Jody Holtzman, founder and senior managing partner at Longevity Venture Advisors, LLC. Named one of 2017’s “Top Influencers in Aging” by Next Avenue, Holtzman is the former Senior Vice President of Market Innovation at AARP and has worked for more than 10 years to create programs that spark innovation and entrepreneurship for Americans over the age of 50.

Research projects will also be presented by representatives from:

– University of Maryland, School of Medicine
– University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy
– New York University School of Medicine
– The Erickson School at UMBC

“This event gives us the opportunity to showcase how technology providers and researchers are working together to create solutions that can improve quality of life for older adults and those who care for them,” said Tabassum Majid, PhD, Executive Director, The Integrace Institute. “We hope our attendees will see how technology can help people access health care differently, which can be life changing, especially in rural communities such as Easton.”

Continuing education units (CEUs) will be available for social workers, long-term care administrators and activity professionals in attendance.

Registration for the inaugural Eastern Shore Research Forum is available for $65 and includes breakfast and lunch. Those who register before August 17, students, and groups of three or more are eligible to register for the discounted price of $55.

Registration is available online at Those seeking more information may contact Stephanie Carideo at the Integrace Institute at 410-552-3238.

About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

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, neurocognitive 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

About the Integrace Institute
The Integrace Institute is the not-for-profit research and education arm of Integrace, whose mission is to transform neurocognitive living through person-centered research, education and partnerships. With over 20 years of expertise, the Integrace Institute serves Integrace’s communities by building an evidence-based platform for care practices and education. In addition, it partners with universities, technology and pharmaceutical companies, and other senior living organizations outside of Integrace to conduct community-based research studies, provide interactive learning experiences for professionals and caregivers, and consult with other organizations to build innovative models that support meaningful living. For more information, please visit or call 410-970-2031.

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 senior living communities in 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 neurocognitive support, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two neurocognitive clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and many other forms of cognitive change. 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

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

Compass Regional Hospice Events, August through October


Camp New Dawn — Saturday, Aug. 18, through Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Camp Pecometh, 136 Bookers Wharf Road, Centreville. A four-day, three-night grief retreat summer camp for children, teens and families, through Compass Regional Hospice. For more information or to register, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or


Volunteer Training Session — An online/classroom hybrid where volunteers can complete their online classes before joining Compass Regional Hospice for the classroom segment. We will be meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays; Sept. 11, 18 and 25, at the Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. Registration is required, and completing the entire class is necessary for volunteers who would like to work with patients and families. For more information about volunteering, contact Courtney Williams at 443-262-4112 or

Grief Support Group—An eight-week support group that begins Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Compass Regional Hospice’s main office, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville. An eight-week grief support group open to anyone who has lost a spouse or significant other. For ages 18 and older. The group will be facilitated by grief counselors Linda Turner and Ann OConnor. The registration fee is $25, but no one will be turned away based on an inability to pay. For more information or to register, contact Linda Turner at or Ann OConnor at

Estate Treasures Art Auction — Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Cascia Vineyards, 1200 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville. Featuring silent and live auctions, including a variety of art, some created and signed by local artists whose work reflects scenes from the Eastern Shore. Enjoy light refreshments and a complimentary glass of Cascia Vineyards wine. Tickets are limited for this exclusive event and are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Compass Regional Hospice. Estate Treasures is an affiliate of Compass Regional Hospice. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Kenda Leager, at 443-262-4106 or

Community 5K Run to Benefit Compass Regional Hospice— Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. at Kent Island Athletic Club, 448 Kent Narrow Way N., Grasonville. Come out to the Kent Island Athletic Club to take part in a 5K to benefit hospice and grief support services through Compass Regional Hospice. For more information, contact Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice, at 443-262-4106 or To register for the run, contact Mark Fromert, member and race organizer, Kent Island Athletic Club, at 410-827-5527.


Estate Treasures Fashion Show and Luncheon — Monday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. At Prospect Bay Country Club,311 Prospect Bay Dr W., Grasonville. This event will feature an upscale boutique, luncheon, cash bar, bake sale, raffle and live auction. Tickets are $40 and there is limited seating available. Proceeds will benefit Compass Regional Hospice. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kenda Leager at 443-262-4106 or

Sporting Clay Tournament— Saturday, Oct. 20. Registration at 9 a.m. and all shooters must be on the course by 11:30 a.m. At Schrader’s Outdoors, 16090 Oakland Road, Henderson. The event will include Lewis Class Scoring, 75 targets, 5 stand shooting, a side game, a catered lunch and an awards ceremony. Registration is $100 for an individual shooter, $75 for a junior individual shooter (17 and younger) and $400 for a team of four shooters. Proceeds benefit Compass Regional Hospice. For sponsorship information or to register, contact Kenda Leager at 443-262-4106 or


Bereaved Parent Grief Support Group — First Monday of each month; Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, dealing with the loss of a child. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or

HALOS-Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide Grief Support Group — Second Wednesday of each month; Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, dealing with the loss of a loved one from suicide. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or, or Wayne Larrimore at 443-262-4108 or

Drug Overdose Grief Support Group — Third Thursday of each month; Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.  A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, dealing with the loss of a loved one from drug overdose. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or, or Linda Turner at 443-262-4120 or

All Losses Grief Support Group — Fourth Tuesday of each month; Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. From noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Caroline County Public Library, Federalsburg branch, 123 Morris Ave., Federalsburg. A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, who have experienced any type of loss. Please bring a lunch. For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore at 443-262-4108 or

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

Talbot Hospice Opens Final Three Rooms

Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge recently announced the opening of the last three guest rooms in the Eleanor A. Koons Hospice House on Cynwood Drive in Easton, bringing the total capacity in the residence to twelve.

“During the expansion in 2014-15, it was decided to double our capacity from six to 12 rooms in planning for the future, and just three short years later, we are ready to open the last three beds,” said Dodge. “Our growth has been robust over the past several months, and we are pleased to be able to serve the increased needs of our neighbors and community.”

Talbot Hospice celebrated the opening of the final three guest rooms in the Eleanor A. Koons Hospice House with an Open House on July 19, 2018.

The rooms are outfitted with smart bed technology for patients’ utmost comfort and safety, a state-of-the-art nurse call system to monitor and report on more than 30 individual data items, and comfortable recliner chairs for patient or family. “Our goal is to make sure our patients and families are comfortable in our home-like environment,” said Dodge. “It is gratifying to see the vision, ideas, hard work, and philanthropy of dedicated individuals, board members, and community leaders come to fruition.”

Talbot Hospice celebrated the milestone with an Open House including a blessing of the house by Chaplain Jody Gunn, a butterfly release, and an update on new initiatives.

Talbot Hospice has been providing hospice and grief support services since 1981 to patients facing life-limiting illness and their loved ones. To learn more about hospice services and programs call 410-822-6681 or visit

Time Change for Compass Regional Hospice’s All Losses Grief Support Group

All Losses Grief Support Group — Fourth Tuesday of each month; July 24Aug. 28 and Sept. 25From noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Caroline County Public Library, Federalsburg branch, 123 Morris Ave., Federalsburg. A drop-in group for individuals, 18 and older, who have experienced any type of loss. Please bring a lunch. For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore at 443-262-4108 or

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the state of Maryland and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today, the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Chestertown. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one, through The Hope and Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit

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 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.

Talbot Hospice Appoints Two New Board Members

Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge has announced the appointment of Lee Gordon and Dick Granville to the board of directors and Steve Slack as board president. “I am pleased to welcome our two new board members as ambassadors for Talbot Hospice and congratulate Steve Slack as our new Board President,” said Dodge. “I am delighted to be working with them, and all our board members, to help guide our organization through the next several years.”

Lee Gordon is an attorney at Parker Counts where she focuses on estate planning and administration. She currently serves on The Country School board and the Talbot County Advisory Board for Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Gordon has served as President of the Board for Christ Church Day School andis a former Treasurer for the Baker-King Fund.

Lee Gordon, Dick Granville. Steve Slack

Richard (Dick) Granville returns to the Talbot Hospice board for a second term after having served 2001-2004 and as honorary chair of the most recent capital campaign ending in 2015. Granville was President of Celeste Industries Corporation before retiring in 2000 after 27 years. Over time, he has served in various capacities on several local boards including Shore Bancshares, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Shore Health System, Talbot County Free Library, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, The Country School, and the Academy of the Arts.

New board president Steve Slack joined the Talbot Hospice board in 2016. He began volunteering for Talbot Hospice in 2014 and has served as breakfast cook, End-of-Life Doula, and member of the Veterans Recognition Program, Faith Initiative and Communications committees. Slack is retired from Tyco Electronics where he managed the North American sales force for the telelcommunications division. He served four years as a Naval supply officer including a tour in DaNang, Vietnam.

Leaving the board are Tony Principi and Lynn Sanchez. Dodge said, “We are grateful for the diverse talents and experience Tony and Lynn have brought to our organization. Their passion and commitment to our mission has had a positive impact during an important period of change and growth.”

Senior Nation: A Sexagenarian’s Musings on “Aging in Place”

One of my favorite movies is “The Thin Man,” based on the first of six mystery novels by Dashiell Hammett. Nick Charles is a retired detective who manages his wife’s inheritance; however, his wife’s adventurous spirit soon has them assisting the police in solving cases. The inspired casting of William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora made the series pure pleasure to watch.

In the first movie, “The Thin Man,” Nick and Nora are asked to help find a missing inventor who had shown signs of forgetfulness. During a New Year’s Eve party at the Charles’ apartment, the son of the inventor is surrounded by reporters asking questions about why his father would want to disappear. The overly erudite son answers “Well, he is a Sexagenarian.” One of the reporters exclaims “I can’t print THAT” and the camera pans to show Nick’s bemused face as he chuckles over the reporter’s limited vocabulary.

As this sexagenarian reaches another birthday this week, I am contemplating, even more, the challenges of “aging in place” in my early 20th-century farmhouse. Shortly after moving in, I removed the tub shower in my first-floor bath and modified the floor joists to slope the floor in the shower area. The added benefit is the extra floor space I now have in my small bathroom. I am currently designing my kitchen renovation with five feet between my galley kitchen layout for ADA clearance if that ever became an issue for me.

Whenever I design a new home or undertake a major renovation with a client, we discuss design features that would enable them to remain in their home as they grow older. Instead of the 36” wide hallways stipulated by the building code, 42” wide hallways are better for maneuvering a walker or wheelchair, and 36” wide doors make access to rooms easier. Stacking closets in a two-story house creates a shaft for a future elevator so the house could be fully accessible. Leaving space in an attached garage for future addition of a lift to the main floor eliminates the need for an exterior ramp. Many houses have three steps from a deck or porch to grade, and the code does not require a handrail. However, adding handrails is safer for people like me who need to grip a handrail for support when maneuvering steps.

I just completed a “Smart Home Technology” course as part of Continuing Education for renewal of my architectural license. This technology has had an enormous impact on home design and can be as simple or complex as you need. Voice-activated controls, security systems that can lock exterior doors and provide video of your exterior door areas, lights that can be voice or motion activated to eliminate the need of timers for lamps, etc., are all part of the technological integration of your personal devices with today’s technology to keep you independent as long as possible. It’s then easy to relax, pour one of Nick’s signature martinis and watch a great movie like “The Thin Man.”

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.

Senior Nation: Home Instead Senior Care & Upper Shore Aging Start Joint Fundraising Effort

Today, representatives for Home Instead Senior Care and Upper Shore Aging announced a joint fundraising effort aimed at helping area seniors get around town better and make those important medical and social appointments that help them stay active and healthy.

Representatives say they hope to raise $5000.00 in this unique, one of a kind matching grant program that focuses on seniors. Speaking for Upper Shore Aging, Childlene Brooks said, “We’re so excited to be able to work with Home Instead Senior Care Foundation to bring awareness and financial gifts to those who need it in our community. We know folks here in Talbot County are among the most generous in Maryland so we’re crossing our fingers that they’ll give Home Instead Senior Care a lot to match!”

“This is the second year we’ve promoted the GIVE65 program here on the Eastern Shore and what we really love about this program is that it encourages all of us to play an active role in the lives of our senior citizens and help those who need a little extra assistance without having to bother government to do it for us.” said Jenna Marchi, who along with her husband Ben Marchi, have owned the local Home Instead Senior Care office in Easton for the past 8 years.

Positive Impact on Seniors

Currently, about 25 seniors receive a monthly bus pass but Upper Shore Aging says that they are constantly receiving calls from their partner agencies and other individuals asking about availability and unfortunately, resources can be limited. With Upper Shore Aging opening a satellite location in St. Michaels, Brooks expects an uptick in the number of requests in the future and says these concerns highlight the importance of the GIVE65 fundraising event.

How GIVE65 works

The campaign is titled “Give65” as the fundraiser runs for a straight 65-hour period. Starting on July 1, you may schedule your donation at for the 65-hour period (that runs from 7AM July 10 to Midnight on July 12), and it will be matched. Only funds contributed between July 1st and July 12th will be counted toward the matching grant.

The Give65 Campaign is a fundraising campaign by Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. The Foundation is affiliated with Home Instead Senior Care – an international senior care company with a local office in Easton. The Give65 Campaign is a crowd-sourcing platform similar to the well-known Kickstarter, and it’s the first and only crowd-sourcing platform in the nation for senior resources and needs. The goal of the Upper Shore Aging, Inc,’s Give65 Campaign is to raise a total of $5,000 (All funds will be matched by the Home Instead Foundation). The funds from Give65 will be donated to Upper Shore Aging, Inc. to go toward funding the bus pass program for senior citizens in Talbot County.