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Not slowing down

One resident’s active life at Village Woods CRETE, ILL. (December 2015) — Betty Kuipers has never spent her days sitting around, and she wasn’t about to start in retirement. The 66-year-old maintains an active lifestyle at Village Woods, where she has lived for the last year and a half. “I worked my whole life, so not working was a big adjustment,” Betty said, “I don’t have to be going 24/7, but if it interests me, I’ll do it.” Betty has to check the monthly activity calendar to remember everything she participates in — it’s too much to keep track of. She makes the weekly trips for grocery shopping or a Target run, and makes monthly trips to restaurants, the movie theatre, and the library. She goes on all the scenic bus rides. She gets her nails done, attends musical performances, calls BINGO, and plays trivia. She’s part of the craft club, the kitchen club, and the food committee, and she’s president of the resident council. She also makes time to see her family members, who live in the area. She enjoys days out shopping with her daughter. Her brother and sister visit her for dinner, or take her out to […]

A close-knit group

HOMER GLEN (December 2015) — Every week at Victorian Village, a small group of women turns donated yarn into a lovingly crafted gift, and creates close-knit friendships in the process. They call themselves the Knit & Stitch Group. The group started at Victorian Village more than 10 years ago, and its current members meet on Thursday afternoons in the Fireside Lounge of the Grand Victorian. They’re not an exclusive club; some residents attend casually, stopping by to work on their own projects, or just to sit and chat. But a few women are faithful knitters. “We’re the die-hards,” said Annette Hulford. “We come every week.” As a group, they create blankets, booties, and hats for babies in the NICU at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and they knit chemo hats for women and children there as well. They have also knitted prayer shawls for the Ronald McDonald House. This fall, the Life Enrichment staff asked if the group would make purple scarves to raise money for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The women knitted about a dozen to be sold in the Victorian Village gift shop — and they sold out. “Next year, we’ll have to start earlier!” […]

‘It’s like a family here’ at Village Woods

CRETE, IL (November 2015) — Kellie Karstensen, a Village Woods employee for more than two decades, has seen firsthand the challenges of caregiving – not only from her work as a CNA at the senior living community in Crete, Ill., but also as a family member. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month*, she shared her experience: “It’s in a caregiver’s soul, to want to be there for the person who raised you,” Kellie said. “My mom was one of 16 kids. They tried so hard to care for my grandpa, who had Alzheimer’s, and my grandma, who had cancer at the same time. But it takes a lot.” Seeing her family’s struggle and losing her grandparents at a young age played into Kellie’s career choice. “It’s like a family here at Village Woods,” she said. “I lost three grandparents when I was fairly young, so I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them. Everyone here is like a grandma or grandpa to me.” Kellie started in dietary department at Village Woods, while she was still in high school. In 21 years there, she has worked at the front desk, at the pool, and as a resident […]

Providence Newsletter:
Anticipating Torchlight

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (October 2015) — Each year, the Providence family reconnects at our traditional Torchlight celebration. This year’s event will be hosted by the Union League Club of Chicago. Also in the October newsletter: News from the Providence Open Arts in Mission — a creative way for Park Place residents to give back Volunteers at Providence communities Arbor Place of Lisle officially opens

Life at Royal Park Place

ZEELAND, Mich. (October 2015) — Residents at Royal Park Place have plenty of options for how to spend their time. Here’s an idea of what some of our residents have been up to: Assisting “Kids’ Food Basket” Royal Park Place is lending a hand to Kids’ Food Basket. Every Wednesday morning, at 10 a.m. in the Queen’s Room, residents pack snacks for the local not-for-profit organization to give away. Kids’ Food Basket helps complete over 7,000 meals for local children.  The organization was named the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 EPIC Nonprofit of the Year for it’s work in providing necessary nutrients for growing minds and bodies. Click here for more information or ways to contribute. Hosting a support group Royal Park Place hosts an Association for the Blind support group on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Queen’s Room. The public is invited to join us, and welcome to share their challenges with others who understand. Continuing their competitive Wii bowling league “Wii have it going on at Royal Park Place,” says Life Enrichment Director Paula St. Amant. In the photo at right are the Wii bowling teams for the winter season. Back row, from left: Nelia Shoemaker, Calvin Niewenhuis, Lefty […]