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A Royal Wedding: Royal Park Place Residents Find Love in Zeeland

When Dan Wolma moved to Royal Park Place in 2019, he was recently widowed—only a few days earlier. He certainly wasn’t looking to marry. In fact, he wasn’t looking for much of anything. He had been the sole caretaker for his ailing wife for the last seven years, and after his wife passed away, he says he “had a bit of a pity party.”…

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An Ambassador for Friendship: Victorian Village Man Lights Up the Community

When Al Bosma walks into the Victorian Village gym, as he does every Monday and Wednesday from 9:00-9:45 a.m., he’s welcomed warmly. Truly, wherever Al goes around the Homer Glen community, residents and staff alike are delighted to see him. His smile and kind words light up whatever space he’s in, and it’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when this social butterfly was solitary.…

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Caregiver Support Groups Meet at Providence Communities

No one plans to be the caregiver of someone with dementia, but according to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and over 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with dementia. They translate that into 18 billion hours of care. These unpaid caregivers make up 83 percent of the help provided to older adults with dementia. About one-fourth of those caregivers are part of what is known as “sandwich generation,” meaning they not only care for an aging loved one, but also for at least one child.…

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Learning & Connecting: Park Place Educators Promote Social Lifestyle

Krishna Chakrabarty grew up near a crocodile-infested river in Morbi, India. When she was a little girl, her father, an educator himself, taught her to swim in that river. When she expressed fear about the crocodiles, he shooed off her concerns. “He said, ‘If you just keep moving, they won’t get you.’ So I learned to swim fast,” she laughs.…