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Published on: October 15th, 2020

Assisted Living Staff Help Residents Face COVID-19

Willow Brook Christian Village activities director

Do you wonder how assisted living residents are faring during COVID-19? And what are staff in senior living communities doing to ease residents’ burdens?

Connie McNeal, activities director at Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware, Ohio, knows all about the daily challenges faced by her . . . Read More

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Published on: July 31st, 2020

Activities Leaders for Senior Living Communities Get Creative During COVID-19

Life enrichment coordinator leads exercise class

How do you balance older adults’ essential need for socialization with the urgent need to stay safe during this time of COVID-19?

Look to the experts who do this every day — activities directors at Willow Brook Christian Communities. They’ve become nimble and creative, finding . . . Read More

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Published on: June 16th, 2020

3 Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Senior couple riding bikes outdoors

For older adults, it’s never been more timely to take steps to boost your immune system. With the novel coronavirus, we’ve learned how important it is for seniors to build up their body’s natural defense system.

In this blog, we’ll give you 3 tips . . . Read More

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Published on: April 15th, 2020

What to Look for in an Assisted Living Community

Senior researches assisted living with daughter

Are you ready to start researching assisted living communities, but don’t know how to compare one community to another? It can be intimidating at first, but just like when you bought your first home, having a process and plan will make things easier.

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Published on: March 23rd, 2020

How to Work with Your Family to Care for Your Senior Parent

A caregiver placing their hand over their loved one’s arm.

Being a caregiver for your aging parent can be challenging at times. The truth is, even the best caregivers need some help from time to time. And it’s natural to start with your siblings and other family members.  

But how are you supposed to . . . Read More

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Published on: February 26th, 2020

How Assisted Living is More Affordable than You Think

A senior woman with her dog sitting outside an assisted living community.

You’ve been thinking that your senior loved one needs more support. They might be struggling to keep up with daily chores. Or they need help managing their medications and personal grooming. They may seem lonely as well.

The answer . . . Read More

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Published on: February 10th, 2020

Tips for Talking About Assisted Living with Your Adult Child

A senior man being helped along walking bars by a physical therapist at a senior rehab center.

It seems like it was just yesterday when you were watching your children grow up. Now that you’re a senior, your children are adults, and they are the ones looking out for you. Having . . . Read More

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Published on: January 10th, 2020

The Importance of Rehabilitation for Seniors

A senior man being helped along walking bars by a physical therapist at a senior rehab center.

Following a fall, injury, stroke or other major medical issue, seniors often have one thing on their mind — going home and getting back to their normal routine. However, jumping right back into a routine may not be . . . Read More

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Published on: December 12th, 2019

Holiday Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

A senior caregiver giving a blanket to her father.

The holidays are a meaningful time for caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s. This time of year is filled with family traditions, pastimes and memories. While these links to the past can be reassuring for your loved one, the holidays can sometimes cause fear . . . Read More

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Published on: November 18th, 2019

The Top 10 Resources that Help Senior Caregivers

A senior caregiver giving a blanket to her father.

It seems like it was just yesterday that your parent or loved one was taking care of you, but now you’re a caregiver. No matter what the cause was, if you’ve had to step in with medical, housing, insurance or other assistance, you’ve become a senior caregiver. 

At Willow . . . Read More

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Published on: October 28th, 2019

What to Know Before Listing Your Parents’ House for Sale

A mother and daughter discuss assisted living outside together.

Your loved ones are ready for a change. As they grew older, their home turned into a grind they couldn’t keep up with. You’re happy that they’re making a change to improve their quality of life. But there’s one big thing left . . . Read More

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Published on: September 25th, 2019

How to Prepare a Parent for Assisted Living

A mother and daughter discuss assisted living outside together.

You’ve probably imagined the moment when your loved ones’ circumstances change, and they won’t be able to manage their own care anymore. Whatever the event or emergency that ushers in the need for caregiving, you may find yourself on a journey into the . . . Read More

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Published on: September 5th, 2019

Are You Caring For Your Parents? Help Is Available

Barbara McVicker
National Eldercare Expert

By Barbara McVicker, Guest Blogger
(first in a multi-part caregiver series)

Being a caregiver for your elderly parents or relatives can be one of the most rewarding jobs, but also one of the hardest. If you are prepared, . . . Read More

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Published on: July 2nd, 2019

Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

When we all stand together, we can do amazing things to support research for Alzheimer’s disease. At Willow Brook at Delaware Run, our staff and residents recently raised $2,000 in two hours for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio at an event called Purple Day. Check out our video! And be sure to turn out . . . Read More

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Published on: June 4th, 2019

Downsizing is Actually Lighten-ing!

Kathi Paullin teams up with her mom to downsize.

We hear the term “downsizing,” and it has a negative feel. We think of it as losing items which we treasured for years.

But when we think of it is as . . . Read More

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Published on: May 14th, 2019

Want to Bring the World Together? Play Games!

How about a game of pommawanga? Or maybe you prefer wari or yoot? These were among the 50 high-quality wooden games made and sold by Willow Brook resident Mary Lea Bailey through the company she and her husband Warren founded: World . . . Read More

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Published on: May 7th, 2019

A Caregiver Finds Help at Willow Brook By Day

Caregiver Angela (left) and Sally Gallant, Director of Willow Brook by Day

When Angela’s mother developed Alzheimer’s, Angela faced a quandary. She and her father wanted to keep her mother at home, but they struggled with balancing all of the . . . Read More

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Published on: April 23rd, 2019

Ten Questions To Ask When Considering Assisted Living

As parents and loved ones get older, you may find yourself worried about their safety and wellbeing. In fact, you have been concerned for quite some time. When is it time to consider assisted living? 

Here are some questions to ask as . . . Read More

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Published on: February 14th, 2019

Donna & Kathryn Testimonials

Assisted Living at Delaware Run
A Mother/Daughter Story
Interview with Kathryn H., daughter of resident Donna H. 

Q: What was your mother’s situation before she moved to assisted living at Willow Brook at Delaware Run?

A: My Mom couldn’t live alone anymore because she had fallen several times, so she moved in with me. That worked until she began . . . Read More

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Published on: February 4th, 2019

Releasing Grief, 71 Years Later

By Jim Mattox

I suffered a huge loss when I was seven years old, and I bottled my grief for 71 years. I would never want anyone else to wait that long.  I recently shared my story at the Grief Share Group at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, and I hope others will learn from my . . . Read More

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Published on: December 27th, 2018

Teachers

By Marilyn Schroeder

Who are my teachers 
now I have left the schoolrooms 
of my youth, now that I am old? 
Poet Mary Oliver with wisdoms – 
her arms open to ponds, flowers, 
creatures lovely and not, her words 
lights to what I must learn – words rich 
with how to spend my life. Friends 
are . . . Read More

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Published on: November 19th, 2018

Living Well

By Brenda Spradling

In 1946, Paul Harvey added “…and now you know the rest of the story” to his well-known radio broadcasts.

As I sat thinking about things one Sunday, I wondered what that phrase meant to me.  My mind wandered to phrases like:

I’ve lived fun adventures—well, I did seven ziplines at 73, didn’t I?

There are some . . . Read More

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Published on: October 25th, 2018

Assisted Living – A Short Story

By Tom MacLaughlin

He sits in his favorite chair by the window, and looks out across the lawn at the county road, and watches the cars as they travel past.  He thinks back to what it was like to drive a car.  That was a few years ago when he was living in his own house, . . . Read More

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Published on: October 9th, 2018

Artist Maxine Paca

For an artist who started painting at age 10, Maxine Paca was long overdue for an exhibit of her art work.

At age 89, it happened. Her lovely paintings were featured recently in an exhibit at Willow Brook Christian Village, where she resides with her husband, Ned.

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Published on: September 4th, 2018

Centrum Writing Group (continued)

In August, the Centrum Creative Writers won First Place for Cooperative Writing in a state competition sponsored by LeadingAge, a nonprofit association representing more than 400 long-term care organizations. The writers live at the Centrum, Willow Brook Christian Village’s assisted living center. They enjoyed collaborating to record their stories. Here we feature three more of . . . Read More

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Published on: August 14th, 2018

Centrum Writing Group

The Centrum Creative Writers won First Place for Cooperative Writing in a regional competition sponsored in June by LeadingAge, a nonprofit trade association representing more than 400 long-term care organizations. The writers live at the Centrum, Willow Brook Christian Village’s assisted living center. They enjoyed collaborating to record the stories of their lives. Here we . . . Read More

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Published on: July 12th, 2018

Leaving a Legacy

by Bill Chaddock, Willow Brook at Delaware Run resident

Each of us has a priceless legacy to leave our children, grandchildren and even descendants not yet born.

That legacy is the multitude of memories and experiences – some happy, some sad – about our lives and families that we have accumulated over the years.  It is important . . . Read More

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Published on: June 5th, 2018

Quilter Exhibits Her Creative Work​

Ann Hopkins first learned to sew as a child and stitched up a storm all of her life. She made her own clothes and clothing for her mother, husband and children.  It wasn’t until she retired in 1987 that she found time for another passion: quilting.

Now 93 and a resident of Delaware Run, Ann has . . . Read More

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Published on: April 2nd, 2018

Ron Dill: There and Back Again​

Ronald Dill, 94, a resident of Willow Brook Christian Home, was born on a farm north of Worthington, on the same land where the Home now stands.

“I’m back living on the farm,” Dill says. “This is home.”

We sat down with Dill to talk about his life, from his childhood on the family farm to his . . . Read More

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Published on: January 23rd, 2018

Nova Weller: Artist and Engineer​

Nova Anderson Weller has always had her head in clouds, yet her feet firmly planted on the ground.

This dual nature has allowed her to succeed in many roles.

She’s an ingenious digital photographer who loves to “experiment like crazy” in her artistic creations. She’s also a scientist – one who worked as an aeronautical engineer during . . . Read More

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