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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 responsibilities. They . . . 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 by Jim Mattox

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: December 27th, 2018

Teachers by Marilyn Schroeder

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

Residents Corner: Brenda Spradling

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: October 25th, 2018

Assisted Living By Tom MacLaughlin

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: October 9th, 2018

Maxine Paca

Artist Maxine Powell 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 . . . Read More

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Published on: September 4th, 2018

Centrum Writing Group continued

Centrum Writers Group (continued)

Our Stories

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: August 14th, 2018

Centrum Writing Group

Centrum Writers Group

Our Stories

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: July 12th, 2018

Leaving a Legacy by Bill Chaddock

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: June 5th, 2018

Residents Corner: Ann Hopkins

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: April 2nd, 2018

Residents Corner: Ron Dill

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 . . . Read More

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Published on: January 23rd, 2018

Residents Corner: Nova Weller

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 . . . Read More

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