Weekly Writing Group at Pickersgill

Research continues to show benefits for seniors who write. These include memory enhancement; improvement of comprehension and communication skills; stress reduction; and increased self-confidence, self-discipline, and even emotional intelligence. And sharing with fellow writers is an added bonus.

Enter Pickersgill’s Writing Group, a dozen or so residents who have been coming together every Friday afternoon for the past three years to share stories they’ve written about their lives. Initially a gathering of people who like to write but may need a little nudge, the group has become so much more. It’s a warm, supportive family composed of very different people who have lived through many similar experiences.

Each week group members share what they wrote during the week. There is always a suggested assignment, and the topics span the spectrum, from holidays to happiness to milestones to favorite books and music. Some topics are tougher than others; writing about parents proved difficult for some. Not everyone writes every week, and not everyone writes on the assigned topic. Everyone does share though, and discussions are lively and funny and poignant.

The group has celebrated birthdays (two members are 98) and mourned the departure of others. But every Friday when they gather aches and pains are temporarily forgotten while sharing stories and laughter.

PICKERSGILL VOLUNTEERS: Thank you for BEEing Awesome!

“The bee is more honored than the other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” –St. John Chrysostom

 

One can draw many parallels between the team of hard working volunteers at Pickersgill Retirement Community and the busy life of honey bees. Perhaps that is why it is appropriate that BEES were the theme of this year’s event honoring our remarkable volunteer corps!  Pickersgill welcomed over one hundred guests at the annual Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10.

Luncheon keynote speaker, Dr. Josephine ‘Jody’ Johnson, known as “the bee expert,” presented a talk titled “What’s Happening to Our Bees?”  Dr.  Johnson is a Lutherville resident who has a PhD in toxicology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is the founder and owner of a Lutherville-based company, Cullaborate LLC, that conducts pollination studies locally as well as around the country. Her recent clients have included Cylburn Arboretum, The Almond Board of California and commercial beekeepers.  Through Dr. Johnson’s presentation the audience gained deeper understanding of the crisis that exists for the world’s bee population, the reasons bees are disappearing and the long term concerns.  “This is just the type of contemporary issue that the members of our community like to explore and become knowledgeable about,” said Volunteer Coordinator, Lenore D’Adamo.

This was the 15th annual volunteer luncheon and lecture, an event that is anticipated by residents, board members and community volunteers for weeks in advance. Honorees arrived through the main lobby where they were serenaded by the sweet sounds of the Pickersgill Singers which set the tone for a delightful afternoon. Each guest was given a bee pin wear on their lapel. The pins, beautiful creations by needlepoint artist Mae Strom, were made expressly for the occasion.

After guests were seated, Executive Director, Barry Eisenberg, offered sincere thanks to the volunteers stating that “(our volunteers) create a sense of community that binds us all together, they promote the (high) quality of life that we have in abundance. It’s your commitment that makes Pickersgill so special.”  The Reverend Ernest Smart gave a witty, heartfelt blessing, and everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Richard Blake and the Pickersgill kitchen team. Faye Tully, Board President, presented door prizes and thanked each volunteer for their service and support of Pickersgill.

The spirit of giving to others is central to the ideals that established Pickersgill Retirement Community over two hundred years ago, the volunteers honored at the luncheon carry that spirit forward.

“we must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives” –John F. Kennedy

 

Fashion & Enjoyment for Everyone

The Annual Spring Fashion Show is a long standing tradition at Pickersgill Retirement Community.  Residents look forward to the occasion not only because its a great opportunity to see the new spring looks but also because its a special treat to see their close friends and neighbors stroll down the runway as models.

The collection of colorful, warm-weather clothes on display was styled by TaylorMarie’s Apparel. A pop-up store with fabulous designer brands- Alfred Dunner, Ruby Road, Erin London, Tribal, Southern Lady, Karen Kane and Foxcroft to name a few- with a complete range of sizes for every woman.  In addition to clothing, an impressive display of costume jewelry and scarves were also available for shoppers to peruse. Everyone found something to tickle their fancy!

“It’s like a shopping spree at a boutique right here at Pickersgill!”

Each of the models chose their outfits from 20 racks of fashion-forward clothing that ranged in style from sporty to dressy.  The designer ensembles welcomed the colors of the season; sunny yellow, soothing blue, bright pink and subtle peach, in addition to graphic black and crisp white. A variety beautiful patterns and luxurious fabrics evoked an enthusiastic response from the crowd. But, it was one particular model that garnered the most attention and had heads turning; Pickersgill’s beloved physical therapy dog, Walt,  strutted the runway wearing an elegant scarf.

The models glided down the runway, smiling at their friends and neighbors, responding to the cheering sections along their route, and obviously enjoying themselves as much as their audience. Maryann Priddy, owner/manager of TaylorMarie’s, described all the models and their outfits as they cruised the runway.

Our models were: residents – Jane, Bobby, Sally, Nancy, Elinore, Mary, Vinny, Mitch, Pat and Marty: staff associates – Karen, Bridget and of course Walt.  Take a look at the slide show:

 

 

Pickersgill Assisted Living Residents Find Friendship, Regain Family and Renewed Safety at Towson Community

There are many benefits to moving into an assisted living community such as Pickersgill. We find that many residents see an overall improvement in their quality of life, as conditions such as depression, anxiety, poor nutrition, loneliness and safety are immediately addressed. Additionally, moving into a retirement community can have a positive impact for the families of residents, which cannot be overlooked.

Social events at Pickersgill play a key role in helping residents overcome loneliness and depression that can result from spending too much time alone. Pickersgill residents can be as busy as they like or enjoy solitude when it suits them. Pickersgill is a place where those of a similar age can meet, live and experience all the perks of a great social life again. From lively card games, musical entertainment, exercise classes and happy hour, new residents find that living with other seniors is actually a really great time. Assisted living at Pickersgill provides a constant source of friendship, even for those who enjoy their solitude; all of our residents really benefit from the presence of other people.

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Jerry Mead Finds More Than Just a Place To Live at Pickersgill

For the past 25 years, Jerry Mead has enjoyed making friends and making a home at Pickersgill Retirement Community. “There’s no place I’d rather be,”Jerry says.

When Pickersgill’s first cornerstones were being placed, Jerry and his wife watched from their home no more than a block away. “I watched them build it,” he remembers. That marked the exciting beginning of Jerry’s long and happy relationship with his future home. Pickersgill’s welcoming community has balanced independence with assistance in a way that allows residents like Jerry to live full and happy lives, no matter how long they decide to stay.

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