The Pickersgill Spring Party

Mardi Gras Theme Offers the Perfect Backdrop for a Spirited Party!

Colorful decorations, delicious refreshments, lively music and dancing blended to create a festive atmosphere at the Mardi Gras themed celebration held in the Pickersgill Willard Room.  The party vibe on Chestnut Avenue was akin to that of New Orleans’ famed February fete.  The smooth big band sound of Ain’t Misbehavin’ beguiled guests to step onto the dance floor.  Tables were decorated in purple, green and gold and set with displays of masks and beads; revelers were encouraged adorn themselves the jaunty accessories.

What would a Mardi Gras party be without a float?

Many surprises greeted the crowd when the auditorium doors opened.  Party guests were invited to have their picture taken in a custom-made photo booth designed to look like a glamorous Mardi Gras parade float.  The “float” and many other decorations were made by artist Kim Deacon, who devoted countless volunteer hours preparing props to bring about the perfect ambiance.  “The creative touches were magnificent,” remarked one guest, “I was amazed at how the room was transformed.”  Scenes set with lamp posts and street signs conveyed guests to les rues imaginaries of the French Quarter.

Entertainment is key to recreating the joyful spirit of Mardi Gras.

Dancing was opened by Pickersgill Executive Director, Barry Eisenberg, and his wife Susan; they were followed to the dance floor by residents escorted by charismatic Towson University students.  Refreshments were in keeping with Big Easy culinary traditions such as beignets, King Cake and Hurricane Punch- both spiked and plain!  Before the night was over Richard Davidson and Lucille Scribner were crowned Mardi Gras King and Queen.

The Mardi Gras party was hosted by the Pickersgill Board of Directors.  Each spring the Board plans a magnificent themed party for residents and their guests, the theme of last year’s event was “High School Prom.”  Needless to say quite a bit of thoughtful planning goes into the annual spring party which calls on the talent and time of many dedicated members of the Board as well as Pickersgill staff.  The party planning committee was lead by Board Member Nancy Flowers, her “krewe” included Vici Heineman, Kim Deacon, Henry Clay, Lynn Hunovice, Lenore D’Adamo, Barry Eisenberg, Robin Fletcher, Jane Croft, Sandra Ortwein, Marsha Carroll, Carol Long, Fran Finnegan and Jean Lillquist.  Special thanks to our Towson University volunteer corps, 25 young men and women who regularly interact with our residents.

The Mardi Gras party was a great way to say goodbye to the winter blahs and welcome the spring season.  Many wondered, what will next year’s party theme be?

Orioles Biggest Fan Lives at Pickersgill

In 1954, “I Love Lucy” was the top-ranking TV show, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio, Eisenhower was president, and the Orioles debuted in Baltimore. For Olga Wagner, 96, a resident at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson, Maryland, it was a start of a lifelong love affair with America’s Pastime.

Though Olga grew up in New Jersey, she moved to Baltimore when she was 20, and Maryland has become her home. The Orioles have been her favorite team since the team came to Baltimore in 1954; she cheers them on through every game.

Her love of the Orioles began with her children. Her daughters were both members of the Junior Orioles Dugout Club and loved watching baseball. The family lived only five minutes away from Memorial Stadium (the Orioles home field until 1991) and regularly watched games there.

Having been a fan since the beginning, she has seen heart-wrenching defeats and lived the pure joy that floods through a city when the home town team wins the World Series—something every Orioles fan under the age of 34 has yet to experience. Understandably so, Olga’s favorite Orioles memory is when the O’s defeated Pete Rose and the Philadelphia Phillies to claim the World Series Championship in 1983.

Like many Baltimore Orioles fans, Wagner’s favorite Orioles player is Cal Ripken Jr., and her favorite moment in a game happened on September 6, 1995, when Cal Ripken Jr. started in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s “unbreakable” 2,130 consecutive game record.

Though Wagner has not attended an Orioles game in several years, she still watches every game she can on television—often staying up late to do so. Olga collects Orioles pennants and often wears her Orioles shirts to show her team support.

Here, you can see the passion Olga Wagner has for her favorite team:

Olga Wagner sporting her Orioles gear

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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Things to Consider Once You Have Made the Decision to Move to Assisted Living

You have made the decision to move into an assisted living residence, yet you still have many questions. Do I really need the help? Will I make new friends? Will I receive help when I need it? Will I continue to see my family and friends? While all these questions are common, the answer to all of them is the same: Yes! You can make new friends, you can receive the personal assistance you need, and you can continue to see your family and friends. Change can be challenging. The time it takes to transition is different for everyone. The keys to success are preparation, a positive attitude, a supportive network of family and friends and patience and understanding—all will prepare you for a smooth transition. Continue reading