Category Archives: Flourish

Yvonne Aasen: CLV’s Running Phenom

August 2, 2017 – Yvonne Aasen began running when she was 46 after her late husband had a heart attack.  Part of his therapy was to walk four miles per day.  She walked with him for six weeks then gradually started to run, increasing her distance over time.  Yvonne ran her first 10K the following


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Goodwill Honors CLV

May 14, 2017 – Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley honored Carroll Lutheran Village on May 12 as a Community Volunteer Partner. The Village provides volunteer opportunities to people served by the organization.  Goodwill volunteers are an important part of the infection control effort in the Health Care Center – each Wednesday several volunteers help clean


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Spring Lifelong Learning Courses Open for Registration

February 13, 2017 – The spring course offerings through the Lifelong Learning Series at Carroll Lutheran Village are now available for registration.  The series of programs include art, yoga, swimming, history, writing, movement and meditation classes and more. The Lifelong Learning Series continues as part of the Carroll Lutheran Village wellness initiative in partnership with


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Carroll Lutheran Village Wins National Wellness Award

January 17, 2017 – Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster has been named the Gold Senior Living Community Winner of the Pinnacle Award.  The award, sponsored by the NuStep Corporation, recognizes senior living organizations for excellence in whole-person wellness programming that promotes the concept of healthy aging and demonstrates a culture of wellness throughout the organization.


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Winter Lifelong Learning Series Announced

December 22, 2016 – The winter course offerings through the Lifelong Learning Series at Carroll Lutheran Village are now available for registration.  The series of programs include art, yoga, swimming, technology, movement and meditation classes and more. The Lifelong Learning Series continues as part of the Carroll Lutheran Village wellness initiative in partnership with the


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All Saints Day Remembers Those Lost

November 7, 2016 – The first Sunday in November is designated as All Saints’ Sunday in the Christian calendar, a day to gather and remember those lost.  Each year Carroll Lutheran Village celebrates the lives of residents called to eternal life over the past year with an All Saints Memorial Service.  This year more than


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Village Volunteer Inducted into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

November 1, 2016 – Carroll Lutheran Village and community volunteer Sandra “Sandy” Ferguson has been inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.  She was one of 49 older adults in Maryland to be inducted at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on October 27.  The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors Maryland


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CLV Resident Given Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

June 1, 2016 – Each Memorial Day the President of the United States invites Gold Star families and other special interest groups to the Washington, D.C. to honor them for the sacrifice their family members made to protect our country.  This year, Carroll Lutheran Village resident Sondra Sarles was invited to attend. Sarles is a member


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CLV’s Resident “Hooker”

March 11, 2016– Meg Edleman is known for being CLV’s resident “hooker.” Rug hooker that is! In three years almost anything can change, but for Edleman, three years is about the perfect amount of time to hook a rug. She began hooking rugs almost 35 years ago, when a woman named Ellen Feminano, a rug


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Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

March 10, 2016– Spring selling season is upon us, and now is the perfect time to get your home market ready. Chris Hardsock, Realtor, CRS, ABR  from ReMax Advantage Realty, and Karla Pinato, Realtor, CRS, SRES, ABR from The Creig Northrop Team, Long & Foster Real Estate came to Carroll Lutheran Village on March 3rd,


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Great Decisions Begins

January 28, 2016 – The 2016 Great Decisions program began on January 28 at Carroll Lutheran Village with a look at the Middle East and Syria. Dr. Anouar Boukars, assistant professor of international relations at McDaniel College and a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spoke on the topic. Great Decisions is


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The Cold and Flu Season is Here!

January 11, 2016 – The Cold and Flu Season is upon us! So far this year only three Influenza-like illnesses have been reported in the Maryland area. So how do we protect ourselves during this time and lower our risks of getting sick? Here are my recommendations: #1: GET VACCINATED If you haven’t had your


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Elementary Pen Pals Visit Diven House

June 10, 2015 – Just two days before the end of the school year, Stacey Gibson’s second grade class had one last field trip to squeeze in before summer break.  They came to Diven House at Carroll Lutheran Village to meet the assisted living residents they had been corresponding with throughout the school year. Earlier


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Dehydration

May 8, 2015 – It’s getting warm outside. The frost and cold of the winter seems to finally be dissipating! As we all look forward to outside activities, travel to different destinations and fun in the sun; it’s important to remember to stay hydrated! Water is important to keeping our bodies working properly. Naturally our


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The Greatest Gift: Funeral Pre-Planning

March 27, 2015 – They say that the only things for certain in life are death and taxes. How we prepare for each of these certainties is quite different. Many people plan ahead to minimize taxes to hold on to their wealth. At the same time, many people avoid planning for death in hopes of


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The True Cost of Staying at Home

March 15 – Making the decision to move to a retirement community is more than just a financial decision – it can also be an emotional or practical one. Brad Breeding, president of LifeSite Logics, a company that provides tools to research and evaluate continuing care retirement communities, says it really boils down to two


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The Pneumococcal Vaccine: Are You Fully Protected?

March 9, 2015 – The CDC recently (September 19, 2014 to be exact) changed its recommendations regarding vaccination for bacterial Streptococcus pneumoniae. Vaccination against Streptococcus pneumoniae is important for many reasons. Streptococcus pneumoniae is known for affecting your lungs leading to pneumonia, however it also can cause ear and sinus infections. More seriously the bacteria


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The Primary Care Physician: All You Really Need for Graceful Aging

January 15, 2015 – Many people believe that the health care system in the United States is broken – that it’s driven more by the policies and profit margins of insurance companies than providing quality, individualized care to patients. Dr. Stephen Schimpff, retired CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, author and one of


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‘Tis the Season…For Scammers

November 17, 2014 – The busy holiday season is just around the corner, a time when con artists will try to catch you off guard to separate you from your money and/or personal information. The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT recently held a workshop to help Depositors and the community understand how to spot a


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National Memory Screening Day is November 14 at CLV

November 10, 2014 – It is sobering to know that 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and our risk of dementia doubles every five years between the ages of 65 and 95. It’s even more sobering to know that Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are often misdiagnosed as caregivers and family members write behavioral


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Finding the Perfect Assisted Living Community

October 23, 2014 – Looking for an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one can be an overwhelming process, especially if the search is being done urgently. It is important to know that not all assisted living communities are created equal. It is always a good idea to personally visit several communities in


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MAT Program Offers Assistive Telephones to Fit Your Needs

October 14, 2014 – Communicating via the telephone is an important part of living an independent life. That’s why the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program provides the opportunity for individuals to apply for free assistive telephone equipment. The MAT program is available to any Maryland resident who: is 5 years of age or older; receives


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September 21 Marks Falls Prevention Week

September 15, 2014 – Most older adults understand that the risk of falling increases as we age, but don’t believe that it will happen to them or that if they do fall, they won’t be hurt.Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, and that one-third of adults aged


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Who Will Write Your Aging Story?

July 28, 2014 – I recently attended a presentation given by best-selling author Dr. Roger Landry on his latest book Live Long, Die Short.  An intriguing title to be sure, and a perspective that gave everyone in the audience a reason to pause and reevaluate the way they approach aging. There are many who believe


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Respecting the Wishes of Parents

May 12, 2014 – “We’re not parenting our parents, we’re partnering with our parents,” says David Solie, an adult child who learned the hard way how important it is to respect aging parents’ wishes — whether one agrees with them or not. Melissa Healy, in her Los Angeles Times article Talking to Aging Parents About Changes, addresses how


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Spiritual Growth Within Community

April 14, 2014 – I recently attended a presentation where our Chaplain, the Rev. Jimmie Schwartz, was to speak about the spiritual facts of aging, particularly as it applies to aging in a continuing care retirement community. He used Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to demonstrate how living in a supportive community can lead to a


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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Microbes

March 17, 2014 – There are so many different types of microbes that scientists still don’t really know how many there are, but they do know that microbes do a lot of different things! There are good microbes that are used in food, others that are used in medicine and more that are used to


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The Artist Within

March 10, 2014 – There was a time when I truly didn’t think I had any kind of artistic talent. I just couldn’t see the possibility. Me? An artist? Retirement has offered me the time and opportunity to open my mind and get involved with new and challenging things. Once I took the art class


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What to Expect on Your First Visit to Your Geriatrician

March 3, 2014 – As a new geriatrician in Carroll County, and presently one of only two practicing here, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to spend more time with each of my patients and offer more personalized care. Your first visit with me may be different from what you experience with other physicians.


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Healthy Kidneys: Good for Overall Health

Kidney Blood Pressure Check

February 17, 2014 – We all lose a little of our kidney function as we get older. People can even survive with just one kidney if they donate the other to a friend or family member. But when kidney function drops because of an underlying kidney disease, it’s something to be concerned about. Toxins and


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Aging Terminology: How it Affects us All

Doc with patient

February 5, 2014 – I couldn’t agree more with Bruce Chernof, M.D., President and CEO of the Scan Foundation, when he says we need to change the conversation and lexicon of “long term care.”  In his article Changing the Conversation: How Americans Talk, Think and Feel about Aging, Dr. Chernof notes, “In my 25 years


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Move Managers: An Invaluable Resource for Seniors

Moving boxes

by Brenda Becker on January 22, 2014 – A year ago my in-laws moved to a continuing care retirement community. She has had on-and-off again issues with her knees and he has experienced some cognitive impairment. While they didn’t want to leave their home, they decided that a retirement community would provide all the supports


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Living at Home with Technology

by Brenda Becker on January 13, 2014 – Both of my parents were relatively young when they died.  My father was 73 and my mother was 78.   After working in a retirement community for 10 years, and seeing most residents move in at an average age of 80, I consider those in their 70s to


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The Benefits of a Retirement Community

by Brenda Becker on January 6, 2014 – Retirement communities, whether they are rental communities or entrance-fee based continuing care retirement communities, offer many benefits that can challenge the appeal of remaining at home.  Here are just ten reasons to consider moving to a retirement community. 1.  Social opportunities – Isolation is a common complaint


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Give Thanks for Better Health

The upcoming holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to reflect on our many blessings. According to The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky, new research indicates the multiple benefits of expressing gratitude. “People who are consistently grateful have been found to be relatively happier, more energetic, and more hopeful and to report experiencing more frequent


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