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Celebrating the Month of Love at True Connection Communities

What better month than February to celebrate love at True Connection Communities?

At our Pine Ridge of Plumbrook independent living community in Sterling Heights, MI, love was very much in the air. Couples enjoyed a night of “Dinner for Two” dining, spending some much-needed time outside their apartments to appreciate a lovely, delicious dinner of cabernet-braised boneless beef short rib and shrimp scampi prepared by the talented Chef Steve. To spread the love outside the community, we invited seniors in the area to stop by Pine Ridge of Plumbrook and take home their own Valentine’s Day inspired meal.

Other events celebrating “love” at our communities included fun with couples who answered questions inspired by the gameshow “The Newlywed Game” in front of a live resident audience and a fireside chat with residents and team members who reminisced and shared their own stories of love and life.

In Shelby Township, MI, at our Pine Ridge Villas of Shelby, residents made gorgeous Valentine cards with watercolors at a “Paint and Pinot” event.

Over at our independent living community in Gilbert, Arizona—Verena at Gilbert—Valentine’s Day lasted all weekend. Residents learned how to dance the Cupid Shuffle, enjoyed yummy Cupid Floats made with Vanilla ice cream and Cherry soda, and topped off the holiday with champagne and a love song trivia contest.

The month was not only focused on fun and engaging events but also about celebrating the simple things in life. At our Verena at the Reserve independent living community in Williamsburg, Virginia, resident Dot penned a stunning tribute to her hands:

From childhood, I have used my hands to make things—paper dolls, rag dolls, and numerous art works. These hands have gardened and raised babies. My hands have traveled the world and lived in wonderful places. These hands have cooked many loving and delicious meals. They have caressed and nurtured my loving husband Sam for 60 years. By not using gloves over the years, my hands have not aged well. Now my eyesight is failing, and my hands help me to see. My hands are never idol. My Hands Hold the Wisdom of a Lifetime. -Dot, 2021

True Connection Communities operates a high-quality portfolio of 13 active adult/independent senior living communities, containing over 2,125 apartments and located in seven states, to meet the growing needs of Americans age 55 or older who are seeking an active and engaged lifestyle. True Connection Communities provides an exceptional resident experience by focusing on five key offerings: custom-designed fitness and wellness programs, creative chef-prepared meals made with the freshest seasonal ingredients, social activities uniquely designed for a life on the move, innovative educational programs that promote lifelong learning and personal growth, and state-of-the-art technology that keeps residents in touch with their families, friends, and an evolving world.

residents at Arbour Square of Harleysville receive Moderna vaccines

Arbour Square of Harleysville residents receive vaccines, balloon buddies

The health and safety of the residents and team members at Arbour Square of Harleysville is our top priority, and we are taking additional measures, beyond the requirements of government and health authorities, to protect everyone in the community.

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Feb 16, 2021 Updated | Feb 17, 2021

Irene Pronzato, resident of Arbour Square of Harleysville, receiving first dose of Moderna vaccine
Irene Pronzato was the first Arbour Square of Harleysville resident to get the COVID-19 vaccination. She was part of a group that received their first shot on Feb. 9.

HARLEYSVILLE — Residents of the Arbour Square of Harleysville senior independent living community received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine recently.

On Tuesday, February 9, health care providers from Rann Pharmacy administered the shots to the first group of residents, and first in line was Irene Pronzato, who turned 95 years old that week. Skippack Pharmacy supplied the vaccines for the second group of residents on Friday, February 12.

“Over 90% of eligible Arbour Square residents have now received the first dose of the vaccine,” a Feb. 16 release said.

“There are no words to describe how incredibly overjoyed I am that we have been able to bring this vaccine to our community,” said Mimi Kehan, executive director at Arbour Square. “This marks the beginning of getting back to normal.”

Assistant Executive Director Betsy Roth added, “Both days of vaccinations were hugely successful and ran smoothly. All our team members and pharmacy staff came together to make this a reality for our residents.”

“Arbour Square team members wore t-shirts with ‘We think you’re a Big Shot’ written on the front and filled the community with music and dancing to celebrate a huge milestone in the fight against COVID-19,” the release said.

Arbour Square of Harleysville resident Phil Kretschman with his balloon buddy
Arbour Square of Harleysville resident Phil Kretschman holds a balloon buddy. The balloon buddies were from Balloonatics at Crazy Balloon Delivery, LLC, as part of its nationwide “Adopt a Grandparent” movement.

 

Adding to the celebration was a delivery of balloon sculptures with uplifting notes by Balloonatics at Crazy Balloon Delivery, LLC, as part of their nationwide “Adopt A Grandparent” movement.

Every resident of Arbour Square was adopted by a local person or business, and Arbour Square team members delivered the 250 balloon buddies to surprised residents who reacted with big smiles and genuine emotion.

Chris Kretschman of Harleysville got a chuckle out of seeing his “WWll vet, tough as nails, 90 something year old” dad holding his balloon buddy. Chris thanked the staff at Arbour Square for making this happen. “You are making so many people happy.”

“This week was special for so many reasons,” said Arbour Square Joy Director Melissa Crouse. “Seeing our residents overcome with joy at receiving their balloon buddies was very uplifting and something we will not forget.”

 

 

 

Original source: https://www.montgomerynews.com/soudertonindependent/news/arbour-square-of-harleysville-residents-receive-vaccines-balloon-buddies/article_e2dc5d20-7088-11eb-90f7-03936a167598.html


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