Meet the Furry, Scaly and Feathered Friends of ‘Wesley Paws’

"Hi, my name is Mazel. Mazel means luck and I am a very lucky dog to be living at Wesley Palms. I am able to walk with the human who I live with three times a day throughout the lovely grounds at Wesley Palms. We have a newly renovated dog park that we visit often. My human enjoys looking up at the trees, birds and butterflies, while I am inspecting and sniffing each blade of grass. We often meet friends along our walk and we enjoy socializing with them. They like to pet me and I love it! At ho…

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Flutter By: I’m Happy to Be Part of Our Communities’ Efforts to Save the Monarch Butterfly

Amazing residents live at every Front Porch community. But let me tell you about a particular group of resident gardeners who believe that getting dirt under their fingernails and planting milkweed seeds - the monarch caterpillar’s only source of sustenance - is the best way to save the endangered butterflies.  This group inspired the "Front Porch Monarch Butterfly Collaborative" project. When I brought all our monarch butterfly enthusiasts together, I was in for a treat! I…

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Coming Out and Coming Alive in the Fight for Social Justice

As the daughter of a famous World War II submariner and later admiral, for Wesley Palms resident Beth Coye the Navy was a powerful career draw. She joined up in the 1960s--a time when opportunities for women in uniform were limited. "I graduated top of my class in an otherwise all male postgraduate program, but was denied my top assignment choices," Beth said. Rather than letting her experience discourage her, however, Beth chose to focus on championing women's rights. "I always come bac…

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Demystifying Resident Contracts

For people who are considering moving to a community, many of the benefits are obvious: a beautiful location, friendly neighbors, great amenities, and supportive staff. But moving to a senior community is a big decision, and one that can raise many questions - especially when it comes to signing a contract or resident agreement. The resident agreement may seem imposing at first, but it also holds the answers to many questions prospective residents may have, such as: What's included and n…

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Wesley Palms Resident Ed Dick Highlights His Road to the Show

Former Yankee farm hand didn't make it to The Bronx but appreciates the journey Players call it "The Show," the big stage that is Major League Baseball. The journey is often long, lonely and uncertain. Players must navigate a route that often begins in childhood, continues through school and into their mid-20s. While the ultimate goal is the big leagues, in reality very few actually make it. Disappointing? Perhaps. However, for some players like Wesley Palms resident Ed Dick the journey, not…

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Resident-Led Environmental Education Classes Teach Importance of Caring for the Earth

Dr. Tom English reminds Wesley Palms residents they can all make an impact No matter who you are or what you do, you can have an impact on the environment. That's what Wesley Palms resident Dr. Tom English reminds everyone in his environmental education classes. He began his own journey of making positive changes for the environment more than 50 years ago--on the very first Earth Day--and brings those lessons to residents today. While he was enjoying a successful career years ago as a…

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Wesley Palms Creates Monarch Haven for Butterflies

At a young age, Naomi Sobo loved animals. Her passion for conservation and saving endangered species continued to grow when she became a volunteer at the San Diego Zoo 25 years ago. There, she learned about endangered species and how to educate the public about how to help preserve these animals in the wild. Now, Naomi is known for her efforts in conservation and she is the spokesperson of the Wesley Palms Butterfly Garden Group. There, she helps spearhead the efforts to save a species c…

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Assisted Living at Wesley Palms is Truly Designed For You!

When Resident Cathy Doss needed additional assistance with daily activities such as medication management, housekeeping, laundry and dressing, she turned to Wesley Palms, a community she knew had a reputation for excellent care. In 2015, she moved into the "Courtyard," Wesley's assisted living accommodations dedicated to residents who need extra services. While continuing to live next to other residents who needed similar help, she was thrilled when Wesley Palms implemented a unique assi…

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Embrace the Five Pillars of Aging Well in Celebration of Healthy Aging Month

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly improve an individual's quality of life. At our Front Porch retirement communities, we embrace a holistic approach to healthy aging and wellbeing that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit to help residents find meaning and enjoyment in life. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, September, 2020, these five pillars for healthy aging from Taunya Bachellor, Life Enrichment director at Wesley Palms can be implemented at any age. During the pandem…

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Residents Stories Shine During Video ‘Chit Chats’

You don't have to go to Hollywood to be on a talk show if you're a resident at Wesley Palms Retirement Community. In fact, fascinating interviews and conversations are had right on a residents' front porch. Welcome to "Front Porch Chit Chat," a video interview series produced by the Wesley Palms life enrichment team that takes a deep dive into the backgrounds, personalities and stories of residents. "Everyone has a story to tell," said Life Enrichment Specialist Zach Vandagrifft. "I c…

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