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 resident Curates ‘Creating Through Challenge’ Art Exhibit

The moment an art committee formed at Wesley Palms in 2018, resident Pauline Chang felt the natural desire to participate. Pauline enjoys working with her hands and has spent the last 10 years crafting pine needle baskets. This was an opportunity to give back to the community by bringing fellow residents together for visual enjoyment and pleasure as artists, crafters, and art lovers. Now as resident Art Gallery curator, Pauline brought resident Tink Rambo's idea to form a gallery highlig…

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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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On Forgiveness and Renewal

On the evening of September 18th, Jews throughout the world will begin celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. We will light the festival candles and say the Shechechiyanu blessing, in which we express our gratitude to God for allowing us to celebrate once again this holiday of hope and renewal.  We will bless the sweet wine and the round challah filled with raisins, a reminder of the circle of life.  We will also say a blessing over the apple cut into slices, which we dip int…

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It’s Saturday Morning at Wesley Palms. Table Tennis Anyone?

If you're looking for ways to stay physically and mentally active, table tennis might be the right game for you. Just ask resident Dan Chang, who has been playing for months with a half dozen other residents. "I love the exercise," Dan said after serving a spin shot with a nasty, unpredictable bounce. "It may not be obvious at first but table tennis can be a good workout." Table tennis has always been a game for all ages, and players compete internationally into their 80s and beyond. In …

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Skype Socials Offers New Opportunities to Individuals with Dementia

Every Friday, Kristy and Jayn get together for a Skype video chat. The conversation drifts easily from stories about their families to reflections on their very different upbringings, and then, always, to their mutual passion: cooking. But what makes this conversation somewhat unique is that Jayn has dementia and is living in a memory care neighborhood and Kristy is a 20-something graduate student. Kristy connected with Jayn, who lives at Summer House at Wesley Palms, through …

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