Pat Marshall, 83, is busy enjoying every minute at Doylestown Health's Pine Run Retirement Community. "They have so much to offer, and being involved keeps me young and keeps my mind active," says Pat.
Pine Run's director of Life Enrichment, Ceil Krajewski, agrees. "People retire from work they're paid for — not from life. Staying involved keeps our Villagers physically, mentally and socially active, helping them to adjust and thrive," says Ceil.
Pat, a former Doylestown Hospital nurse, loves sewing and handiwork, so Pine Run's Good Bears Club was a perfect fit! A member since 2002, she's the group's chairman. She also coordinates a knitting group and serves as a representative for her neighbors.
"You don't need to sew to join the Good Bears," says Pat. "We have tracers, cutters and stuffers." Members create cuddly bears for pediatric patients in Doylestown Hospital's Emergency department, and have donated more than 23,500 bears since 1989.
"When a child is upset or scared, the bears provide comfort. We receive many notes about the bears from grateful parents," says Sue Gottlob, Emergency department inventory specialist/LPN.
Something for Everyone
If there isn't a club that matches a Villager's interests, Pine Run's Life Enrichment team will create one. Many residents explore new pursuits including painting, pottery, woodshop and trains.
The Keep on Learning Program highlights history, nature, health and more. For example, Elmwood Park Zoo has featured live animals in a presentation about habitats and diet, while another popular speaker wears the costume of a famous musician while discussing the individual's life and music.
Techies share electronic interests in the new Technology Club, while Unami Middle School students help Villagers explore new smartphone and tablet features.
A puzzle is always in progress, and Villagers can stop anytime to work on it. Card games and crossword puzzles are a huge hit, according to Ceil, as well as new coloring books for adults.
For those not into clubs or looking to unwind, many residents socialize during happy hour before dinner at the HUB Pub. "One of our Villagers plays the piano while people congregate and talk," says Ceil. "It's a very lively community."
An Environment for Fitness
Pine Run has 42 gorgeous acres of walking trails with benches available for bird watching, rest, and relaxation, and Villagers enjoy complimentary classes including Zumba Gold, Pilates, Chair Yoga and Total Body Workout. Villagers also enjoy a free membership to the Aquatic Center and Spa located within the
Health and Wellness Center in Warrington.
New Destinations and Experiences
Pine Run residents enjoy a variety of trips, says Ceil, with destinations including the Kimmel Center, Academy of Music and Longwood Gardens.
Connect and Unwind
Villagers often stop by the Life Enrichment Office to chat with Ceil and to pet Napoleon, her beloved pug, also known as her "life enrichment assistant." "Pine Run is a terrific place to enjoy life," says Ceil, "and a wonderful place to work."
For more information about Pine Run Retirement Community or to schedule a tour, call 800-992-8992.
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