Autumn 2017


On The Cover

Dr. Laura Carstensen, keynote speaker for the 2017 Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging on Oct. 20 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Inside the Issue:


Four UCH Communities Receive Wishing Well Awards

United Church Homes awarded more than $16,000 from the Wishing Well Fund to four United Church Homes communities. Salem Manor in Fort Wayne, Indiana, received $4,448 to pay for a new contract with Community Transportation Network (CTN), which provides transportation for residents at the community. Cherry Arbors in North Lewisburg,…

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Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge), Harmar Place Receive Silver National Quality Award

Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) and Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care Community, both United Church Homes communities, each received a 2017 Silver National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) and Harmar Place…

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Glenwood, Harmar Place Name New Chaplain

Rev. Patricia Vargas has been named the new chaplain of Glenwood Community and Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care, both in Marietta, Ohio. Patricia began her new role Oct. 2. She previously served five years as pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church ELCA in Livingston, California. She also previously served…

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Glenwood & Harmar Place Receive Readers’ Choice Award

Harmar Place Rehabilitation and Extended Care Community received the Marietta Times’ 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Skilled Nursing & Best Rehabilitation Center. Glenwood Community (The Pines) received the Best Assisted Living Community Award. The communities were recognized as leaders for demonstrating excellence in person-directed care and commitment to quality…

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Seven UCH employees honored with 2017 LUV Award

  United Church Homes honored seven of its employees with the 2017 Living UCH Values Award that recognizes those who demonstrate the highest commitment to our core values. All LUV Award winners received a certificate and community recognition. Pictured are LUV Award winners (front row, from left) Rebecca Snodgrass, Chapel…

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70 ½ ? Consider these tax savings…

It’s humbling to see the dedication and support they have for the UCH mission to transform Aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. While often the focus is on the residents, UCH also looks for ways to care for its supporters. That is why we strive to…

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Let’s Talk About Aging — in Church!

When I began my work with United Church Homes, “church relations” was actually in my job title. And so, I hit the road connecting with colleagues who were near to or whose congregations had relationships with our health and retirement communities. It was in those first months as I brought…

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Age-Friendly Congregations

The book was co-authored by Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director of United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging; Rev. J. Bennett “Ben” Guess, executive director of ACLU Ohio and former vice president of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM); Jan…

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A History of Service: Veteran to Volunteer

In July, United Church Homes presented Roger with the Spirit Award for his volunteer work at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) in Fairborn, Ohio. “It was a nice surprise. It was an honor,” said Roger, 55, of Fairborn. “I was just doing it to be pleasing to the…

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UCH to sponsor NBC’s A Journey Through Alzheimer’s

I Want to Go Home; A Journey Through Alzheimer’s, hosted by WCMH-TV (NBC4) anchor Colleen Marshall, began in 2008 when her mother was battling the disease. Colleen’s mother died in 2016. She said she hopes the special helps families to find the comfort they need. UCH leaders decided to co-sponsor…

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Generations Unite

Kay Strank, who has a smartphone, laptop and tablet, knows firsthand how Skype can be used to keep in touch with family members. Now, the 76-year-old is part of an intergenerational program at Trinity Community at Fairborn (formerly Patriot Ridge) in Fairborn, Ohio, that uses Skype, a video conferencing app,…

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Experiencing iN2L Engagement Technology

For the past month, Activities Director Jean Ann Moshier has been using It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) in therapy sessions with individuals with dementia and in group activities with other older adults at the community to help bring back memories, improve communication skills, address problem behaviors and provide recreational activity.…

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President’s Award Honors Servant Leadership

“I’m very thankful and grateful, but I don’t know that it should have been me. I was just doing my job,” Crystal said. UCH President and CEO Rev. Kenneth Daniel presented Crystal with the award at a Donor Appreciation Dinner in July in Beavercreek, Ohio. The award celebrates people who…

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Faith and Community Amid Hurricane Irma

But Barbara Garcia, 74, refused to leave because of her faith in God. “I trusted Him to keep me safe,” Barbara said. Cypress Run is one of six affordable housing communities owned or managed by United Church Homes in Florida. Barbara was among a handful of Cypress Run residents who…

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Abundant Aging in the 21st Century | 2017 Symposium

About 170 people attended the event with keynote speaker Dr. Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology at Stanford University and the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity in Stanford, California. Panelists included Linda Mauger, Optimized Care Network; Jo Dee Davis, Healing Broken Circles; Rev. Mark W. Frey, United Church…

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Abundant Life

United Church Homes recently completed a more than $7 million, multiyear restoration project to enhance Fairhaven. The makeover included new resident rooms, a new memory support neighborhood, a new therapy center, a facelift for the auditorium, a renovated chapel and a renewal of the outside courtyard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n79MvH-bY_A A Ministry of…

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