The Rudy Awards celebrate inspirational young athletes who embody the values of character, courage, contribution and commitment through the sport of football. Recognizing and rewarding these outstanding players inspires other youth to pursue sports as a positive, action-oriented path to self-discipline, leadership, strong academic performance and a healthy lifestyle. Our associate, Teresa, has an outstanding son who has been nominated for the Rudy Awards. Her son, Juan Diego, has overcome the diversities of life such as losing his father at the tender age of 16. Juan Diego has managed to keep his head held high and maintain a positive outlook on life. He remains an active part of his community, school and family. We are very proud of him. Voting ends on November 1st so please click on the following link to extend a very well deserved vote for Juan Diego Temple: http://www.highschoolrudyawards.com/Football/nominee/678/Juan-Diego-Temple.aspxThe Rudy Awards: Juan Diego Temple
Vintage Senior Living is proud to call Howard “Bud” Brennen one of Vintage Sonoma’s residents. With his positive spirit, active lifestyle and “spoon playing”, he helps keep the community upbeat. Despite just passing the century mark in his life, Bud is always up and moving, playing football or feeding birds with the other residents. You can count on Bud to be one of the many friendly faces that smile and say good morning to each resident. Bud’s attitude is contagious when living in a community such as Vintage Sonoma. With endless activities and fun you can choose to be active whenever you want! Vintage Sonoma is the perfect place to call home.
The team at Vintage Narrows Glen in Tacoma, Washington puts their legs on the line in the fight to End Alzheimer’s. Eric, a staff member at Vintage Narrows Glen, rode his bicycle for 8 hours and raised over $1,200 for the Alzheimer’s Association! Vintage Narrows Glen has wonderful staff; Eric is only one of many. Their community is nestled among 15 acres of delightfully landscaped grounds and offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and memory care for Alzheimer’s and other dementia. It has everything that one could wish for with a Jacuzzi, a fitness center and a large putting green. There is never shortage of things to do; Eric and his team lead the activity planning, which include social, educational, spiritual, recreational and exercise classes. Vintage Narrows Glen is everything you want senior living to be and more.
Esther knows her stuff, and her spelling skills nabbed 3rd place in this week’s senior spelling bee in Duarte, CA. Congratulations to Esther, one of our vibrant seniors that call Vintage at California Mission Inn home in Rosemead, CA.
Miriam Brucker, one of Vintage Westwood Horizon’s lovely residents and champion ping pong players, turned 104 this year! She was born in 1907 in Russia and came to America at the young age of six. Miriam began working after eighth grade to help support her family and then spent part of her life working for a CPA firm. While there, a fellow employee introduced her to what was the start of her life passion – the stock market. The employee gifted Mariam with her first stock of half a share of IBM. Back in the day it was very uncommon for a woman to run her own finances but Mariam learned to be independent from the example of her mother, who tackled anything that came her way. Over the years Mariam invested more and more in the stock market and was very successful. Mariam’s independence and positive attitude can be attributed to her longevity.
Since 1997 Mariam has been proud to call Vintage Westwood Horizons her home. She has contributed much warmth to the community and is most known for her mean game of ping pong, as well as her wonderful singing voice. Happy Birthday Miriam!
Henry David Thoreau once said, “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” Thoreau’s quote helps sum up Friendship Day. Recently, Vintage Senior Living held a “Friendship Day” at The Regency in Laguna Woods. The day was dedicated to celebrating old friends, cherishing the new and simply noting what makes a best friend.
Throughout the day seven groups of people were interviewed. They were asked to speak on friendship and tell about a friendship they treasure and what they think makes a best friend. After about the first three interviews I couldn’t help but smile – and neither could they! Simply talking about a best friend made the faces of the residents glow.
One thing in particular that I noticed during interviews is that hard times bring friends together. A good number of friendships formed after the death of a loved one or in times of need. Almost every person interviewed noted that making a friend pulled them out of a rough situation.
The benefit of moving into a Vintage Senior Living community is meeting senior peers having the same experiences. If one of the residents is going through a difficult time, chances are there is someone near who understands. There is almost always someone who is in a similar situation. It is those moments when friends find each other and pull each other up. Besides being supportive, friends also help makes the good times even better because everything is always more enjoyable when there is somebody to enjoy it with. All of our residents can choose a social lifestyle and many are busier than they’ve ever been! They wish they had moved in earlier!
A common theme among the interviews was a friend that one can be with, but not say anything to. Sometimes there is nothing to say. Sometimes we just need somebody to be lonely with. There are all types of friends and friendships at Vintage communities. There are friends to play games with and friends to read with. There are friends to exercise with and friends to go on outings with. There are friends that have a shoulder to cry on and there are also friends that can cheer you up when you thought that no one could. A friendship will blossom into whatever you let it be according to the residents of The Regency. They were very clear that if one comes into a community with an open mind and a want to make friends that they will have no trouble doing so. When one is ready, they will find somebody to call their best friend. Vintage Senior Living communities are full of all different types of people and friendships. Come find your friends.
All of the interviews from Friendship Day were filmed. Hear the stories!