High Tech Meets High Touch at Goddard House
Keeping in touch with children, grandchildren and friends is about to get a lot easier at Goddard House. This fall, a new program, called Connected Living, will be introduced to provide a secure and easy-to-use way for residents to communicate with loved ones online. The portal-based system features a simple log-on process to send and receive emails, plus access news, weather and information websites. The touch-screen interface allows even people with limited finger dexterity the full use of all features.
Vanessa Eggleston, Goddard House office manager, shows residents Woodi Allaire (left) and Fremont Nantelle (right) how to use the new Connected Living program.
In addition, the program offers group-based activity sessions using a state-of-the-art curriculum, created especially for older learners. With themes of arts and entertainment, technology, brain health, and many more, Connected Living group sessions are led by trained staff members and encourage lively discussions, reminiscing and sharing life stories. Some of these educational group programs will be open to non-residents, as well.
Goddard/Homestead Goes Green
An all-new Goddard/Homestead website and an electronic version of this newsletter give elders and their families an abundance of information about senior living – plus save trees and energy at the same time!
Launched in May, the new site serves as an in-depth online brochure, greatly reducing the need for printed materials. By clicking around the interactive web pages, visitors can view apartment and room floor plans, peruse sample menus, and learn about activities and services offered at Goddard House and Homestead Hall. The site also gives details about Goddard/Homestead’s innovative Community Caring initiative, which includes our popular Stay Well Now programs, cultural events, and educational resources for residents and non-residents. There are also loads of informational articles on issues relevant to people in their golden years.
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Visit the site to view the Goddard/ Homestead newsletter electronically, or better yet, sign up to receive it by email, so you won’t miss out on any information. We will continue to print a limited number of our publications. However, by embracing digital distribution whenever possible, we will be able to reach many more people than before, while using far fewer natural resources. These green initiatives add to Goddard/Homestead’s ongoing eco-friendly practices, which include using low-energy fluorescent bulbs throughout both of our buildings and recycling paper, paint, printer cartridges and electronics. We welcome your feedback. Please visit our new website at www.goddardhomestead.org – and let us know what you think!
Goddard House: 1199 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01603, 508-753-4890 • Homestead Hall: 10 Homestead Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610, 508-753-4890
Goddard/Homestead Officers & Trustees Executive Director Margaret Parker Naylor
A Message from Margaret Naylor, Executive Director
A Comfortable Place to Stay for Any Length of Time
President Christopher G. Mehne Vice President Richard V. Kesseli Clerk Marcia A. Priestley Treasurer Paul J. Braney Assistant Treasurer Richard V. Kesseli Trustees Atwood A. Allaire David C. Buckley Eric M. Dunphy Matthew F. Erskine Helen D. Fifield Brendan C. Herlihy John F. Hirbour Franklin S. June Janet Wilson Moore James M. O’Coin Richard A. Sheils, Jr. Corporators Kevin F. Early John L. Foley Dorothy C. Hulburt Caroline B. June Florence P. Phelps Goddard House: 1199 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01603 (508) 753-4890 Homestead Hall: 10 Homestead Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610 (508) 753-4890 www.goddardhomestead.org
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Peg Naylor, Executive Director
Ever since the days when trolleys clanged down Main Street just outside the Goddard House front door, Goddard/Homestead has been helping “seasoned” citizens live healthy and fulfilling lives. That has meant adjusting over the years to the changing lifestyles of people as they age.
Today, some seniors choose to live in a supportive community such as Goddard/ Homestead, while others prefer the familiarity of their own homes or the security of living with family. Sometimes elders who rely on care from family members, need a safe place to stay, so their care givers can take a vacation, receive medical treatment, or just get a much-needed rest.
To meet the needs of these seniors, we have introduced a comprehensive respite stay program. For any length of time, elders can live comfortably at Goddard House or Homestead Hall in a fully furnished apartment or room, receive nutritious, home-cooked meals each day, and participate in all programs and activities. In addition, we have begun a new “hotelstay” program at Goddard House for visiting family members and visiting professors at local colleges. Our comfortable, furnished apartment offers suite-like accommodations with a full kitchen, wireless internet service, cable television, and an optional meal plan. The apartment is available by the day, week or month. Please call me at 508-753-4890 for more information about respite and hotel stays at Goddard/ Homestead. My staff and I will make sure your time with us is comfortable and stress-free.
Goddard House Art Show Hits it “Out of the Box!” A steady stream of visitors came from throughout central New England to attend In and Out of the Box, this year’s Goddard House Art Show. Surpassing all of our expectations, an estimated 600 people viewed our 8th annual juried art show from April 11 through May 9! Visitors of all ages and walks of life came to admire the fascinating works of 53 local artists and to witness the diverse creative talent in the Worcester art community.
The “Champagne & Chocolate” opening reception on April 11 continued our tradition of celebrating local art in high style. From sampling elegant chocolate truffles to dipping fruit in the bubbling chocolate fountain, there was something decadent to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. The delightful jazzy sounds of Chet Williamson and his acoustic harmonica completed the event, providing the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of fellowship among artists – and art lovers. The display panels have been taken down, the regular artwork is back on the Goddard House walls, and the excitement has died down. But not
(l-r) Emmeline Brown and Julia McKinley, Clark University students and In and Out of the Box exhibitors; Stephen Dirado, senior lecturer professor at Clark University; and Michael Hachey, chair of the Visual and Performing Arts department at Worcester State University, attended the champagne and chocolate opening reception.
for long! We’ve already started planning for next year’s show. So, plan to join us next spring, when we once again bring fine local art to the Goddard House Art Gallery.
Faces of Goddard/Homestead: Catherine Kee A Summer Vacation at Goddard House
This summer while her son and his “We began inquiring around and family were vacationing in the Berkshires found that Goddard House had an apartand on Cape Cod, Catherine Kee was takment available,” said James Kee, who is a ing her own vacation - at Goddard House. professor of English at the College of the While her loved-ones rested and took part Holy Cross. After taking his mother to tour in outdoor summer activities, Catherine Goddard House and the respite apartment, enjoyed a sunny, fully-furnished aparthe reserved it for the two separate weeks ment, the camaraderie of new friends, daily that he and his family would be away. nutritious meals, and a variety of social “When I saw it, I liked it right way, programs. and it was so close to where my son lives,” “Years ago I could go with them, Catherine explained. It also helped that there because I was more up to it, but this were plenty of activities going on, including a arrangement was better. My family didn’t walking group, morning coffee and converhave to worry about me,” said Catherine, sation, ice cream socials, and daily exercise. who turned 89 in August. “I fell right in, everyone was so nice. They After living independently for 20 years introduced me to other residents, and there in a condominium in Worcester, Catherine was always something to do,” she said. moved to Paxton last fall to live with her As caregivers, having an opportunity son, James Kee, and his family. At the time, to be alone together as a family for a week the younger Kees had already made plans Catherine Kee or so, “makes the rhythm of the year work out that to go on two vacation trips this summer. They much better,” James said. “This worked out very did not want to leave Catherine home alone, yet knew well for us; we were able to take the vacations without she would not be up to joining them on their excursions. any anxiety.”
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Goddard House is the first senior living community west of the MetroWest area to offer Connected Living to its residents, according to Joseph Sandagato, community outreach coordinator for Goddard/ Homestead. “Part of our mission is to provide meaningful activities for area seniors, whether or not they actually live at Goddard House or Homestead Hall,” Sandagato said. “Connected Living allows us to offer a broad variety of engaging programs and opportunities for interacting with others.” To date, the Connected Living equipment at Goddard House includes two new computers for individuals to use, and a large television screen for viewing the group learning sessions. Both Goddard House residents and staff will be invited to participate in a self-paced, easy-touse training program to become familiar with the new computer software and capabilities. The Connected Living system will be introduced to Homestead Hall at a later date. “Seniors are more and more interested in keeping up with technology so they can maintain their connections with families and friends,” explained Sandagato. “This is one more way we can help our residents stay in touch with the people they love.”
In Appreciation Activity Coordinator Kelley Chesna helps resident Betty Judge bowl with the new Wii game at Homestead Hall.
On behalf of the residents and staff of Homestead Hall, a big thank-you goes out to David Raphael for the generous donation of a new deluxe Wii game system. Residents now enjoy bowling, boxing, golf, baseball and tennis with the interactive, hand-controlled game. It’s an excellent way for our seniors to stay active, improve their hand-eye coordination and have fun!
We are grateful to Activity Coordinators Sandy Hughes and Kelley Chesna for successfully introducing the Wii to the residents and for the ongoing work they do planning and running the wonderfully stimulating programs and activities offered at Homestead Hall. Thank you, Sandy and Kelley!
Upcoming Events: Antiques Evaluation and Appraisal “It’s Not Old...It’s Vintage” Saturday, October 16, 1:30 PM Goddard House: Join us for a fun and informative presentation by Peter Yvanovich, SPA, Senior Professional Appraiser with over 25 years of expertise, on how to sell, donate, consign and bequeath antiques and collectables. Everyone is welcome to bring in an item or two to be appraised. Please omit coins, stamps, and firearms. Holiday Open Houses Goddard House: Sunday, December 12, 4-6 p.m. Homestead Hall: Thursday, December 17, 3-5 p.m. Please join us for holiday cheer in our beautifully decorated homes! Sample Chef Nate’s delectable goodies and enjoy your favorite, old-time, honky-tonk piano tunes. Goddard House Art Film Showing Friday, January 28, 2011, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Be among the first in North America to view New York City artist Oliver Herring’s internationally-renowned art video, “Seniors,” which was partially filmed at Goddard House. Ninth annual Goddard House Art Show April 10 – May 8, 2011
Dale LePage (center) and the Bobby Gadoury Trio will perform at the Goddard Coffee House on November 6. Proceeds will benefit the Goddard House Art Gallery.
Coffee House: Dale LePage with the Bobby Gadoury Trio Saturday November 6, 7:00 p.m. Goddard House: Donation: $15 per person The wonderfully talented crooner Dale LePage will be singing and swinging with the popular Bobby Gadoury trio. Come hear some new arrangements of your favorite songs from the Great American Songbook, including Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and so many more! Tickets at the door or by reservation; call 508-753-4890.
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