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Weight Loss? Improved Sleep? Yes, After This Free Diabetes Prevention Program.

Weight loss, improved sleeping, fewer medical problems and feeling better overall are among the benefits participants are reporting after completing the Southington Community YMCA’s free Diabetes Prevention Program, a 12-week series incorporating health education and exercise. The Southington Community YMCA, in collaboration with Hartford HealthCare, has been offering the program since...


Bristol Man “Cha-Chas” to 103rd Birthday Celebration

When he looked at his birthday sign at his luncheon party, 103-year-old Al Pierro immediately put his thumbs up in the air and said “I cha-cha’d all the way!” with a big laugh and an even bigger smile. The Bristol native – known to many as the “Cha-Cha Man” –...


Jerome Home’s End-of-Life Passage Program Wins National Award

In recognition of the dignity, sensitivity and respect for a person at the end of life and the families, the Butterfly Passages program at Jerome Home was recently recognized with a national award. Jerome Home received the Best Practice in Delivery of Activities Services Award from the National Certification Council...


Jerome Home Provides Continuum of Care Through Healing Process

Jean and Wayne Grass still smile at each other when they recall meeting as teenagers on the high school track in the mid-1950s. He remembers the coat she was wearing and she remembers thinking, “He’s cute.” He was impressed by her athleticism when he saw her playing softball. Something must...


Older Adults Illustrate that Creativity Keeps the Mind Young

Juliette Jutras will be celebrating her 100th birthday in August but this Cedar Mountain Commons resident has no intention of slowing down. Matter of fact, she was the only individual of 16 resident artists who created works in all seven categories for the fifth Masterpieces & Mimosas exhibition held in...


Love of Learning Never Ends for Retired Educators at Cedar Mountain Commons

Cedar Mountain Commons resident Martha Jurczyk is a senior citizen but she easily recalls her mother’s stories about working in a factory during World War I. “I remember her telling my sisters and me, ‘you are not working in a factory; you are going to get an education,’” Jurczyk recalled....


How Geriatric Pharmacist’s Home Visit Can Help Southington Residents

Southington resident MaryAnn Kjellquist was worried about her elderly mother. Angeline Giza, 90, was having mouth problems — dry mouth, sores and cavities — and she suspected that her prescription medications could be the cause. Giza read in the newspaper that a geriatric pharmacist was available for home visits in...

Exercise physiologist Emil Johnson.

Ellington Resident Named GoodLife Fitness Manager

Exercise physiologist Emil Johnson was recently named manager of Hartford HealthCare’s GoodLife Fitness program. GoodLife Fitness is an individualized exercise program geared toward older adults to build energy, strength and endurance for an active and independent lifestyle. Johnson began his position on Jan. 8. GoodLife Fitness is offered in eight...

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4 Senior Services Nursing Assistants Receive Caring Hands Award

Four certified nursing assistants were recipients of the LeadingAge Caring Hands Award – the first year that this recognition was made. The four women serve at three skilled nursing communities that are associated with Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. Honorees were Brittany Cullinan of Southington Care Center; Madeline Cintron and Martina...

Group of older women in Okinawa.

Living Longer, Healthier: The ‘Blue Zone’ Secrets to Aging

A free program about the Blue Zones – the five places where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on Earth – will be held April 25 at 1 p.m. at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive in West Hartford. This program of Jewish Women International will be led...

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Laughter Yoga: Where Fun Meets Fitness at The Orchards

On a recent Tuesday morning, plain silliness and hearty laughter filled The Orchards at Southington Community Room and spilled over into the hall, beckoning several curious people to peek in to see what exactly was going on. “Pretend you are using ‘laughter shampoo’ and lather up those suds,” said LeaAnn...

Marjorie and Wendell “Buzz” McKennerney, from left, laugh while reminiscing during the Valentine’s Day luncheon held at Mulberry Gardens of Southington.

Resident Couples Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Mulberry Gardens

Four married couples who live at Mulberry Gardens of Southington, 58 Mulberry St. in the Plantsville section of town, were celebrated on Valentine’s Day in recognition of their lifelong love stories reflecting nearly 230 years of collective marriage. The lavish meal, that ended with chocolate strawberries, was prepared by executive...

Bartolomeo “Benny” Cammuso

How Volunteer, 80, at Southington Care Center Became a Rehab Patient

It was wintry outside, but Bartolomeo “Benny” Cammuso brought his sunny attitude inside as he worked out on a cross-trainer in the GoodLife Fitness Center at Southington Care Center at 45 Meriden Ave. Mark Colello, an exercise physiologist, stood by his side monitoring the 80-year-old’s progress throughout his 15-minute “ride.”...


Get Ready for the Healthy Family FunFest Fitness Challenge

Moms, dads and kids of all ages: the Healthy Family FunFest Fitness Challenge is on! Whether it’s jumping rope or hula hooping, our seven-station Family Fitness Challenge is designed to engage you and yours in an action-packed obstacle course that’s sure to encourage your family’s competitive spirit and get everyone’s...

Older man with caregiver.

How to Choose a Private-Duty Caregiver

Choosing a caregiver for yourself or a loved one can seem overwhelming. Here are questions to ask and points to follow when choosing a private-duty caregiver: 1.  Do you need hands-on care? Help around your home? Companionship? If you need hands on care you want to make sure that you...

Aaron Russ

At GoodLife Fitness, Age No Excuse to Avoid Exercise

Whether you’re young or older, exercise begins with the first step – literally, according to GoodLife Fitness exercise physiologist Aaron Russ. Activity and exercise in older adults may be limited initially by poor posture, cardiovascular conditions and muscle limitations but these issues are not insurmountable. With the right exercise strategies,...


Screening Mammograms at Healthy Family FunFest in Southington

SOUTHINGTON – Women who meet specific criteria can receive a digital screening mammogram at the Healthy Family FunFest on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club at 556 Mulberry St. in Plantsville. Appointments are suggested but not required and walk-ins will be taken...

Awards luncheon

Alzheimer’s Association Honors Hartford HealthCare at Home Caregiver

WEST HARTFORD – A home caregiver described as someone who “goes above and beyond” received recognition for her work from the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter at an awards luncheon held Nov. 9 at the Pond House. Denise Guillemette, LPN, of Hartford HealthCare at Home, was nominated by Patty O’Brian, CDP,...

In the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s therapy pavilion: from left, Kerri McQuillan (registered (registered play therapist), Arlene Palmer and Dan Palmerand Laurie Lee (physical therapist).

For This Couple, It’s Rehab By The Book in Southington

Dan and Arlene Palmer, avid bibliophiles, met and worked at New Britain Public Library for a combined 51 years and owned their own bookstore/tea shop, Leaves & Pages, for 14 years. Arlene, a New Britain historian, also wrote three books about the city’s history and together they wrote “And Now...

Older couple.

Free Memory Screenings Nov. 2 At Mulberry Gardens Of Southington

SOUTHINGTON – As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Mulberry Gardens of Southington will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 58 Mulberry St. in the Plantsville section of Southington. Appointments...

Ribbon-cutting.

Center for Healthy Aging And GoodLife Fitness Open In Bloomfield

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging and GoodLife Fitness was held with the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 4. These two programs are among the multiple health services and specialties available at the Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center located at 2 Northwestern...

Cupcakes with sparklers.

Southington Care Center Celebrates Four Centenarians

Woodrow Wilson was president. The United States entered World War I. Mary Pickford starred in the movie, “A Poor Little Rich Girl.” Such was life in 1917 and Southington Care Center’s four centenarians – then infants or toddlers – were there. In a celebration of lives well lived, Southington Care...


It’s Party Time! What Do You Expect When You Turn 105?

NEW BRITAIN – Lena Pepe smiled broadly when Jerome Home kitchen staff presented her with a large floral birthday cake and celebration banner on Sept. 3. She swiped her finger along the side to sample the vanilla frosting, modeled her tiara and admired the inscription, “Happy 105th Birthday, Lena” as...


Free, Six-Week Series On Caregiving Skills At The Orchards

SOUTHINGTON – Caring for an older loved one can be overwhelming and stressful. A free six-week series will focus on developing caregiving skills and coping with the stress of day-to-day life when caring for aging relatives. This series will be held Thursdays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 9, from 6:30 to...


‘Live Well’: Free, Six-Week Program For People With Chronic Diseases, Conditions

Life can be a challenge for those who live with chronic diseases and conditions. The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is presenting a free six-week program geared especially for those who face such difficulties and their caregivers. Live Well: Chronic Disease Self-Management will be held Thursdays, Sept. 14 to...


At 94, She Has A Room With A Positive View

NEWINGTON – Throughout her 94 years, Marie Milardo has tried to be positive. Sometimes being upbeat was difficult, especially when her husband, Michael, was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, first in World War II and then in the Korean War. She held down the family home in Newington...


What You Can Do About Alzheimer’s, The ‘Family Disease’

On any day, particularly World Alzheimer’s Day, the statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are alarming. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Since 2000, while deaths attributed to heart disease have decreased by 14 percent, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased nearly 90 percent, according to the...


How She Lost 35 Pounds And Found A Better, Fitter Life Through GoodLife

The fear of a stroke motivated Berlin resident Pattie Wheeler to get fit. With stroke affecting both sides of her family, she feared that if she continued her sedentary lifestyle she could be next and place the burden of her care on her husband and other family members. Because she...