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A New-Look Fitness Center at Mulberry Gardens

Newly remodeled GoodLife Fitness Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Mulberry Gardens supports exercise goals of older adults Dora Devino, a Mulberry Gardens of Southington resident, loves the newly remodeled GoodLife Fitness Center where she exercises several times each week. “The longer I stay on the machines, the better I feel,” she...


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...

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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...

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In-Home Care: The Alternative to Nursing Homes, Assisted Living

Asking for help is difficult.  Knowing when someone you love needs help can be even harder.  The last thing any parent or family member wants is to be a burden to those they care about and will often avoid asking for help until it becomes evident they need it. But...

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...

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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,...

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A Guide To A Memorable Holiday Season For Dementia Patients, Caregivers

Those who take care of loved ones with dementia can have mixed feelings about the holidays – caregivers may have happy memories of the past, but they also may worry about the extra demands that the holidays can bring. To make the season more enjoyable, a balance between holiday-related activities...