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When Words Fail: The Power of Music

By Robbie Voloshin Young mothers soothing babies with softly sung songs; teenagers arguing over favorite bands; newlyweds being “introduced in public for the first time,” and dancing with all eyes on them to a song they chose together that symbolizes their love; Sunday services. What’s the connection? Music. Music has been a part of our…

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your senior loved ones in Gloucester County, NJ

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples – it’s a great opportunity to show the seniors in your life how much you love them! Fortunately, Gloucester County has a wide range of activities and attractions suitable for everyone, young and old. For the foodies: If your family loves great food and beautiful restaurants, then lunch or…

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The Christian Manifesto, Part 4: The Prophet

by Rev. Todd R. LattigDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol GlenRead Luke 4:14-21 Recently, a fellow colleague and friend of mine got into a conversation about the scripture passage I was preaching on at the church that I serve. The passage is Luke 4:14-21 and is on Jesus’ first recorded visit to the…

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The Christian Manifesto, Part 3: Reports

by Rev. Todd R. LattigDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol GlenRead Luke 4:14-21 The passage is Luke 4:14-21 and is on Jesus’ first recorded visit to the synagogue in Nazareth following his baptism and wilderness experience. In that passage, Jesus is handed the scroll of Isaiah and he opens it up to the…

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Senior living tips: How to prevent falls

Falls in the home are one of the biggest risks facing seniors. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that one out of three seniors fall each year – and that falling once doubles the risk of a second fall. This is a very serious issue for seniors, as falls carry…

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The Christian Manifesto, Part 2: Anointed

by Rev. Todd R. LattigDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol GlenRead Luke 4:14-21 Recently, a fellow colleague and friend of mine got into a conversation about the scripture passage I was preaching on at the church that I serve. The passage is Luke 4:14-21 and is on Jesus’ first recorded visit to the…

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Wesley by the Bay Clothes Drive

For our first month in our “12 Months of Giving” series, we collected clothing for a local charity. Residents and staff donated several large boxes of clothes for local residents in Ocean City! 

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Understanding different types of dementia

Dementia is a term that covers a category of diseases and conditions that primarily cause memory loss through physical changes to the brain. Here’s a guide to the different conditions in this category: Alzheimer’s disease: The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s accounts for between 60 and 80% of dementia conditions. It has been known…

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The Christian Manifesto, Part 1: Spirit-Filled

by Rev. Todd R. LattigDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol GlenRead Luke 4:14-21 Recently, a fellow colleague and friend of mine got into a conversation about the scripture passage I was preaching on at the church that I serve. The passage is Luke 4:14-21 and is on Jesus’ first recorded visit to the…

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Glossary of Alternative Therapies

Alternative Medicine: Various systems of healing or treating diseases, such as herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture, or faith healing, used as a replacement for conventional medicine and not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession. Acupuncture: Originating in ancient China, this practice involves pricking the skin or tissues in designated points with fine needles to alleviate pain…

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All Authority

by Rev. Todd R. LattigDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol GlenRead Luke 9:1-5 For those of us who are Christian, how easy it is for us to call ourselves people of faith, right? We often set ourselves apart from the “non-believing world.” We often separate ourselves from those who “don’t believe” and/or those…

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Denial and the Cross

by Rev. Todd R. LattigDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol GlenRead Mark 8:34-38 If you are Christian you have, no doubt, come across today’s scripture reading before. In one fashion, or another, you have heard that following Jesus means that we need to deny ourselves and pick up our cross. Part of the…

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What are the essential do’s and don’t’s of dementia care?

If you have a loved one with dementia, it’s important to know how to handle any challenges you may face when socializing with or caring for them. Here is some great advice from assisted living specialists in New Jersey. How to manage aggression in dementia patients It’s common for caregivers and loved ones to be…

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Cooking with Wesley by the Bay

  For this month’s culinary cooking session, we made individual meals in the microwave! Cooking for one person can be tricky, but we learned how to cook a personal “meatloaf in a mug” and paired it with a microwavable potato casserole. Here is the service coordinator demonstrating how to put the recipes together and the…

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Mobility-boosting tips and benefits for seniors

Health experts are always saying that seniors need to stay mobile – but what are the real benefits? How do you stay motivated to regain or maintain your mobility when it gets more difficult each year? Why senior mobility matters According to the World Health Organization (WHO), among other sources, the physical fitness that comes…

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Our Sacred Mission: Living Mission Our Own Way

By Rev. John Callanan, corporate director of mission and pastoral care As Methodists, we have always done things our own way. At a time when most Christians saw God as a distant, all-controlling judge, John Wesley, our founder, believed in grace, free will and in faith embracing both belief and service. Proclaiming a God of love and invoking…

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The Real Decoy

Unbeknownst to David A. Rhodes, a resident of The Shores, an everyday duck hunting excursion with a friend would inspire him to pursue a fulfilling passion — woodcarving. After learning that decoys had a purpose and with the drive to successfully craft one himself, David watched other carvers at work. Undaunted by his lack of…

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What customized care means at United Methodist Homes of NJ

At UMH, we often talk to our residents and their families as well as the community-at-large about providing customized long-term care. What does this really involve and how does it benefit our residents? All of our residents have varying levels of need, which explains why they selected the individualized care and support found at all…

A New Year’s Resolution

by Rev. Todd R. LattigDirector of Mission and Pastoral Care at Bristol GlenRead Luke 16:19-31 What does it mean to elite? The word, no doubt, has many different meanings for each of us. As a football fan, I think of elite in terms of superior skill and athleticism. I remember when NY Giants quarterback Eli…

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Pitman Manor Rolling Out SeniorFITness Program

It’s the post-holiday rush to get fit, shed extra pounds and otherwise make resolutions to improve our health. In the spirit of improving strength, balance and mobility for older adults, United Methodist Homes of New Jersey (UMHNJ) announces the grand opening of SeniorFITness at their Pitman senior living community, Pitman Manor located at 535 North…