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Martial Arts Icon, Papa San

For nearly half a century, Wayne Ford, affectionately known as Papa San, has been an icon in the New Jersey martial arts community. The Covenant Manor resident, renowned in and around Plainfield, remains a karate teacher, trusted mentor and a loyal friend to legions of adoring students, parents and contemporaries.Wayne’s first martial experiences were as […]

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A Tribute to John B.L. Schopfer, 1952 – 2014

In the fall of 2012, United Methodist Homes submitted nine associate names to LeadingAge’s Longest Tenured Employee Contest. Organization-wide, nine associates had 30 or more years of service. Collingswood Manor cook John Schopfer’s years of service totaled 33. In the 30-39 years category, LeadingAge received over 420 submissions. Their names, including his, appeared on a […]

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Physical Awareness Month

Residents at Wesley by the Bay started a new exercise program in honor of Physical Awarness Month.

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Don’t Miss Out!

Pine Ridge has always done great things for its residents and this year is no different. March was quite a busy month.

PineRidge is off to a great 2014!

Pine Ridge and Montclair State University have had a great relationship for several years. In the past year there’s been so many great things brewing and happening at Pine Ridge. We are extremely happy about our volunteers from Montclair State and look forward to having a wonderful intergenerational semester.

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Spring Into Wellness at Covenant Manor

Wellness is more than just physical health, and starting in April we are going to explore five different areas of wellness weekly; social, emotional, environmental, physical, and intellectual.


Eve Knudsen: Once More with Feeling

Her fingers glide across the keys, making that rare kind of music you hear with your ears but feel with your soul. She personifies the difference between ‘talented,’ and ‘gifted.’ Eve Knudsen, a resident of Francis Asbury Manor, is a gifted pianist. Born Evelyn Hancher in Manhattan in 1921, she grew up an only child […]


Long-term Daily Multivitamin Supplement Use Decreases Cataract Risk in Men

Long-term daily multivitamin supplement use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Past observational studies have indicated a relationship between nutritional supplement use and eye health. However, randomized trial data on the effects of […]


Five Creative Ways to Use Containers in Your Landscape

Container gardens have long been used to add a spot of color by a front entrance or expand planting space in city lots, balconies and decks. Don’t let past experience and tradition limit your vision. Try one or more of these attractive, fun and functional ways to include containers in your landscape, large or small. […]


622 Years of Marriage and Counting at the Couples’ Luncheon

The Shores’ annual Couples’ Luncheon held on Valentine’s Day, brought 28 men and women an exquisite experience. Attention to even the slightest detail produced a perfect event. Town Hall became magically transformed into a fine restaurant with romantic ambiance. Tables boasted candles (battery operated, of course), white roses in heart shaped red bud vases for […]


NJFSAB Warns New Jersey Residents of Increased Risk of Fire During Winter Months

The New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NJFSAB), a corporative partnership advocating the installation and proper care of fire sprinkler systems as a highly effective means of helping save lives and property, asks New Jersey families to be especially vigilant against the dangers of residential fires during the coldest time of the year. According to […]


Winter Blues?

Is your elderly loved one feeling sad or blue? If so, they may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly referred to as SAD.  Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that occurs during the winter months when the days are shorter and there is a chill in the air. The exact cause for […]


New Jersey Highlands Orchid Society “Blooms” in Bristol Glen

Orchids are considered among the most popular houseplants, this according to www.proflowers.com.  Amazingly, there are 25,000 different types of orchids – with more being discovered every day.  “Orchids can impart a wide variety of messages,” the experts say, “but historically the meanings of orchids have included wealth, love and beauty.” Wikipedia tells us the cultivation […]


February Recipe of the Month: Hearty Beef Stew

Ingredients: 3 pounds boneless chuck roast, cut into 2-inch pieces 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tsp salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper 2 yellow onions, cut into 1-inch chunks 1/4 cup flour 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup red wine 3 cups beef broth 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme […]


NFCC Clients of the Year Define True Meaning of Love

When Wendall Ramage was diagnosed with stage four cancer, he went on a spending spree.  He’s the first to admit that he felt as though he deserved it, as his resentment toward the diagnosis was overwhelming.  Fifty thousand dollars later, he realized that if he died, he would be leaving the debt to his wife […]


Jeanette M. Edghill Appointed to Plainfield Housing Authority

Congratulations to UMHNJ associate, Jeanette M. Edghill, on her recent appointment as Commissioner to the Plainfield Housing Authority for the City of Plainfield.  Her appointment was announced at the city’s January 10th council meeting by the Honorable Adrian O. Mapp, Mayor. He stated Jeanette succeeds Rickey Williams for an unexpired 5-year term ending July 1, […]


An Organization Is Only As Strong As Its Associates

During our strategic planning process, which culminated in the creation of our five year strategic plan adopted by our board in 2013, we discussed visions for the future. Out of these discussions came the direction of a person-centered living model in our full service communities, reaching into the community by establishing hubs for seniors who […]


Truffled Potato Croquettes

Ingredients: 4 cups cooked mashed Yukon gold potatoes, warm white pepper to taste kosher salt to taste 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon chopped black truffle slices, drained ½ tablespoon fresh chopped oregano ½ tablespoon chopped purple basil 3 cups Hecker’s unbleached flour 3 cups Panko breadcrumbs 4 eggs lightly beaten for egg wash Procedure: In […]