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A Tribute to Mildred Nicholson Bell

Last week, at age 108 ½, Mildred Nicholson Bell peacefully passed away. As a lifetime resident of Pitman and beloved resident of Pitman Manor, Mildred proudly described herself as a “Pitmanite through and through.” Born on July 31, 1906, her family lived in a Grandview Avenue home with gas lanterns and an outhouse. Years later […]

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Residents Say “Bravo” To Chef Stage Center

Whether you bake with Martha, sauté with Jacques, or kick it up a notch with Emeril, Sodexo’s “Chef Stage Center” display cooking program promises candy for all the senses. All five chefs agree that, “since its introduction at the United Methodist Homes’ full-service communities, it has become a resident favorite.” In the spirit of flexibility […]

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Boy Meets Girl … The Old-Fashioned Way

Thanks to online websites such as, and others, “the dating industry has expanded at 3.5 percent a year since 2008 – right through the recession – to become a $2.1 billion powerhouse. Analysts expect the acceleration to continue over the next five years,” writes Steve Yoder in The Fiscal Times.Despite this high tech […]

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Active and Strong Through SeniorFITness

United Methodist Homes of New Jersey (UMHNJ) recently opened SeniorFITness at The Shores at Wesley Manor (Ocean City). It follows the unique and highly beneficial program’s implementation at Bristol Glen (Newton).SeniorFITness, a venture with UMHNJ partner Alliance Rehab, is led by professional exercise physiologists. The multidisciplinary program designed to be both fun and functional for […]

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Holiday Events at Bishop Taylor Manor

To help kick off the holiday season, High Rollaz Social Club sponsored a holiday breakfast for the residents of Bishop Taylor Manor. Everyone was invited to enjoy a meal and received a gift bag. The residents were entertained with traditional holiday songs played by the Superintendent Robert Johnson.

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Holiday Meet and Greet

On December 16, 2014, the President and CEO at United Methodist Homes of New Jersey visited Bishop Taylor Manor for a holiday meet and greet with the residents and staff.                           

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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 […]