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  • VMRC announces fall Age Well Speaker Series

    October 6, 2016 - The Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community continues its Age Well Speaker Series with “Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Joint and Muscle Pain.” The program will be 6 p.m. October 20 in VMRC’s Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg.

    The Age Well Speaker Series is an educational outreach focusing on helping people manage their health and making better lifestyle choices for chronic conditions.

    “By sharing information and providing access to local health resources, we are helping the community make informed choices throughout their aging process,” said Betsy Hay, VMRC’s vice president of Wellness & Community Based Services.

    Speakers for the October 20 program:
    John D. Wenger, D.O. with Sentara RMH;
    Melinda Noland representing VMRC’s Outpatient Therapy;
    Heather Yoder with VMRC’s Wellness Center

    The program is free and open to all.

  • Lyceum program:Gravestones give glimpse of person's life after death

    October 13, 2016 – “Gravestones Have a Story to Tell” will be presented by Randy Atkins 7-8 p.m. on October 28 as part of the Shenandoah Valley Lyceum.  Mr. Atkins is trained in gravestone preservation and focuses on historic cemeteries, preservation, gravestone studies including materials, styles, shapes, symbolism and the faith and stories that gravestones tell. He has visited hundreds of cemeteries locally, nationally and internationally. The program will be in Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Avenue. (See ticket information below.)

    His program offers insight to cemeteries including local, historic ones. We will discover learnings from the geology, geometry and symbolism of the stones which serve as reminders of each person’s life.

    Randy is a member of Association of Gravestone Studies, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Sons of the American Revolution.

    “Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal” presented by author Sue Eisenfeld will be January 6, 2017. Ms. Eisenfeld will discuss and share readings from her book, "Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal," an off-trail journey through the hidden history of the people who once lived in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. She will describe her research about the former residents of the mountains and her on-the-ground bushwhacking adventures.

    Sue Eisenfeld is a writer whose work has appeared in “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “Washingtonian,” “The Gettysburg Review” and “Potomac Review.” Her essays have been listed among the “Notable Essays of the Year” in “The Best American Essays” in 2009, 2010 and 2013. She is a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins M.A. in Writing and M.A. in Science Writing programs. 

    “Worksongs: Making an Old Tradition New Again” will be presented Bennett Konesni on April 7, 2017. Farmer-scholar Bennett Konesni has been researching and using worksongs as a practical tool for 20 years. He has conducted research in 10 countries to learn from farmers, herders and fishermen who are still using music to make work more efficient, faster and more fun.  

    He and his wife Edith Gawler have taken what he's learned and applied it at their "Duckback Farm" in Belfast, Maine. During this concert Bennett will sing some of his favorite worksongs, and discuss how he uses music on his farm as a productive and fun tool, drawing on experiences from all over the world.

    Season and single event tickets are available through the VMRC Wellness Center, 1481 Virginia Ave., or 540-574-3850. All programs are 7-8 p.m. in VMRC’s Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Avenue.

  • VMRC to build five new homes for long-term care

    March 8, 2016 - Construction is set to begin this spring on five additional Woodland Park homes and a 2,200 square-foot Community Center on the campus of the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

    Each new Woodland Park home will be about 6800 square feet and provide complete living care for 11 residents.  Woodland Park homes are fully licensed as nursing homes and are staffed by certified nursing assistants who have additional training in CPR, first aid, house operations, culinary skills and safe food handling. It is the only long-term care community in Virginia associated with the national Green House Project offering a non-institutional environment and model for long-term nursing care.

    Woodland Park streetscape 

    Woodland Park is a neighborhood of residential-like homes offering private rooms and baths, a hearth, den, courtyard and open kitchen for people needing long-term care. Residents in Woodland Park receive support from a clinical support team made up of nurses, social workers, activities coordinators, therapists, nutritionists and a physician. The Community Center will be located in the Woodland Park community and will be available for campus-wide events and family gatherings.

     "Market studies confirm that people who are seeking long-term care prefer a setting that is as close as possible to home,” said Jonathan Hamilton, vice president of Supportive Living at VMRC. “The transformation of long-term care from institutional to home has support in federal and state regulations as well.”

     Site preparation for the Woodland Park expansion will begin with the removal of about three dozen trees from the property facing state Route 42 starting the week of March 14.

     “We’ve discussed our environmental stewardship to support this pedestrian-oriented streetscape with preservation ideas and a replanting plan which allows for new trees and plantings,” said Judith Trumbo, VMRC president and CEO.

    VMRC will harvest wood from the trees to make several furniture pieces for each Woodland Park home. Images of the trees will be captured in art form through watercolor paintings or photography for each of the homes.

    The replanting plan calls for planting at least twice as many trees across campus as are removed for construction, said Wick Fary, VMRC’s horticulturist. “We hope to plant as many as we can on the Woodland Park property in accordance with the city’s storm water drainage requirements.”

    VMRC is also implementing with construction contractors a tree protection best management practices for the remaining trees on the property. This involves preserving a safe zone as far out as the tree branches protecting the area from workers, vehicles or work tools during construction of the homes, said Wick.

    Woodland Park opened in 2013 with three houses each approximately 6,500 square foot and private rooms for the 30 residents.




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