Meadowood Blog

The People, Places and Perspectives of Meadowood

Interviews with residents and team members. The latest trends in retirement living and real estate. Fun things to do in the area. Tips on wellness and aging well. Just a few reasons to check out the biweekly Meadowood blog. Happy reading!

July 8, 2021

The Balancing Act

When you thought (or think) about your retirement, what did you imagine? For some, it’s about quiet days reading in the sun. For others, it’s traveling around the world. Some of you may have been looking forward to spending more time with family, while others hope to devote more hours to volunteer work. Or perhaps you want to hone your skills at Bridge or woodworking. However, as many of you have probably figured out already, there’s only so much time you can devote to doing nothing. Or everything. There is […]
July 1, 2021

Longest-Serving Senior Ninth in Her Family to Work at Meadowood

Today we’re talking to Hugh Trumbull, President of the Meadowood Residents Association, about a very special tradition at our community. Going back in Meadowood history, the Meadowood Residents Association has always recognized the graduating high school seniors who work in Dining Services at Meadowood with a gift, according to Hugh. Historically, the residents provided $1,000 in college scholarships to each graduating senior,” Hugh explains. “In recent years, they’ve trended away from that, because they realized that not every graduating senior will go to college, and some may not go right […]
June 30, 2021
woman getting ice cream from food truck

A Celebration of Resident and Team Member Dedication

Recently, over 400 Meadowood residents and team members participated in Spring Fling, an all-day, magical event. There were games to play, wares to buy, music, socializing, and delicious eats galore. The event was extra special because it was the first event that brought everybody back together in person, according to Jody LaVerdure, Director of Development and Community Relations at Meadowood. Jody was in charge of the daunting task of planning the Fling. She put together a committee of residents and team members, and they got to work. Two months of […]
June 24, 2021

Shedding Those Pandemic Pounds

I’m not going to ask. It’s none of my business. This is between you and the waistline of those favorite pants… I will just say this: You and your pants are not alone. Many of us threw our healthy diets to the wind when the pandemic hit. It makes sense. Food is comforting. Familiar. And so, so delicious. For the last year and a half, we gave ourselves permission to splurge. Every day. To eat things we normally don’t eat—and a lot of it. I know, because I’m guilty, too. […]
May 27, 2021

Summer Teaser

As I write this blog post, the sun is shining brightly and the temperature outside has climbed to 82 degrees. Yesterday, it was 90.And… it’s only May. I know this sultry weather won’t last–at least not for a while yet–but it has given us a little taste of summer at Meadowood. And with the return of normal activities and programming after Covid-19, it’s absolutely glorious! It’s a great time to live (and work) at Meadowood. Familiar faces are reappearing in our classes. The walking path is in full use once […]
May 26, 2021

Get to Know Our Newest Sales Counselor

Today we’re excited to introduce you to JoAnn Gilvary, Meadowood’s newest sales counselor. JoAnn joined Meadowood recently after working as a client experience manager at WayForth, a company that helps seniors handle the move process. Q: Can you talk about your experience working with WayForth? A: We had just gone through something with my grandfather, and in trying to find a place for him to live, I came to realize that there are so many people in that situation who wait too long to make that decision to move. It […]
May 10, 2021

A Hopeful Adventure

The model we use for the Six Dimensions of Wellness defines Emotional Wellness this way: “On the wellness path, you’ll be able to express feelings freely and manage feelings effectively. You’ll be able to arrive at personal choices and decisions based on a combination of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior…You’ll be able to form relationships with others based on a foundation of mutual commitment, trust, and respect. You’ll take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy. “Managing your life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility […]
May 10, 2021
view of bar at Bistro

Meadowood Dining Is Coming Back With a Bang

Today, Senior Director of Dining Services Christine Pacitti is discussing big changes that Meadowood is making to its dining experiences. The team had been planning changes before this past year, and closing during the pandemic gave them the opportunity to transform their dining venues. “We have had a year-and-a-half to look at our programming, and ask, “What can we do differently to improve our dining experiences?” Christine says. All of the changes have been based on resident feedback, including comment cards, input from the Meadowood Dining Committee and resident satisfaction […]
May 6, 2021

This June, Meadowood is in Full Bloom

16 talented residents will display colorful blooms and artistic plantings in the first annual Resident Garden Tour, to be held Wednesday, June 16, 10 a.m.- noon. Resident Tom Lynch, who is helping organize the tour through the Resident Garden Group, says there are several great reasons for people to turn out at this resident-only event. “You’ll meet your neighbors, appreciate their gardens, and get some ideas for your own gardening,” he explains. “Normally you don’t go around peeking into people’s gardens … it’s a private thing,” Tom says. But on […]