Balloon heralds initiative to give residents of Quincy Village a lift in life

April 08, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Wilma Wehrle-Irvin takes a tethered ride in the The Red Bird hot air balloon piloted by Lucas Hess of Ephrata, Pa., during a program Monday at Quincy Village in Quincy, Pa.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

QUINCY, Pa. — Quincy Village used a hot air balloon Monday morning to symbolically launch a new initiative designed to help residents with what is being called successful aging.

The “masterpiece living” program focuses on physical, spiritual, intellectual and social needs.

“It enhances life. It makes you appreciate stuff that much more,” said Russell Schwartz, who moved into Quincy Village’s independent living area three and a half years ago.

He and his wife, Judy, trained in the masterpiece living program last fall to help introduce it to other residents in the retirement community.

“It makes you healthier,” Judy Schwartz said.

Presbyterian Senior Living, which operates Quincy Village, will be using a logo to designate masterpiece living activities on calendars, schedules and newsletters. The program features classes and activities.

“We’re rolling it out at all our campuses,” said Sue Smith, director of community life.

Presbyterian Senior Living has 29 campuses.

“We’ve seen the results in other locations,” said Steve Proctor, president and chief executive officer of Presbyterian Senior Living.

Jim Bernardo, chief operating officer of Presbyterian Senior Living, said he felt spring, a period of new life, was an appropriate time to launch the initiative.

“I challenge you to be part of this,” he told residents. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from each other.”

Monday’s launch featured hot air balloon rides, healthful smoothies, a resident leading a harp circle, yoga, and information about classes offered through the Institute for Retired Persons held at Wilson College.

“One of the beautiful things about masterpiece living is it becomes part of your community,” Bernardo said.

Quincy Village’s grounds foreman, Tom King, talked to residents about preliminary plans for a memorial garden in the retirement community. He showed a sample brick that could be used in memorial walkways.

“We’re just trying to generate interest now,” King said.

Clif and Carole Rau went through the same training as the Schwartzes.

“Most of us who live here, I think, have a positive attitude about aging,” Carole Rau said.

The masterpiece living program is multi-faceted and research based, she said.

“We’re wondering why people haven’t thought of it before. It makes so much sense,” Judy Schwartz said.

“I think it’s always important to engage people’s interest and help them understand this is enhancing lifestyles,” Carole Rau said.

Quincy Village has 225 independent living, 32 personal care and 130 long-term care residents, according to Smith.

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