2018

Birches Residents Cherish Long-Held Holiday Traditions….and Make New Ones

Whether it’s Christmas caroling, volunteering, snapping a family photo or throwing a holiday bash, every family has holiday traditions that…

How I Spend the Holidays in Assisted Living

Written by Charlotte Lillquist, resident blogger for The Birches When I moved to The Birches two years ago in October, I must admit, I hadn…

Birches Veteran Starts a 75-year Love Story Through Letters

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Two years ago, Connie Giuntoli was packing boxes in her parents’ home when she d…

4 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Stressful for Your Loved One with Dementia

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Imagine walking into a crowded room. It’s loud. Music’s playing. Kids are runnin…

5 Lessons in Setting Boundaries that Every Caregiver Must Learn

Written by Anne Tumlinson, aging policy expert and founder of the caregiver support organization Daughterhood It seems like I’ve been exhau…

What are Advance Directives? And Why Do You Need Them No Matter What Your Age?

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Unless you’re ill or of a certain age, you probably haven’t completed advance di…

Birches Veteran Mike Meier Honored with Flight to D.C.

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Birches resident Mike Meier is a lucky man. Right when he entered active duty in…

3 Ways Birches Residents Can Inspire You for Active Aging Week

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Research shows that staying active as you age is the secret to living a longer, …

The Difference Between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home— What You Need to Know

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home? That’s a quest…

Birches Couple Jack and Madeline Cavenagh Inspired Everyone Through Their Dancing and Devotion

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Ask anyone what they remember most about Jack and Madeline Cavenagh’s 69-year ma…