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…

Successful Aging at Home: Positive Thinking is the Path to Positive Aging

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Mark Twain once said: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, i…

The Birches Presents “Too Soon to Forget: The Journey of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease”

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches When you think about Alzheimer’s disease, you probably picture someone in her 80…

Art Therapy Program Gives A Voice to Residents with Dementia

Written by Jenny Smiechowski, staff writer for The Birches Imagine this… You want to express a thought or feeling but you can’t remember th…

Ask Charlotte: How Do I Stay Positive When I’ve Lost My Independence?

“I recently moved into assisted living, and I can’t help but feel I gave up all of my independence. I don’t want to continue to feel this w…

An Insightful Lob by Bob: How Dementia Friendly Are We?

Written by Bob Kleinfelder, Birches Assisted Living resident and senior editor emeritus of The Lions Club’s LION Magazine The elderly gentl…