Category: Life at East Village Place

February 12, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

February 6, 2019

Fun on the Drums!

Yesterday morning we hosted a drumming circle led by certified instructor, Tim Kane. The program proved to be extremely upbeat... pun intended! Residents gathered in the Wellness Room and each received a large djembe drum. Tim explained the history of the drums to us, sharing that the drums originated in West Africa hundreds of years […]

February 1, 2019

Massachusetts State Representative Brian Ashe Commemorates East Village Place Resident on her 105th Birthday!

We are celebrating a very special birthday today, as one of our beloved residents turns 105 years old! Maria Reiter was born in Slovakia on February 1st, 1914. She is quite the intriguing woman to say the least! Maria speaks three languages - English, Hungarian, and Slovak. She was a teacher in Slovakia during the […]

January 29, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you and your loved ones stay warm […]

January 17, 2019

We Had Sew Much Fun During “Sewing With Sterling!”

One of our new Watermark University classes, “Sewing with Sterling” proved to be a big hit! Community Life Assistant, Sterling, was excited to share her passion for sewing with the residents as they gathered to create aromatherapy neck wraps, which are wonderful for relieving stress and tension in the shoulders and neck. The wraps are also great […]

January 10, 2019

Surprise Birthday Celebration for the King of Rock & Roll!

We coordinated a spontaneous celebration once we found out that it was the birthday of someone near and dear to our residents’ hearts… none other than the King himself—Elvis Presley! The Community Life team put together a surprise party to commemorate Elvis for what would have been his 84th birthday. Residents assisted in making a […]

December 18, 2018

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

December 17, 2018

DIY Gifts: Fleece “No-Sew” Blankets for Charity

Ditch the needle and thread! Last week's installment of Diana's Watermark University course called "DIY Gifts" involved having fun with fleece... no sewing necessary! Residents gathered around the table to assist in making two colorful blankets that will be donated to children in need this holiday season. Most of the class participants had never heard of this […]

December 11, 2018

Festive DIY Recipe Jars!

Residents participated in a festive arts & crafts program where they created a homemade recipe jar to either give as a gift or keep for themselves! Diana’s Watermark University course, “DIY Gifts,” was a hit with the holidays just a couple weeks away. During the class, residents measured out all of the dry ingredients required […]

November 26, 2018

Giving Back: East Village Place Visits Local Animal Shelter

'Tis the season for giving, and we can't forget about our four-legged friends! The past few days we've been very busy preparing for a charitable outing to the Dakin Humane Society located in Springfield, MA. Each community of residents within East Village Place have all contributed in the process; residents in Pathways baked dog biscuits […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]

November 12, 2018

Celebrating Our Veterans!

Today was a special day dedicated to all of our beloved Veterans who reside here at East Village Place. In recognition of Veteran's Day, our morning program showcased video interviews of several of our residents who have served in various branches of the military, followed by staff reading poems honoring their courage and bravery. Each […]

November 9, 2018

Lullabies for Luna!

This video is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Watch as our residents sing a classic lullaby to Luna, our tiny therapy kitten. Luna has stolen the hearts of residents, staff, and family visitors since she made her debut here at East Village Place last week. The residents love to cradle her in […]

November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

November 5, 2018

Kitten Therapy with Luna!

East Village Place has a new special friend who is spreading lots of love... Meet Luna, the most beautiful little kitten! Our Community Life Director, Diana, just adopted this precious 8-week old dilute calico cat. Our residents absolutely adore her already! Diana says that although Luna is very spunky and playful at home, while she's here […]

November 1, 2018

78 Little Trick-or-Treaters Visit East Village Place

We had a total of 78 preschoolers from The Arbors Kids come trick-or-treating here on Halloween! The children eagerly roamed the halls going door-to-door as residents cheerfully passed out candy while sitting outside of their apartments. The event proved to be a wonderful inter-generational program; as the children and residents interacted, it produced smiles all around […]

October 17, 2018

Glamorous Gourds!

It's been pumpkins galore here at East Village Place during the month of October! Residents and their families joined us for a fun afternoon painting petite sugar pumpkins. Some chose to give the pumpkins character by giving them a friendly smile, while others chose a solid color for something different! Those who painted their pumpkin […]

October 11, 2018

Carving some Spunky Pumpkins!

We had a gourd ol' time carving pumpkins this afternoon! Many residents shared that it brought back good memories of making jack-o-lanterns with their children as a yearly fall tradition. Once we carved an opening at the top of the pumpkin, we were astonished at just how many seeds were inside! Although several residents sported […]

October 3, 2018

Amazing Autumn Arrangements!

Our new Watermark University course, "Flower Arranging with Jess," has proven to be a big hit! To celebrate the beginning of October, residents created gorgeous arrangements by incorporating flowers with warm tones reminiscent of Autumn's harvest. Instead of traditional vases, we opted for a more "rustic" look by using Mason jars. The residents loved that […]

September 28, 2018

A Magical Afternoon!

We enjoyed a very entertaining magic show performed by Richard Rothstein, who goes by the stage name “Mr. Magic.” His whimsical show delighted all spectators and created lots of laughter as well! Richard is an attorney by day, but has been performing magic for over 35 years. As a Veteran himself, Richard extended his appreciation […]

September 27, 2018

Celebrating Active Aging Week!

This week, we celebrate Active Aging Week! The week-long campaign wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today and promotes the benefits of healthier, more active lifestyles across the life span. We had a blast today during our weekly exercise class with Tyrone! After a full instructor-led workout, we utilized colorful ribbons to focus on range […]

September 26, 2018

Look What We Found During Our “Social Networking 101” Class!

Community Life offered a unique Watermark University course called "Social Networking 101," taught by our very own Alyssa! Today’s class focused on the virtual world of Facebook; Alyssa made the comparison to it being the ultimate combination of a telephone book & a yearbook… a never-ending archive of personal information, right at your fingertips! The […]

September 13, 2018

A Brand New Set of Wheels!

As a way to celebrate National Assisted Living Week, the residents received some "extreme makeovers" on their assistive devices! Community Life members Diana and Alyssa helped spice up residents' walkers to add some style and a personal touch. Residents were able to pick out which color bag they liked, and then selected from a variety […]

September 7, 2018

Fall 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With nearly 30 different classes with everything from Art Appreciation to Horticulture to Scents of the Seasons to Flower Arranging and even Do it Yourself Gifts, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]

September 6, 2018

Flower Arranging with Jessica

The ladies had a blast as they channeled their inner florist and created gorgeous bouquets using fresh-cut flowers. Our Marketing Director, Jessica, kicked off the Fall Semester of Watermark University by teaching a fun flower-arranging class. We learned how to create beautiful floral arrangements by coordinating color schemes and utilizing the space inside the vase. […]

August 30, 2018

Afternoon Aromatherapy

Our residents participated in a fun, interactive class that taught them all about the benefits of aromatherapy. Kim Larkin presented an educational lecture including the history of aromatherapy as well as the the health benefits for a wide variety of dried botanicals & essential oils. Following the informational session, residents received a hands-on lesson in making “dream […]

August 29, 2018

Introducing Diana, our New Community Life Director!

Meet our new Community Life Director and Watermark University faculty member, Diana Demers! Diana was born and raised in East Longmeadow and graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2013 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and previously worked in a large skilled nursing facility for 4 years as a Therapeutic […]

May 15, 2018

Please Volunteer to Help with Veteran Grave Flagging

The Holyoke Veterans Services has asked for our help to re-flag graves that need new flags that are worn from the weather. We have been asked to help on Sunday May 20th at 12:30pm at Elmwood Cemetery 2190 Northampton Street, Holyoke MA. We are asking residents, associates, families and friends to donate some of your time to give a veteran […]

May 4, 2018

Summer 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Current Events to Arthritis Exercise Class to Eco Friendly Scarves to Loom Knitting and even Science for Seniors, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]