Making Connections

By Frances Kolarek — “Hell is other people,” Jean Paul Sartre, the existentialist, once wrote. “Au contraire,” an anonymous source declares, “Hell is the lack of other people.” And Mother Theresa chimes in with: “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.” Defining loneliness, my well-worn Webster’s offers words like “desolate, bleak, abandoned and isolated.” “Solitary” merits […]

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Brain Power

By Frances Kolarek — My skeptical eyebrow twitches uncontrollably when I hear about tricks that will keep your wits razor sharp, your brain ticking like a Rolex watch and also stave off dementia. But Brain Power, a new book suggested by the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, has me sold. Take a look at this: “Exercise […]

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Never too late

By Cory P. Hall, Collington Residency Counselor — “You’re never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”— C.S. Lewis I went to visit my friend, Gene, who was staying in Collington’s on-campus Care Center, bringing only a few words of encouragement and a contingent of butterflies in my stomach. However, […]

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LifeCare Advantage

By Frances Kolarek — Alzheimer’s disease demands a very special kind of care, which Collington provides at a cost decidedly to your advantage under its LifeCare contract. Whereas care in other special facilities for dementia patients can run as high as $9,000 to $11,000 a month, Collington’s LifeCare contract guarantees that your Independent Living monthly […]

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Life’s Late Innings

By Cory P. Hall, Collington Residency Counselor — “Two tickets: $28. Two hot dogs, two popcorns and two sodas: $18. One autographed baseball: $45. Real conversation with your son: Priceless.” Even two decades later, Mastercard’s nostalgic commercial reappears this time each year to coincide with the advent of the baseball season. As a son, and […]

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Embracing Change—A Success Story

By Frances Kolarek — One day Hazel took a look at her well-ordered life in a Midwest city—a successful career from which she had recently retired, a comfortable home, an active church membership, a tightly woven group of friends—and thought, ”I’m bored.” Days unfolded, one after the other in the same pattern, with holiday celebrations […]

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