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Collington's Respite Cottage

By Joan Zorza — Although Collington has a wide variety of continuing care options, some residents needing care chose to live in independent living housing. Many of them are fully…

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Help is Not a Four-letter Word

By Frances Kolarek — Irony? You better believe it. The greater our need for help, the greater we resist accepting it. Why? Independence. Don’t erode it. Independence — we have…

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Put a Little Spice In Life

By Frances Kolarek — Some of my friends have become so addicted to eating “right” — no Beef Wellington — and avoiding all the “wrong” things — a second glass…

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A Happy Valentine's Day

By Frances Kolarek — Colorful posters announcing a Wine and Cheese Party appeared a week before Valentine’s Day. We who live independently were invited to join our neighbors in the Health…

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Driving for Seniors — Some Humorous Thoughts

By Richard Zorza — There is no doubt that as we get older, we have to be mindful about our capacity to drive safely. It is also clear that huge…

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Celebrating Diversity

By Frances Kolarek — Collington’s commitment to diversity was written into an early agreement with the Diocese of Washington, led at the time by Bishop John Thomas Walker. It commits…

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'Mean Girls' in Retirement Communities?

By Richard Zorza — There has been a lot of talk around Collington about this “Mean Girls” article in The New York Times. The thrust of the article is shown…

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New Words for Old

By Frances Kolarek — Why “senior citizen” rubs me the wrong way I cannot explain. And get out of here with “senior.” I’m not yet ready to graduate. Not a…

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Age, per se, need not be an impediment

By Frances Kolarek — Tita, my 98-year-old friend who lives in an historic house on 30 acres in rural Virginia, writes: “ I love my house and am happy here…

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