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New Writers Group leader is active in many genres

Maggie Babb, the new leader of the Broadmead Resident’s Writers Group, is a multi-genre artist who moved to Broadmead in May of 2018. A member of Hollowdeck Writers Guild in Maryland, she has hosted a monthly writers group, the Firedrake Writers, for 11 years. She says she writes poetry, her primary love, to make sense of the world.

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Life Plan Communities Help Seniors Stay Active for a Healthier Life

By Brad Breeding | September 16th, 2019

A new study was released last month by researchers out of Norway that looked at whether physical activity and sedentary time were correlated with an increased risk of an early death. The research team analyzed data from eight previous studies done in Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the U.S., which looked at a total of 36,383 people who were at least 40 years old and with a mean age of 62.6. The participants in the studies that were analyzed were tracked over an average of 5.8 years.


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Jerrell Fleming named Executive Chef

By Jackie Mintz

Broadmead assistant executive chef, Jerrell Fleming, was recently promoted to Executive Chef, the position vacated by Dan Hall’s appointment as Director of Dining & Hospitality. A veteran chef with over a dozen years of experience at Broadmead, Jerrell comes to the position with considerable knowledge of and familiarity with the needs of food service at Broadmead, its staff, and the residents. Although administrative responsibilities will take up much of his time, he hopes and plans to spend as much time as possible on his first love: cooking.

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Broadmead Welcomes New Resident, Bobbie Cook

By Kathleen Truelove

A native of Reading, PA, Bobbie Cook comes from a Pennsylvania Dutch family. She became interested in special education when, at the age of 13, she worked with a blind 3-year old child. Bobbie met her husband, Ralph, at a fraternity party at Franklin & Marshall while she was attending Millersville State College. After graduation, she taught in elementary school until her children, a son and a daughter, were born.

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Broadmead Welcomes New Resident, Ralph Cook

By Kathleen Truelove

Ralph Cook learned of Broadmead through resident Jane Brown (Michener). Jane’s partner, Nancy Geyer, asked Ralph to go to Bucharest, Romania to assist a non-profit effort to train leaders for Romanian orphanages. A non-governmental organization was formed and ten years later, the local people took over the project. Ralph is a Philadelphia native who attended Central High School there, from which he received a degree rather than a diploma. Founded in 1836, it is, he said, the second oldest secondary school in the country. After receiving another degree, this time in history, from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, he went on to Lancaster Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity.

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