by Broadmead resident Park Espenschade
Vernon Wright, one of Broadmead’s “almost moved-in” residents, spoke to the Saturday Men’s Social in March about his peripatetic life, first as a student and later as a banker. Born in Bronxville, NY, in 1942, Vernon traveled extensively as a child because his father was employed by Barclays Bank of London. The family traveled to a variety of ports in the Caribbean as well as making visits of two to three months to London every two or three years to ingrain British traditions.
While living in Kingston, Jamaica, he and his brother constructed an “add on” to the family Pirates Prow house by installing two muzzle-loading cannons in portholes provided by the builder.
Attending 13 elementary and secondary schools in 12 years, in the back row of classrooms (seating was alphabetical), dimmed his academic enthusiasm. After briefly attending the University of Maryland, he joined the US Navy. As an electronics equipment specialist, he flew two-engine antisubmarine aircraft, usually some 50–100 feet above the water. One of his carriers, the USS Intrepid, is now a museum at the Southport Station in New York City.
by Broadmead resident Alma Smith
May is “Older Americans Month,” and we must consider how older Americans are addressed. Are we elderly, senior citizen, older person, or older adult? Upon surveying this age group, the term “older adults” is preferred. My children in their fifties have expressed this term as one they prefer while aging.
As we “Age Out Loud,” we do this gracefully by interacting with our peers. In the Continuing Care Retirement Community where I live, there are many ways to continue to feel needed as an older adult. Volunteer for committees within the community … just find your niche.
As a member of the Maryland Continuing Care Residents Association (MaCCRA), I have been active for six years working in various positions as secretary of my local chapter and secretary and now president of the State organization. Our focus is to educate and legislate for our continuing care residents. Meetings are held semi-annually to which we invite our local legislators to update us on issues that relate to seniors that are discussed at the General Assembly session. At the state level, speakers are invited to our meetings to keep us abreast of what’s going on in the senior communities at large.
by Brad Breeding of My LifeSite
A quick glance at the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) World Factbook, which tracks life expectancy at birth for every country in the world, revealed a surprising truth: In 2016, with a life expectancy of 79.8 years, the United States was only ranked 42 out of 224 countries. I don’t know about you, but I would have thought we’d be higher on the list! In fact, number one on the list, Monaco, has a life expectancy nearly 10 years longer than people in the U.S.
Obviously, a lot of factors contribute to this ranking including, lifestyle, access to healthcare, and simple genetics, but you’d think people in the United States–the wealthiest nation in the world–would live longer than people in say, Macau (#4 on the CIA list).
Here in the United States, it is often thought that senior living communities play a role in length of lifetime. Specifically, many continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also known as a life plan communities) tout that their residents enjoy both longer and healthier lives than their peers who live elsewhere; the oft-quoted stat is an average lifespan that is 1.5 to 2 years longer than non-CCRC residents.
by Broadmead resident Jackie Mintz
Already rated at five stars for quality (the highest rating) on the Medicare.gov website Nursing Home Compare, Broadmead’s licensed health care facilities received superior grades in this year’s annual state survey. Broadmead received no deficiencies in its report—a very unusual accomplishment—and only four deficiencies in its self-audit. The survey, which certifies facilities to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs, was conducted by the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ).
After many, many conversations, studies and hard work I am pleased to report – as most of you already know – that we were indeed approved for a traffic signal at the new entrance, slightly further north on York Road. This is truly an accomplishment of which we can all be proud. It took a great deal of cooperation and teamwork, along with expertise, to get to this point and we are aware that this effort truly took a village.