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Every day Pennswood Village is abuzz with activity. From art gallery shows and yoga classes, to lifelong learning opportunities and cultural performances, residents can always find an abundance of things to see and do. This page posts the latest news about events and happenings, from announcements about your favorite causes to new staff members. Just click on the title of the press release to get all the details. Be sure to check back often, as items are updated regularly. Also, if you have news to share, please call 215-504-1118 or email us at [email protected].

 

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READ VILLAGE VOICES, A PUBLICATION OF THE PENNSWOOD VILLAGE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

 

PENNSWOOD VILLAGE HOSTED ROUNDTABLE ON MEDICARE, MEDICARE REFORM, AND HEALTH CARE REFORM WITH SENATOR BOB CASEY ON JANUARY 23

Senator Bob Casey visited Pennswood Village on Monday, January 23 for a roundtable discussion on Medicare, Medicare Reform, and Health Care Reform. Participants included: David Swain, Pennswood Village Resident, Dr. Firas Saidi, Pennswood Village Medical Director, Najja Orr, Director Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Lance Mervine, Pennswood Village Board and heath care executive, Dan Drake, VP Continuing Care, St Mary Medical Center, and Anne Henry, VP Government Affairs LeadingAge PA. The event was covered by The Intelligencer: http://www.theintell.com/news/local/senator-bob-casey-talks-medicare-in-middletown/article_ace7261a-e198-11e6-9820-634cad27edae.html


PENNSWOOD ART GALLERY FEATURES DONNA BACKUES’ “IMAGINED LANDSCAPES”

Opening, Artist Talk, and Reception on Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 17, 2017. Newtown, PA: On Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, an “Imagined Landscapes,” an exhibit of multimedia paintings by Donna Backues will open at the Pennswood Art Gallery, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA with a wine and cheese reception from 3:00 to 5:00, preceded by an illustrated presentation by the artist from 2:00 to 3:00 in Pennswood’s Penn Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Backues, who was born in Guam, has a BA from Southern Illinois University, and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Aacademy, lived for 18 years in Indonesia. Her work references landscapes, volcanoes, bodies of water and land-based forms inspired by her Southeast Asia experience. She says, “Some (works) are imaginary islands — inner landscapes of memory seen from above. Others are emotional responses to paintings from great masters such as Michelangelo, but they are all still created with landscapes in mind.” Her works show beautiful media calligraphy whether made with watercolor, Ink, gel pen, graphite, etc. in various combinations. One can also see the obvious influence of Indonesian batik design. Her paintings incorporate a miasma of patterns suggesting unseen elements that flow around buildings, in and out of windows, under and over clouds, islands, and mountains.

Backues, who has won many awards and residencies, and whose work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, was first Place Winner in the American Batik Design Competition which emphasized that America and Indonesia both strive for unity in diversity.

The Pennswood Art Gallery, which has been exhibiting artists for 34 years including such famous names as Harry Leith Ross, Daniel Garber, and more recently Jon Redmond, Earl B. Lewis, Pat Martin, and Charles McVickers is a non-profit, fine art gallery located in Pennswood Village on Rt. 413 south of the Newtown by-pass, adjacent to George School. For information about the exhibit and pre-opening artist’s presentation call 215-968-9110.

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Pennswood Village is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, PA, Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.


POVERTY SIMULATION TO TAKE PLACE AT PENNSWOOD VILLAGE ON FEBURARY 10, 2017

Co-Sponsored by the Bucks County Opportunity Council, The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, and the Pennswood Village Peace and Social Justice and Quakerism Committees

January 11, 2017. Newtown, PA: Could you survive one month in poverty, a severe shortage of money and an abundance of stress? On Friday, February 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., community members will have an opportunity to find out just that — by participating in a unique poverty simulation exercise at Pennswood Village’s Penn Hall, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road in Newtown.

The Poverty Simulation is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Bucks County Opportunity Council, The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, and the Pennswood Village Peace and Social Justice and Quakerism Committees. Pennswood Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Newtown, PA.

The Poverty Simulation is a nationally-recognized, formally structured activity designed to help people better understand the realities of living in poverty. Participants will role-play the lives of low-income families during the 3-hour event. Some are displaced workers, some are disabled, and others are senior citizens on Social Security. The experience includes 15-minute segments which realistically represent the challenges low-income households can face in one week while working to provide for family and maintain their home.

Participants will have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of the 15-minute “weeks.” They will interact with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others, all while striving to “get ahead.”

The simulation helps those who frequently deal with low-income families as well as creates a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers, community leaders and others. One past participant commented, “(The) simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!” Many people in poverty have jobs.

Participants will include business people, volunteers, staff from various human service agencies, and local civic and community leaders. “It helps people gain unique insight into the immense challenges faced by residents who live in poverty in Bucks County,” said Erin Lukoss, Executive Director of the Opportunity Council. “With a greater awareness of its reality, we can all more effectively work toward creating paths for people to leave poverty permanently.”

The Bucks County Opportunity Council helps low-income families gain the education, skills and resources necessary to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency without any future need for cash welfare subsidies. More than 40,000 people in Bucks County live at or below federal poverty level, according to the census data from 2015. Many more have incomes that are above the poverty line, but still low enough to quality for programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program). The challenges of affordable housing, childcare costs, and transportation make it difficult for many Bucks County residents to make ends meet. As a result, we continue to see an increase in the use of the food pantry network and requests for assistance to meet basic needs in our county.

The Poverty Simulation is open to community members age 16 and older, but space is limited. Registration for the event is open through Monday, February 6th. For more information and to register, visit www.bcoc.org or contact Eileen Albillar, Volunteer and Community Connections Manager at [email protected].

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Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people aged 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.


BUCKS COUNTY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IN MISSION TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Pennswood Village donates used materials to assist Habitat for Humanity in raising funds to provide local families with affordable housing.

November 15, 2016: Newtown, PA — Pennswood Village, an established Bucks County retirement community, has partnered with ReStore of Langhorne, a Habitat for Humanity store that sells used home goods, furnishings, appliances, cabinets, and more to raise money in order to create affordable housing for local families. When Pennswood Village renovates a residence on its campus, the gently used cabinets and appliances are donated to ReStore where they can be given a new life.

“Pennswood was one of our first partnerships, and it’s been a wonderful partnership,” says Tracy Mulvaney, manager of the ReStore in the Langhorne Square Shopping Center.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community, and this partnership seemed like the perfect fit,” says Jennifer Doone, Director of Marketing at Pennswood Village. “Instead of filling landfills with our gently used materials, we can repurpose them to benefit the greater community.”

Proceeds from items sold at ReStore go directly to Habitat for Humanity’s projects, meaning they are one step closer to building the next home. ReStore accepts donations of furniture, housewares, clothing, books, electronics, cabinets, appliances, building materials, paint, and more. Those items are then sold to a variety of customers, including building contractors and homeowners, as well as hobbyists and decorators.

“[Pennswood is] an incredible community of people who like to give back, and that is what we are about. Our culture is about empowering families and being connected to the community. This relationship with Pennswood is helping to fulfill that connection,” says Mulvaney.

For more information on ReStore, Habitat for Humanity, or how you can get involved in giving back, visit Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County on the web.

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Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; 240-575-2008; [email protected]

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org


PENNSWOOD VILLAGE CEO BENJAMIN HOYLE AND CFO MICHAEL GRIFFIN APPOINTED TO SERVE ON BOARD OF THE FRIENDS SERVICES FOR AGING

Two Executives from Pennswood Village Appointed to Serve on Board of Prominent Quaker Organization

November 9, 2016: Newtown, PA. Pennswood Village CEO Benjamin Hoyle has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Board for Friends Services for the Aging (FSA), and Pennswood Village CFO Michael Griffin has been appointed to serve on the board as a member.

“I’m thrilled to begin my tenure as chair of the board for FSA, said Benjamin Hoyle, Pennswood Village CEO. “As Pennswood’s CEO, I work every day to integrate Quaker principles into all that we do. To have the opportunity to work with FSA to further its mission and to collaborate with many fine institutions and leaders in senior living is truly humbling.”

FSA is a prominent Quaker organization that was founded in 1991 “As a mechanism to support Quaker-affiliated organizations providing services to older adults.” FSA provides services and support for member organizations, united in values and by continuing efforts to serve older adults on the basis of Friends’ belief in the dignity of all people. FSA and its member organizations believe that their communities and services are enriched by Quaker values that lead to policies of inclusion, diversity and nondiscrimination.

“Though I’ve been familiar with FSA for years, this is the first time I’ve been able to server as a member of the board,” said Michael Griffin, Pennswood Village CFO. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to serve seniors in an expanded capacity and am excited to get to work with FSA.”

As a dedicated member of FSA, Pennswood Village is committed to embracing and integrating Quaker values and traditions into the personal level of compassion and care provided on their own campus, as well as hosting many FSA events and seminars for continued development of member organizations.

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Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org


PENNSWOOD VILLAGE WELCOMES NEW DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, SUSAN ABTOUCHE

Community continues to develop philanthropic culture after raising more than $1 million for Fellowship Fund

Newtown, PA – On June 1, Pennswood Village, a Bucks County continuing care retirement community, welcomed its new Director of Development, Susan Abtouche. After an exhaustive selection process, Abtouche was chosen for the position because of her background in developing and sustaining charitable programs within organizations.

Susan’s position will continue to aid the efforts to expand Pennswood’s philanthropic culture. Over the past year, fundraising efforts have led to raising $1,111,867 for the community’s Fellowship Fund, a fund to assist residents with financial support when their assets become depleted through no fault of their own.

Abtouche will serve as a member of the Senior Management Team and share in responsibility for the overall operation of the community, including planning and implementing fundraising programs. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University; holds an M.S. in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College; and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Holy Family University.

She has previously served as Director of Philanthropy at Ann’s Choice by Erickson Living for 11 years, where she helped shape a culture of philanthropy within the community. Working closely with community residents, she developed programs and opportunities that benefited the community including fundraising for its benevolent fund, employee scholarship funds, endowment program and a successful volunteer program.

She has many connections to the Bucks County community and previously served as a board member of the YWCA Bucks County.

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Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people aged 65 and older. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.


PENNSWOOD VILLAGE HOSTS RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NEW PUTTING GREEN

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org.

 


NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CERTIFIED DEMENTIA PRACTITIONERS RECOGNIZES CHARLES WHITLOCK OF PENNSWOOD VILLAGE FOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Philadelphia local awarded Distinguished Educator of the Year Certificate for work in Dementia and Alzheimer’s education.

Newtown, PA – Philadelphia local Charles Whitlock has been recognized by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) with a Distinguished Educator of the Year Certificate for his achievements in teaching, training, and advising other healthcare professionals on Dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Whitlock currently works as Director of Resident Life at Pennswood Village, a Newtown retirement community, and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. He earned his certification in 2014 through the NCCDP, which allows him to teach an approved course that covers topics from diagnosis and prognosis, to treatment, symptoms, spiritual care, and more. The course allows participants to apply for the credential of Certified Dementia Practitioner.

He has presented this course many times at Pennswood Village in the past, providing specialty training to the staff who work there, from all departments, including nursing, resident life, rehabilitation, housekeeping, communications and others. Of the 100 staff members who have taken the course, 75 have applied and received this credential.

Whitlock’s credentials include Certified Dementia Practitioner; Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer; Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families Clinical Social Worker; Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology.

He has proved to be an invaluable asset to the Pennswood community, and his recognition by the NCCDP confirms his significant contributions in educating others about Dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Whitlock currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

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Media Contact: Wallis Shamieh; 240-575-2008; [email protected]

Pennswood Village is a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for people 65 and over. Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Bucks County, Pa., Pennswood is a welcoming place of true hospitality that offers many opportunities for physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Find out more at pennswood.org