There’s Nothing Down About It

A blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

On March 1st, we ushered in the campaign to “spread the word to end the word,” referring to the use of the “R” word.  This designated date fittingly rolls into a month-long promotion to raise awareness of Down syndrome. While most people are aware of this disability—and I use the term disability here, loosely—what we really need to stress this month are the abilities of people born with an extra chromosome. Continue reading

The Sollar Wellness Center – Your Health is our Mission

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

February can be a difficult month—usually cold and snowy—providing little motivation to stick to New Year goals and resolutions to stay fit, take better care of ourselves or to try something new. But thanks to community centers like the Sollar Wellness Center, getting healthy or stepping outside of our comfort zone to try new things, whether it’s a fitness program or an art class, has never been easier. Continue reading

A New Year and a Fresh Start

A blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

New Year’s Eve signifies the end of one year and the start of another—it is a time for reflecting on all that has occurred over the past 12 months and then looking toward the future with a renewed sense of optimism. For many people, 2016 may have been a difficult year—one that was fraught with difficulties or loss and 2017 represents a fresh start and a time to be filled with the hope that the next 12 months will be better than the last. Continue reading

In the Spirit of the Holidays

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

With the holiday season well underway, it is difficult not to think about the spirit of giving and what that truly means. I remember as a child, carefully selecting items for the people on my list and being genuinely excited about giving the gifts I had chosen. Those memories serve as a reminder to me of what this season is really about—the sincere desire to give something special to someone for the sole purpose of letting that person know I care. Because of those experiences earlier in my Continue reading

Autumn: A time to celebrate family

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

For many of us, the end of August marks a time when our children take that step into the next phase of their lives and go off to college. After moving them into their dorms and saying tearful good byes, the next time we get to see them may not be until Family weekend, typically scheduled for October or early November. When we come to visit at that time, we will see a change in them; they will have acclimated and adjusted to their new life, made new friends, and found a place where they are truly happy. They will be excited to share stories with us and we will find ourselves thoroughly enjoying our conversations with them. Continue reading

Art: A Reflection of Humanity

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

While it is always inspiring  to see people participate in the annual Art is for Everyone event, this year it was especially moving and exciting to see people of all ages, abilities, and talent levels work together to create a piece that is both beautiful and a true reflection of the community.

Three years ago, New England Village joined forces with Cardinal Cushing Centers, Friendship Home, and South Shore YMCA to host a fun, art-focused event called Art is for Everyone. The mission of this event is to provide an opportunity to members of the community—those with and without disabilities—to  create pieces of art Continue reading

Remembering the Arts

As research into a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease continues, some in the medical field have discovered what those in the humanities have known for a very long time—that the key to living with this disease and other forms of dementia may be as close as your local art museum.

The impact that the arts have on the aging brain, especially one afflicted with memory issues, is nothing short of incredible. According to the website,, “studies show that art therapy can enhance communication, brain function, and social interaction for dementia patients. In fact, visual art can trigger dormant memories and emotions, inspiring conversations among these patients who normally struggle to express themselves. What’s more, when dementia patients create the art themselves, that activity stimulates the whole brain.” Continue reading

The Long …and Lonely…Good-bye

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley
It’s called the long good-bye, perhaps because little by little, day by day, over the span of many years, Alzheimer’s Disease robs its victims of their memories, abilities, and eventually their own identities. All of the routine tasks they once performed, from brushing their teeth to dressing themselves to lifelong hobbies, are now too complicated to complete alone; the patients require the assistance of a caregiver and most often, that caregiver is a spouse. As the disease progresses, communication becomes difficult, making it challenging to maintain friendships and socialize. Even relationships between spouses can become tricky with the absence of the normal conversations they once enjoyed. Given all of these challenges, it’s not unusual for the patient and the caregiver to become isolated.

Fortunately, there is a concept that is giving all people living with memory changes (including  Alzheimer’s patients) and their caregivers a bit of a break from the loneliness of this hardship. Called Memory Cafés, these two-hour social sessions are a place for people with memory loss issues and their caregivers to come together and connect with other people who are living with the same challenges. Continue reading

Siblings and Family the Foundation for All Other Relationships

mike_gaffey_blogA Blog Post by Assistant Residential Director Michael Gaffey

With Siblings Day approaching in our Village calendar, I’ve been asked to reflect upon the significance of siblings and family.  I find myself hard pressed to begin. Such a simple concept; such a difficult concept to express simply!

We are all of us, in our own ways, directly and deeply formed through our relationships with each other. Our families are, for many of us, the Continue reading