Stonehill Franciscan Services, A Place to Thrive

This article originally published in the May 2018 edition of Julien's Journal. By Amy Schauer, Executive Director of Development, Stonehill Franciscan Services

May is Older Americans Month and we, at Stonehill Franciscan Services, want to celebrate vibrancy and fullness of life. Many who visit Stonehill are surprised to see the number of activities, outings, and wellness classes happening every day. People are selecting the full continuum of services offered by Stonehill not just as a place to simply live, but a place to thrive.

Take a peek at the Stonehill website www.stonehilldbq.com and you’ll see a wide variety of opportunities to take part in this vibrant experience. Whether you want to work on your mind, body, or spirit there is something for everyone.

For your mind, take in a game of trivia, enjoy the Stories and Jokes event, listen to a band perform, or play a game of cards. For your body, join in exercises with Restorative Care or the Wellness Center or have your nails done for a more relaxing pace. For your spirit, attend mass, join others to pray the Rosary, or join in Spiritual Sharing. Whether at the Stonehill Health Center, Assisi Village Independent and Assisted Living, or the Stonehill Wellness Center there are daily opportunities for a thriving daily life.

And did you know that the Stonehill Wellness Center is open to the community? The 55+ Senior All-Inclusive membership is just $15 a month or $150 a year. This includes use of all strength and cardio equipment, access to unlimited group exercise classes, sauna, and the Hydroworx pool. For Older Americans month be sure to check out our offerings, day passes are available for just $3.00.

Since it is Older Americans month we wanted to give some Stonehill residents a chance to share their secrets to a long, happy life.

Dorothy O'Meara

Dorothy O’Meara Age 101
What has been your secret to a long, happy life?
Working hard my entire life, keeping busy, and rarely eating or making pre-packaged food. I enjoyed bowling until I was 97 and still stay active by walking.

What things about living at Stonehill add to the happiness and vibrancy of your life?
I enjoy music, visiting with friends, and helping new people when they move in [to Assisi].

Would you recommend Stonehill/Assisi Village to others? Why?
Yes, I would recommend Assisi. The staff is so friendly and very, very good. I’m also thankful for all the friends I have here.

 

Florence Puls, Age 93
What has been your secret to a long, happy life?
I was always busy taking care of others and kept a balanced life with getting out and having fun. I love helping people and made many friends through my volunteering.

What things about living at Stonehill add to the happiness and vibrancy of your life?
Getting out and enjoying all the activities and the bright spirit that you feel from the staff. I love the music- it makes me happy! Music has always been a part of my life.

Would you recommend Stonehill/Assisi Village to others? Why?
Yes, absolutely! I would recommend it because of the good care, I’ve met a lot of nice people, and reconnected with people from the Balltown/Sherrill area.

 

Pat Bullock Age 81
What has been your secret to a long, happy life?
Quite honestly, it doesn’t’ seem that long. I always chose happiness over sadness. Humor can always bring joy to your life and others.

What things about living at Stonehill add to the happiness and vibrancy of your life?
Getting acquainted with others that live here. Going out and being involved with the activities, especially the good music offerings and socials.

Would you recommend Stonehill/Assisi Village to others? Why?
Yes, I am amazed how good-natured and caring the staff are to all of us. They give amazing hugs!