On March 28, Springhouse Senior Living welcomed  Amy Schram, from the Better Business Bureau Senior Awareness Program.  Amy discussed with us how seniors can better protect themselves from scams, how to give wisely to charities and what are the recommended Better Business Bureau standards of trust.
The goal of the BBB’s Senior Awareness Program is to educate seniors about ways to recognize and avoid common scams and ways to avoid becoming victims of consumer fraud. Consumer fraud is when consumers lose money due to illegal practices when con artists profit.  Other fraud may involve deception and sales tactics which mislead or pressure consumers into buying goods or services which they don’t really need.

“Knitting is something you just don’t forget.” Those are the words of Ann Winslow, a resident of Springhouse for the past 16 years. She has been knitting since she was a child and also made a lot of her own clothes and her children’s clothing. Knitting is a hobby of Ann’s, but it is also a charitable outlet for her and many other women at Springhouse. For about ten years now, a group of knitters at Springhouse have been a part of “Project Linus” a national organization providing comfort for children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need, by giving them hand-made knitted blankets. Over 4 million blankets have been donated through this charity, which currently has 368 chapters nationwide. The women at Springhouse are part of the Greater Boston Chapter and together they have knitted and donated over 200 blankets to Project Linus.

The Brookline Boy Scouts Troop 6 spent a Sunday afternoon this spring assembling and decorating birdhouses with Springhouse residents.  Residents lent a helping hand, holding the wood while the scouts hammered the nails into place.  Together they then decorated these one-of-a-kind birdhouses.

Nautilus Training Program

Tuesday, 20 December 2011 by

Our assisted living activities coordinator, Sheila Caccavaro, offers a training program to independent and assisted living residents. This monitored program helps residents work on their range of motion and gradual strength building with several pieces of Nautilus equipment that target specific muscle groups.

Residents of Ledgemont and Allen House regularly visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) through the Access to the Art program. This program, sponsored by Bank of America, provides a free tour tailored specifically for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Residents walk through galleries of early 20th century art and impressionism.