Learn How to be Ageless from 2 Gingers founder Kieran Folliard

By Margaret Wachholz A few years back, the owners of The Irish Gazette hosted Kieran Folliard, originally from the west of Ireland, at the Yacht & Pool Club. He is an accomplished gentleman. 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey was created by Kieran who was inspired by his red-headed or “ginger” mother, Mary. Kieran also has owned... Read More

Telling the Stories of our Lives

by Carol Dexter, integrative health volunteer My name is Carol.  I have been volunteering at Woodbury Senior Living (WSL) twice a week for about nine months.  This is my story:  I never lived with elders and never experienced their lives as an adult except when they were hospitalized with an acute illness, injury, or were experiencing... Read More

Love and Meaning

by Margaret Wachholz There are untapped sources of meaning all around us – right here, right now.  Seekers of meaning like Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, George Eliot & more educate us on the power of Love & Meaning. In some cases their hope was stolen: they were punished for doing what was right and were cast... Read More

Beauty in Imperfection: Elders Impart Wisdom to High Schoolers

by Margaret Wachholz A trip to Kilkenny Castle as a student living in Ireland informed me that tapestry weavers will always leave subtle mistakes in their work as a reminder that only God is perfection. A trip to our campus was made by Woodbury High Social Studies  teacher Mr. Geoff Stevens and his sociology students... Read More

My life is completely changed – Aynalem Bedaso’s story

Feeling right at home Three years ago, Aynalem Bedaso left Dubai to join her family in Minnesota. Born in a small city in northeast Ethiopia, Aynalem (pronounced Eye-NAHL-um) grew up attending school and working odd jobs, but career opportunities were limited. When she was in her late twenties, she moved to Dubai, where she supported... Read More

My Volunteer Story

by Carol Dexter, RN, BSN, MPH, integrative health volunteer at Woodbury Senior Living Creative in My Work Hi, I am Carol and I have lived a very eventful life up until the time I decided to retire. I grew up in a moderate sized town with four other siblings and lots of cousins and friends. ... Read More

Enriching lives through music therapy

By Erin Heidemann, MT-BC Angela Johnson, MT-BC and I are full time music therapists on the memory care unit at Woodbury Health Care Center. Angela and I have worked together on the memory care unit for four years. Together, we have developed a Music Therapy program of activities that enriches the lives of all residents.... Read More

Presenters at International Integrative Nursing Symposium

In early April 2017, Rachel Trelstad-Porter and Amy Quarberg attended the 2nd International Integrative Nursing Symposium in Tucson, AZ, presenting on the Integrative Therapies program at Woodbury Senior Living. Rachel is the Director of Integrative Health and Wellness at Woodbury Senior Living and Amy is an Integrative Nurse Clinician at Woodbury Senior Living and at... Read More

Gracious and Knowledgeable Staff at Woodbury

Testimonial from a Woodbury Estates family member! Original Reason for moving loved one here: This tenant moved into Woodbury Estates Memory Care community in April of 2015. The original reason for the move to our community was because of the Dementia diagnosis making it unsafe for him to stay at home.  Why are you happy... Read More