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Water Aerobics Instructor Shares Her Story

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Christine Togni, Aquatics Instructor at the Harcum Fitness and Aquatic Center, was named the Adult Honoree at the 2018 Jingle Bell Run held on December 1, 2018.  She was selected because of her affiliation with the Arthritis Foundation since 1995–when she first became certified to teach classes.

She is an Advocate for the Arthritis Foundation, has attended the Advocacy Summit in Washington DC. , and hopes to attend the next Summit in March, 2019.  She has also been an Arthritis Foundation Support Group Leader at two locations, and is currently taking additional training to lead a support group at the Harcum Fitness and Aquatic Center, in addition to teaching her water aerobics classes.

“I am passionate about teaching at the Harcum Fitness and Aquatic Center.  My greatest joy comes from helping people feel better physically and emotionally,” she explains.

Christine’s story started in 1991 when she began to experience extreme pain and weakness in both arms.  By 1993, her quality of life had greatly declined and surgery was highly recommended.  The surgery required removing 3 discs and bone spurs from her neck, replacing the discs and recuperating for 12 weeks.

It was then that her surgeon recommended she contact the Arthritis Foundation to locate a pool where she could attend aquatics classes that focus on range-of-motion, flexibility, and endurance.  She attended classes 3 times per week and was amazed at how she regained her upper body strength and, in general, how well she felt after each class.  Equally important was the emotional support she received and friendships she made!

She was so impressed by this “program” that she decided to become certified to teach these wonderful classes and completed her training in 1995.  She has been leading classes ever since and was responsible for introducing these classes to five different locations.

“I hope my story will inspire and encourage others to seek support through my classes as well as the support group that will begin in 2019,”Christine states. “I want to ‘pay it forward’ and help others achieve the same physical and emotional well-being I have been blessed with.”

Mike the Miracle

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Mike, who had suffered a major stroke in 2013, graduated from Wesley Hospice on September 27th. His friends, family, and the team at Wesley Hospice are so joyous at the miracle that occurred for Mike and his family.

Click the link above to read Mike’s story.

Bake Sale Supports Black History Month Activities

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Each February, at The Wesley Communities, we look forward to celebrating the historical achievements of the Black community. To prepare, the Black History committee at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community recently held a successful Soul Food Bake Sale!

These handmade treats raised money to support activities that will be a part of the Black History month celebration at Wesley Ridge in February of 2019. Dense and decadent pound cake, caramelized pecan pie, savory sweet potato pie, a variety of cookies, comforting cinnamon maple cake, and classic peach cobbler are some of the items donated by committee members and staff.

“The bake sale was a huge success,” explained Veronica Carter, committee chairperson. “We had a great turnout from the residents and staff!”

The sale was held in two locations at Wesley Ridge, the Bistro, which is a gathering spot during breakfast and lunch times, and Bishop Place Chapel, where many large events and worship services are held.

The committee joins residents and staff together to remember, gather, promote, and discuss the history of Black individuals who contributed to the emergence and development of our country as well as the area that we call home—Columbus, Ohio.

Our goal during Black History Month 2019 is to get even more of the community involved in events and activities!

If you’d like to know about future fundraising events sponsored by the committee or about activities planned for Black History month, please contact our Community Outreach Director, Africa Thomas, at 614-738-8099 or athomas@thewesleyway.org.

Peg’s Perspective: Taking Care of Your Telomeres

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“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”

As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!

Peg’s Perspective:

As we age we all think about many health tips we have learned along the way.  But, emerging research suggests that taking care of our telomeres should be our top priority! Click above to learn why!

Peg’s Perspective: More about a good attitude. . .

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“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”

As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!

This blog focuses on good attitude.

Our Trip to the Orchard

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By: Cheryl Fey, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community

Before our trip to the Branstool Orchard, we stopped to get lunch At Watts Family Restaurant. As we sat around the table waiting on dessert, we discussed our most memorable moments at orchards. Read a few of the residents’ responses!