REsidents of Holly Creek Retirement Community - living life next to Holly Creek!

Residents of Holly Creek Retirement Community – living life next to Holly Creek!

I recently read this on Facebook. It is from a site called Back Towards Light. “The tragedy of life is not death….but what we let die inside of us while we live.”

A resident recently told me, “I may be old, but I’m not dead.” Do you think a large portion of society views us senior citizens as “dead”? Sure we walk around, occupy space and sometimes have interesting insights – but believe me there is so much life left in us – Watch Out!

Seriously, what have we let die inside of us as we age? What about our passions, desires, experiences, curiosity, likes and dislikes. Aging is not a signal that we are to sit and watch TV, pet the cat and eat frozen dinners. We may not be tech-savvy, may not keep up with the latest fashions, may not listen at full volume to current music, but what we do have is self.

You see, we have lived a lot of years, experienced things that are now in history books, and somehow raised families, had occupations, fought in wars, voted for numerous presidential candidates and still … we have life left in us.

Let us tell you what makes us hum, what makes us laugh, cry or rebel against society. Only our outward appearance has changed. I recently noticed I didn’t look so cute in a sleeveless tank top! Imagine that! But, believe it or not, our minds are still functioning quite well. Even though we may not be as fast as we once were, give us a minute.

Ask us about our lives, families, events and people. Our productive days are less now but oh! – the history that resides in us.

Come visit someday – we would love to learn about you.

by Sue Adams, Chaplain for Holly Creek Community

Denver older adults are most concerned about maintaining their physical and mental health and about losing memory, according to a recently released United States of Aging Survey. This is the fourth year for the survey, conducted by the National Association. Read More…

August 7, 2015 | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Alice Bomboma, SRD/Home Care CNA Alice is this week’s SMILE Star recipient for the love and compassion she showed in a time of need.  Recently a husband and wife whom Alice assisted had to put their dog, Charlie to sleep. . Read More…

August 3, 2015 | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Gabi Groom, Home Care Services and David Dickinson & Traci Gillen, Concierges – Holly Creek One night when Gabi was leaving the community she heard a smoke alarm sounding.  She immediately notified David at the concierge desk so he could. Read More…

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 Earnest Robert “Bob” Niekerk’s love for Christian Living Communities ran deep, recalls his son, Darwin. For. Read More…

When we think of “communion,” we hear the words of Jesus, “this is my body broken for you; this is my blood poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20). It is in the brokenness of Jesus that we find healing for. Read More…

Earlier this month, 14 Clermont Park residents along with three team members ventured to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park for an overnight outing. The impetus for the adventure, like many at Clermont Park, was generated by a. Read More…

Dementia is a challenge for many older adults. This article by Andrew Steward, the former Masterpiece Living Lifestyle Coordinator for Clermont Park Retirement Community, provides some hope for those who struggle with dementia. Through my clinical experience in hospice care. Read More…

June 5, 2015 | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Lara Martinez, CSS/SRD Staffing Coordinator One staff member experienced a SMILE moment when Lara Martinez went out of her way to help with New-Hire Orientation.   During the orientation the nurse who administers TB shots realized she was out.  The nurse. Read More…

Special thanks to Evvie Munley and LeadingAge. This article first appeared on May 20, 2015 on the LeadingAge website. Nonprofit nursing homes tend to earn higher ratings on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System. Read More…

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