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“Rethinking Retirement” Shattering Myths and Stereotypes of Older Adults

Vantage House retirement community is sponsoring a workshop, “Rethinking Retirement: A Columbia Perspective on Aging,” on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Historic Oakland in Downtown Columbia. The free program is designed for professionals and others working with older adults. The event will feature a keynote address by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, a noted gerontologist…Read More

Members of the Board Honored for Improving Lives for Seniors

(Left: Ms. Virginia M Thomas receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Right: Ms. Marsha Ansel receiving the Individual Outstanding Award) In June at the 35th Annual conference on The Hidden Epidemic: Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse in Older Adults the Maryland Gerontological Association President of the Board of Directors at Vantage House, Ms. Virginia M Thomas,…Read More

Explore the Value of Senior Living Communities

Life in a senior living community can relieve you from everyday tasks, such as mowing the lawn, grocery shopping, or housework—and you may be surprised that it can free up your budget as well! Learn how to compare what you’re paying for now with the value of living in a community. Contact us today to…Read More

Use Technology to Connect with All Generations

Are you getting the most out of your technology? Here are some must-have apps for your phone and tablet that residents at Vantage House Retirement Community use to keep connected with the people in their lives and to make daily living less of a chore. They’re so easy to install and use, you won’t need…Read More

It’s More Than Puppy Love

Expert’s Perspective Animal Companions Can Be Good For Our Health Residents Leslie Glassberg and Mike and Nancy Berla can’t imagine life without their animal companions. Glassberg’s dog, Bailey, gets her up and out for their early morning walks. And the Berlas’ cat, Mina, cuddles with them at night. But living with companion animals is more…Read More

Seeing The Sights on a Segway

There is a man cruising the paths around Downtown Columbia on his Segway. That’s Joel Broida, and he’s not a police officer or security guard, although he’s sometimes mistaken for one. Often, he’s with his wife, Gail, and they’re just out for a ride. On a nice day, they leave Vantage House and “glide” around…Read More

Prudence Barry: Creativity At Any Age

Prudence Barry’s life has always been about the arts and creativity. “I was determined, as a senior citizen, to continue being creative,” she says, “We can be creative at any age.” A lifelong actress and poet, she saw no reason why that should change when she reached a certain age. A longtime resident of Columbia,…Read More

Get Going!

Fitness Coordinator Vivian Smith wants residents to get up, get out, & get going! Exercise is the key to healthy aging. With regular exercise, you can help boost your energy, reduce falls, manage symptoms of illness or pain, and maintain your independence. If you’ve never exercised before or strayed away from your routine, follow these…Read More

Post Retirement Time Management

by Fran Minakowski A 30-year resident of Columbia, Maryland, Nancy Berla has a weekly schedule that even a Gen X youngster might find daunting. There’s tennis three times each week and a Spanish-language conversation group (“I’ll never be fluent!) and even a Spanish book club that requires her attention. She attends exercise classes and seizes…Read More