Applestalk February 2024

Celebrating Jane…

At the end of January, Edenton celebrated Jane Blickenstaff’s years of service and dedication to our residents and staff with a party! For more pictures of the celebration, See Below…

In this issue:

Welcome Neighbor

Leap Year

Ash Wednesday

Resident Spotlight

Bayada’s Wellness Talk

Red For Women

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

The first Friday in February is National Wear Red Day. What is it? Well, on this day in February people from all over the country wear red to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke and help save women’s lives by encouraging them to take charge of their health.

Cardiovascular disease causes 1 in 3 deaths in women every year, making it the number one health related killer in women. The good news is that 87% of all heart issues are believed to be preventable, making awareness and education very important.

National Wear Red Day is supported by the American Heart Association and celebrated in conjunction with National Heart Health Month. So let’s turn our Edenton campus red on Friday, February 2. All residents and staff are encouraged to participate. Group pictures will be taken in each building and at Friday’s Independent Living Resident Council Meeting. Let’s show how much we care for each other and raise awareness for women’s heart disease.

Learn ways that you can improve heart health at


January Chapel Donation

january fundraising check Chaplain Thérèse Keegan, joined by residents Frank Guess and Spencer Burnside presented January’s Chapel Fund gift to Meg Kula, Director of Philanthropy for the Religious Coalition. Each month, Edenton will engage in an activity or community event that coincides with Edenton 2024 calendar theme for that month.

January’s theme was Robin Hood.

The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs was selected because they provide emergency shelter programs, homeless prevention support and various healthcare and financial assistance programs.

Page Turner’s
Book Club

This month’s selec-tion is Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

Tova Sullivan be-comes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus, at the Sowell Bay Aquarium where she works the night shift. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors – until he forms a re-markable friendship with Tova.
Join us on Thursday,

February 22 at 3 p.m. in the library for the discussion.

Welcome, neighbor, to Blossom Place!

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mrs. Anna Marie Zdanis to Room 219. Anna Marie was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Anacostia High School then went on to attend secretarial school in D.C. Shortly after, she landed a job working for the I.R.S. Later, she worked in hu-man resources at Bechtel. Anna Marie was married to husband An-thony for 43 years until his passing. Together they had two children. She is the proud grandmother of five grandchildren.
Anna Marie enjoyed raising her children and being a homemaker for many years. She also enjoyed baking and singing in her church choir. She currently enjoys listening to music, tending to her plants, and par-ticipating in many fun activities at Blossom Place.

Welcome, Anna Marie, to our Edenton family!

Welcome, neighbor, to Orchard Terrace!

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mrs. Beverly Bristow who recently moved into Room 721! Bev was born and raised in Tomah, Wisconsin. From there, she graduated nursing school in Wisconsin and became an evening shift nurse at an emergency room nearby. After retiring, she worked as a consultant for Mary Kay cosmetics. Bev has three wonderful sons, en-joys a good puzzle, and loved knitting, crocheting and crafting.
Bev shared, “Every once in a while, I enjoy finding new things to learn; I try new things to explore opportunities, and be around new people.”

When you see Bev, be sure to make her feel welcome!

A warm welcome also to Mrs. Constance Davis who moved into Room 724. Connie was born in Knoxville, Md., and grew up nearby in Brunswick where “everyone knew everyone.” She said that all 32 kids in town were around the same age, so you can imagine the chaos (and fun!) with that many playmates. She graduated high school in 1951. A year later, on her birthday, she got married. Her husband was drafted soon after, so she worked part-time jobs in Frederick at Sears and at Zimmerman’s Greenhouse and Produce.

Connie is an amazing artist who enjoys painting, crocheting, and crafts of any sort. One day while buying art supplies the store owner asked to see her work and was impressed; so she was asked to teach art classes! Connie loved teaching and learning from her students. She has three children she is very proud of, and grandkids and great grandkids that she absolutely adores.

Help us make Connie feel wel-comed! And feel free to stop by to check out her wonderful artwork!

Valentine’s Day

Amber Lewis, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Around the world Valentine’s Day is celebrated in so many ways between couples. It can also be a time to love on friends and family, especially those without significant others. Some single women like to come together and celebrate “Galentine’s Day,” a time to enjoy each other’s company and friendship with food, games, and crafts! On Tuesday, February 13, at 3 p.m., join us at Garden House for our Valentine’s Day craft-y celebration.

Leap Year

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Leap year has been a day of tradition, folklore and superstition ever since first introduced by Julius Caesar over 2,000 years ago. Accord-ing to legend, St. Bridget struck a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. This is believed to have been in-troduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women.

Since leap year only comes every four years. Fiddler’s Green is going to celebrate. On Thursday, February 29 at 1:30 p.m., residents will participate in a leapfrog race (tabletop with frogs of course). Then at 2:30 p.m. they will create smiling frogs to hang outside their rooms. At 3:30 p.m. we’ll take a deeper look into the traditions of leap day. Mark your calendars for a ribbiting (ribbit ribbit) good time.

My Fair Lady Celebration

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

This month, Edenton’s calendar theme is centered on a scene from the film My Fair Lady. Join us at Orchard Terrace on Tuesday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m. for our “Fair Lady” celebration. The afternoon will be filled with fun and camaraderie; sing-a-longs, snacks that take us back to the early 1900s in Great Britain and, if that wasn’t enough, a super secret special surprise to boot! Cheers!

Valentine Cookie Decorating

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Back by popular demand! Independent residents will gather on Sunday, February 4 at 11 a.m. in the Restaurant to decorate Valentine cookies. Jane and Michelle will whip up some delicious cookies. Resi-dents will then use their creative talent to decorate the cookies and make some beautiful, edible works of art.

Please sign up in advance, by January 31, so we know how many cookies to make. Happy decorating!

Susan B. Anthony

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Susan B. Anthony was born February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachu-setts. Many of her seven siblings became activists for justice and emancipation of slaves. William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass both inspired her to do more to help end slavery.

In 1851, Anthony met Elizabeth Cady Standon. They became good friends and worked together for over 50 years fighting for women’s rights. When Congress passed the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it gave African American men the right to vote. Anthony and Standon were infuriated, but it did not stop their efforts to champion voting rights for women.

Susan B. Anthony passed away in 1906. And while she saw that the 19th Amendment was presented to Congress in 1878, she did not live long enough to be able to vote herself. (the 19th Amendment was rati-fied in 1920.) Susan B. Anthony was one of the trailblazers who spent her life advocating for women’s right to vote.

Join us at Blossom Place on Thursday, February 15 at 1:30 p.m. We will make silhouette crafts and celebrate women’s right to vote with a delectable cake and fellowship.

Ash Wednesday

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

As many know, Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lent. It’s a holy day of prayer and repentance where people who wish to get marked with ashes to remind us that we are all sinners; from dust we are created and to dust we return. The ashes used are often created by burning palms saved from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

On Wednesday, February 14, Chaplain Keegan will visit all of Eden-ton’s buildings throughout the morning to distribute ashes to those who wish to participate.

Thank you, Jane, for everything!

Her service as restaurant manager is remarkable and she has set a high standard at the Garden of Edenton restaurant.

Applestalk February 2024

Our Sincere Condolences

All of us at Edenton extend our heartfelt sympathy to the
family and friends of those in our community
who recently passed away.
You will be missed.

Mr. Charles Adams   |   Mr. Robert Bafford   |   Mrs. Betty Thomas

Resident Spotlight

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

This month’s spotlight shines on resident Patsy Andrews who re-sides in cottage 532. Patsy was born in Germany. Her father was in the Air Force stationed at Hahn Air Base. As a child her family moved often to be wherever her father was stationed.

Patsy comes from a large family and is the oldest of seven. They moved to Maryland during her senior year of high school. She attended Frostburg State College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education. She married her husband, Rick, during her junior year of college.

She and Rick moved to North Carolina so he could attend seminary, and he became a Methodist minister. They had four children, two boys and two girls, and she’s the proud grandmother of four grandchildren.

When her children started school, Patsy went to work for the Baltimore City school system as a Special Education Teacher and an IP Chairperson in charge of the Special Education Department.

She worked over 25 years in this rewarding field. She ran the school’s chess club and was very active with the Girl Scouts. Now Patsy enjoys partici-pating in activities here at Eden-ton, walking her dog, Gaston, and volunteering at Edenton and at Orchard Grove Elementary School, where she has been helping for the past two years.

Patsy is a wonderful example of a kind and caring neighbor. She is always going out of her way to lend a helping hand.

We are blessed to have Patsy as part of our Edenton family. 

Bayada presents…”Can Speech Therapy Make a Difference?”

Michele Price, RN, Director of HomeCare

Find the power of your voice with a speech pathologist. Come out to the Manor House Communi-ty Room on Tuesday, February 6 for the presentation by Bayada Home Health, “Can Speech Therapy Make a Difference?” A few tips that will be highlighted:

What does a speech therapist do?

Address Speech and Language: When a person is unable to produce speech sounds cor-rectly/fluently or has a problem with his/her voice, its considered a speech disorder. When a person has difficulty understanding others or difficulty expressing his or her own thoughts/needs, it’s classified as a language disorder.

Address Cognition: Speech therapists are knowledgeable about normal and abnormal devel-opment, brain-behavior relationships, how medical conditions affect the body/brain, and neuro-psychological processes related to the cognitive aspects of communication.

Address Swallowing: A swallowing disorder is also known as dysphagia. Speech therapists

Tuesday, February 6 at 10 a.m.
“Can Speech Therapy Make A Difference?”

presented by Bayada Home Health


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