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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.

Resident Story Tellers: Andy Kendall Shares His Story

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By: Ayanna Thomas

Fairly new to the Wesley Woods at New Albany Community, resident Andy Kendall shares his story of a life full of traveling, collecting historic memorabilia, his career and making Wesley Woods at New Albany the place he calls home.

There’s No Place like Home

Dorothy said it best—there is no place like home. Before making Wesley Woods his home, Andy, an avid collector, lived in a 3,500 sq. ft. home full of historic memorabilia. Transitioning would be hard, but with the help of Colleen Krupp, Marketing Coordinator for Wesley Woods at New Albany, his decision to move was eased when she introduced him to Downsize with a Heart. They assisted him in ensuring that his most loved pieces had a special place in his new home, and the rest was history.

The Beginning: College and Making Memories

Not too far from his hometown, Andy attended Rutgers University in New Jersey. He tells us he enjoyed playing lacrosse, “I wasn’t much good, but I had fun.” Little did he know, later in life he would attend the Ohio State vs. Rutgers lacrosse game and be invited into the locker room to meet the team and coaching staff. He even went home with the game ball which has a special place in his home at Wesley Woods. But Lacrosse wouldn’t be the only thing he loved at Rutgers, there Andy met his wife of 62 years, later becoming a father of two.

Career

Kendall retired from the Air Force as a Colonel and North American Aviation as an Airborne Test Engineer. He remembers bringing in donuts every Friday. “I don’t think any work could get done until I came with the donuts,” he stated. He also enjoyed spending time with various civic groups and students at COSI while lecturing on events in aircraft flight testing.

Retirement

Well-traveled, Andy Kendall; when asked “where have you been,” he chuckled, “everywhere.” He then, went on to explain, “The only places we didn’t go were South Africa, Ireland, and Portugal.” But, his personal favorite was New Zealand. He explained that it is the only place you can go visit ski resorts and tropical oceans. He and his wife often took river cruises through the countries they visited.

Just for fun

Andy finds himself spending his days reading; especially newspapers, National Geographic and Air Force magazines. He explained, “They keep me up to date.” Making time to visit Motts Military Museum and the Air Force Museum is what he enjoys most. But if you’re looking for Andy, you’ll typically find him in the Bistro, sipping his morning coffee surrounded by friends at Wesley Woods at New Albany.

We are glad to have Andy call Wesley Woods at New Albany home.  With friends right next door, having family in for the holidays, or just relaxing with your pet—there truly is no place like home!

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!