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Kimberly Valco Nominated Nominated as A Woman of Distinction

A Woman of Distinction The HANDS Foundation Named Kimberly Valco as the First Recipient of the “Women of Distinction in Senior Care and Advocacy” Recognition. When you think of the term “Women of Distinction in Senior Care and Advocacy” you quickly understand it is recognizing women who have made significant contributions within the senior living … Continued

10 Ways for Senior Adults to Stay Active This Spring

Springtime, Let’s Get Active! Spring is the start of warmer weather, longer days, and the opportunity to spend more time outside. Older adults enjoy being outside after a long winter. Whether taking a walk or doing spring chores, make it a meaningful experience and why not enjoy the time with a friend or neighbor. Taking … Continued

Communities at Our Core: Today. Tomorrow. Together.

We’re Growing, Adapting, and Evolving Nearly 130 years ago, The Ohio Masonic Home was started in Springfield, Ohio as a home for Master Masons and their wives, widows, and children. We’ve grown, adapted, and evolved a lot since then, helping communities thrive with three senior living communities, a resource center, and a foundation.   Our … Continued

5 Healthy Eating Tips for Senior Adults

March is National Nutritional Month National Nutrition Month was created 50 years ago by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. Fuel for the Future This year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.” … Continued

6 Winter Safety Guidelines for Senior Adults

Staying Safe This Winter During the winter months, ice, snow, and cold temperatures can make life difficult for everyone. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses, especially for older adults. The following safety tips for winter can help prevent common cold weather dangers to older adults. Winter Safety … Continued

6 Tips for Senior Adults to Stay Warm in the Winter

Watching Out for Hypothermia For all of us that live here in Ohio, during the winter months, the cold weather is something to which we may not necessarily enjoy but are accustomed. It’s important to bundle up and stay warm. Especially when it comes to older adults, body heat can be lost faster resulting in … Continued

BEWARE of Scams This Holiday Season

Protecting Yourself from Scams Understand How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Scams Whether you’re shopping online to buy a car, or something much less expensive like clothing, it’s important to guard against online shopping scams. According to the Federal Trade Commission, online shopping scams are one of the most common scams reported by consumers. … Continued

Top 11 Benefits of Living in a Senior Living Community

Top 11 Benefits of Living in a Senior Living Community   Enhancing Health & Wellness while Promoting Lifestyle Today’s senior living communities are different from those of the past and should not be confused with nursing homes. They can provide independent living, assisted living, and memory care for seniors who want to downsize and live … Continued

Leading the Way in Top-Quality Senior Living Care in Medina, Ohio

Leading the Way in Top-Quality Senior Living Care in Medina, Ohio Western Reserve Masonic Community Earns a Deficiency-Free 2022 Annual Survey Arriving unannounced, the Ohio state survey team spent an entire week picking apart every single little detail and happening for an extended time at Western Reserve Masonic Community. State surveyors observed quality, procedures, and … Continued

5 Hot Weather Tips for Senior Living

Staying Safe This Summer Summer is definitely here for us here in Ohio, and with heat indexes having hit over 100 degrees, staying safe has never been more important for senior adults. Because of chronic health conditions, aging-related physical changes, and the effects of medications, older adults are at higher risk of developing heat-related illnesses. … Continued

SMC Villa Open House

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) held their first Villa Open House since the beginning of the pandemic.  The Open House was held on June 7th and nearly 60 people attended the event to tour and learn about three different floor plans of villas. Some of the guests were looking for themselves and some were looking for … Continued

Happy Birthday to Everyone!

Everyone loves to celebrate their birthday. Let’s have a big birthday party for everyone. The staff and community members at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) did exactly that.  June 3rdwas that special day.  Just over 75 people celebrated their birthdays. There were men and women with birthdays spanning every month, January through December. The new … Continued

Stir Fry Tonight

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) is a great place to live. You can have fun while spending time with your friends and neighbors enjoying some delicious meals. SMC members decided to have a special dinner at least once a month.  At a recent Menu Chat the community members were asked their suggestions for these dinners. The … Continued

BMC holds its own Car Race

As most of us have just recently watched one of the most well-known car races in the country, the Indy 500, community members at Browning Masonic Community (BMC) held their own car race.  The cars were a bit smaller and definitely slow but that didn’t matter, the community members really enjoyed their first car race. … Continued

SMC Lunch and Learn—Advance Funeral Planning

Nearly 30 people attended the Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) Lunch and Learn. The topic made some people stop and take a look at their own lives. No one likes to think about planning a funeral, but death is part of the cycle of life. The afternoon started with a catered Mexican buffet that everyone enjoyed. … Continued

Have You Ever Been to Hawaii?

Some people have been fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii and some people dream of going, but may not be quite ready to go.  The Assisted Living Ladies Luau was the perfect way to try Hawaiian food during a luncheon at Western Reserve Masonic Community. Twenty-five ladies enjoyed Hawaii without ever needing to leave home. … Continued

You’re Never Too Old to Learn

You’re never too old to learn is the philosophy of the Browning Masonic Community (BMC) members. The National Museum of the Great Lakes was their most recent educational trip. Everyone learned history and facts related to the Great Lakes. The National Museum of the Great Lakes tells the incredible story of our Great Lakes through … Continued

Springfield Masonic Community Appreciation Lunch

Many people go to work and never hear the words “good job” or even the words “thank you.”  Those little words can make the difference in how you feel about your job.  Now, add in a pandemic and those words become even more important. At Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) the employees always know they are … Continued

WRMC Reader’s Theater

Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) has enjoyed a Reader’s Theater for several years.  The pandemic closed the curtain on their performances.  Now it’s time to raise the curtain and bring back these performances. The Reader’s Theatre group is busy practicing for their upcoming performance in June. This will be their first performance in the new … Continued

Cinco de Mayo Celebrated at WRMC

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.  The day, which fell on Thursday, May 5 in 2022, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day.  While it is … Continued

It’s Time for Flowers at BMC

Spring may have started out rainy and dreary, but it’s finally turned a corner and flowers are everywhere. You can find beautiful flowers at every entrance at Browning Masonic Community. (BMC) Keil’s Greenhouse in Swanton met all their needs. Keil’s Greenhouse is four generations offering an array of oversized, annual flower baskets, flower planters and … Continued

M is for Mom

When you think of all the words that start with the letter M, at this time of year we think of Mother, Mother’s Day, the month of May and of course Mom.  At Browning Masonic Community, (BMC) Moms are special and are always treated special. To celebrate BMC Moms, this year they were pampered with … Continued

Bird Talk with Carol

Community members at Browning Masonic Community enjoyed a special guest speaker. Carol spent part of an afternoon teaching the participants about a variety of birds found in the Waterville area. Carol is a bird enthusiast and works as a volunteer Toledo Metro Parks.   The community members didn’t have to worry about the weather or … Continued

BMC Ladies Day Outing

Ladies at Browning Masonic Community (BMC) enjoy spending time together.  If you ask some of the ladies they will tell you that they enjoy lunches out and of course shopping.  That’s exactly what they did earlier this week. The restaurant of choice was Cocina De Carlos, a very popular local Mexican restaurant. What Cocina de … Continued

Monthly Card Making at BMC

Do you like to receive cards? I know I do. Do you have a favorite type of card? Maybe it’s a birthday card or an anniversary card.  Browning Masonic Community (BMC) members gather once a month, every month and make different types of cards. Thinking of You, is that special type of card they were … Continued

Kentucky Derby Surprise Winner

The Kentucky Derby is steeped in traditions like fancy clothing and beautiful hats as well as Mint Julips and the singing of My Old Kentucky Home.  Those same traditions and can found at the Springfield Masonic Community. (SMC) Ladies made their hats and enjoyed the opportunity to win a gift card simply for wearing their … Continued

WRMC Ladies Tea; a Huge Success

Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) members enjoyed a tea in the new Community Center.  Over 40 women were in attendance. The ladies brought their vintage tea cups to the luncheon and shared stories about their special meanings as family heirlooms. Fabulous finger sandwiches made by their very own Chef Jud and the pastries came from Miss … Continued

SMC Mother’s Day Luncheon

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) celebrated Mother’s Day for all of the mothers on the campus. This year nearly 50 ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Community Center.  The tables were set with beautiful tea service. The staff worked hard to make this meal special for all the mothers. While enjoying lunch some of the … Continued

It’s Not the Kentucky Derby without Wearing a Hat

If you watch the Kentucky Derby, what’s the one thing that you notice as you watch the crowd? Ladies wearing all kinds of hats. Hats of different sizes and styles. The ladies of Springfield Masonic Community keep that tradition alive every year.  The day before the Kentucky Derby, the ladies gather in the morning to … Continued

What’s better than a delicious Dessert?

Everyone loves a delicious dessert, whether it’s at the end of dinner or maybe you prefer your dessert as a bedtime snack.  Whatever time of day you want to enjoy your sweet treat, Browning Masonic Community (BMC) members learned how to make a new dessert. BMC Cook Haley Foster put on quite the show demonstrating … Continued

SMC Participates in a Menu Chat

Are there certain foods that you like best?  Maybe there are some foods that you just don’t like.  If you are a community member at Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) your food service leadership is interesting in knowing the answers to these questions.  On the last Tuesday of each month, you get to share your thoughts … Continued

BMC Enjoys Pop It Paint It

Do you like to paint?  Community members at Browning Masonic Community (BMC) definitely do.  Pop It Paint It came to BMC and worked with a large group to enjoy a painting activity.  Jamie, the owner, worked with everyone to paint a spring rain boot filled with fresh flowers. This monthly art class is a Browning … Continued

The Excitement of Living in a Construction Zone

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a construction zone?  Maybe your first thought is I wouldn’t want to do that. That’s the opposite of what the community members at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) think.  They are excited to watch their community, or as they would tell you, their home continue … Continued

Do You Enjoy Breakfast with Friends?

Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) men enjoy a monthly breakfast. Is there a purpose for this breakfast? To enjoy visiting with each other, a time to laugh and relax and catch up. Each month, one of the WRMC male staff members joins them for breakfast.  He shares news of what is going on at WRMC.  … Continued

Current Events at WRMC

We are never too old to learn.  One of the best ways to learn is to keep up with current events, locally, in your own state as well as nationally. The community members at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) do just that, every Thursday morning. This meeting is run by the community members. Members of … Continued

Lower London Street Band Returns to SMC

There was an air of excitement as the Lower London Street Band returned to Springfield Masonic Community. (SMC)  They performed traditional Dixieland music, which they are well known for. They have been playing for audiences for 45 years. Over 50 community members enjoyed the band as well as the second week of Friday Happy Hour. … Continued

SMC Widow’s Dinner

The 35th Annual Springfield Masonic Community Widow’s Dinner is a time to reflect on the husbands that are no longer on this earth.  Their spirits with continue to live on in their hearts. Prior to the dinner, the widows met privately with Timothy S. Wheeland, Grand Master of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio where … Continued

BMC Enjoys Bingo

Most of us probably learned to play Bingo when we were kids at a birthday party or family gathering. When you went to school, you played Bingo related to different subjects in school.  Many teachers used Bingo as a way to help their students learn their math facts.  What is 6 X 4?  If you knew … Continued

Have You Ever Thought about Making Your Own Soap?

Have you ever thought about making your own soap would not be an unusual questions if you were a community member at Browning Masonic Community. (BMC)  Soap making is a monthly occurrence at BMC.  Men and women, usually a dozen or more gather to make their own soap. How do you make soap?  Just ask … Continued

WRMC Community Center Opening

Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) members have been enjoying the expansion of their community since September.  The first part of the construction project to be completed was the Community Center. This opening was celebrated with a champagne toast followed by a performance by the Brass Band of the Western Reserve. Close to 130 community members … Continued

Lunch and Learn: Fueling with Fruits & Vegetables

Another successful Lunch and Learn took place in the Clubhouse at the Springfield Masonic Community. Over 60 people enjoyed another educational topic, Fueling with Fruits and Vegetables.  Ali Schulze, Director of Healthy Living, YMCA of Greater Dayton was the presenter. Fueling with fruits and vegetables can provide many health benefits. Fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, … Continued

Dinner at Bender’s Tavern

When you enter the doors of Bender’s Tavern, you are following in the footsteps of others who were hungry and came to be fed and partake of the hospitality of the tavern. Benders is a restaurant that Western Reserve Masonic Community members chose for their fine dining night out. For some of the community members, … Continued

May 2022 Superstar Spotlight

At Browning Masonic Community, our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Amanda, Manager of Food Services so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Browning Masonic Community. Meet Amanda, a Browning Masonic Community Super Star! How long have you worked at Browning Masonic Community (BMC)? I have worked … Continued