Celebrating Volunteers

April is national volunteer month, and a great opportunity to celebrate the people and organizations that provided approximately 35,000 hours of volunteer service on our campus in the past year. For the third year in a row, Outback Steakhouse partnered with BRC in hosting an annual volunteer recognition celebration on April 10. More than 100… Read more »

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Easter Celebration at BRC: Not all the Easter baskets are for children

It’s no secret that Bridgewater Retirement Community is not an island. We pride ourselves on our interactions with the young people and faculty of Bridgewater College and nearby James Madison University, as well as the Town of Bridgewater and local churches. Our residents and staff have much to offer, and we are thrilled when people… Read more »

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Volunteer Spotlight: Merv Wunderlich

Kid magnet. Careful driver. Volunteer chaplain to people experiencing mental illness. Quietly inspiring leader. No wonder the multifaceted Merv Wunderlich is called “Superman” by Laura Ipock Powell, BRC Director of Volunteer Services. “I do things other people cannot,” Merv explains. And thereby he makes a significant difference. One of his roles at BRC is to… Read more »

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Grove Construction Update: Model Apartment Now Open

While much of the Grove, BRC’s new Independent Living apartment building, is still very much a hardhat zone, one corner of the first floor gives an impressive glimpse of what it will be like when finished. The model apartment—a corner unit with 1,510 square feet and the Rome floor plan—has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two… Read more »

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Bridgewater Retirement Community to Participate in the Great Community Give

Bridgewater Retirement Community is participating in The Great Community Give this year to support the renovation of the Meditation Garden in Assisted Living. On April 17, everyone is encouraged to go to the Great Community Give website and donate to the Bridgewater HealthCare Foundation. We are one of several charities, causes, and nonprofit groups featured on… Read more »

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Creativity Thrives at Bridgewater

Classes, community, and spaces come together to spark the artist’s flame in Bridgewater residents. Mary Ludwick taught home economics for years until her husband’s work took him on the road. Mary decided to travel with him, which left her with time to kill while he was on the job. So, she took up painting. “I… Read more »

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shirley Steger

Twenty-six years ago, when Shirley Steger married Don and came to live on their farm near Bridgewater, she found life very different from the one she had led in Harford County, Maryland. Now she is about to return to that area just northeast of Baltimore, and she’s very excited. BRC, on the other hand, is… Read more »

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A Community at Work

Bryan Acker, a resident here at Bridgewater Retirement Community has worked with Friendship Industries for 51 years. Bryan is also an avid collector of tabs from soda cans and has collected thousands of tabs to be recycled. He sends the money he receives to charity. Neighbors of Bryan Acker toured Friendship Industries last week. His neighbors… Read more »

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One Simple Trick to Prevent the Spread of Germs

Have you ever done one of these things? come in contact with other human beings shared a razor, earrings, or toothbrush helped a child blow his or her nose tended to a sick friend entered a public bathroom or gym ridden public transportation had a tattoo or body piercings petted an animal just moved around… Read more »

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A Community of Options

A look at Independent Living at Bridgewater At Bridgewater Retirement Community, we take independent living seriously. What that means is we aim to encourage our residents’ independence and the many aspects of wellbeing. For seniors, that independence has many facets. The most obvious is independence in daily life — the freedom to focus on doing… Read more »

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