January 2020 Resolutions

A resolution for a new year—and a new life As we begin a new year (and a new decade!), plenty of us think up resolutions to improve our quality of life. Losing weight, eating healthier, and maintaining better relationships usually top the list. One major life event that many people put off is preparing for… Read more »

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Now Scheduling: Info Sessions on Community Needs Assessment Project

In 2019, Bridgewater Retirement Community (BRC) teamed up with Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and Holleran, an independent research and consulting firm, to conduct an in-depth Senior Community Needs Assessment for the Harrisonburg, Rockingham and Augusta County areas. The project is the first ever to take a comprehensive look at the experiences and challenges… Read more »

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A New Chapter for Lev

Teller of tales, editor of The Bridge, the woman behind the camera. For 30 years, Lev Norford has supported, written about, and enthusiastically engaged as a member of the BRC community. She’s held many roles here, always with cheerful demeanor and kindness in her heart. On January 1, she will retire from her current position… Read more »

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Volunteer Spotlight: Betty Caricofe

As of this month, Betty Caricofe has lived in Bridgewater Village for six years. She and her husband, J.H., are great examples of people who have come “full circle” in life. Betty has spent the last two years volunteering as president of the BRC Village Residents Association. Some people like being in the background; not… Read more »

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Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Costillo

Madison Community Scholar As part of her scholastic experience at James Madison University, Maria Castillo was granted an “amazing opportunity!” when she was awarded a position as a Madison Community Scholar. Experience, scholarship, a bi-weekly leadership session, and opportunities to develop her resume as she moves toward graduation are just part of what she has… Read more »

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Custer Dining Room Re-opens

As November 12—the date set for the re-opening of BRC’s Custer Dining Room in its Houff Community Center—approached, anticipation built throughout the community. That Tuesday evening was cold and blustery, with a sharp wind bringing temperatures that would plummet into the teens later that night. Still, many guests from throughout the BRC Village braved the… Read more »

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Sometimes wellness involves screen time

Bridgewater’s Director of Well-Being & Engagement explains her holistic understanding of wellness BRC’s Independent Living team had a vision for BRC’s seniors, and it involved iPads. Laura Spicer was one of the first people called upon by Sarah Hagan, Vice President for Independent and Assisted Living, to help turn that vision into a reality. A… Read more »

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Bridgewater Assisted Living Gets New Energy

As residents, team members and visitors can attest, there have been many positive changes at Bridgewater Retirement Community over the years. The recent construction phase—which includes both improvements and new buildings—is winding down, and the results will yield dividends for current and new residents alike. One group that will soon see a noticeable change is… Read more »

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Volunteer Spotlight: Phyllis Arbogast

By Lev Norford “O Happy Day” is not just a frequent motto on Phyllis Arbogast’s lips. Those of us who know her, know she lives this motto, always looking for the best and working to recognize and make joy-filled moments for others. In November Phyllis will celebrate her four-year anniversary of living in Bridgewater Village,… Read more »

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