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Convenience at Your Fingertips: Pennswood’s Touchtown Community App

You’ve heard the saying, “There’s an app for that.” In this digital age, users of Apple and Android smartphones can collectively download more than 4 million apps to their devices. In early February, Pennswood Village introduced its own app to help residents stay fully engaged with the community’s services and programs.

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Move to the Beat: Drums Alive Program Comes to Pennswood Village

Drums Alive, a unique music-based exercise program, has come to Pennswood Village! The program has gained popularity around the world because it’s not only fun and energetic, but also has a long list of potential health benefits for both the body and mind. During the program, each participant has a stability ball, a riser to hold the ball and a set of drumsticks. The instructor teaches a few moves, then the music starts playing. For the next 45 minutes, participants drum along together, dancing and enjoying the collective sounds!

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Pennswood Newcomers Club: Exploring Your New Community Lifestyle

Your first day at a retirement community is exciting, nerve-wracking and full of new things. Maybe you’re not sure where to grab a bite to eat, how to get to the pool, or how to get involved in an activity. There are so many new places to see and people to meet, and you may not be sure of just where to start.

That’s where the Pennswood Village Newcomers Club comes in—a club dedicated to helping new Pennswood residents become acclimated with the many opportunities available. The Club, which first started in November of 2016, helps new residents get oriented to the Pennswood community. The Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, with a mix of new, newer, and “veteran” residents attending.

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Film Festival Celebrates the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The residents at Pennswood Village recently held a film festival that spanned several nights to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Timed to be viewed around his birthday, the film festival showcased three films that explored King’s life or other themes in the fight for racial equality. The films acted as a catalyst, sparking conversations among residents about race issues and potential ways to become allies in the struggle to live up to our nation’s ideals of justice for all.

Pennswood Village residents are proud advocates of racial equality, with several different committees dedicated to peace, equality, and social justice. The event was organized by residents on the Peace and Social Justice Committee and the Quakerism Committee, two groups that work for peace and equality in all capacities.

“He’s such a role model for the struggle for equality,” says Lynne Waymon, Chairperson for the Peace and Social Justice Committee, regarding Dr. King. “He had much to teach us about non-violence, the civil rights movement and how we can advocate for the civil rights of all.  The small group discussions in the Café after each film are such a good way to get to know fellow residents and talk about how we can turn concern into action and live up to the values we espouse.   

“Notes from the Field”

The first movie, “Notes from the Field,” was shown on January 16, a few days before Dr. King’s birthday. It is a startling film that introduces 18 different characters – all played by Anna Deavere Smith. Each character is a person who has in some way been touched by America’s school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes underprivileged, minority youth out of the classroom and into incarceration (source), such as a guard, an inmate, a family member, an educator and a politician, among others.

The film was originally produced as a stage performance, and then it was translated into film to reach a wider audience. Released just last year, the film offers a very relevant perspective on mass incarceration. Following the showing, residents who watched the film gathered in the café to share their reactions and reflections with one another.

“King in the Wilderness”

On January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, residents gathered to watch the second of the three films, “King in the Wilderness.” This film, also released just last year, focused on the last 18 months of Dr. King’s life. It features never-before-seen footage of King and people who were close to him throughout his life. The film is a historical presentation of how he refused to back away from civil rights challenges, despite the pressure from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Instead, Dr. King focused on opposition efforts of the Vietnam War and economic inequality. Following this film, residents also gathered to hold a discussion about their personal takeaways.

“The Passion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Dr. Peniel E Joseph

The final film, “The Passion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: How the King assassination continues to shape American democracy,” was shown on January 23. The film is a lecture by Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin, and award-winning author and scholar. As the name suggests, Joseph explores how King’s assassination still plays a part in shaping American politics and how it affects racial inequality today. Joseph’s work focuses on the Black Power Movement, as well as the Civil Rights Movement, and he has written several books on the subject.

This film festival is just one of many examples of how Pennswood residents celebrate diversity and fight for social justice. To learn more about life at Pennswood Village, give us a call at 215-504-1118, or visit us online here to request your free information kit!

Sharing Travel Adventures at Pennswood Village

When David Swain and his wife, Caroline, moved to Pennswood Village about 10 years ago, they were excited to begin their active community lifestyle. They explored many of the resident organizations and events, but found none that revolved around one of their favorite passions: traveling. That’s when the two decided to start a group, now known as the Sharing Travel Adventures group, where residents can share their travel adventures with one another.

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Holiday Festivities at Pennswood Village

The holidays at Pennswood are full of activities and events celebrating the season! Families and friends gather to share their traditions, and because Pennswood residents come from a multitude of backgrounds and cultures, there is a variety of activities and events in which to participate.

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The Social Justice Committee at Pennswood Hosts Poverty Simulation

“This welfare simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth that ‘people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!’”  – past participant in a previous simulation – Pennswood Village Press Release

The social justice committee at Pennswood Village partnered with the Bucks County Opportunity Council to host a poverty simulation. The social justice committee, a wholly resident-run committee, is active within Pennswood and also in greater Bucks County. The simulation was designed to give people a better understanding of the challenges of living in poverty. Read the full article »

A New Addition to Wellness at Pennswood Village: A Recumbent Tricycle

Despite having a low profile, Pennswood’s latest ‘resident’ has been getting around quite a bit since arriving recently, and has even attracted a small but growing fan club.

That ‘resident’ is a three-wheeled recumbent tricycle.

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Meet Bernice King, Chair of the Pennswood Art Gallery Committee

Ten years ago, the Pennswood Art Gallery was in trouble. When the world of art gallery curation shifted online, the committee of residents managing Pennswood Village’s main gallery experienced challenges in sourcing artists to exhibit there. As artists’ portfolios went digital, the committee could no longer travel to meet with local artists at their studios. This left the Pennswood Art Gallery on the brink of closure.

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Friendly neighbors: Fostering intergenerational connections at Pennswood Village

At Pennswood Village, making friends has no limits. Residents from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all cultures create a unique community of individuals. As part of Pennswood Village’s steadfast encouragement of lifelong growth, the community offers programs focused on creating intergenerational connections. Programs like these, which bring older adults and children together, have been shown to have research-backed benefits for all who participate.

children from the Friends School

With its proximity to the Newtown Friends School, Pennswood residents connect with schoolchildren on a regular basis. Each week during the school year, Pennswood residents such as Sallie H. and Amelia M. meet with a wide range of students at the school to share stories and participate in activities. It’s truly an all-ages experience. As our residents will tell you, it’s up for debate who learns more from whom! Read the full article »

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