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Cinco de Mayo Celebration

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo (May 5) has come to represent the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In appreciation of this culture, residents of The Village at Duxbury, searched their closets and homes for culturally significant items, such as clothing and maracas and joined one another for a lighthearted evening celebration. Chef Nancy Doran prepared enticing Mexican-American cuisine. 

The Cinco de Mayo Celebration at The Village was a big hit. Friends who gathered to celebrate the event, included (L to R): Joan Pisarra, Janis Bigelow, Dotsie Davis and Lynda Dickerson.
The Cinco de Mayo Celebration at The Village was a big hit. Friends who gathered to celebrate the event, included (L to R): Joan Pisarra, Janis Bigelow, Dotsie Davis and Lynda Dickerson.
Skip and Lynda Dickerson of The Village at Duxbury enjoy the retirement community’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Skip and Lynda Dickerson of The Village at Duxbury enjoy the retirement community’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Village at Duxbury residents Shirley Maccormack and Gen Booth enjoyed the community’s festivities on May 5.
Village at Duxbury residents Shirley Maccormack and Gen Booth enjoyed the community’s festivities on May 5.
Village at Duxbury resident Janice Birdsall shares the evening's offerings with friends.
Village at Duxbury resident Janice Birdsall shares the evening’s offerings with friends.

2016 Duxbury Volunteer Awards

The Duxbury Community Volunteer Award celebrates the spirit of civic responsibility through community service by honoring exemplary Duxbury citizens whose voluntary contributions of time and talent have made a positive impact on the quality of life in our town.

Nominate a worthy volunteer. Click here to download the Duxbury Community Volunteer Awards Nomination Form for the Annual Program, held each year at The Village at Duxbury.

Village at Duxbury Resident Elaine Guilfoyle

Meet Your Village Neighbor
Elaine Guilfoyle

Moved to The Village at Duxbury: August, 2015
Moved From: Duxbury, Massachusetts

Elaine Guilfoyle moved from Long Island to Duxbury about 20 years ago to be closer to her grandchildren when they were young. After two decades in a town she now calls home, Elaine didn’t want her decision to downsize to mean uprooting herself again. “I wasn’t ready to start my whole life over,” she says.

The Village at Duxbury was the ideal solution. “Everything is here — my family, my church, my work, my doctor. It wouldn’t make sense to leave Duxbury. The Village is the nicest independent living community and it offers the best amenities.”

It hasn’t taken her any time at all to feel at home in her modern, one-bedroom Alden apartment at The Village at Duxbury. It’s much roomier than I anticipated. I could have brought more,” she says, noting features such as the ample closet space, large refrigerator, and plenty of counter space. Elaine, who enjoys cooking and gardening, adds, “I look forward to entertaining here, and to gardening in one of the raised garden beds in the spring.”

For Elaine, moving to The Village at Duxbury was the right choice. “I don’t miss my house. This is my home,” she says.

The Village is a Gardener’s Paradise

Many considerations go into choosing a new home. When you love gardening as much as Clif Cullenberg – a little land, a lot of sunshine, and good soil are definitely on the list. “The availability of a garden plot is one of the things that brought me to The Village at Duxbury,” Clif says. “And discovering and revitalizing the greenhouse was a bonus.” Village residents who share this passion are welcome to do whatever they wish with the community’s 5-foot by 10-foot garden plots. Some opt to grow vegetables, some prefer flowers. According to Clif, “Every plot is as individual as the person who creates and tends it. Gardening is a great way to use your imagination.” Fellow Village resident, Carol Loring, does wonders to keep the garden plots thriving, notes Clif.

Gardening is also a great way to improve physical and mental well-being. Research has shown that gardening burns calories, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and has a positive effect on mood. This growing season at The Village featured tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, herbs and more, along with a colorful array of annuals. Cliff says, “It’s nice to look at what other people are doing with their plots. The garden is a pleasant place to hang out.” He also enjoys growing “anything I can get my hands on,” and says, “I keep my fingernails dirty most of the summer!”

Resident Clif Culenberg in the garden at The Village at Duxbury
Resident Clif Culenberg in the garden at The Village at Duxbury
Roses in the Village garden
Roses in the Village garden
Beautiful flowers in the Village garden
Beautiful flowers in the Village garden
Resident Clif Cullenberg also enjoys The Village greenhouse
Resident Clif Cullenberg also enjoys The Village greenhouse
Hank Phillippi Ryan Poses with a Resident at The Village at Duxbury

Mystery Writer Hank Phillippi Ryan Thrills at The Village at Duxbury

Village at Duxbury residents were thrilled to meet award-winning mystery writer and investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate, Hank Phillippi Ryan. Ryan made a presentation recently at the senior living community, sharing with a crowd of over 100 where she finds her inspiration and providing autographed copies of several of her books, including Truth Be Told, The Wrong Girl and The Other Woman. The Village at Duxbury is managed by Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group, a leader in senior housing and services on the South Shore. For the event, the Welch Group community partnered with Duxbury’s Westwinds Bookshop.

Hank Phillippi Ryan Poses with a Resident at The Village at Duxbury
Mystery novelist Hank Phillippi Ryan poses with Village at Duxbury resident Skip Dickerson, holding his copy of Truth Be Told, who along with his wife Lynda (not shown) moved to the senior living community in 2010.
Criminal fiction author Hank Phillippi Ryan greets Village at Duxbury resident.
Award-winning author of crime fiction, Hank Phllippi Ryan greets Village at Duxbury resident Annette Lintz, who is also a fan.
Mystery writer Hank Phillippi Ryan visits the Village at Duxbury.
Mystery writer Hank Phillippi Ryan (center), featured presenter at the senior living community, The Village at Duxbury, is featured with Brooke McDonough (left) and Janice Linehan (right), both of Westwinds.

Adding a Little Zest to Pub Night

Pub Night at The Village at Duxbury made its debut in the fall of 2012 when Village residents sought an indoor alternative to the ever-popular summer Patio Night. When enthusiasm for the event seemed to be dwindling, residents Lynda and Skip Dickerson offered to help spice things up.

Lynda says, “We met with the dining room manager and the chef, and developed a brand new, extensive menu.” Pub Night fare now features mussels, shrimp cocktail, Black Angus burgers, steak tips, salads, sweet potato fries, pizza specials, seasonal drinks and more — not to mention the company of friends.

Dining Room Manager Peter Mota also upgraded the look and feel of Pub Night, saying, “I wanted to create a relaxed, casual and fun experience with a sophisticated pub feel, an amazing pub-styled menu, themed drinks, pub-style seating, good lighting and soft jazz.” Lynda notes, “We accomplished our goal. There must have been at least 50 people there on Monday.”

PHOTO: Village residents enjoy gathering for Pub Night. Featured left to right are: Skip Dickerson, Nancy Cudlipp, Janis Bigelow, David Cudlipp, Lynda Dickerson and Bill Bigelow.

The Village at Duxbury Puts Weather Station on The Map

The Village at Duxbury residents recently opened a campus weather station linked to the online commercial site Weather Underground. Meteorological data taken at the Duxbury campus is automatically submitted to the website and is accessible online from any digital device.

Visitors to the Weather Underground website can learn current local weather conditions including air temperature, dew point, humidity, pressure, precipitation, UV rating, and wind speed and direction. Past data shows highs, lows, and averages for most measures.

Residents took the initiative in obtaining and installing the weather station on The Village at Duxbury campus. A display monitor is located by the concierge desk in the main lobby and informational materials are available detailing weather station features and how to access the website.

Weather Underground began in 1993 and has more than 70,000 weather stations around the world providing real-time information. The site has more than 42,000 stations in the United States including more than 16,000 personal weather stations, as well as stations maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Site visitors can also access forecasts generated by the National Weather Service.

To learn more about The Village at Duxbury, please call 781-585-2334 or email info@villageatduxbury.com.

strawberry plant

Gardeners Choose Homegrown for Healthy Living

That first bite into a sweet, juicy strawberry. The snap of a plump pea pod freshly plucked off the vine. Nothing tastes quite as satisfying as fresh-picked fruits and vegetables from your own carefully tended garden. The gentle aches in muscles and joints, the hours of weeding and watering, all pay off handsomely in exceptionally flavorful and nutritious additions to your table. The Village at Duxbury garden The National Institutes of Health recommends a well-balanced diet at any age, but stresses the role of good nutrition for aging adults to manage weight, support brain health, and reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis and some cancers. Essential nutrients boost immunity and energy level. Fiber from raw fruits and vegetables supports good digestion. Fresh herbs and spices add flavor without salt, especially important for the declining sensitivity of aging taste buds. herb garden at The Village at Duxbury Experts agree that the less time between the vine and the table, the higher the nutritional value. Garden plots and the greenhouse at The Village at Duxbury provide residents an outlet for their horticultural pursuits and an opportunity to enhance their diet with the freshest produce possible. Their homegrown harvest adds spice to mealtimes and sweetens healthy snacks throughout the day. Resident waters plants Gardeners benefit far beyond nature’s bounty. Tending a garden supports healthy living through patience and persistence, low-impact exercise and a sense of accomplishment. The fruits of their labor merely make living healthy that much more rewarding.

To learn more about healthy living at The Village at Duxbury, please call 781-585-2334 or email info@villageatduxbury.com.

Senior water aerobics class

Active Lifestyle Promotes Healthy Living

Research has shown that regular physical activity is important for improving health at any age. Even those living with chronic health conditions can improve quality of life and reduce risk of developing new conditions by regularly engaging in physical activity. The experts add that activity need not mean exercise: the goal is to get moving. Increasing the heart rate and adding resistance creates opportunities for aerobic activity and/or muscle-strengthening.

active seniors

According to the Department of Health & Human Services’ 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, regular physical activity is associated with improved balance and strength, reduced risk of certain cancers, improved emotional status, reduced blood pressure and stroke risk, increased bone density, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, and improved sleep. A National Institutes of Health-sponsored Diabetes Prevention Program demonstrated a 71% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in patients over age 60 at high risk for the disease simply by adopting a moderate exercise routine coupled with a low-fat diet. Adults with osteoarthritis have reported lessened pain and increased physical function as a result of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that not exercising can aggravate joint pain and stiffness.

resident gardening

As we age, the pace or intensity of daily activity may lessen, but by engaging in regular activity – such as walking, swimming, gardening, or even walking the dog or carrying groceries – we can improve our overall health. The Village at Duxbury’s Keep on Moving initiative encourages community members to exercise every day. The community’s 38-acre campus is the ideal setting for seniors looking to establish or maintain an active lifestyle:

  • Beautifully landscaped grounds offer the perfect backdrop for daily walks.
  • Traditional scheduled exercise classes in our aerobics room accommodate a variety of ability levels with low impact aerobics, balance classes, seated chair exercises, and other group classes.
  • Water aerobics and lap swimming in our 18’ x 38’ heated indoor pool are great low impact options for staying active.
  • Basketball practice offers an outlet for those with a competitive bent.
  • Our gym features state-of-the-art exercise equipment specifically designed to reduce the impact on joints.
  • Residents work with certified personal trainers provide residents with personalized strength training programs.
  • Our greenhouse and garden plots offer opportunities for residents who enjoy gardening, regardless of whether or not they have a green thumb.

The Centers for Disease Control advises that any physical activity is an improvement over remaining sedentary. Just a few minutes a day can make a difference. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to consult with a physician prior to starting or expanding an exercise regimen.

To learn more about The Village at Duxbury’s Keep on Moving initiative or opportunities for healthy living, please call 781-585-2334 or email info@villageatduxbury.com.