Category Archives: Senior Living Resources

At the Ballet Barre

The Village at Duxbury’s latest fitness offering is a ballet class for the novice. Instructor Karen Alexander, who teaches a class in Nia, a form of martial arts that incorporates dance and mindfulness, has had her own dance studio for over a decade. The Village beginner’s ballet class incorporates stretching, balance, and traditional ballet movements, including tendu and plié, with exercise for the core. No ballet experience necessary to participate or to enjoy! Class meets every Wednesday at 12:45 pm in the Fitness Center.


Ballet teacher Karen Alexander leads Village at Duxbury resident Nancy Cudlipp in an exercise.


Village at Duxbury resident  Elaine Guilfoyle takes position in the newly offered Ballet Class.


Instructor Karen Alexander demonstrates a barre stretch during class.


Village resident Nancy Cudlipp beams as she demonstrates a ballet position.

High Tea Service at The Village at Duxbury

Residents of the independent living community recently enjoyed an elegant High Tea. High Tea is typically served in the late afternoon or early evening with a tasty sandwich and other gourmet delights.


Village at Duxbury Resident Services Coordinator Elizabeth Dondero serves tea to Village at Duxbury resident Freja Wagner at the senior retirement community’s recent event.


A beautiful china teacup is part of The Village’s well received High Tea.

Village at Duxbury resident Dot Baker is obviously delighted to be in attendance at the sumptuous High Tea.

Watercolor Class!

A weekly morning watercolor class is but one of the delightful offerings The Village at Duxbury makes available to residents of the senior living community. Every Thursday instructor Mary LoPiccolo assists Village residents as they set up for a morning of work in the community’s Art Studio.


Here, instructor Mary LoPiccolo can be seen discussing color choices for the painting resident Mary Salter is placing the finishing touches on.


A close-up of the painting that Village at Duxbury resident Mary Salter is working on.


Mary LoPiccolo shares a moment with resident Margaret Rhoads as she begins work on her watercolor painting.


 A close-up of Village at Duxbury resident Margaret Rhoads’ hand as she makes a brushstroke.

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

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