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When you step into the courtyard at The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPH), it’s like being transported to a quaint village. While cosmopolitan amenities of the city lay just outside these walls, inside there is a peaceful, easy feeling of comfort and community. Just like a village square, everything is centrally located inside PPH with convenient access to a bank, doctor’s office, five dining venues, a mini-mart, and state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with swimming pool. There’s even a bowling alley.

While you’ll find plenty to do, we’ve also mastered the art of not-doing. All around you’ll find an inviting Zen-like floral oasis with scenic walking paths that wind past lush landscaping, mature trees, a koi pond, a gazebo and dining patios where you can get equal parts sun and shade for quiet pursuits like reading and chatting with friends.

For the Love of Dogs

There are a multitude of studies about the benefits of owning a pet. For those who already own a pet, this is not a surprise. Below are a few of the many reasons to celebrate

Celebrating Juneteenth at PPH

History of Juneteenth By Kathy Andrews-Williams PPH resident Did you know that there's more than one Independence Day in the U.S.? In June, Americans observe Juneteenth, (blending “June” and “Nineteenth”) commemorating June 19, 1865, the

Paying tribute to the inspirational women of PPH

From left to right: Vice President of Human Resources Daphne Floyd, Vice President of Marketing & Communications Shannon Grieb, PPH Residents’ Association President Dr. Elaine C. Grose, Interim President & CEO Dr. Nancy Koury King,

Rightsize Your Life

Spring is right around the corner and is the perfect time to think about de-cluttering and simplifying your life. When people hear the term, “downsize”, it is usually met with resistance. Rightsizing is a better

NEW Year, Same YOU!

As the calendar year flips over to a new year, we are bombarded with ads and images of “NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!” The reality is, as the year changes, we’re the same “us.” People often

Staying Healthy this Fall!

PPH’s Infection Preventionist, Eileen Bratton, often meets with residents and staff to answer questions about the risk of becoming infected with Covid, the seasonal flu, or RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). Eileen Bratton, PPH's Infection

Simplify Your Life

There seems to be a holiday or observance for just about everything! From "talk like a pirate day" to "chocolate chip cookie day" -- you can usually find a day, week or month where there

Getting WiSE at PPH!

When you think about moving to a senior living community, the first thing that comes to mind is relaxing. Although this is true, many of our residents enjoy relaxation time, they also keep busy with

The Importance of Women’s History Month

The origins of Women's History Month began in 1911, during the first International Women's Day. Celebrated on March 8, International Women's Day is an annual celebration that recognizes the accomplishments of women, while also highlighting 

PPH Honors Black History Month

by PPH resident Carol Drummond The theme for this year's Black History Month is "Black Resistance", focusing on how African Americans, even though they have been oppressed in all facets of their lives, have risen

Happy National Activity Professionals Day!

National Activity Professionals Day, celebrated the fourth Friday in January, is the day to celebrate all activity coordinators and social care practitioners’ creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication to empowering care home residents across the country to

2022 Year in Review

It is hard to believe the year is coming to a close. This year has been full of fun and celebration. We have highlighted some of our favorite moments from 2022!   JANUARY: Happy New

How Do the Gardens Grow at PPH?

How Do the Gardens Grow at PPH? At PPH, gardening is a time of fellowship and sharing. (And of course, delicious eating, especially in the summer months!) Today a longtime resident gardener shares her favorite

Earth Day – What Does It Mean Today? 

In 1970, both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Earth Day were born thanks to Sen. Gaylord Nelson and President Richard Nixon. Now 52 yrs later, many world citizens are wondering if the world has

The Greenhouse Clippings

“I’m in love with plants!” That is Alpha Manor resident Sylvia’s instant response when asked why she volunteers in PPH’s greenhouse. Love of plants is certainly what brings PPH residents and outside volunteers to our

Life Lessons from PPH Centenarians

Life Lessons from Two Centenarian Residents at PPH Two PPH residents, Marcella Fellin and Cecelia Amato, have three things in common. They are close friends, they have celebrated their 100th birthdays, and they love their

The Art of Living at PPH

Ron Hugo and Harry Morrissy are two talented resident artists (and friends) that share a love for creating stained glass art and living at PPH. One of their favorite spots on campus? The Art Studio

Spots around PPH

At PPH, there are many spots — indoors and outdoors — you’ll find residents frequenting throughout the day. Some are great for socializing, some are suited for solitude, and others may offer a combination of

Best Netflix Shows About Retirement and Aging

As we all continue to hunker down at home, watching Netflix and other streaming services has helped lighten our mood. Here are some binge-worthy shows that showcase the amazing talents of actors, actresses and cooking

Top 10 Housewarming Gifts for New Residents

When new residents move into a retirement community, they’re usually trying to subtract possessions, not add them. Even if they’ve already drastically downsized, they may find themselves still paring down after they’ve moved in. As

Making the Most Out of Family Visits

In Pennsylvania, masks are now required to be worn whenever you leave your home.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health asks that we remember this saying, “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.” Besides being

What Personality Fits You Best?

The Research When you embark on a search for a Life Plan Community (formerly Continuing Care Retirement Community), you quickly discover many similarities. You compare the brochures and notice that most have a fitness program,

What Does Aging in Place Mean?

Aging in place is a broad term used to describe the idea of seniors living in the residence for as long as possible. The foremost goal of aging in place is to provide the services

PPh 6th Annual Wellness Symposium

Although there are specific months and days dedicated to health and fitness, at PPh the initiative is everyday year-round. On Friday March 31 PPh, with the help of some local partners reiterated that message at

2016 Bergdoll Society Dinner

The Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPh) hosted its 10th annual Bergdoll Society Dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in the PPh Social Hall. This year’s event was particularly special as PPh introduced a

Battling caregiver stress

Submitted by Carrie Gabryelewicz, Personal Care Social Worker at PPh The demands of being a caregiver can be very rewarding, however can quickly become overwhelming. Caregivers need to be mindful that they remain aware of

License and registration please…

 Submitted by Lisa Rubin-Wallack, Director of Social Services at PPh One of the first coming of age milestones is getting your driver’s license. At sixteen it signified freedom, first leap into adulthood, and may have

National Nutrition Month

Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds people to return to the basics of healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. Every year there is a new theme but the message never changes. The

Health Tip of the week

Check out Maureen's health tip this week on WBCB 1490 AM UpWords with Chris Ermer. Don't forget to tune in to WBCB every Wednesday at 10 AM for Sunshine Memories, airing right from our

Brain Fitness

For adults concerned that their cognitive abilities may fade as they age, there's some good news. Exciting findings reveal that engaging in deliberate “brain fitness” program can yield significant benefits – just like a daily

New Year’s Resolution

The most common New Year’s resolution for most people is improved health. We promise to seek better physical health by losing weight,eating a healthier diet, and exercising more. We commit to having enhanced mental and

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