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Getting WiSE at PPH!

Posted on: Jun 05, 2023

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 a variety of continuing education opportunities.

Led by PPH Volunteer Coordinator (and resident), Carol Cherrington, PPH has been offering WiSE classes (Wisdom in Senior Education) for many years. Typically taught by other residents or staff members, the subjects vary depending on interest. This semester alone there was: iPhone 101, Line Dancing, Book Club, Who Am I, The Life We Lead and Spiritual Quotes.

Residents enjoy learning something new and spending time with friends and neighbors. Studies show that learning something new as you age increases brain health. When you are learning, important changes take place in your brain, including the creation of new connections between your neurons. This phenomenon is called neuroplasticity. The more you practice, the stronger these connections become.

The WiSE classes at PPH are a nice addition to the many fitness classes, spiritual opportunities, musical performances, lectures, and social gatherings. PPH Wellness Center Director Maureen Solomon emphasizes the importance of bonding during shared experiences. “It is amazing to me how wellness has the ability to bring people together. I see a group that works out together suddenly having dinner together, playing cards together, creating lasting friendships.”

You can see a sampling of our learning opportunities by clicking here for our latest activity calendar. If you are interested in learning more about living at PPH, click here. If you are interested in an employment opportunity, click here. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at PPH, click here.

We hope to see you around our campus soon!

What Residents Say

"In my nine years at PPH, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPH Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPH while experiencing the offers here.…especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPH, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of resident Bernice Segal

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