https://rolandparkplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/baltfall.png 247 480 Eleanor Weir https://rolandparkplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/logo-2021.png Eleanor Weir2021-10-15 14:57:452023-01-26 16:06:04Fall Adventures in Baltimore
Don’t let the cold air and shorter days stop you from exploring the best parts of Baltimore this fall! Here are three activities that are guaranteed to be a highlight this season. Baltimore’s homegrown jewelry maker and designer, Betty Cooke, has an exhibit at The Walters Art Museum. Her pieces are wearable art that residents love to wear to celebrations or to an elegant dinner in the Landing. Just a quick drive from RPP, the Walters is free for all and features art from ancient Egypt to nineteenth century Europe. Bring the whole family for an afternoon out to the museum. Gourmands can feast at The Food Market on Hampden’s 36th street. Their fall menu features pumpkin throughout with an array of seafood and meat. Going out with a group of friends with very specific tastes? The Food Market has gluten-free and vegetarian options filled with flavors from around the world. The lobster mac and cheese is a must have. Make a reservation, this spot fills up fast! Need to escape to nature? Druid Hill Park is home to The Maryland Zoo and great walking trails, however, the jewel is The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On a chilly day the Conservatory is warm and full of blooming plants. Each room transport you to another country from deserts to tropical rain forests. Halloween lovers can take a tour of their carnivorous plant display with a curator. RPP offers trips around and outside Baltimore for residents. We are only half way through the month and residents have tasted wine at a vineyard, listened to live music at the BSO, and visited three different art museums.
https://rolandparkplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/9.30blog.jpg 243 431 Eleanor Weir https://rolandparkplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/logo-2021.png Eleanor Weir2021-09-30 17:26:282023-01-26 16:04:28Beginning Your Downsizing Journey
Overwhelmed on how to downsize your home? Don’t let procrastination get in your way. Here are three techniques to start your downsizing journey.
- Read a BookIf the thought of donating one possession makes your skin crawl, start with reading a book about downsizing and decluttering. Finding other’s philosophies on how to downsize will help you develop your own. One of the most famous decluttering gurus, Marie Kondo, has a simple philosophy of keeping only that sparks joy. Downsizing books can also guide you to what to do with the items you are no longer going to keep. When you find your downsizing philosophy, you will be able to create a plan to tackle each room. Each downsizing author has special tips and tricks that you can cherry pick to fit your situation best. Thinking of giving your wedding china to your family? Author and blogger Elizabeth Steward knows the difficulties of giving family members your special items you won’t be taking with you. In No Thanks Mom: The Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do NOT Want (and what to do with them), Stewart outlines how to pass on your valuables to those who will appreciate them.
- Go through one small area a dayAre you a person of action? Start with one small thing to downsize. It can be your shoe collection and you get rid of the dress shoes that always hurt your feet and the sneakers that are falling apart. Maybe its a kitchen drawer full of five different wooden spoons. Keep one (and a spare if you’re passionate about cooking). Everyone has the dreaded junk drawer full of random bits and bobs. Spoiler alert, most of it is junk that needs to be thrown away. If you start with one collection, one drawer, one closet a day, then in a few weeks you will have gone through your whole house. On a good day maybe you will get bit by the downsizing bug and do a whole room!
- Hire professionalsWhen you are still overwhelmed and have managed only a tiny pile of donations, it is time to bring in the experts. RPP loves working with Abilities Network and Senior Move Management. More than just downsizing, they offer amazing moving services including floor plans and organizing. Moving is always stressful, having professionals help makes the journey more exciting and less daunting.
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We have a two bedroom apartment in our Grand Expansion all set up waiting for you to visit. This unit is on the first floor facing into the courtyard, perfect for dog owners. There are units on all floors available to buy with views facing into the courtyard or the cityscape.
Open Concept Kitchen, Dining, and Living
Spacious Living Room
Main Bedroom fits a King size bed
Tons of Storage in the Bathroom
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Your physical health is just the beginning when it comes to wellness. At Roland Park Place, we focus on six elements of wellness.
EmotionalMany activities and programs we plan for our residents cover more than one element, such as our weekly meditation class.
Kathy, our meditation and yoga instructor, guides the participants through 45 minutes of breath work and visualization to calm their minds. The effect is immediate! Our residents leave the class feeling centered and calm. This practice helps residents support their spiritual, intellectual, and physical wellness. Meditation is especially impactful for seniors because it preserves the brain’s gray matter and reduces inflammation.
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RPP President, Sam Guedouar, is featured as the face of metropolitan senior living in this month’s issue of Baltimore Magazine. From Baltimore Magazine When Sam Guedouar took leadership of Roland Park Place, he brought lots of relevant experience, having managed luxury hotels such as Westin, W Hotels, and Marriott for 20 years. “I figured if I could make a difference for hotel guests by providing exceptional hospitality for one or two nights, I can make a difference in residents’ lives by providing the unparalleled services and amenities that luxury hotels offer.” Roland Park Place offers independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, and private suites for memory care, long-term care, and short-term rehab, as well as providing trips, lectures, wellness, entertainment, and dining experiences. “We are passionate about reaching our residents on a personal level,” says Guedouar, who holds advanced degrees in hospitality and healthcare administration. “Everything we do is focused on the unique needs of residents.”
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What’s open 24/7 and has over two thousand books? The Roland Park Library! To keep the library running smoothly, the Library Working Group works seven days a week cataloging, record keeping, and shelving. Made up of seven Roland Park Place residents and headed by Mrs. McCarthy, residents have access to the newest bestsellers, biographies, literature, and more. The group orders four books twice a month then catalogues and processes the books. While mystery and biography are the most popular, residents can request books to be added to the library. To keep the library in tip-top shape, each member has a weekday assigned to them when they organize the shelves and keep track of the returns and checkouts. The library is popular during the night as residents love to borrow a book to read before bed.
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At Roland Park Place, we nurture life-long passions and budding hobbies. Gardening is such a popular past-time that plants can be seen throughout and around the building. We are home to so many talented gardeners that we added more raised gardening plots in April. A month later, some of the plots are over flowing with spring blooms! Residents love using the raised plots because the height reduces bending over thereby easing the strain on the back and joints. Thank you to our gardening residents who add beauty to our community.
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Roland Park Place was blessed with a beautiful day to hold our Flower Market. Residents chose from a wide array of flowers to be potted in flower boxes and hanging pots. Volunteers assisted in potting the plants and delivering the flowers to the residents’ homes. Everyone enjoyed a day of flowers, friends, and sunny skies.
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With 100% of Residents vaccinated, trips and outings are starting to increase. Today, we continued our weekly trip to Giant so Residents could stock up on food and home goods. Flowers were a popular buy this trip. Our other favorite grocery stores in the area are Trader Joe’s and Eddies. This May is full of cultural outings. The warm weather means day trips to Hillwood and Winterthur to view their lush gardens. For those who wish to enjoy history and the outdoors, there is a trip to Historic St. Mary’s City that features a tour. Our artistic community is excited to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art to view works by artists such as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol. Our 2021 summer will be full of fun exploration.
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At Roland Park Place many residents find that with all of the transportation available including medical appointments and scheduled trips, there just isn’t a good reason to keep up the expenses associated with maintaining and insuring a vehicle. If and when that decision is made, it’s a great way to turn your vehicle into a tax deductible donation to Roland Park Place. We’ll take care of everything!