Message from Administrator, Bill Pond; Embracing Aging; Reflections from the Pandemic

1972-2022: Noble Horizons is 50!

In October 1971, ground was broken on Noble Horizons, made possible by the John H. and Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust which was established to "provide places of abode for aged couples or individuals so they could live their lives out in pleasant, homelike surroundings."

50 years!  How did this happen? 

Despite all of the health care challenges these days, it’s so important to keep things in their proper perspective.  As difficult as these past two years have been, I embrace the opportunity to reflect on all that is positive and exciting.  This is a big year for Noble Horizons. January 1st, 2022 marked the beginning of our 50th-anniversary year. 

For 50 years, Noble Horizons has offered exceptional care, a dynamic lifestyle, and holistic attention to the needs of our residents amidst the peace, beauty, and tranquility of our pristine 110-acre campus. Especially during these trying times, it is inspiring to ponder the journey we have made and the great promise of our next 50 years.  

My time here has been relatively brief but I vividly remember my first days at Noble. I had been working in senior living since the mid-1980’s, but had never encountered a community like Noble Horizons. I was overwhelmed by the spectacular setting, the staff's dedication and commitment to the highest standards, and the pride they felt as members of the Noble team.  I was so excited to be a small part of it.  My predecessor, Eileen Mulligan, deserves all of the credit as her vision became the reality that we celebrate today.   

We enter our 50th year with new initiatives and excitement for future opportunities.  I look forward to beginning the next 50 years together, stronger, ambitious, respectful, and mindful of what has brought us to this point! 

Gratefully,

Bill Pond,  Administrator

Update

For the last 22 months, Noble has deployed extensive and proactive measures to keep residents safe throughout the pandemic.  During our regular resident screening last Friday, we detected Omicron in a resident.  The resident is asymptomatic and feeling well. Administrator, Bill Pond, reported the following, 

“We have sustained our first case and are actively ensuring we do everything to mitigate the potential spread.  We are in constant contact with DPH for guidance on how we proceed. There are no apparent clinical symptoms affecting other residents currently.  The case identified was as a result of our standard testing procedure.”  Visitors remain welcome.  Should additional cases develop, we will certainly let you know.  

Love Too Can Spread

Capturing the strange and surreal times of the pandemic, “Love Too Can Spread” tells the stories of how we filled our days when nothing was as it had been before. This collection, both serious and light-hearted, ruminates on everything from grocery shopping to grief to never-ending challenges with Zoom, revealing what truly matters when so much else falls away.

Ari is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and the author of three books. He offers workshops and programs throughout the world and has been invited to speak at universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. More information and a Zoom link.

Dear Old Friends!
On January 29 at 11 am, local author Jim Flaherty will host an entertaining conversation about his third and most recent book, Dear Old Friends.  Part memoir and part how-to-embrace-the-aging-process, Dear Old Friends offers nuggets of joy and wisdom, as well as lively, humorous anecdotes from people like the Canadian Hume Cronin and his wife Jessica Tandy about making the most of one's later years.
For decades, Flaherty was a Creative Director at major global advertising agencies but later switched careers to become the owner and innkeeper of Troutbeck, the renowned 250-acre estate and hotel in Amenia, NY where he established a reputation for exemplary hospitality. Registration and a Zoom link.

 

Before You Go!

On January 12 at 7 pm, author Tom Morrison and former Emmy Award-winning television reporter and producer Bill Littauer will discuss Morrison's hilarious new book, Torts are U$, and the uproarious shenanigans of two brothers and lawyers willing to stop at nothing to achieve fame and fortune! Read Morrison's interview with The New York Post, and find a Zoom link here for this hilarious program, co-sponsored with Scoville Library.

Don't let winter's frigid cold and ice prevent you from staying active!  Kaitlyn Duerr, Noble's long-time physical therapist, returns from maternity leave on January 12 to resume Wednesday's 10:30-11:30 am free weekly Balance class; the Zoom link is here.

Additional options include: Suzanne Mazzarelli's Thursday 10:30-11:30 am Therapeutic Movement and Breathing class (info here) and Eleanor Miller's free weekly chair yoga class at 11 am.  Stay safe, healthy and fit!

-If you missed Mark Oppenheimer's terrific program last week, you may view his engaging and highly informative presentation here.

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