October Newsletter

As COVID numbers rise throughout the country, we are thinking of you and hoping that you are safe and well.

Noble Horizons continues to be COVID-free despite the alarming increase in cases throughout the northwest corner.  We salute our dedicated team members and their unrelenting diligence and commitment to keeping Noble residents safe and COVID out.  You can learn more about their efforts by listening to Administrator Bill Pond's recent interview on WHDD, our region's local NPR station.

The last couple of weeks have been busy at Noble; our Halloween celebrations culminated with a festive costume parade throughout Wagner, Riga and Whitridge and four days later Bill commemorated National Candy Day with Milky Way bars for everyone!  We also hosted a Staff Recognition Day at which Noble team members were honored and thanked for their exceptional service during these unprecedented times.  As we move into flu season, almost 100% of the Noble team has winced through the pain of a flu shot while residents also bravely submit to the torment. Our hope is that next year we can count on COVID vaccinations along with the flu shot!

Please stay well and stay in touch with the latest news, stories and photos on our blog, Facebook and Instagram.

Medicare Part D Free Private Enrollment Assistance

On November 12, between 9:00 am to 4 pm, you can meet privately with a Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) Medicare professional either by phone or via Zoom.

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare encourages recipients to review their plans during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period (October 15-December 7, 2020). Not only do plans change every year, but individual needs can change as well. WCAAA private enrollment sessions help ensure that you enroll in the plan best suited to your needs. Please call 860-435-9851, ext. 190 for an appointment.

A Story of Grace and Resilience

When Eugenia Zuckerman, hailed by the Boston Globe as “an international triple threat...a published novelist, a television commentator and, most impressively, one of the finest flutists of our time," noticed increasing incidents of forgetfulness, she consulted her physician who confirmed a diagnosis of cognitive impairment that would worsen.

Vowing to live “privately and purposefully" with her diagnosis, she penned Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir of Coping with Forgetfulness, Confusion, and a Dreaded Diagnosis about which NPR host Christopher O'Riley wrote, "Never has a book made me want to laugh and cry in equal and empathetic measure."  Eugenia, accompanied by Elizabeth Smith-Boivi, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York, will share her heartbreaking and inspiring story on November 12 at 7 pm  Please click for a program Zoom link.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month: What's New in Diabetes?

For over a decade Noble Horizons has offered free Diabetes courses and workshops to help those with diabetes lead healthy lives.  Regrettably, COVID preempted our programming this year but we are pleased to report that one of our most popular speakers, endocrinologist Egils Bogdanovics, M.D., will present, "What's New in Diabetes?" on November 18, 6:30 - 8 pm via Zoom.

Dr. Bogdanovics will discuss new medications, advances in continuous glucose monitoring and the potential cardiovascular benefits of certain diabetes medications.  The virtual program is hosted by Hartford HealthCare.

"I Could Talk to the Walls," admits Cobble Resident Kay Carlucci

Cobble resident Kay Carlucci's insatiable curiosity and infectious spirit are magnets that made settling into Noble a snap.

After raising a family of five boys and one girl in a Bronx, NY apartment, Kay is used to being busy. “I join everything. I take every class I can. I went on shopping trips two to three times a week to get to know the area. Last week, I took a bus ride in the country. We were all socially distanced and wearing masks and it was wonderful to safely see the scenery.”  Even during COVID, Kay is discovering new ways to fulfill her indefatiguable curiosity and zest for life. Read more.

Special Community Event: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Noble Horizons, Scoville Library and the Salisbury Association, invite you to a special community event celebrating the work of our local heroes.

Most of us are unaware that the men and women who rush to our side in an emergency are rigorously trained volunteers who drop everything to help. When not responding to emergencies, they live their lives as teachers, local business owners, carpenters prepared at a moment's notice to respond to our needs, 24/7.

Award-winning filmaker and Salisbury resident, Anne Makepeace, poignantly captures the steadfast heart and dedication of these local volunteer heroes in Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a powerful short film, required viewing by every resident of our community. Join Makepeace and Executive Producer Mary Oppenheimer for a Zoom viewing of the film followed by a participatory panel discussion with some of the featured first responders, and learn how you too can make a difference.

Add These Free Programs to Your Calendar!

Please register for Zoom links and find a friend or family member to join you!

Noble Horizons weekly balance class, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am

Chair Yoga, Eleanor Miller of Yoga at Space, Fridays, 11 am-noon

Movement Classes with Suzanne Mazzarelli, Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 am

Hotchkiss Instructor Carita Gardiner, The Vanishing Half, November 11, 5-6 pm

Private Medicare Part D Enrollment, November 12, appointments, 9 am-4 pm

Renowned Flutist Eugenia Zuckerman: Living with Alzheimer's, November 12, 7-8 pm

What's New in Diabetes, Hartford HealthCare, Dr. Bogdanovich, November 18, 6:30-8 pm

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Film, November 19, 7-8 pm

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Lots of good news from Noble Horizons!  As of January 21, every person living or working at Noble is COVID-free, and 100% of Cobble, Wagner, Riga and Whitridge residents have been vaccinated!

Happy New Year! Like you, we were thrilled to see 2020 end and it was with extra exuberance that we welcomed 2021 with a New Year's Eve parade!  Accompanied by mimosas, residents cheered as staff members scattered bubbles and commemorated the opportunity for new beginnings.  We trust that you, too, were able to usher in hope and the possibility for better times ahead.

We're vaccinated!  The holiday season brought an extra-special gift to Noble Horizons residents and staff who on December 23 received their first of two COVID vaccinations!  Well over 100 vaccines were administered and nary a side effect was reported other than a few slightly sore arms.

The region's recent snowfall has created a magical panorama across Noble's campus. Views in every direction glisten in white and the Berkshire foothills are breathtaking.

Hope and relief abound at Noble in anticipation of Wednesday's administration of the COVID vaccine.  To learn more, please tune in to Bill Pond's Friday interview on the local NPR station.

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