July Newsletter Update

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National Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Week

While this is certainly a summer like no other, we hope you are finding ways to enjoy it. We are grateful to report that Noble Horizons remains COVID-free and we trust that you and yours are healthy and safe as well.

Life at Noble continues to be busy. Not only has a daily schedule of Zoom classes kept people engaged but activities like croquet, gardening, fishing, trail walks, exercise sessions, Country Store, shopping and more are providing delightful ways to pass the lazy days of summer. Families are taking advantage of our carefully constructed family visit center which ensures time together under the safest possible conditions. Cottagers are gathering in a socially distanced manner in their new gazebo and evenings offer entertainment thanks to the bewitching and dazzling new lighting on the Noble fountain pictured below.


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We bring to your attention a letter on the Noble Horizons website from Patrick Gilland, the President and CEO of Noble's parent company, CHI.  Should you be interested in studying the issue more closely, The Hotchkiss School has made us aware of a Zoom program on July 20 at 7 pm with the award-winning author of several best-sellers, including How to Be an Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi.

Another outstanding online resource is Anne Makepeace's powerful new film Neighbors Helping Neighbors (please click and scroll to view it) which recognizes the dedicated volunteer first responders throughout our community.  Noble Horizons proudly featured first responder profiles during May's National EMS Week, several of whom are included in the film which premiered this week to a drive-in crowd at the Sharon Playhouse. It is an inspiring tribute to remarkable people selflessly serving their communities 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.


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Meet Your Local Farmers

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For many years, Noble Horizons has drawn inspiration from the local farm to table movement.  In the early years, we hosted free community cooking classes with farm-to-table chefs and offered local farm produce for sale.  We also established our own gardens in which residents and staff grow herbs and vegetables which they harvest for use in meals they prepare together.

Every Friday, we will introduce you to local farms and farmers and community members who grow fresh, delicious food to nourish our bodies and our communities.  Click here to enjoy a brief video tour and story about Husky Meadows Farm. We hope you enjoy meeting them and will support local farms and farmers' markets by selecting products from their bounty for your table.


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Don't forget!

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

Studio Lakeville Senior Workout class, Wednesdays 1-1:30 pm

Yoga for Everyone!  Friday, 10:00-10:30 am

Mary O'Neil, Ph.D., Life as a Stoic During COVID, July 23, 30 10:30-11:30 am

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While COVID continues to be the backdrop this fall, the season's pageantry of spectacular foliage has provided a magnificent counterpoint to the pandemic.  Whether enjoying trails like the one pictured above or the mesmerizing views out every window, we are savoring the panoramic brilliance unfurling daily across the Noble campus.

We hope you are well and enjoying this spectacular fall.  The Noble campus is awash in neon yellow, crimson red and eye-popping orange and the views beyond are breathtaking.  Thanks to the warm, sunny weather, activities continue throughout campus, including outdoor family visits.  Indoor family visits are also taking place thanks to DPH policy changes.

As signs of fall emerge, we are happy to report that Noble Horizons remains 100% Covid-free.  Every team member has twice tested negative for the virus and all living at Noble continue to be healthy.  Like you, we had hoped that Covid challenges would not persist as they have but we are humbled by the sacrifices, commitment and hard work of so many who have kept Noble Horizons safe, vibrant and flourishing.

Salisbury temperatures will be dipping to 35 this weekend, a stark reminder that fall arrives on Tuesday. Fortunately, the days remain warm enough to enjoy weekly barbeques, outdoor family visits, golf cart rides, fishing, courtyard activities and bounteous harvests from the Noble gardens.  In fact, most of our barbeques feature vegetables and herbs picked just moments before they are served.

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