World Renowned Flutist/CBS Arts Correspondent, Medicare Help, New Classes

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.

Administrator Bill Pond and the nursing team are closely tracking the rising number of COVID of cases in CT and are continually adjusting protocols to keep it out of Noble Horizons.  As the flu season looms, we are practicing extra vigilance.  Flu shots will be administered in the coming weeks to all who live and work at Noble; we hope you will consider doing the same to remain healthy and safe.

Thank you for paving the way to a new Noble van!  We hope you feel a surge of pride when you see it traveling the local roads; the generosity of Noble families, residents and friends made it possible.  Noble Horizons' free transportation is a unique and invaluable amenity that we are proud to offer; as one resident reflected, "I don't know what I would do without it."  We expect delivery in the next couple of weeks and look forward to sharing pictures with you!

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

Therapeutic Movement with Suzanne Mazzarelli 

Noble Horizons is thrilled to partner with Scoville Library to bring you weekly movement classes with Suzanne Mazzarelli, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, MSW. The free classes will begin Friday, October 29 and meet via Zoom from 10:30-11:30 am. Suzanne's class offers a sampler of gentle somatic movement, Yoga, and Qi Gong for which no experience is necessary and which is easily adaptable for people of all ages and ability levels.

Among the benefits are increased mindfulness, reduced anxiety and stress, and improved balance and memory.  Suzanne teaches throughout southern Berkshire County and NW Connecticut, specializing in work with seniors and those who experience chronic pain. Zoom link.

"I Do What I Do Because I Love It"

Asked why she chose to become a nurse, Riga and Whitridge Nurse manager Jessica Boardman, R.N. doesn't hesitate, "I like to help people."  Jessica's passion for helping manifested early, when as a young volunteer she joined the Dover Plains volunteer ambulance service.  After undergoing rigorous and demanding EMT training, she discovered the deep rewards of service to others and her medical career was launched.   

Jessica has worked in a variety of healthcare settings but when she arrived at Noble Horizons, she knew she would stay, “It was something about the atmosphere, the team approach, the staff. It feels like family.”  While she never imagined nursing during a pandemic, Jessica explains that the experience has only deepened the bonds between her and the residents in her care.

Preparing for Medicare Open Enrollment 2021 - What's New?

On October 29, at 11:00 am, representatives from the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA) will offer a Zoom program explaining the changes to Medicare in 2021.  This program will help beneficiaries enroll in a program best suited to their needs.  Because WCAAA is funded by federal, state and local sources and does not sell insurance products, the information is transparent and unbiased.

Expect to learn about changes to Part D (prescription drug) plans, Medicare Advantage plans, Supplemental/Medigap plans and Medicare assistance programs.   Registration for Noble Horizons’ free and private Medicare enrollment sessions with WCAAA counselors on November 8 will also be available.  For more information and a Zoom link.

Living with Alzheimer's

On November 12th at 7 pm, join Eugenia Zukerman, 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", as she talks about living with Alzheimer’s and her beautiful book Like Falling Through a Cloud. Eugenia will be accompanied by Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York.

Into her 70s, Eugenia was a renowned flutist, concert director, writer, and CBS TV arts correspondent but when incidents of forgetfulness increased, she consulted her physician who confirmed a diagnosis of cognitive impairment that would worsen.

Read a "Cultural Phenomenon" with Hotchkiss Instructor Carita Gardiner

Join Hotchkiss School's Carita Gardiner for a guided read of The Vanishing Half, described by The Wall Street Journal as "a critically acclaimed novel, cinematic in its storytelling, about identity and race, and on track to become not just one of the bestselling books of the year, but a 352-page cultural phenomenon."   

Written by multiple award-winning author Brit Bennett, it is a story of twin sisters from a small, southern community, one of whom who grows up to pass for white, while the other settles with her black daughter in the same town in which the twins grew up.  Long listed for the National Book Award, The New York Times wrote, “gorgeously written… an ambitious meditation on race and identity….”  

Carita Gardiner, a former Chair of the Hotchkiss School English Department, holds a B.A., from Amherst College, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an M.A. from Middlebury College.  Her free program meets on November 4, 11, 18, 24 and December 1 from 5-6 pm via Zoom. Registration   

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 Suzanner Mazzarelli, Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 am

Preparing for Medicare Enrollment: What's New, October 29, 11 am

Hotchkiss Instructor Carita Gardiner, The Vanishing Half, November 4, 5-6 pm

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

Renowned Flutist Eugenia Zuckerman: Life with Alzheimer's, November 12, 7 pm

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COVID remains the lead story throughout the nation, although the infection rates in Litchfield County continue to fall as does the snow!

This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they had awarded Noble Horizons its rare 5-Star designation for the sixth consecutive quarter.

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.

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