Brandywine Living and Virtua team up to advocate healthy, natural aging and promote the message “live your life to the fullest!”
Brandywine Living and Virtua recently sponsored a special community education event about healthy, natural aging. Part of Brandywine Living’s Changing the Way We Age educational series, experts from Virtua and Brandywine shared advice on diet, exercise, and stress management.
The public and surrounding towns, including Brandywine’s Voorhees and Haddonfield communities, were all invited to attend. Guests enjoyed hand massages, compliments of vir tu spa, tours of the community, and refreshments prior to the panel discussion, which covered topics from Reiki to acupuncture to meditation.
“The panel had a simple message…do simple things to make a difference in feeling and being well. But…it has to start and end with you!” shared Maria Nadelstumph, Brandywine’s Vice President of Organizational Development and Program Excellence. “Together with Virtua, we will continue our collaborative education program for the community to support, educate, and engage on topics that can make a difference. We believe with the right mindset and the right tools, you can live a full life by living well.”
Reclaim Your Inner Youth: Natural Solutions for Healthy Aging, the topic of the first quarterly session, generated a great deal of attendance and active participation. Questions like “What is considered a healthy diet?” and “How important is flexibility as we get older?” were popular among many. “We need to keep up on everything! We encourage each other to exercise and eat well, and even attend Zumba classes twice a week!” commented attendees, Barbara Sawyer and Dolores Doyle. “We
truly believe in tonight’s motto, live your life to the fullest, and we look forward to the next event!
Featured panelists included Dr. Anuradha Munshi, Virtua Women’s Center for Primary Care and Wellness at Moorestown, Heather Eble, Virtua in Motion Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Manager, Andrea Schwartz, Outpatient Dietitian for Virtua Nutrition & Weight Management, and Marilyn Morales, Director of Wellness at Brandywine Living at Moorestown Estates.
“Virtua’s partnership with Brandywine is a wonderful fit as our organizations are committed to helping people stay well,” said Stephanie Fendrick, Virtua Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Service Lines. “We look forward to offering additional community wellness programs together.”
Brandywine Living is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine currently operates 27 communities in five states (PA, NJ, NY, CT & DE) with capacity to serve over 2,700 residents.
Brandywine is actively expanding its portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic and currently has over $100 million of construction in progress (including a community in Livingston, NJ scheduled to open in 2016). Brandywine is under agreement for additional sites in Northern VA and Montgomery County, MD, and anticipates opening five communities in the D.C. metropolitan area.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, two ambulatory care centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with 380 physicians plus 39 additional practitioners, urgent care centers, 13 ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 13 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.