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Brandywine and Main Line Health Kick-Off Educational Series, Changing the Way We Age

Phoenixville, PA—Brandywine Living at Upper Providence alongside its healthcare partner, Main Line Health, presented and hosted their first quarterly expert panel educational series, Changing the Way We Age, at Brandywine’s newest community in Phoenixville.

Changing the Way We Age is an expert panel discussion series that is led by Main Line Health physicians and professionals on engaging topics that are of interest to the growing senior population today. The public and surrounding communities were invited to attend the 1½-hour session. Brandywine offered refreshments and tours of their beautiful community an hour prior to the start of the discussion to those who were interested.

Memory and Aging: Fears, Fallacies and Facts, the topic of the first session, generated a great deal of attendance and active participation. Questions like “How do you describe normal aging?” and “Is memory loss common with aging?” were popular among many.

“This series is a wonderful opportunity for Main Line Health and Brandywine Senior Living to create an engaging platform to discuss important information on health topics, to foster interactive learning and to serve as trusted resources for the senior community,” said Lydia Hammer, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Main Line Health.

Maria Nadelstumph, Brandywine’s Vice President of Organizational Development and Program Excellence, developed the program and served as the event’s moderator. Alongside Nadelstumph, the expert panel consisted of Main Line Health affiliates, Dr. John Peacock, MD, Board Certified Gerontologist, Kristin Stamboolian, Clinical Social Worker and Case Manager, Jolynn Thomas, Speech Pathologist, as well as Dr. Robert Rider, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, Diversified Psychological Resources.

“People want and need information on topics that may be keeping them up at night, such as, what is normal and abnormal with memory loss. Losing keys, forgetting names, or worrying about genetics, is common as we age,” said Nadelstumph. “Tonight’s expert panel and audience engagement was further validation that, together with Main Line Health, we can be a support and valuable resource for the community on health and wellness.”

The planning of the next session is well under way, and will include topics such as active aging, nutrition and lifestyle, and fitness and is anticipated by many.

About Brandywine Senior Living

Brandywine Senior 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.

About MLH

 Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health is also comprised of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square.