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Get started on your bucket list!

Have you made a bucket list? Perhaps you’ve got some vague ideas about what you want to do in your life rolling around in your head. Making a bucket list requires you to stop and think about what your desires and priorities really are. It encourages you to learn more about your world. It gives you something to dream about and reminds you to live your life to the fullest. And it’s fun! So grab a notebook and pencil or start a file on your computer or tablet.

Blogging and WritingWhen you start making your bucket list, don’t place any limitations on yourself. Let your mind range as far as it wants to, and just go for it! Don’t worry about prioritizing, either—just put down everything you can think of that you want to do, from personal goals to causes about which you’re passionate. The list can be as long as you like.

Put your list away for a while, a few days or a week. Chances are you’ll think of other items you want to add, so keep your list handy.

Then come back to it and go into a more realistic mode.

My Bucket List Wishes

  • What are the prerequisites for each item on your list?
  • Quickly write down what it will take to accomplish each goal.
  • Suppose you want to write a novel.
    • Have you decided on your subject matter, done an outline or started creating timelines or character sketches?
    • Where you start will be determined by what you’ve already done.
    • Would joining a writing group help you achieve this goal?
    • If so, research some in your area, and make joining one of them the first step.
  • Now start to put your bucket list into some sort of order.
  • Are there time limits attached to any of your goals?
  • If so, move them higher on the list.
  • For example, if you want to run a 5K, schedule it around a particular race you want to enter.
  • That will determine the timetable for your training.

Read through the whole list and think about the top 5 things you most want to do. If you have a burning desire to go to Italy, make that your No. 1 goal and start writing down what you need to do to make the trip a reality. Do you want to travel solo, with a partner or on a guided tour? How much will it cost? How much money do you need to save, and how long will it take you to do that? Get some concrete plans on paper. Read some books or websites about Italy and start to plan your itinerary.

Rome Visit

Make it Happen

Grab opportunities when they arise, and put yourself in a position to recognize them. Is an airline offering a deeply discounted fare on flights to Rome? You’ll never know unless you’ve signed up for emails listing fare reductions, or you’re regularly checking travel sites such as, and

When you get to this stage in planning, you’ve moved beyond the dreaming stage, and you’ll be on your way to making your dreams a reality! Go out and do it!

When you get home from your Italy trip, celebrate your accomplishment. Have some friends over to view a slide show of the photos you took. Host a dinner party with an Italian-themed menu.

Sometimes accomplishing a goal will lead you to another one. Maybe you’ll decide you want to learn Italian, or that you want to see more of the world. Next stop, India? Once you’ve run a 5K, what’s to stop you from doing a half marathon? There will always be more mountains to climb, more personal challenges, more ways to make the world a better place. The aim of your bucket list is not to complete it. The goal is to find meaning and fulfillment in your life. Keep adding to your list, and 20 from now, you’ll have a lifetime of memories to share and contemplate.

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Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments


What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living


What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care


What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are available at the following Loomis Community:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing offers licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.


What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Community:

The Loomis Communities offer rehabilitation services with a staff of professionals. Our physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Our nursing center, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing is Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing received a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or

Applewood Senior Independent Living in Amherst MA
Loomis Lakeside CCRC Springfield MA
Loomis Village Senior Living South Hadley