Applewood Upcoming Events

With so much to do, how do Applewood residents stay informed about the day's events? That's easy. They simply turn on their televisions to the Applewood channel to see today's announcements at Applewood.

All events (unless otherwise noted) take place at:
1 Spencer Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
For more information call: (413) 253-9833

July 2018

Fitness with Brent

  • Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:15 A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Brent, who is a licensed personal trainer, conducts a balance and strengthening program using hand weights and Thera bands.

Fitness with Althea

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Althea is an Applewood resident who has been certified to teach a “Silver Sneakers” class which consists of a variety of chair and standing exercises using hand weights, Thera bands and one’s own body weight.

Current Affairs

  • Every Friday at 4:00 P.M. in the Conference Room
    • Carlyn Immerman is the moderator for a discussion group regarding local and world events.

Calendar Highlights

July 2018

Annual Independence Day Celebration

  • Wednesday, July, 4, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Tavern Patio
    • Celebration with music and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence followed by a barbecue buffet.

Viewing of Love Letters - A Sequel

  • Friday July 6, 2018; at 3:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • DVD performance by Turi MacCombie and David Neelon who wrote the sequel..

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, July 7, 2018; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018; from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. in Wellness Area
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.

Committee Showcase

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018; at 3:30 P.M. in the Tavern.
    • Learn about Applewood’s resident-volunteer organized and run activity committees which afford the residents input into their daily lives.

Wellness Program: Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018; at 3:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Meghan Lemay, M.S. is the Regional Manager of the Western Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association and she will give a brief overview on understanding the disease and dementia; followed by “Know the 10 Signs: The Importance of Early Detection.

Jazz in July Fine Arts Faculty Recital

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018; at 7:30 P.M. at Bezanson Hall at Umass
    • This is a round-robin style concert featuring collaborations between the nationally and internationally known Jazz in July faculty.

Coffee with Lauren Scruggs

  • Monday July 16, 2018; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Come hear about what is happening at Applewood and The Loomis Communities from the CEO and ask any questions you may have.

Afternoon Recitals with Akiko Sasaki

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018; at 3:30 in the Lobby
    • Akiko and her very talented students on piano and string will perform. Akiko is the Artistic Director of Lyra Music Inc. which is a three week, conservatory-style classical music program held at Smith College for young select artists.

Dinner Out

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018; Van departs at 5:00 P.M. for Easthampton, MA
    • Join your friends for an evening out at the Glendale Grill.

Home Safety and Fall Prevention

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Encompass Home Health professionals will discuss some hazards in the home and tips on how to manage those dangers and prevent falls.

Blueberry Picking

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018; Van Departs at 8:30 A.M. for Whately
    • Join Applewood’s Executive Director Rob Claflin picking blueberries at Sobieski’s River Valley Farm in Whately.

Crazy Hat Day at Applewood

  • Friday, July 27, 2018; All Day
    • Come and decorate a crazy hat or bring a home-made crazy hat to the competition.

Prior Events

June 2018

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018; Jane Addams founder of Hull House
    • Rutherford H. Platt “is a Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He will discuss Jane Addams and Hull House. Jane Addams built her reputation as the country's most prominent woman through her writing, settlement work, and international efforts for peace in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
  • Sunday, June 3, 2018; Sunday Afternoon Concert
    • Clifton Noble, piano and Joel Pitchon, violin will perform.
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018; Holyoke Fish Elevator Trip
    • Discussion of fish migration up the river
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018; Print Making Class Exhibit
    • The students of the Eric Carle Museum’s Print Making Class will exhibit their works.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018; Granby’s Quilts on Barns Van Tour
    • Twenty Three barns in the town are displaying quilt patterns painted on four foot square pieces of finished plywood to celebrate 250 years.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018; Outsmarting the Scammers
    • Tom McRae from The Jones Group of Amherst will discuss how to handle calls, email and mail received from scammers.
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018; Berkshire Hills Academy
    • Teachers and students will perform on the piano and sing.
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018; Creating Inclusivity in Aging Services
    • Janet Edmunson, President of JME Insight is a trainer, motivational speaker, writer and health promotion professional who will speak about diversity and unconscious bias in today’s society.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018; Dinner at CoCo & The Cellar Bar
    • Enjoy a dinner with friends at this quaint restaurant
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018; Applewood Staff Art Exhibit Opening
    • An exhibition of staff’s talents which will include painting, drawing, photography, and various crafts.
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018; Sunday Afternoon Concert
    • Steven Kurtz, Saxophone with piano accompanist will perform.
  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018; Wellness Program – Lyme Disease
    • Encompass Home Health staff will discuss what can be done to minimize tick bites and what to do if you find a tick on yourself or your pet.

May 2018

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018; Boston Museum of Fine Arts Trip
    • Klimt and Schiele Drawn Exhibits - “Rareley seem drawings - To mark the centenary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918), the MFA presents an exhibition of rarely seen drawings by the Austrian artists on loan from the Albertina Museum in Vienna. “Klimt and Schiele: Drawn” examines both the divergences and compelling parallels between the two artists—particularly in their provocative depictions of the human body. Nearly 30 years apart in age, Klimt and Schiele shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s talent. Yet, their work is decidedly different in appearance and effect: Klimt’s drawings are often delicate, while Schiele’s are frequently bold. Klimt often used these sheets as preparatory designs for paintings, while Schiele considered his drawings to be independent pictures and routinely sold them. Both deployed frank naturalism, unsettling emotional resonances, and disorienting omissions to challenge conventions and expectations in portraits, nudes, and allegories. Organized thematically, this selection of 60 drawings begins with the artists’ academic origins and then investigates how each shifted away from traditional training to more incisive and unconventional explorations of humanity. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated publication.”
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018; Piano Music
    • Applewood resident, Margery Forbes will play her favorite tunes.
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018; Wildlife Rehabilitators
    • Alyn Thayer, Health Services Director at Applewood with her husband Cliff will discuss their 18 years as licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018; Valley Classical Concerts Present: “Attacca Quartet”
    • “A standard-bearer of an amazing generation of American quartets makes its VCC debut. Works by Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw, Mendelssohn (Op. 12), and Beethoven (the sublime Op. 132). “…very close to epitomizing the string quartet ideal.” (Washington Post)
  • Monday, May 7, 2018; Northampton Woodwind Quintet
    • “This ensemble is dedicated to the literature, the voice and the multiple personalities of the woodwind quintet. They play original compositions and transcriptions of works for other instruments and have even made their own arrangements of works by the likes of J.S. Bach and Elvis Costello.”
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018; Tuesday Nights Together Presents: “The Cree Nation of Quebec and the James Bay Project”
    • Peter Westover will present on a 9-day exploration of Cree country near James Bay, Canada, which he and six talented Umass students made in March 2018. Come and listen to their life-changing experience.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018; Five College Learning In Retirement Encore Program
    • Stephanie Levine presents “Civil Rights ‘60s” and Nancy Mihevc presents “Digital Privacy”.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018; Annual Shopping to Wilson’s Department Store
    • Shop at one of the only family owned department stores left in America and lunch at Hope and Olive.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018; Music at the Piano
    • Jerry Weinstein will play his favorite piano music.
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018; Workings of the Juvenile Court
    • Judge James Collins will begin a two-year term as president of the association. The organization was formed 27 years ago to present an independent voice for judges on a wide range of court-related concerns.
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018; Five College Learning In Retirement Encore Program
    • Rachel Borson presents “Hitler Youth” and Elizabeth Schaffer presents “Liberia”.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018; Literature by Writers of Color
    • Reading of August Wilson’s play Fences – Please see Sandi Albertson-Shea for details on ordering the play script.
  • Sunday, May 20 2018; Pioneer Valley Capella
    • “The Pioneer Valley Cappella (PVC) is a Northampton-based auditioned ensemble that has been performing unaccompanied choral music for nearly thirty years. We explore a fascinating range of repertoire; from early Renaissance to contemporary, the Americas to Eastern Europe.”
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018; Zachary Bell Danziger will Perform
    • Come hear his guitar music
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP, Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist from Hampshire Hearing and Speech Services will be available to assist with your hearing aids.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018; Fraud Protection Program
    • Karen Cartier, Greenfield Savings Bank Fraud Prevention Officer will discuss how to protect you from scam, identification theft and social engineering.

April 2018

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018; “Sacred Dances and Legends of Hawaii” With The Halau Hula Ka No’eau Ensemble
    • “SACRED DANCES AND LEGENDS OF HAWAI'I: WHEN GODS MINGLED WITH MORTALS - Michael Pili Pang and the Halau Hula Ka No'eau Ensemble ... Pili Pang presents a new work, based on legends about the divine creators of the Hawaiian Islands, that innovatively combines traditional hula, music, and chants.”
  • Friday, April 6, 2018; Music In Amherst Series Presents: WindSync
    • “In its ninth season, the prizewinning Houston-based wind quintet builds highly thematic programs that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music. WindSync is recognized for dramatic, fully memorized concert presentations that often feature collaborators from the worlds of music, dance, and multimedia.”.
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018; Traveling In Iran
    • Larry Siddall, retired Psychotherapist will discuss his travels through Iran.
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018; A Sequel to A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”
    • David Neelon and Turi MacCombie will perform this play with a new ending.
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018; Umass Asian Arts and Culture Department Presents: Silk Road Ensemble
    • “The Silkroad Ensemble, a Grammy-nominated collective of performers from Asia, Europe and the Americas, combines superb musicianship with an eagerness to connect across cultures and musical traditions. Western string instrumentalists perform with folk percussionists and virtuosos of instruments like the pipa (Chinese lute), gaita (Galician bagpipes), tabla (Indian hand drums), shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and kamancheh (Persian bowed lute). The ensemble’s lively concert features some classical music and sumptuous traditional music alongside new work by composers the world over.”
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018; Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur
    • “Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg ... the life story with details gleaned from access to his unpublished journals, family archives, candid interviews they conducted with Wilbur and his wife, Charlee, and his correspondence with Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, John Malcolm Brinnin, James Merrill, and others.”
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents: “Luisa Miller ”
    • Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts “
  • Sunday, April 15, 2018; Arcadia Players Presents: “The Glory Of Purcell”
    • “Following the huge success of our collaboration with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston last season in King Arthur, we once again join forces for a glorious concert of instrumental and vocal music by the “Orpheus of Britain,” including Come Ye Sons of Art, an ode for the birthday of Queen Mary. Not to be missed!”
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018; Healing the Earth: Mystical Arts of Tibet, Sand Mandala - Opening Ceremony
    • The Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monestary will work with colored sand displaying tantric Buddhist art. Over four days, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid in place on a platform. The creation and beauty of a Tibetan sand mandala is an abiding phenomenon of art and construction, emanating spiritual and healing power to all who experience it.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018; Coffee With Lauren Scruggs, CEO, The Loomis Communities
    • Come listen to what’s new at Loomis Communities and ask any questions on your mind regarding Loomis and/or Applewood.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018; Healing the Earth: Mystical Arts of Tibet, Sand Mandala – Closing Ceremony
    • Typically in the closing ceremony teachings are offered on compassion and the nature of impermanence. After the dissolving of the mandala, sand is sometimes distributed to those present, and the remainder of the sand will offered to the waters of the Umass Pond so that compassion may flow out to all beings.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018; Sustainability at Hampshire College
    • Todd Holland, Projects and Operations Manager at Hampshire College will discuss "How a Small Liberal Arts College, with Limited Resources, made a bold move into Solar that will slash most of its Carbon Emissions in a Single Project".
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP, Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist from Hampshire Hearing and Speech Services will be available to assist with your hearing aids.
  • Friday, April 27, 2018; Orchard Arboretum’s Arbor Day Celebration
    • Join the Applewood residents and local neighbors to honor nature and the beauty of this spot.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018; Impact Of New Tax Law On Older People
    • Sean Wandrei, Tax Professional and Professor of Accounting at the Umass Isenberg School of Management will review how the new tax law will affect older, retired adults.

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 avaiable 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 offers rehabilitation services in partnership with Genesis Rehab Services. Our combined staff of professionals such as 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