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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

Calendar Highlights November 2019

Five College Learning in Retirement – Dealing with Dying and Death

  • Friday, November 1, 2019; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
  • 12 actors will present Journey with Ed, the true story of a woman and her dying husband as they consciously and lovingly work through their final months together, finding comfort, meaning, even creating their own special rituals. It’s a story of love and loss, but also one of connection as a circle of dear friends offer their support through emails. Handouts include ways to provide comfort for the patient and support for the caregiver, even if you live far away.

Five College Learning in Retirement – Boston Police Strike of 1919

  • Friday, November 1, 2019; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room

Reader to Reader Program

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room

Democracy in Action Group

  • Monday, November 4, 2019; at 4:00 P.M. in the Salon
  • Guest Stan Rosenberg, former Mass. State Senate president, will focus, in particular, on issues of voting and gerrymandering. Please join us in the Craft Room.

Five College Learning in Retirement – 1800’s Massachusetts Architecture - Holyoke Mills and Canals

  • Friday, November 8, 2019; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
  • This presentation focuses on the mills of the City of Holyoke, the first planned industrial community in the United States. Still known today as the Paper City, Holyoke was the largest paper manufacturing city in the world, producing an estimated 80% of the writing paper used in the U.S. It was also home to the world’s largest silk and alpaca wool mills as well as the most famous architectural firm specializing in water-driven mills.

Five College Learning in Retirement – Holger Cahill and American Art under the WPA

  • Friday, November 8, 2019; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
  • We can all be glad that the WPA kept some artists from starving, but did anything of lasting value come out of federal support for visual art during the Great Depression? The common answer is “not much,” but the programs conceived by New Deal arts program director Holger Cahill suggest “quite a lot.” Who was this unlikely administrator and why are his achievements for American art mostly unrecognized now?

Valley Light Opera

  • Sunday, November 10, 2019; at 1:15 P.M. In the lobby
  • Van departs for the Northampton Academy of Music Theatre for the Valley Light Opera’s performance of “Camelot”

Five College Learning in Retirement – Techniques of Memoir Writing

  • Friday, November 15, 2019; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
  • After 38 years of pediatric practice and a number of years writing about memorable patients, Fred has turned his pen toward his experiences as a patient and the parent of an adult child with serious illness. He will read two relatively brief essays, one about his own open-heart surgery, and one about his daughter’s successful battle with cancer.

Weekly Activities of Interest

  • Tuesdays at 3:00 P.M. in the Tavern

Walking Group
  • Wednesdays at 9:00 A.M. meet in the Lobby to begin walk.

Quilters Group
  • Wednesdays at 2:00 P.M. in the Craft Room

Impressionist Art
  • Wednesdays at 3:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room

Current Events Discussion Group

  • Fridays at 4:00 P.M. in the Conference Room

Bi-Monthly Discussion Group


Climate Change

  • Second and Fourth Monday at 4:00 P.M. in the Conference Room

Monthly Discussion Groups

Being Mortal

  • Second Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. in the Craft Room

Democracy In Action

  • First Monday at 4:00 P.M. in the Craft Room

Promoting Diversity

  • First Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. in the Craft Room

Prior Events

Calendar October Highlights

  • Friday, October 4, Five College Learning in Retirement – How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England
    • Learn how to insult, mock or threaten almost anyone during the Elizabethan period, as well as rude things to do with your hat and an introduction to staff-fighting. Pictures and demonstrations included. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Friday, October 4, 2019; Five College Learning in Retirement – Stefan Zweig and his World of Yesterday
    • After decades of relative obscurity, the life and career of Jewish biographer and dramatist Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) has been rediscovered as witnessed by director Wes Anderson’s film - “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” based on Zweig’s novels and short stories. Zweig’s final work - “ The World of Yesterday “ is a fascinating chronicle of 3 ages: the Golden Days of Vienna that ended with WW1; that war and its aftermath; and the Hitler years. In exile in Brazil, Zweig’s memoir proved to be both an autobiography and a long suicide note since both he and his wife Lotte killed themselves the day after he posted the manuscript to his publisher. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Thursday, October 10th, Manicures and Pedicures with Lisa Connor
    • Come relax and get pampered in the salon! >
  • Friday, October 11, 2019; Five College Learning in Retirement – Co-evolution of Language and Brain
    • All animals communicate, but only humans have language...many thousands of languages. Recent developments in various sciences have shed light on how this may have come to pass: a universal language instinct, but no universal human language. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Friday, October 11, 2019; Five College Learning in Retirement – The Role of Culture in Language
    • It is impossible to imagine human society without language. Yet, it is also impossible to understand the origin and evolution of language without culture. Culture invents language to unify society around its knowledge, roles, and values. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019; Climate Change Discussion
    • Applewood’s own Ray Bradley will discuss climate change
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019; Sunday Concert Series
    • Come listen to the Bob Sparkman Trio (Clarinet, Piano and Bass)
  • Friday, October 18, 2019; Five College Learning in Retirement – Andreas Vesailius and William Harvey
    • The accomplishments of these two transformative figures created the foundation of our fascination and interest in human biology and medicine. Their work challenged the dogma of their time periods. Vesalius and Harvey emerged from the Renaissance to free medicine from superstition and revolutionize scientific research. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Friday, October 18, 2019; >Five College Learning in Retirement – Noam Chomsky
    • Exactly what is language, why is it unique to humans, and how did it begin? These questions have been hotly debated over the last 150 years. This presentation will introduce the views of four of the most important, even controversial, figures in these debates. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Friday, October 25, 2019;>Five College Learning in Retirement – Populating the America’s
    • What have we learned from the new science of ancient DNA sequencing about the arrival of humans in the western hemisphere? Have older theories been confirmed or overturned? Has the result been greater clarity or greater confusion? This talk is a review of the evolution of our knowledge over the last century. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Friday, October 25, 2019;Five College Learning in Retirement – Languages of North America
    • There seem to be 3 sets of languages in all of North America. In the US portion of languages they can differ as much as Chinese and English, and have some fascinating characteristics like Having to specify how you know something - did you see it, hear about it, or assume it due to other things. Also, a Cherokee man, having heard about 'talking leafs' developed a written language which is still in use today. Sponsored by Learning in Retirement Encore Presentations
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019; A Discussion with the UMass FAC
    • Join UMass Fine Arts Center director Jamilla Deria to discuss her vision as the new director of the FAC

Calendar Highlights September 2019

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Educational Programing with Smith College
    • David Bickar, Professor of Chemistry and Neuroscience will discuss the study on early detection of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Saturday, September 7, 2019 Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.
  • Saturday, September 7, 2019 Applewood Oral Histories
    • Zoë Gleitsman, Hampshire College Senior will discuss this on-going project that began three years ago and how Applewood residents can
  • Sunday, September 8, 2019 Sunday Afternoon Concert
    • “Michael Nix is a contemporary classical composer, guitarist, banjoist, mandolinist, teacher and performer. He designed the Banjar, a seven-string classical banjo. Nix lives and teaches in the tranquil Pioneer Valley of Franklin County in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Nix and NixWorks has performed in venues around the world and is highly renowned.”
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 Applewood’s 28th Anniversary
    • The Applewood staff and residents review the highlights of 28 years with champagne and hors d’oeuvres; followed by a special menu dinner for residents only.
  • Friday, September 13, 2019Annual Blueberry Muffin Sale
    • This is a fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Friday, September 13, 2019 Fall Collection of Medications
    • Sponsored by the Applewood sustainability Committee – Bring your unwanted, expired medications to be disposed of properly.
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 First Woman Railway Engineer
    • Applewood’s own Susie Gaglia will discuss her career on the railroad.
  • Sunday, September 15, 2019 Alzheimer’s Walk
    • Join your Loomis Communities colleagues, friends and families participating in this annual fund raiser.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 A Matter of Balance Class
    • Norma Hallock and Pat Rector will instruct this eight week class. Pre-registration is required.
  • Thursday, September 19th, 2019 Foot Clinic
    • Debra J. Deane, RN, BSN will be on campus to assist you with foot care. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 Identity Theft Program
    • Karen Cartier, Vice President and Compliance, Fraud Prevention and Community Reinvestment Officer will discuss how you can prevent identity theft and how to make sure your information hasn’t been compromised.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 State Senate Issues
    • “Jo Comerford is an American politician who currently serves in the Massachusetts Senate and will discuss state senate issues. Before being elected senator she had worked for the Center for Human Development, the American Friends Service Committee, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and”
  • Sunday, September 22, 2019Koyaanisqatsi Live Performed by Philip Glass and the Philip Glass Ensemble
    • “Philip Glass and his ensemble take the stage to perform a live score to the 1982 experimental masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi, a film at once unsettling and deeply calming, its images unbelievable yet familiar. Set to rapid motion shots of urban chaos and icebergs smashing meditatively into the sea, Glass’s score evokes the beauty of the beast. Epitomizing the overwhelming freedom of art, Koyaanisqatsi is catharsis to a culture captivated by progress at any cost."
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be on campus to assist with your hearing needs.

Calendar Highlights August 2019

  • Friday, August 2, 2019; Special Program with GPI US
    • Song and dance routine performed by Japanese High School girls participating in a Women’s Empowerment Program at Smith College. This will be followed by the girls teaching participants origami and sharing their culture in the Craft Room.
  • Saturday, August 3, 2019; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.
  • Monday, August 12, 2019; Climate Change
    • Discussion group and resident concerns regarding global warming.
  • Tuesday, 13, 2019; Create With The Carle
    • Collaboration creative writing/poetry class with Applewood and the Eric Carle Museum.
    • This is a seven week course with a small registration fee.
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019; Apple Users Group
    • Bring your questions and tips about Mac Computers and iPads.
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019; World Quilt New England Show
    • ‘Welcome to the 17th Annual World Quilt New England. Featuring the premier of the 2019 World Quilt Competition XXIII, one of the most internationally diverse events of its kind in the world of quilting and the textile arts. Workshops and lectures will be presented by an outstanding, internationally renowned faculty. In addition, Mancuso Show Management is presenting the World Quilt Panel and Forum Ice Cream Social. This special event is included with your festival registration. We hope you will join us for summertime fun in Springfield, Massachusetts.”
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019; Foot Clinic
    • Debra J. Deane, RN, BSN will be on campus to assist you with foot care. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Sunday, August 18, 2019; Tanglewood Trip
    • You will hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) with Francois-Xavier Roth conducting Suchmann and Brahms featuring Yo-Yo Ma and members of the BSO horn section.
  • Monday, August 19, 2019; Day in the Hill Towns
    • First stop will be the Bridge of Flowers and the glacier potholes; followed by lunch at the Ashfield Lake House.
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be on campus to assist with your hearing needs.
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019; Dinner at Bubs’ Bar-B-Q
    • Have dinner with your friends and neighbors in the rustic charm of this old time barbecue restaurant.
  • Sunday, August 25, 2019; Create With The Carle Celebration
    • The Eric Carle Creative Writing Class, sponsored by Applewood, will read excerpts from their works. Followed by refreshments on the Patio.

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