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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

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

September 2018

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, September 1, 2018; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.

Labor Day Picnic Buffet

  • Monday, September 3, 2018; 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. in the Lobby and Dining Room

Applewood 27th Anniversary Celebration

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018; in the Lobby
    • Roland Chilton, Council President and Rob Claflin, Executive Director will say a few words; followed by a champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres.

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday, September 11, 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.

Dinner at Gianni Fig’s Ristorante

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018; Van Departs at 4:45 P.M. for South Deerfield, MA
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a night out.

Worcester Art Museum: “Poetry of Nature – Hudson River School Landscapes”

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018; Van Departs at 9:15 A.M. for Worcester, MA
    • Explore the New York Historical Society’s “Poetry of Nature” collection.

Blueberry Muffin Sale (to benefit Alzheimer’s Association)

  • Friday, September 14, 2018; from 10 A.M. – 12 P.M. in the Lobby
    • Purchase muffins made by the Applewood chefs (6 muffins for $5.00)

Orchard Arboretum Ribbon Cutting

  • Friday, September 14, 2018; at 3:00 P.M. in the Orchard Arboretum
    • Join the Friends of the Orchard Arboretum to celebrate the new path that connects the Orchard Arboretum to the Upper Orchard.

Panopera Presents: “La Traviata”

  • Friday, September 14, 2018; at 7:30 P.M. at the Academy of Music in Northampton
    • Join your neighbors and friends for this wonderful performance.

Hunger in the Region

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Executive Director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will be speaking on addressing hunger.

Sunday Piano Concert

  • Sunday, September 16, 2018; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • Graham Christian will perform at Applewood

Immigration and the Integration of New Residents

  • Saturday, September 22, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Laurie Millman, Executive Director of the Center for New Americans will speak on integration of new residents in our communities.

Sunday Concert at Applewood
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • Gene Jeffries on Horn, Steven Williams, Tenor and Diana Peelle, Soprano will perform.

Antique Post Cards

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Gregory Wilson will present a program on antique post cards. Participants are encouraged to bring their own collections to discuss.

Valley Classical Concerts Presents:“Telegraph String Quartet” with James Austin Smith, Oboe

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018; at 8:00 P.M. at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College
    • “The Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has performed in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States and abroad, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Masters Series and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. The Quartet is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as their Quartet-in-Residence.”

Sunday Concert at Applewood

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • Laura Piece will perform songs from the Great American Song Book.

Prior Events

August 2018

  • Wednesday, August, 1, 2018; Special Program with GPI US
    • Twenty One Japanese high school girls participating in a Women’s Empowerment Program at Smith College will be at Applewood to share their culture, teach origami and show some photos. Others will be in traditional Kimonos and will do a song and dance.
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018; Violinist Joshua Bell at Tanglewood
    • You will hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Slobodeniouk conducting “Borodin,” “Wieniawski” and “Prokofiev”.
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018; Wellness Program with Hampshire Hearing and Speech Services
    • Hearing loss presents some challenges in many areas of life. Alison will present some tips and strategies to improve the quality of your life when dealing with hearing loss.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018; Dinner at the Blue Heron
    • Join your friends and neighbors to a wonderful meal at the Blue Heron Restaurant.
  • Monday, August 20, 2018; Educational Program with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
    • A Community Outreach workshop with Michele Ellicks on Real ID. An informational session on the new state and federal requirements concerning driver’s license and ID card renewals.
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
    • View the works of Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage and Conrad Shawcross/Matrix179. There will be a public docent-led tour for free at 1:00 P.M.; otherwise wander the museum at your leisure and lunch in the café.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018; Wellness Program on Dementia and Alzheimer’s
    • Carol Constant, Director of Community Engagement and Loomis Village resident Rachel Tierney will discuss what “Dementia Friendly” means and how the Loomis Communities is educating others on this topic.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018; Monthly Social Hour

July 2018

  • Wednesday, July, 4, 2018; Annual Independence Day Celebration
    • Celebration with music and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence followed by a barbecue buffet.
  • Friday July 6, 2018; Viewing of Love Letters - A Sequel
    • DVD performance by Turi MacCombie and David Neelon who wrote the sequel..
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018; Committee Showcase
    • Learn about Applewood’s resident-volunteer organized and run activity committees which afford the residents input into their daily lives.
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018; Wellness Program: Alzheimer’s Disease
    • 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.
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018; Jazz in July Fine Arts Faculty Recital
    • This is a round-robin style concert featuring collaborations between the nationally and internationally known Jazz in July faculty.
  • Monday July 16, 2018; Coffee with Lauren Scruggs
    • Come hear about what is happening at Applewood and The Loomis Communities from the CEO and ask any questions you may have.
  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018; Afternoon Recitals with Akiko Sasaki
    • 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.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018; Dinner Out
    • Join your friends for an evening out at the Glendale Grill.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018; Home Safety and Fall Prevention
    • Encompass Home Health professionals will discuss some hazards in the home and tips on how to manage those dangers and prevent falls.
  • Thursday, July 26, 2018; Blueberry Picking
    • Join Applewood’s Executive Director Rob Claflin picking blueberries at Sobieski’s River Valley Farm in Whately.
  • Friday, July 27, 2018; Crazy Hat Day at Applewood
    • Come and decorate a crazy hat or bring a home-made crazy hat to the competition.

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.

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