Enlightening Perspective

We are happy to share with you these informative articles written by Maplewood department heads, offering enlightening perspective into The Maplewood Way and how we live it with our residents each and every day.

Therapy and Wellness

By Lynn Pierce, Director of Social Services

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
~Dalai Lama

By Ann Shanders, CPT, Therapy & Wellness Department Manager

As we age our brain cells start to deteriorate. We can take part in certain activities to try to slow this progression. It’s not only important to exercise our bodies for the physical benefits, it’s equally important to exercise our brains to keep our minds sharp and memories intact.

By Ann Shanders, CPT, Therapy & Wellness Department Manager

Did you know that getting enough sleep may actually improve your exercise performance? And, that not getting enough sleep is shown to negatively impact performance? If you regularly cut sleep short, you may want to reconsider this practice.

Most people know that music makes us feel good, especially when we hear a favorite song or we sing just for the fun of it. But, did you know that there is actually scientific proof that music improves our overall well-being?

For the elderly, research shows that music offer many benefits including the following*:


Throughout the year, friends and family bring gifts to residents at The Maplewood for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day, Christmas, Easter and other special occasions. We are often asked by family and friends about appropriate gifts ideas, so we have put together this handy gift-giving guide. When choosing gifts for residents, please consider factors such as storage space, ease of use, safety, and changing interests and abilities. For Maplewood family members, feel free to contact nursing staff if you have questions, concerns, or if you’re wondering what your loved one might need in particular.

Here are some suggestions: