Category Archives: Local Resources

Sounds of Beethoven in the Ivy Room



Tuesday, October 10, residents were treated to duo delights performed by our University of Maryland student intern residents, cellist Samantha Flores and clarinetist Matt Rynes.  They serenaded over 30 residents for about 30 minutes with 2 Beethoven duets.  Everybody loved to hear them, and with good reason.  Read at the bottom of this post for more information on what the two will be up to here in the next few months.

Matt has played the clarinet for about 15 years and is studying for a PhD in Clarinet Performance, and Samantha is a 2nd year Masters student in Cello Performance.  They will be here until next summer but meantime have much planned for our residents.

We can look forward to more short performances in the Ivy Room by them as well as other University of Maryland music students.  Later in October Samantha and Matt are planning a larger and longer performance in the Auditorium.  This will include other musicians (students as well as faculty and professionals) and last about an hour.  Keep your eyes open for flyers and news in the Courier.  These longer performances will also become a more regular feature.

Both Samantha and Matt are also available for music lessons in clarinet, cello and beginner string instruments.   A music reading class, lectures and workshops are also on the horizon.  Clearly both these talented musicians have great affection for Collington and our residents and we reciprocate.

New Tips on Shopping Around Collington

Joe Howard and others have put up a wonderful collection of resources for shopping.

It should be emphasized that this is for informational purposes only.  No endorsement should be implied.

Here is the list.

It is also reachable from the “getting around” tab on the top menu.


Inter-generational Living and Music and Beyond

Collington is launching a wonderful Musician in Residence Program.  As announced:

The University of Maryland School of Music (SOM) and Collington, a Kendal-affiliated Life Plan retirement community, have partnered to create a student artist residency program that brings together two different generations through music. Beginning this August, SOM graduate students Samantha Flores and Matthew Rynes will receive free room and board at Collington in exchange for performing regularly and organizing additional concerts and educational programs for residents.

“The artist residency at Collington affords students the chance to connect in meaningful ways with a distinct segment of our community and compels them to think about how we use music to engage with specific audiences,” says SOM Director Jason Geary. “It’s important that students understand fully the role that music can play in enriching the lives of those around them.”

And, here are Cellist Samantha Flores and Clarinetist Matthew Rynes:


If we do this right, there are just so many possibilities.  One idea I heard at a recent Hopkins Oncology Patient Council presentation by their Peabody Institute, for example, was having musicians work with end of life patients to help them compose musical pieces to leave for their families and friends to express their lives and their connection.  This is all part of a much broader movement in music to get it beyond static performance and back into connection and community.

This is not only great for music and community, but also suggests all kinds of broader possibilities.  As an article in  Statnews, describing  how two students from USC’s gerontology school live at Kingsley Manor Retirement Community in Los Angeles, explains, having students join communities can have very broad impacts:

The students, Tina Guan and Sai Raj Kappari, are part of a unique collaboration between the retirement home and the University of Southern California’s gerontology school. The program, which has been around for more than 30 years, allows select students to live and eat for free in the retirement home. In exchange, they spend time with the residents — they teach fitness and art classes, swap stories over dinner, and answer a constant flurry of computer-related questions.

“Having young people? That is the best idea. We can see their energy,” said Gabrielle Boisson, 97, a resident who lights up when Kappari stops by her room to say hello.


The goal is to spark the next generation of health care providers to take interest in gerontology — and better equip them to take care of the elderly by immersing them in the world of retirees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“They share things with you that you wouldn’t necessarily get as a doctor at a 20-minute appointment. It’s kind of like being an undercover police officer,” said Ben Howie, a former participant in the program who is now in medical school.

So, at Collington this feeds perfectly into the creative thinking in our strategic planning process, for what some of us call “asset-driven proactive gerontology’ and beyond.

Our residents have so much knowledge and expertise that we could be life and career changing to almost any receptive live-in student.  Just think of the mentoring we could provide.


Hearing Loss, Speaking Capacity, Communication and Community

On April 20, we will hear in the Auditorium from Janice Trent of Hearing Healthcare Services, a local audiologist.

The presentation is being billed as a help to those who want to communicate with those with hearing loss.


As a general matter, I think this is a very important first step for Collington.

I have  come to realize that hearing loss and inability to have reciprocal communications not only hurts the people directly involved in the attempted conversation, but also the community as a whole.  One way of looking at it is that the community is deprived of your full contributions, engagement, ideas and energy.  (I know that whenever I see a video of my speaking I am embarrassed by how much I swallow words.)

My suggestion is that we should think about communication, including both articulation and hearing, as a strong community value, and should be thinking of myriad ways in which we can articulate that value.

One such would be to offer free hearing exams to all who are coming to Collington.  No obligation to get a hearing aid, but one to know how you are doing in the hearing department.  Similarly those who have clarity expression difficulties would greatly benefit from information, demonstrations and training.

This the kind of thing that follows logically from the values of community and communication espoused in our strategic plan.

Expanded List of Medical Specialists and Resources Added

Thanks to the work of Joe Howard and Julia Freeman, and the Health ervices Committee, there is now a new list of medical specialists and resources in our area.  For obvious reasons, listing here is only informational and does not constitute any recommendation or endorsement.

Use in health, and in getting there!