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Advice for living to be 100: ‘Live your best, day to day’

Long before farm to table was a trendy way of dining, it was a way of life for Ruth Campbell. The Eaton native lived on a farm her whole life, and the fresh produce and eggs helped her family get through the Great Depression. There must be something to eating fresh and locally, too—Ruth is going on 103 in September.
“Plus, when you live on a farm, you have to be pretty active,” Ruth said. “I got a lot of exercise.”

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LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing Show at Berkeley Square

Every year, Leading Age Ohio holds an Art & Writing show in each of its five districts. This year and next, Berkeley Square will host the show, featuring the artwork and writing of individuals from 17 different Leading Age organizations across Southwestern Ohio. The top three participants and an honorable mention will be invited to attend the state show in Columbus at the Leading Age Ohio conference in September.
Artworks featured will include poetry, prose, fine art, 3D, woodworking, photography, quilted works and more. In total, there are 241 art submissions and 30 writing submissions.

Samantha Wilkerson, Activities Coordinator at Berkeley Square, is coordinating the event.

“I think this is a great event to not only showcase the talent of local older adults, but our community, and the entire community of Hamilton,” Wilkerson said, adding that residents and families from across the region will be coming to Hamilton for the event.

CLICK HERE to read more about Leading Age and the art show…

The art show will be held on Wednesday, June 24, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Berkeley Square, 100 Berkeley Drive, Hamilton, OH 45013. The Coach House Tavern & Grille will be open for visitors, with a featured special of a turkey club wrap with pasta salad for $10. To reserve your table at the Coach House, call 513-856-7899.

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MOTHER’S DAY DYNAMIC DUO: Donna Mattia and Mary Dean

Donna Mattia and her mother Mary Dean have always had a very close relationship, but in the past 8 years, it’s gotten even closer. In fact, the two see each other nearly every day. Donna works at the Continuing Care Retirement Community of Berkeley Square as an Activity Coordinator. After retiring from a school cafeteria, Mary helped Donna out as a volunteer at Berkeley Square, and since 2007 she has lived there.

CLICK HERE to read more about Donna and Mary….

Finding That ‘Home Away From Home’

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After working for 35 years in Lane Library’s book mobile, Doris Swegert got used to being around people. When she retired in 2002, she began to miss the socialization.

Her husband recognized how she was feeling, and encouraged her to join him at Partners in Prime, where he was already an active member of the club’s model train room. But Doris was hesitant about joining a “senior center”…

CLICK HERE to read about how Doris overcame her objections and found a new ‘Home Away From Home’…

Meals on Wheels Drivers Do More Than Deliver Food

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Of the 168,727 meals delivered by Partners in Prime’s Meals on Wheels Program last year, Don Peters delivered close to 7,000 of them. But what’s even more impressive, is the way in which he did it—without a GPS, without missing a day (regardless of the weather), and without so much as a glance at the cheat sheet with the name and preferences of each recipient.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Partners In Prime Meals On Wheels program…

HOPE FOR ALZHEIMER’S: A Granddaughter’s story

By Emily Glaser

I had my first real encounter with Alzheimer’s and Dementia when I was in the 11th grade. I knew it existed, I knew it was horrible, and I knew my paternal grandparents were both in the early stages of it. But that day was different. That day I was directly involved. That day, I will never forget…

CLICK HERE to read more of Emily’s story and how she learned to cope with her grandparents’ struggle…

True Love Confessional: ‘We were newlyweds at 65’

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George first met Irene at the University of Cincinnati, where she was dating—and ended up marrying—one of his fraternity brothers. Their paths never crossed for 20 years, despite living just a short distance from one another in Hamilton.

Years later, George and his second wife decided to take a Ministry Training at the Presbyterian Church in downtown Hamilton, and Irene—whose husband had recently passed away—happened to be the instructor. When George’s wife passed away, Irene was there to support him. Now, the two have been married for nearly 22 years.


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For Shirley Bennett, music comes as easy as speaking.

“I learned to sing in my mother’s kitchen when I was three-years-old,” Shirley said. “My mother and brother had beautiful voices, and they would always sing, and I would listen and learn. They said when they stopped I would stomp my feet and say ‘sing it again’!”



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