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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seven Ingleside at King Farm Employees Receive National Recognition


Denton, Texas – The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Service (CLAS) honors seven Ingleside at King Farm employees as members of the 2013 Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP) graduation class. They are Howlyn Cowan, Adaeze Ikeotuonye, Steve Lahn, Debbie Loube, Emily Marbot, Christen Milstead, and Frank Romonoski III.
After successfully completing the required professional training and three comprehensive examinations, Howlyn, Adaeze, Steve, Debbie, Emily, Christen, and Frank have been awarded the CASP designation and were acknowledged at the CASP Graduation Ceremony during the LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA) Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Staff & Residents at IKF's Health & Wellness Fair













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IKF Blog
Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ingleside at King Farm Hosts Poet Laureate

Former Maryland Poet Laureate, Linda Pastan, reads from her works of poetry October 29 at Ingleside at King Farm.

blog-poetjpgPastan, a resident of Potomac, MD, has published more than 12 books of poetry and essays. Her many awards include the Dylan Thomas award, a Pushcart Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry, the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, in 2003. Two of her collections of poems were nominated for the National Book Award and one for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

She is known for writing short poems that address topics like family life, domesticity, motherhood, the female experience, aging, death, loss and the fear of loss, as well as the fragility of life and relationships.

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By Bree Baldwin, Memory Activity Specialist
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013

Bree’s Brain Bulletin

blog-breejpgLanguage.  It is one of the most powerful tools we, as humans, have at our disposal for survival.  It is the thing that helps us detail to others our needs and desires, allows us to relay information, pass down culture to our offspring, make a powerful persuasive argument, interact with people from other parts of the world, and the list goes on and on.  Because language is so very important, we suffer when we lose the ability to use it, or use it effectively.  Not being able to communicate can cut us off from others.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ingleside at King Farm Leads Peace Walk at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park

blog-peacewalkjpgOn October 16th, Ingleside members led a Peace Walk at Mattie J. T. Stepanek Park. From L to R: Dr. Jeni Stepanek, Bob Balkam, Richard Thayer, Ann Schmidt, President of Stepanek Foundation, Marilyn Leist, IKF Executive Director, Wendy Thompson, Director, Stepanek Foundation. Ingleside at King Farm, a not for profit continuing care community, is moving toward becoming the nation’s first large Peace Community, as certified by the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013

Musical Match made at Ingleside at King Farm!

Janice-HamerjpgA great deal of synergy comes from the natural networking amongst those living, working and visiting the Ingleside continuing care retirement community. Even guest visits turn into new opportunities for growth and surprisingly, artistic expression not just for residents, but for the visitors, as well.

“Our community is wonderful resource of great talent and residents and staff are excited to share and explore together.” Says Monique Eliezer, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Strategies.VP sales, of Westminster Ingleside.

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Rockville Patch
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013

Rockville Resident Reflects on the March on Washington

marchjpgOn Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Jim Macdonell stood a mere few feet away from the making of history.

He was there at the Lincoln Memorial, standing near the steps, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Macdonell, 80, said he knew then and there, that his life would never be the same.
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Gazette.Net -Peggy McEwan Staff Writer
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ingleside links with Stepanek Foundation, moving toward becoming Peace Community

blog-stepanek-gazettejpgMattie J.T. Stepanek spent his last years living in King Farm in Rockville, writing poetry and challenging others with his message of peace.

That message was embraced Tuesday, when residents of Ingleside at King Farm, a continuing care senior living community, began the process of becoming the nation’s first large Peace Community, as certified by the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013

Retired Rockville Couple Keep Young Poet’s Message Alive

blog-Jeni-StepanekjpgA retired couple living at Ingleside at King Farm is keeping alive the memory and messages of Mattie Stepanek, the 13-year-old best-selling poet who died in 2004 from a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

Bob and Laurin Balkam inspired their retirement community to become the nation’s first large certified Peace Community through the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation.

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Kimberly Hartke
Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

German Soccer Star Adds to ‘Spirit’ at Rockville Retirement Community

blog-soccer-girl2jpgGerman star soccer player, Conny Pohlers, is now the third Washington Spirit player to move into Ingleside at King Farm (IKF), a continuing care retirement community in Rockville, MD. A recent signee with DC’s professional women’s soccer team, the 34-year-old striker joins Spirit teammates Diana Matheson and Robyn Gayle who have called Ingleside at King Farm home since March.

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Brian Ruberry, All Health PR
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ingleside at King Farm Receives Health Information Technology Grant

Rockville, MD –June 19, 2013--The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), in collaboration with the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), has awarded a $102,000 grant to Ingleside at King Farm to promote the use of health information technology for its residents. The funds will improve the communication and coordination between hospitals and the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) by providing a more efficient way to electronically transfer patient information through a secure system.

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sharing Dad's Wisdom in Rockville

Members at Ingleside at King Farm celebrate upcoming Father’s Day by answering the question “What is the one lesson you have learned from your father?”

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Richard Thayer, Chaplain
Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013

National Prayer Day

blog-bongojpgNational Prayer Day has come and gone, but the feeling lingers from our Ingleside at King Farm celebration on May 2nd. Folks are still talking, with delight and even a bit of amazement, about the variety of prayers shared from such a variety of faiths. Prayers were danced, chanted, sung. Prayers were played on flutes and drums. Prayers were recited in several languages. Across all this variation, the common theme of caring for one another, and for our planet home, was conspicuous. Guests, members and staff all enjoyed experiencing one another’s different faiths and backgrounds. We’ll do it again next year on National Prayer Day 2014, and if you’re reading this, you are welcome to join us!

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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013

Washington Spirit players living at Rockville retirement community

When Robyn Gayle and Diana Matheson, teammates on the Washington Spirit pro soccer team, learned where they would live this summer, they thought someone was playing a prank.

Ingleside at King Farm did offer a furnished two-bedroom unit with granite countertops, 21 / 2 bathrooms, dual balconies and walk-in closets as large as some of their previous living quarters. It also had underground parking, an indoor pool and a fitness center. But the amenities also included water aerobics, bridge lessons and afternoon lectures such as “Politics of Aging: Medicare and Social Security.”

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Kimberly Hartke
Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

National Prayer Day

Ingleside at King Farm (IKF), while it finds its roots in the Presbyterian Church, is a fascinating melting pot of cultures, traditions, and faiths. IKF Chaplain Richard Thayer enjoys hearing the stories and learning about the diverse religious beliefs of IKF members, and sharing his own spiritual journey.

At this time in history, when religious and political strife wants to tear people apart, the need to seek understanding and unity could not be greater. Ingleside at King Farm, because of its wonderful diversity, and the hard earned wisdom of its members, can be a place of such healing.

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IKF Blog
Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013

Diana Matheson and Robyn Gayle two of the star players of the Washington Spirit move into Ingleside at King Farm!

blog-soccerjpgTwo Olympic medal-winning soccer players follow in the footsteps of a professional baseball player – into a retirement community. See article at the "Guide to Retirement Living" website.

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Kimberly Hartke
Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ingleside Computer Club

blog-computerclassjpgJo Stafford, an American pop singer once famously said, “I've got a computer, but I won't go near it.” A new club at Ingleside at King Farm is not only making computers approachable, but giving reluctant users confidence they never thought possible.

Many members of the Ingleside at King Farm (IKF) community are still working or running businesses, leading non-profits, or doing consulting work, and are aware that computers are an important tool in the workplace. And, those of our members who are retired want to learn computers for personal reasons and to stay in touch with relatives.

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Kimberly Hartke
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013

Ingleside at King Farm starts the New Year with a full time chaplain

ThayerjpgIngleside at King Farm starts the New Year with a full time chaplain, Rev. Richard Thayer who is a spiritual friend to the Ingleside community members. The generosity of numerous members (who became benefactors) led to increasing Rev. Thayer’s availability to our community.

The story of how Rev. Thayer ended up at Ingleside is indicative of the way things seem to work around here. After completing an interim ministry post, Rev. Thayer mused in his 2011 Christmas letter that he was looking around for a new place to serve. A good friend who happened to live at Ingleside read the letter and urged him to apply for a new job as part time Chaplain of Ingleside at King Farm.

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