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Laurelwood Memory Care Groundbreaking

Last month, we were very excited to break ground on the Memory Care Neighborhood at Laurelwood. The neighborhood will consist of eight Assisted Living apartment homes, an open kitchen with a dining table, and a dedicated living room.

Members of The Highlands Resident Council and Executive Director Lloyd Theiss standing in a line holding shovels at the Memory Care Groundbreaking Ceremony
Members of The Highlands at Pittsford Resident Council and Executive Director Lloyd Theiss at the Assisted Living Memory Care Groundbreaking Ceremony, August 3, 2021

The Memory Care Neighborhood is an addition to the existing Laurelwood Assisted Living building. Memory Care residents will be highly integrated with the greater Laurelwood community, including sharing meals in the Laurelwood Dining Room.

There’s So Much To Do at The Highlands

The Laurelwood Life Enrichment Team is busy creating an extensive activities plan for our Memory Care residents. It is our goal for all residents to live at their highest personal potential and to Enjoy Life! Activities take place throughout each day, in the evenings, and on weekends. Residents of The Highlands are as busy as they want to be!

Resident and member of The Highlands Resident Council smiling with shovel, ready to dig
Highlands resident and member of The Highlands Resident Council
Resident and member of The Highlands Resident Council standing with shovel along with Executive Director Lloyd Theiss
Highlands resident and member of The Highlands Resident Council along with Executive Director Lloyd Theiss

The Memory Care Neighborhood apartments will welcome residents starting May 2022.

Call us today to learn more! 585.586.7600

Assisted Living Families Reunite

This month, Residents of Laurelwood Assisted Living welcomed visitors to their homes for the first time in a year. Family members are now able to visit their loved ones in the comfort of their apartments.

Janet Sanewsky and her daughter shared how it feels to be spending more time together again with WHAM news.

“We’ve enjoyed each other’s company,” Janet said. “We always have, but we certainly appreciate it far more now.”

“A normal hug, is, it’s like a million dollars to me,” she added.

The staff welcomed visitors with this sign and some treats to celebrate the occasion.

And many residents lifted glasses of orange juice!

For more information on visitation, call The Highlands at 585.586.7600.

Holiday Card To The Highlands Staff

As this unusual year comes to a close, the staff was heartened to receive the following card from Cottage residents Midge and Joel.


Dear Staff,

Joel and I wish to thank all of you for incredible efforts to help us through this difficult year. We have loved the little “treats” on special occasions, e.g. Mother’s & Father’s Day & the 4th of July , the Ice Cream Truck’s appearance, pumpkins and the decorations at different times of the year. I know this isn’t a complete list but they all give us delight.

We appreciate the friendly and patient people at the front desk as well as security and the maintenance people and the cleaners who competently help us while always being kind and friendly; the dining staff who deal with our (sometimes) crazy orders or grumpy responses and the chefs who create delicious meals; and those of you who try to keep us involved and sane with the many programs that you plan, the videos for exercise, the many lectures – all of which we can still access while in this crazy Covid situation. We can joke & laugh with you and know you care.

We know there are many others behind the scenes who we don’t interact with and our apologies for not mentioning you, but this includes you too.

To all of you: Your generosity of spirit is what makes The Highlands at Pittsford the special place that it is.


Very sincerely, Midge & Joel

Cover of Midge & Joel's holiday card with photo taken by Joel
The card cover with photo taken by Joel

Midge & Joel were featured in this 2019 TV commercial

We are so grateful for the appreciation. We’d like to extend warmest wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday season!

Woman sitting peacefully with eyes closed


A simple, yet beneficial, breathing technique.

Here is a breathwork technique that can bring more calm, heightened focus, and many other benefits.

Box Breathing

Box Breathing, also known as four-square breathing, can be beneficial for everyone. To get started, sit upright in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor and arms resting in your lap. Sitting in a quiet environment will allow for added relaxation and calm.

Step 1: Exhale slowly

Slowly exhale through your nose or your mouth, whichever feels better to you. Release the oxygen from your lungs. Focus your attention only on your breathing.

Step 2: Inhale slowly

As you count to four slowly in your head, inhale deeply through your nose. Fill the abdomen with air allowing the stomach to rise as you breathe in. Feel the air rise and expand the chest as you complete the inhale. This step is the first side of the box in this box breathing technique. You may want to visualize a line being drawn from the bottom up to form one side of the box as you breathe in and count to four.

Step 3: Hold

Hold your breath for another slow count of four. You can visualize this step as the top of the box.

Step 4: Exhale slowly

Slowly release the air through your nose or mouth, whichever you prefer, to the count of four and visualize the line being drawn from top to bottom to form the other side of the box.

Step 5: Hold

At the bottom of your exhale, hold for the count of four as you visualize the line being drawn across the bottom to close out the box.


Repeat Steps 2-5 as many times as you’d like.

Follow along with this helpful video

A senior man wearing headphones while sitting on a bench

Popular Podcasts for Seniors

As we head into the cooler months, listening to podcasts is a great way to journey to far away lands, recall favorite childhood memories, or learn something new without leaving home.

How to Listen

You can listen to podcasts on one of many smart phone apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Most podcasts are available to stream on the web, as well.

With so many to pick from, here are some podcasts you may want to consider based on their popularity among seniors.

  1. Lux Radio Theater

Some will remember this very popular radio series (1934 – 1955) where the brightest stars of the day performed. The announcer opened the show by saying, “Lux presents Hollywood!” Iconic film director and producer Cecil B. DeMille hosted the show for many years. A recent reviewer wrote about the podcast, “I love these. It’s like someone is reading me a bedtime story…♥️”

  1. The Handyguys Podcast

The Handyguys will help you do many things such as choose the best flooring for your kitchen, learn about energy-saving devices, install a dog door on an exterior door, and just about anything else a DIY’er might want to know.

  1. Good Job Brain

For all the Jeopardy! and Trivial Pursuit fans out there, each of the 204 episodes of this podcast features trivia on a particular theme such as the Wild West, things under the sea, and the origin of some slang words.

  1. This American Life

A radio show with 2.2 million weekly listeners, it debuted in 1995 and now has a catalog of over 700 episodes. To get started, you might want to check out host Ira Glass’s favorite shows. Or, look through the recommended lists with episodes grouped by categories such as Award Winners and Stories Kids Seem To Like.

  1. Planet Money

The description of this podcast sums it up the best (see what we did there?): “The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening.”

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