Glenmeadow Offers a Program on Birds, Wildlife and Climate Change
EAST LONGMEADOW—Glenmeadow will offer a presentation called “Through the Binoculars: Birds, Wildlife, and Climate Change” on Friday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at Bay Path University.
Presenter Patti Steinman of the Massachusetts Audubon Society will lead a talk on New England birds and wildlife and share her observations on how climate change is affecting those species.
The Audubon Society oversees 79 birding areas in the state, representing populations from orioles to whip-poor-wills. Steinman will also talk about changes in the moose, black bear, bald eagle and peregrine falcon populations.
Steinman has been part of the Mass Audubon team for almost 30 years. She has a master’s degree in science from Antioch New England Graduate School and received the 2011 Non-formal Environmental Educator of the Year award.
The program is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. To enroll, call (413) 567-7800 or visit glenmeadow.org/events.
Glenmeadow Learning is one of many free programs Glenmeadow offers to members of the wider community. And these programs represent only one facet of the life plan community’s mission to serve seniors across the region and to operate as a socially accountable organization.
Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is a nonprofit, accredited life plan community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.
To learn more about Glenmeadow and its history and offerings, visit www.glenmeadow.org.
In the 1800s, elderly individuals without family or means were sent to live at what was called “the poor farm.” In 1884, a group of civic leaders raised funds among themselves and other area families and purchased a house on Main Street in Springfield’s south end, establishing The Springfield Home for Aged Women. Quickly outgrowing that house, land was purchased on the corner of Chestnut and Carew streets, where a new home was constructed and opened in 1900. In 1960, the name was changed to Chestnut Knoll, and, in 1992, it began to admit men.
In 1993, the organization purchased a 23-acre parcel in Longmeadow to build a new community that would provide both independent living and assisted living in one building with various common areas. This was a new concept known as a continuing care retirement community. Existing residents from the old Chestnut Knoll property were moved to the new campus in 1997. Shortly after the move, the board voted to change its legal name to Glenmeadow to coincide with the name being used by the developer of the property.
Continuing care retirement communities are now referred to as life plan communities, responding to the needs of the aging population with new opportunities for care, plus creative, educational and personal exploration. Glenmeadow offerings, which include everything from senior living options and handyman services to personal care and travel programs, are provided at its Longmeadow campus and across the region through Glenmeadow at Home. Glenmeadow strives to fulfill its mission of nurturing the whole person in mind, body and spirit.