Glenmeadow Offers Program on Sexuality and Older Adults
An expert on sexual well-being to address singles as well as people in couples
EAST LONGMEADOW—Glenmeadow Learning will offer a program on sexuality on Friday, Sept. 21 at Bay Path University’s East Campus. It is the second program in Glenmeadow’s fall event series, which provides free educational programming in the community.
Sexuality and Older Adults: Intimacy, with a Dash of Humor will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon in the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center at 1 Denslow Road.
Jane Fleishman, an expert on the sexual well-being of older adults, will present research, trends, tips, and skills, addressing both individuals with partners as well as singles, for whom Fleishman has a message on life’s transitions.
Participants may take part in conversations about sexual fluidity and learn how to apply the knowledge in their own lives. Fleishman knows people may arrive feeling a bit awkward; she says she’ll get them laughing and will make things fun as well as interesting.
Fleishman is a certified sexuality educator and holds a doctoral degree from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University in Pennsylvania. She has written extensively about sex and older adults and has a podcast on the topic.
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.