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Summit Resident Bill Hadden Credits Love, Faith for a Full Life

Anyone who has visited The Summit has probably met Bill Hadden. If they met Bill, they definitely met Sammie. It doesn’t take long to realize that the duo’s friendship is unique. Between his jokes and tales of his adventures, it takes even less time to recognize that he, a 94-year-old World War II veteran, is …

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Lakewood Gifts Dozens of Books to The Summit Library

The Summit’s library boasts more than 1,500 books, separated out into fiction, non-fiction, biographical and large print. The community librarian, Hazel Harrison, said that without a doubt, the large print selection is the most popular.   “Several years ago, the Summit Library Committee started marking our large print books with a red dot on the spine. At …

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The Summit seeks area artists’ help for spring art show

LYNCHBURG, Va. — In the midst of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Summit is inviting local artists to share their work with residents for a temporary art show this spring. Artwork will be displayed across the Life Plan Community, which includes Independent Living, Assisted Living and Health and Rehab, as a bright spot for …

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Vaccine Clinic First Step Towards Normal

After a year of enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and staff at The Summit received a small vial of hope—the vaccine. Because The Summit is a Life Plan Community, residents and staff were eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which requires two doses. The staff setup a vaccination clinic this winter, scheduling appointments for staff …

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Residents Share the Love

A handful of staff and residents busily pick from roses, carnations, and baby’s breath. Each flower finding its way into a vase to be delivered with a Valentine to residents in Assisted Living and Health and Rehab. “We wanted to provide a way to let all residents across the campus, especially those in Assisted Living …

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The Summit Gets Creative Coping with COVID-19

Residents move to The Summit for community, not to practice social distancing, but residents and staff have adapted to the CDC guidelines for Life Plan Communities to stay safe and healthy. As our world deals with COVID-19, residents of the Summit are embracing living separate together. While things are different, The Summit has looked for …

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Residents Find Solace in The Summit Gardening

Jim and Carol Pollock have always loved gardening. Thanks to The Summit’s communal garden, they can enjoy a beloved hobby—while social distancing—even during COVID-19. “We’ve been gardening for a good, many years. We used to have a big garden,” Jim said. “It’s not really an escape; it’s more like a continuation. If I couldn’t garden …

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Laughter is Medicine

Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine. Just ask Kyle Edgell, a certified humor professional through the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. “People who use humor and people who laugh are going to help themselves physiologically and emotionally. Laughing exercises inner organs to help with breathing,” Kyle said. Kyle recently spoke to residents and guests …

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Residents of The Summit Living Separate Together

Residents move to The Summit for community, not to practice social distancing, but residents and staff are adapting to the CDC guidelines for Life Plan Communities to stay safe and healthy. As our world deals with COVID-19, residents of The Summit are embracing living separate together. To keep residents and staff safe, the Life Plan Community has taken …

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A Christmas Tradition

Grandson Shares 35 Years Worth of Santa Creations with Grandmother Adam Johnson thought the Christmas celebration was noisy and rushed downstairs to color a Santa Claus for his grandmother, Ruth Johnson. “He brought up the first little Santa Claus that he drew when he was four and was going to be five the next day, and …

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