All About Successful Aging

Crane’s Mill, a senior living community in Essex County, New Jersey, is committed to the successful aging of its residents.

A Crane’s Mill resident uses the Telesensory Machine in our library.

The Crane’s Mill staff is continuously searching for new ways to ensure our residents are able to stay active and healthy throughout their retirement.

There are examples of this type of commitment to successful aging all around the campus. For instance, in our library, there is a Telensory Machine, which magnifies text and images in books up to 50 times their original size. This machine was brought to Crane’s Mill in part because of our resident low vision support group and their dedication to ensuring that people with vision impairment can still enjoy books, magazines, and other printed materials.

Another great example is the Hearing Loop technology installed in Hinman Hall. Here’s a link to an article that provides more details about the technology, and how Crane’s Mill uses it to keep our residents and guests “in the loop.”

We’ve heard of many more great things to come in the area of successful aging, and we’ll be sure to post about them right here on the Crane’s Mill Courier as we learn more.

How About a Game of Bridge?

 Crane’s Mill, an Essex County, New Jersey Retirement Community is home to a number of bridge enthusiasts.

Bridge is a popular game at Crane’s Mill

Bridge is a very popular pastime here at Crane’s Mill. Our Director of Community Programming frequently plans Bridge games in our Cherry Blossom Lounge. In addition, many residents put together their own Bridge games throughout the week.

Personally, this author has seen this card game bring together people from all walks of life. For example, our Assisted Living and Independent Living residents often meet up for weekly games, as do guests from the outside community including residents’ friends and family members.

It’s just one of many ways that people include their current friends, and make new friends, here at Crane’s Mill. Our resident-run welcoming committee reaches out to every new resident to learn all about them, and does a wonderful job of pairing the person up with current residents who share their interests. To learn more, please call 973-276-6700 or click here to send us an email.

April is National Garden Month – Join Us in Celebrating!

Residents of Crane’s Mill, an Essex County Retirement Community, enjoy gardening as a fun spring activity.

April is National Garden Month

Although today may mark “April Fools’ Day,” we’re not joking when we tell you that that April is National Garden month. Considering we’re in the Garden State, and that our residents enjoy gardening, how can we notcelebrate this colorful month!

In the colder weather, all sorts of plants and flowers can be seen in our campus greenhouse, but as the weather warms, the ground thaws, and the days grow longer, you’ll begin to see many different gardens sprouting up all around campus.

For our cottage-dwellers, you will see gardens akin to those you would see at a single-family home while apartment residents take advantage of their screened-in porches (every apartment has one). Plus there’s the ever-popular gardening club, which does a fantastic job in transforming pockets of our 48-acre campus intro glorious gardens.

The National Gardening Association has a great website that has information, project ideas, and resources to help you and your family get in the gardening spirit.

While we’re on the topic of nature, please be sure to visit our series of 100 Amazing Nature Photos.

Housekeeping at Crane’s Mill: Fully Included and Always Friendly

At Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community in West Caldwell, New Jersey, housekeeping is fully included for every resident.

Housekeeping is included for all Crane’s Mill residents

Crane’s Mill is an all-inclusive style retirement community. What that means for our residents is that amenities like dining, transportation, and live entertainment are fully included—akin to an all-inclusive vacation, there’s no need to carry extra cash.

What may surprise you is that housekeeping is also fully included. Every other week, at a scheduled time, a member of our environmental services staff visits your apartment or cottage for a general housekeeping session, and typically some friendly conversation.

Also, once each year, there is an “annual cleaning” for every apartment, which involves extra staff members and includes moving furniture and cleaning exterior sliding doors, just to name a few items on the long checklist.

So, when you consider a move to a retirement community, make sure you know what’s included—and what is extra—so you can make an informed decision about your future.

If you’d like to learn more about Crane’s Mill and the services and amenities included at the community, please call us at 973-276-6700 or click here to reach our “contact us” page.

Tech Support with Savvy Students – A Favorite Resident Benefit!

A Free Service for Crane’s Mill Residents

Crane’s Mill now offers its residents tech support provided by students from James Caldwell High School

Did you know? Tech-savvy students from James Caldwell High School are now available on a weekly basis to provide our residents with assistance with their technology needs.

The service is free, and open to all Crane’s Mill residents. To make use of the service, residents are asked to fill out a tech support request form, which are available on the table outside of the Activities office.

Public computers in the library and lounges (located in Sycamore I & II and Creekside) can be reserved for tech support appointments. Students will make “service calls” to residents’ apartments if assistance is needed with immobile/connected devices (desktop computers, televisions, home phones, cable connections, etc.).

Examples of “technology” include:
Computers (desktop and laptop)
Internet
Email
Microsoft Word (word processing)
Television
Cable/Internet/Phone Connections (Verizon, Comcast)
DVD Players
Computer Programs
Cell Phones
Smart Phones (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone)
iPads
Kindle
Nook

Residents or family members with questions about the program may contact Nicole Smith, Director of Community Programming, by calling 973-276-3012, or click here to send her an email.