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December 23, 2020
25 Stories to Christmas

As December approached in the year when I was expecting my third child, I decided I wanted to tell the Christmas story to our two children, five-year-old Barbie and six-year-old Carl, in a way they would find meaningful. Wouldn’t it be fun, I thought, to tell it in a series of installments, one each day …

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December 22, 2020
Wartime Christmases

Preparations for Christmas in World War II England generated much excitement in my home. My mother, sister, and I made decorations out of cotton wool, sticky colored paper squares, beads, and greenery. We cut the paper squares into strips to make paper chains that, with my father’s help, we strung diagonally across the living and …

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December 21, 2020
Christmas 1968 – Another Period of Time with Unrest and a Pandemic

My husband and our four children (three sons age eight, ten and twelve, plus a little girl, age three) and I had moved into our new home in Miami. I was prepared to make this Christmas a very special one. 1968 had been a very sad year: the war in Viet Nam was escalating, Robert …

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December 20, 2020
A Bedtime Call from Santa

My older brother’s birthday is December 3rd. After his birthday we just knew that Christmas was soon to come. My dad was a baker, so he had to go to work at night during the holidays to get orders filled. We were left at home with our mom, who would be busy with laundry and …

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December 19, 2020
An Impromptu Musical Moment

This story is about my daughter, Bonnie Meyer, who happens to be musically inclined. When she was 17 years old, she was singing in the church choir and was called to do a special solo with her guitar. Right before the service started that evening, the minister had requested that she do the first verse …

read more
December 18, 2020
A Wooden Christmas Tree

In December of 1952, I was in the Army stationed at Clark Air Force Base, which was located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. All my fellow soldiers in our Quonset hut agreed that we should celebrate Christmas by having our own Christmas tree. We soon realized that what we think of as …

read more
December 17, 2020
Remembering Special Christmas Gifts

I have such fond memories of special Christmas gifts received over the years . . . When I was about four years old, I received a beautiful sturdily built doll about two feet tall. She was dressed in a lovely pink dress with a ruffled collar, pantaloons, and a hat decked out with a dainty …

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December 16, 2020
Our Special Christmas Tree

My father wanted to be an architect, but he had to drop out of college to help take care of his sick mother. He ended up running the family hardware store instead. My parents were married during the Depression, and I remember them collecting ideas for their “Dream House” for years as I was growing …

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December 15, 2020
Heaven Can Wait

Christmas evokes special, lifelong memories for me of my mom simply because it was her very favorite time of the year. We all called her Mimi, the name my son had given her. She could not wait to put up the holiday trees, decorated so beautifully—usually three plus one “Charlie Brown” tree outside on the …

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December 14, 2020
Letters From Santa

For many years on Christmas morning, my daughter, Madison, received a personalized letter from Santa. By the time she joined our family, my employer had been writing a Santa letter to his granddaughter for a couple of years. He had closely followed Madison’s adoption journey throughout 1998, and that year he surprised us both with …

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December 13, 2020
Just Call Me Mrs. Santa

After my husband had open-heart surgery, he decided not to shave so that he wouldn’t have to worry with blood thinners. Soon his beard had grown out fully, and he returned to work. His co-workers were simply thrilled to see his new beard and told him that he would make a perfect Santa Claus at …

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December 12, 2020
Christmas 2020

I was a child in the 40’s, during the heat of World War II, and grew up in a household with my parents, grandparents, a maiden aunt, and a younger brother. Our church’s Christmas festivities were a special highlight each year. A favorite memory is always the Christmas Pageant that my entire family attended together …

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September 3, 2021
Cedarfield’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Planned for Sept. 23-24

Celebration includes various events for residents and team members, a new scholarship fund for employees, and a new on-campus history exhibit. To celebrate Cedarfield’s 25th anniversary, we are planning a private three-day extravaganza for residents and team members in September 2021. While the community has hosted a variety of events and special programs throughout the …

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August 19, 2021
Cedarfield Featured on WTVR CBS6 Evening News

“It’s to protect elders, it’s to protect people’s lives, and to keep people out of hospitals.” — Chris Henderson, CEO of Pinnacle Living On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, Pinnacle Living CEO Chris Henderson and Cedarfield CNA Tonya Phillips were interviewed by WTVR in response to President Biden’s recent announcement that his administration will require nursing …

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May 18, 2021
Virginia Living Magazine’s Best of 2021

Cedarfield Takes Second Place in Virginia Living Magazine’s Best of 2021 Cedarfield was recognized among this year’s Best Retirement Community winners in Virginia Living’s tenth annual “Best Of Virginia” issue. This is the tenth year in a row Cedarfield has been honored in the annual reader’s survey, an achievement that coincides with Cedarfield 25th anniversary …

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April 29, 2021
Cedarfield Scholarship Fund

Cedarfield Celebrating First Recipients of Scholarship Fund Residents and team members are celebrating the first five recipients of the Cedarfield Scholarship Fund. These team members represent five departments ranging from maintenance to health services to housekeeping. Their goals are unique, but they all hope to grow professionally through education while they continue to serve …

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April 22, 2021
Cedarfield Opens Healthcare Household

New Era Opens to Serve Richmond’s Long Term Care Needs Cedarfield, Henrico County’s premier senior living retirement community, opened its brand new Household in April 2021. As the final component of the $100 million Cedarfield Master Plan Expansion project, Household incorporates a person-centered approach that shapes the physical environment, organizational structure, and enhances interpersonal relationships …

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March 19, 2021
Cedarfield Mentors Program

Throughout Pandemic, Cedarfield Mentors Program Connects With Local Elementary Students Through “Virtual Storytime” Sessions Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, several residents at Cedarfield, a premier senior living retirement community in Henrico County, have embraced technology to both connect with the outside world and combine their love of books and volunteering. Since November 2020, the Cedarfield Mentors …

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October 2, 2020
Words from Michael Shaw, Executive Director

We highlight our Cedarfield value of Culture in October. We bring to life our value of Culture by lifting up the following: Affirming Resident Choice, Celebrate Home and Community, and Strengthen Body, Mind and Soul. In most U.S. nursing homes, and in many assisted living communities, a very important element has been forgotten overtime: HOME. …

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March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Update

Temporary Visitation Restrictions in Effect at Cedarfield Pinnacle Living has been closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Virginia and has been taking appropriate precautionary measures to prevent entry of Coronavirus into our communities. There are no known cases of COVID-19 within any Pinnacle Living community. However, now that there are several confirmed cases …

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December 30, 2019
Press Release: Cedarfield Recognized as First Dementia Friendly Business in Henrico County

For Immediate Release Click to Print Press release December 16, 2019 — RICHMOND, Va. — LeadingAge Virginia, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services in the Commonwealth, has recognized Cedarfield as the first Dementia Friendly Business in Henrico County. In order to receive the Dementia Friendly Business designation, Cedarfield confirmed that: Backed by Pinnacle …

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June 24, 2019
Cedarfield’s Inaugural Vision Award

Cedarfield has always been known for the unique culture that promotes the Pinnacle Living Mission, Vision and Values. Part of what makes Cedarfield so unique is the impressive role the residents play in the community. The residents passion for Cedarfield led them to bestow the very first Vision Award. The Pinnacle Living vision: “a culture …

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April 11, 2018
Cedarfield Celebrates Mission

By Michael Shaw Executive Director Think about those brands that you purchase from over and over, even when there are cheaper options out there. Do you usually fly on a particular airline? Do you buy your coffee from the same place every morning? Do you recommend a specific restaurant whenever out-of-towners ask for suggestions? Have …

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March 26, 2018
Accreditation Announcement

Cedarfield is pleased to announce that we have been issued a 5-year CARF accreditation based upon a recent survey. This prestigious honor is an accomplishment that less than 10% of Continuing Care Retirement Communities achieve internationally! CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this …

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April 1, 2024
5 Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

Pet therapy offers positive physical and emotional support through casual, formal interactions. Find out more about the benefits of pet therapy for seniors.

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March 27, 2024
Nurturing Minds: The Best Games and Activities to Support Cognitive Function for Seniors

Discover engaging activities that elevate brain function and support seniors' cognitive well-being. Learn how Cedarfield's programs help residents thrive.

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December 12, 2023
Heart Healthy Winter Activities for Seniors

Discover heart-healthy winter activities for seniors, from scenic walks to group exercise. Let Cedarfield’s Pathways to Wellness help you reach your goals.

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December 25, 2020
A Memory That Always Brings a Smile

In the mid 70’s Louisa and I lived in Northern Virginia with our three wonderful youngsters: Josh, Jonathan, and Mollie. At the time, the boys were ages five and three. As Christmas approached, our neighbors had told us that the “real” Santa greeted children at a local plant nursery, but that we must be prepared …

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December 24, 2020
Advent reflection – 2020

The Advent our grandson was four years old, he was with his family for the weekly Sunday Mass. They were sitting in the balcony and Jack was quietly coloring when the priest said, “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!” At which point Jack stopped with poised crayon, and observed loudly, “WHAT? …

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December 23, 2020
25 Stories to Christmas

As December approached in the year when I was expecting my third child, I decided I wanted to tell the Christmas story to our two children, five-year-old Barbie and six-year-old Carl, in a way they would find meaningful. Wouldn’t it be fun, I thought, to tell it in a series of installments, one each day …

read more
December 22, 2020
Wartime Christmases

Preparations for Christmas in World War II England generated much excitement in my home. My mother, sister, and I made decorations out of cotton wool, sticky colored paper squares, beads, and greenery. We cut the paper squares into strips to make paper chains that, with my father’s help, we strung diagonally across the living and …

read more
December 21, 2020
Christmas 1968 – Another Period of Time with Unrest and a Pandemic

My husband and our four children (three sons age eight, ten and twelve, plus a little girl, age three) and I had moved into our new home in Miami. I was prepared to make this Christmas a very special one. 1968 had been a very sad year: the war in Viet Nam was escalating, Robert …

read more
December 20, 2020
A Bedtime Call from Santa

My older brother’s birthday is December 3rd. After his birthday we just knew that Christmas was soon to come. My dad was a baker, so he had to go to work at night during the holidays to get orders filled. We were left at home with our mom, who would be busy with laundry and …

read more
December 19, 2020
An Impromptu Musical Moment

This story is about my daughter, Bonnie Meyer, who happens to be musically inclined. When she was 17 years old, she was singing in the church choir and was called to do a special solo with her guitar. Right before the service started that evening, the minister had requested that she do the first verse …

read more
December 18, 2020
A Wooden Christmas Tree

In December of 1952, I was in the Army stationed at Clark Air Force Base, which was located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. All my fellow soldiers in our Quonset hut agreed that we should celebrate Christmas by having our own Christmas tree. We soon realized that what we think of as …

read more
December 17, 2020
Remembering Special Christmas Gifts

I have such fond memories of special Christmas gifts received over the years . . . When I was about four years old, I received a beautiful sturdily built doll about two feet tall. She was dressed in a lovely pink dress with a ruffled collar, pantaloons, and a hat decked out with a dainty …

read more