Monthly Archives: March 2015

Words From The Wise Video Series – Telling Our Resident’s Stories

When you look back at your life, what will have mattered most to you? What if we considered this possibility now?  We decided to ask the people who live at Merrill Gardens to share their wisdom with us and we are so pleased to introduce our Words from the Wise video series.  Through these interviews with residents, we celebrate their lifetime of experiences and the joy that’s possible at every stage of life.

Words from the Wise gives Merrill Gardens residents center stage as they share their insight with candor in our first video focusing on advice for young people.  These seniors speak from the heart as they share what really matters.

We’ve traveled to our communities for the past few months to bring this video series to life.  We asked lots of questions and it’s been truly enlightening.  Talking to people who who were born in the 1920’s and giving them an opportunity to reflect on their lives and share what they have learned is a privilege.  Its also been a whole lot of fun to set up our cameras, ask some questions and just see where it goes!

We hope these videos in some small way communicate the life stories and experiences of those who came before us. As they share their dearest thoughts and reflect on their lives, we can learn so much in return.  Its such an honor for us to share these stories.

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My advice is… pick the way you are going to go and don’t be deterred.  If its what you really want, stick up for it.. and do it.”  Leta Mertes, born in 1923






“I have always been a great advocate of paying it forward. I think if we help our fellow human beings and require that they help someone down the line, that would go a long way in curing the ills that we have… if people would just take a better attitude towards each other.”  Tom Tompkins, born in 1926


You meet people from all walks of life, and you learn a lot about yourself by meeting other people. They come from all over the world, the country and everything like that… each one has a story to tell.”  Joan and Vince Cangiano, born in 1926, married for 56 years                                                                                 For many of us, growing older is a scary thought and our society doesn’t always do a good job of honoring those who have come before us.  We want our video series to shine a new light on the joy that comes from reflecting back on a life well lived.  We think you will love getting to know the people we profile as much as we did!


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Friendship Speed Dating

Making new connections is important no matter what age you are.  Residents at our communities in Willow Glen and Gilroy, California, had the chance to share some special connections recently when they gath001ered for a unique speed dating event.

Inspired by the new movie The Age of Love that follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in New York who sign up for a speed dating event, the Merrill Gardens residents enjoyed the chance to embark on new relationships.  age of loveThe day started with some of the ladies getting spruced up with the help of cosmetology school volunteers.   The 20 women and 11 men enjoyed lunch together before getting down to the business of speed dating.  They called it a friendship activity and the idea was to give the residents a fun way to get to know each other.


As you can see from the pictures, the event was a big success and a great way to make new connections.  Participants said they liked the format that allowed them to meet so many people in such a short amount of time.

022No word yet on whether any romances have bloomed as a result of the speed dating but we know some great new friendships were formed and that’s what really matters!age of llive blogage of love blog2All of the participants from both of the communities told us they had a wonderful time getting to know each other!


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