National Chocolate Chip Day

Who would have knowen National Chocolate Chip Day is in May

• Celebrated on May 15 th • National Chocolate Chip Day celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are a great invention, and certainly deserve a little recognition. After all, where would chocolate chip cookies, cakes and muffins be without the chocolate chip! Chocolate Chip Fun Facts: • Chocolate chips are small chunks of chocolate. They are often sold in a round, flat-bottomed teardrop shape. They are available in numerous sizes, from large to miniature, but are usually less than 1 cm in diameter. • Chocolate chips are a required ingredient in chocolate chip cookies, which were invented in 1937 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. • May 15th is and August 4th are National Chocolate Chip Day. • Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors. These include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips. • Chocolate chips can be used in cookies, pancakes, waffles, cakes, pudding, muffins, crêpes, pies, hot chocolate, and various types of pastry. They are also found in many other retail food products such as granola bars, ice cream, and trail mix. • The chips melt best at temperatures between 104 and 113 °F (40 and 45 °C). The melting process starts at around 90 °F when the cocoa butter in the chips starts to heat. The cooking temperature must never exceed 115 °F (for milk and white) or 120 °F (for dark) or the chocolate will burn. • Today, chocolate chips are very popular as a baking ingredient in the United States and the chocolate chip cookie is regarded as a quintessential American dessert. • Chocolate chips are also available in Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. Nestlé and The Hershey Company are among the top producers of chocolate chips. • In 1987 Chester Soling sponsored a contest to find the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies and got over 2.600 responses for various recipes. • Did you know you eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime? • Chocolate chip cookies were originally called Chocolate Crunch Cookies. • Massachusetts’s official state cookie is the chocolate chip cookie, and in 2001 the common wealth of Pennsylvania declared it their official cookie as well. • Chocolate chips are popular in cooking and baking, for a wide variety of breads, cakes, and cookies. There is an almost endless number of recipes. They are also used in decorating. Have you ever had chocolate chip pancakes? How about chocolate chips in trail mix? If you've never had these, then you're leading a sheltered life. • Rare is the leftover chocolate chip. If you don't use the whole bag, you and/or your kids will likely eat them as a snack before they make it to the storage container.

Mother’s Day Facts

Mother’s Day Facts for the month of May

• In Greek mythology spring festivals were held in honor of the maternal goddess called, Rhea. She was the wife of Cronus and was believed to be the mother of many deities. • In 250 B.C. ancient Romans celebrated a spring festival called, Hilaria. This was dedicated to a mother goddess named, Cybele, on the Ides of March. Her followers would make offerings at the temple, hold parades, play games and also have masquerades. It lasted three days. • In the 1600’s England, Mothering Sunday took place on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It began with a prayer service in honor of the Virgin Mary. Afterwards children would present their moms with flowers. • In 1870 a female activist, writer and poet by the name of Julia Ward (she wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) suggested a day of peace and strongly advocated other women to stand up against the war. From this plea she was able to get Boston to recognize mothers on the second Sunday of June. • Anna Jarvis was also a woman that may have been behind our traditional Mother’s Day celebration on the second Sunday of May. Anna never had any children, but wanted to carry out her own mother’s wishes of having a day just for moms. Anna tirelessly campaigned and on May 8th, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. • Mother’s Day sees around one quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year falling on this holiday. • Carnations are very popular flowers for Mother’s Day and are thought to be made from the tears of Jesus’ mother (Mary) when she wept at his feet the day He was crucified. • Pink and red carnations are given to mother’s that are still alive, while white ones are for those that have passed away. • Studies and research now show that giving a bouquet of flowers has many positive health and psychological benefits. • In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M. • Ancient Egyptians believed cats were sacred animals and revered ‘Bast’ as the mother of all cats on Earth. • In the United States alone, around 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day. • Approximately $14 billion dollars is spent on Mother’s Day. • In what was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. The only way she could get free would be to pay her children with treats. • In 1939 in Lima, Peru, the youngest mother on record delivered a baby boy by C-section. She was only 5 years-old and the baby was raised as her brother. • On the flip-side, the oldest woman to deliver a baby was recorded on April 9, 2003. Her name is, Satyabhama Mahapatra, and is a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India. She gave birth to a baby boy, which was her first child after 50 years of marriage. However, the eggs were donated by her 26 year-old niece. What will you surprise your Mother with………….?

Memorial Day 2019

Honoring our Servicemen on Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year's first sunburn. Here's a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective.

  1. IT STARTED WITH THE CIVIL WAR. Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both sides died. The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the country led to spontaneous commemorations of the dead: • In 1864, women from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, put flowers on the graves of their dead from the just-fought Battle of Gettysburg. The next year, a group of women decorated the graves of soldiers buried in a Vicksburg, Mississippi, cemetery. • In April 1866, women from Columbus, Mississippi, laid flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. In the same month, in Carbondale, Illinois, 219 Civil War veterans marched through town in memory of the fallen to Woodlawn Cemetery, where Union hero Major General John A. Logan delivered the principal address. The ceremony gave Carbondale its claim to the first organized, community-wide Memorial Day observance. • Waterloo, New York began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. Although many towns claimed the title, it was Waterloo that won congressional recognition as the "birthplace of Memorial Day."
  2. MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. LOGAN MADE IT OFFICIAL. General Logan, the speaker at the Carbondale gathering, also was commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans. On May 5, 1868, he issued General Orders No. 11, which set aside May 30, 1868 "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion." The orders expressed hope that the observance would be "kept up from year to year while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades."
  3. IT WAS FIRST KNOWN AS DECORATION DAY. The holiday was long known as Decoration Day for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. The name Memorial Day goes back to 1882, but the older name didn't disappear until after World War II. Federal law declared "Memorial Day" the official name in 1967.
  4. THE HOLIDAY IS A FRANCHISE. Calling Memorial Day a "national holiday" is a bit of a misnomer. While there are 10 federal holidays created by Congress—including Memorial Day—they apply only to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. Federal Memorial Day, established in 1888, allowed Civil War veterans, many of whom were drawing a government paycheck, to honor their fallen comrades without being docked a day's pay. For the rest of us, our holidays were enacted state by state. New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day a legal holiday, in 1873. Most Northern states had followed suit by the 1890s. The states of the former Confederacy were unenthusiastic about a holiday memorializing those who, in General Logan's words, "united to suppress the late rebellion." The South didn't adopt the May 30 Memorial Day until after World War I, by which time its purpose had been broadened to include those who died in all the country's wars. In 1971, the Monday Holiday Law shifted Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday of the month.
  5. IT WAS JAMES GARFIELD'S FINEST HOUR—OR MAYBE HOUR-AND-A-HALF. On May 30, 1868, President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery—which, until 1864, was Confederate General Robert E. Lee's plantation. Some 5000 people attended on a spring day which, The New York Times reported, was "somewhat too warm for comfort." The principal speaker was James A. Garfield, a Civil War general, Republican congressman from Ohio and future president. "I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion," Garfield began, and then continued to utter them. "If silence is ever golden, it must be beside the graves of fifteen-thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung." It went on like that for pages and pages. As the songs, speeches and sermons ended, the participants helped to decorate the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.
  6. NOT EVEN THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER CAN AVOID MEDIA SCRUTINY THESE DAYS. "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God." That is the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknowns, established at Arlington National Cemetery to inter the remains of the first Unknown Soldier, a World War I fighter, on November 11, 1921. Unknown soldiers from World War II and the Korean War subsequently were interred in the tomb on Memorial Day 1958. An emotional President Ronald Reagan presided over the interment of six bones, the remains of an unidentified Vietnam War soldier, on November 28, 1984. Fourteen years later, those remains were disinterred, no longer unknown. Spurred by an investigation by CBS News, the defense department removed the remains from the Tomb of the Unknowns for DNA testing. The once-unknown fighter was Air Force pilot Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie, whose jet crashed in South Vietnam in 1972. "The CBS investigation suggested that the military review board that had changed the designation on Lt. Blassie's remains to 'unknown' did so under pressure from veterans' groups to honor a casualty from the Vietnam War," The New York Timesreported in 1998. Lieutenant Blassie was reburied near his hometown of St. Louis. His crypt at Arlington remains permanently empty.
  7. VIETNAM VETS GO WHOLE HOG. On Memorial Day weekend in 1988, 2500 motorcyclists rode into Washington, D.C. for the first Rolling Thunder rally to draw attention to Vietnam War soldiers still missing in action or prisoners of war. By 2002, the ride had swelled to 300,000 bikers, many of them veterans. There may have been a half-million participants in 2005, in what organizers bluntly call "a demonstration—not a parade." A national veterans rights group, Rolling Thunder takes its name from the B-52 carpet-bombing runs during the war in Vietnam.
  8. MEMORIAL DAY HAS ITS CUSTOMS. General Orders No. 11 stated that "in this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed," but over time several customs and symbols became associated with the holiday. • It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. • Taps, the 24-note bugle call, is played at all military funerals and memorial services. It originated in 1862 when Union General Dan Butterfield "grew tired of the 'lights out' call sounded at the end of each day," according to The Washington Post. Together with the brigade bugler, Butterfield made some changes to the tune. Not long after, the melody was used at a burial for the first time when a battery commander ordered it played in lieu of the customary three rifle volleys over the grave. The battery was so close to enemy lines, and the commander was worried the shots would spark renewed fighting. • The World War I poem "In Flanders Fields," by John McCrea, inspired the Memorial Day custom of wearing red artificial poppies. In 1915, a Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker named Moina Michael began a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of tribute to veterans and for "keeping the faith with all who died." The sale of poppies has supported the work of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  9. THERE STILL IS A GRAY MEMORIAL DAY. Several Southern states continue to set aside a day for honoring the Confederate dead, which is usually called Confederate Memorial Day. It's on the fourth Monday in April in Alabama, April 26 in Georgia, June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee, the last Monday in April in Mississippi, May 10 in North and South Carolina, January 19 in Texas, and the last Monday in May in Virginia.
  10. EACH MEMORIAL DAY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. No question that Memorial Day is a solemn event. Still, don't feel too guilty about doing something frivolous (like having barbecue) over the weekend. After all, you weren't the one who instituted the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911. That credit goes to Indianapolis businessman Carl Fisher. The winning driver that day was Ray Harroun, who averaged 74.6 mph and completed the race in 6 hours and 42 minutes. Gravitas returned on May 30, 1922, when the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. Supreme Court Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft dedicated the monument before a crowd of 50,000 people, segregated by race, and which included a row of Union and Confederate veterans. Also attending was Lincoln's surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln. In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. in an act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3 p.m. "is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday."

Older Americans Month 2019

This month - Older Americans Month 2019 Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2019 theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to: • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation. • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. Communities that encourage the contributions of older adults are stronger! By engaging and supporting all community members, we recognize that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives. This webpage will include suggestions, resources, and material to celebrate older Americans and the communities of which they are a vital part. Everyone benefits when everyone can participate. We encourage you to connect, create, and contribute for stronger and more diverse communities this May, and throughout the year. History When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.” Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

Locally Grown Foods

Locally Grown Foods

7 benefits of eating local foods Eating locally grown foods has many benefits for the consumer, grower and the community. April 13, 2013 - Author: Rita Klavinski, Michigan State University Extension Soon farmers markets and roadside stands will be open and offering early spring crops such as rhubarb and asparagus. Also, growers who have greenhouses or hoop houses can offer greens early in the growing season. After what seemed like a long, cold winter season the chance to have locally grown food available to add to meals is irresistible. Having the option to purchase locally grown food has many benefits. Michigan State University Extension suggests the following benefits of buying locally grown food. • Locally grown food is full of flavor. When grown locally, the crops are picked at their peak of ripeness versus being harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to your local retail store. Many times produce at local markets has been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. • Eating local food is eating seasonally. Even though we wish strawberries were grown year round in Michigan, the best time to eat them is when they can be purchased directly from a local grower. They are full of flavor and taste better than the ones available in the winter that have traveled thousands of miles and picked before they were ripe. • Local food has more nutrients. Local food has a shorter time between harvest and your table, and it is less likely that the nutrient value has decreased. Food imported from far-away states and countries is often older, has traveled and sits in distribution centers before it gets to your store. • Local food supports the local economy. The money that is spent with local farmers and growers all stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in your community. • Local food benefits the environment. By purchasing locally grown foods you help maintain farmland and green and/or open space in your community. • Local foods promote a safer food supply. The more steps there are between you and your food’s source the more chances there are for contamination. Food grown in distant locations has the potential for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution. • Local growers can tell you how the food was grown. You can ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops. When you know where your food comes from and who grew it, you know a lot more about that food. As the growing season starts and gets into full swing, you should think about how you can add more locally grown foods to your menus. By doing so you are supporting the many benefits of locally grown food.

The Manse on Marsh Hires Operations Management Company

Press Release: The Manse on Marsh             


San Luis Obispo, CA – The Manse on Marsh, LP ( and Horizon Senior Living, Inc, (HSL), the Licensed Operator of The Manse,  have entered into a definitive operations management agreement with Altamonte Management Advisors, LLC.

Logan Sexton, is the Managing Principal of Altamonte, and will also serve as the CEO and Executive Director of The Manse on Marsh, an 87 Suite Residential Care for the Elderly (RCFE) campus, located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Mr. Sexton has a long career in Senior Housing and Post-Acute Care. Recently, he served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for PCPMG Consulting, LLC, in Plano, Texas, and had executive responsibility for 112 post-acute and Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) over a twelve state footprint, during the past two years. In early 2015, through July 2016, Logan was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director (ED) for The Manse on Marsh and provided leadership that led to outstanding clinical and business results for this storied and highly regarding Assisted Living Facility.

Logan states, “The Manse is a senior living community that has served its residents and their families for over 18 years, in a manner consistent with high quality of life and a fine standard of living. The amazingly dedicated and caring staff, in every department, functions as a team that is devoted to our theme of “We All Own Everything” and we strive to exceed the expectations of our residents and our stakeholders, at all times. I am extremely happy to be back in San Luis Obispo and we are determined to consistently improve our standard of performance for our residents’ care.”


Altamonte Management Advisors, LLC ( is a company founded by Logan Sexton and operates in California, with headquarters in Stuart, Florida. It provides Executive Leadership Coaching, Turn-Around Management Services, Due Diligence Assessments for Acquisitions and Divestitures, as well as Facility-Specific Disaster Planning and Recovery Management.

All-American Style


Part 2: Just Jazz: A Purely American Art Form

Music, like all other art forms, is a wonderful melting pot filled with historic and cultural influences. And nowhere is that “melting pot” illustrated more than in the most American of music styles: Jazz. While music has been around ever since man was able to clap his hands and put a rhythm together, every culture and country since then has developed their own take on the musical arts. These days, musical culture ranges from the very traditional to hypermodern, with historic and cultural influences converging to create a wonderful melting pot of sound and substance that’s continually shifting.

This form of music came about in the late 19th century as (cultural) worlds collided. Classical music styles of America and Europe started to merge with African influences such as spirituals, ragtime and blues. The genre is credited with originating from the African-American communities in New Orleans, and quickly spreading across America and then around the world. No wonder that it’s sometimes referred to as “America’s classical music!”

As jazz grew and spread, it evolved into different styles such as New Orleans Jazz, Kansas City Jazz, Gypsy jazz, bebop, cool jazz and more. And it’s still evolving today, with genres like smooth jazz, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz bringing an international flair to this music style.

Even so, classic jazz--like what was played in the 1940s and 1950s--is still considered to many as “classic” jazz. And for senior adults, it’s also the soundtrack to their childhood and senior years. After all, they grew up at the time that Duke Ellington’s jazz orchestra was playing on the radio and one of the most popular music groups of the time. Seniors these days also heard the rise of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and other great jazz innovators.

“We understand the importance that music plays for seniors in senior living communities,” says Chris Skiff, owner of The Manse on Marsh in San Luis, Obispo County, CA. “At our retirement village on the central coast, we’re always looking for unique, fun opportunities for our residents to take a trip down memory lane. Remembering happy memories and building new ones have such a big role in helping seniors in Assisted Living live happy, engaging lives.”

One of these opportunities to create new memories will be happening at one of our upcoming events in San Luis Obispo County.

On July 25th at 7pm, The Manse on Marsh will host Crustacea Jazz Band. Crustacea Jazz Band plays danceable and swinging tunes in the New Orleans jazz style. Audiences around the country have enjoyed and responded to their music because it’s upbeat, happy, humorous and romantic. Bring your friends and family, put on your dancing shoes and get ready for an evening of creativity and camaraderie as you’re serenaded by familiar tunes from the 1900s to the 1930s.

“Not only is this a great opportunity to hear some spectacular music, but it’s also a chance for individuals to check out our Independent living services and Assisted Living services at our luxury senior retirement community,” says Chris Skiff. “Our active senior living community is one of a kind in San Luis Obispo County, and we look forward to showing all the options for Independent living we have at our California senior living community.”


For more information about the Crustacea Jazz Band, please visit their website:

All-American Style


Part 1: What Does Independence Mean to You?

As Independence Day approaches, our minds turn to pool parties, fireworks, barbecues and celebrations. The Fourth of July is a great time to enjoy the company of friends and family, but it's also a perfect opportunity to explore the idea of independence. What does independence mean to you? To your family? To your community?  Since independence is such a cornerstone of our society, The Manse on Marsh encourages you to take this Fourth of July to celebrate in a more meaningful way. Who knows? You might just find a new favorite tradition.

Read the Declaration of Independence

Many of us can probably recite part of this document by heart. But when was the last time you read through the entire document? Independence Day is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the commitment our nation's founding fathers made and the reason our country was formed. You can find a copy of the Declaration on the National Archives website for free. Take some time this Independence Day to read it (you'll find it surprisingly easy to read and understand) and reflect, either on your own or with a discussion group. You can also find (again, for free) lectures discussing the Declaration on YouTube.

Thank a Service Member

We all know the importance of sharing our appreciation for our servicemen and women. But on the Fourth of July, why not extend that love to the brave men and women who work to keep our communities safe? Or otherwise care for us? Consider opportunities to volunteer in the community, like handing out water bottles at a local celebration, race or parade or show your appreciation to the fire department or local police by providing treats or simply sending a card.

On the patriotic side, we have a large number of Veterans in our community, so we show our thanks by celebrating the service and sacrifices they have made to help this great country remain free and independent. On a more personal side, independence is something we strive to give our senior residents each and every day. We're an independent and assisted living community, and our purpose is to give our residents the tools and resources they need to live their most engaged, fulfilling and independent life.

Visit a Memorial or Historic Site

Many cities around the nation have a memorial dedicated to Veterans and those who have served. If you have one in your town (or there is one nearby), consider visiting it and perhaps find out if you can assist with keeping it beautiful, either by planting flowers, weeding or generally cleaning up the area. You may not be able to do it on the actual Fourth, but nonetheless, it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation.

Enjoy Independence, All-American Style

Finally, don't forget the best part of celebrating our independence ... actually celebrating! Whether it's as big as a backyard barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, apple pie and other American standards, or a simple gathering with close friends and family, take some time this Fourth of July to celebrate in your own special way.

The Power of Music

Part 2: The Effect of Music on Memory

We’ve all had the experience of getting a song “stuck in our heads.” There’s something about music that just latches on to our memory and remains there for...well, sometimes for life. This can range from annoying (“It’s a Small World,” anyone?), to a great party trick (quick! Sing the Alka-Seltzer jingle!) to some very meaningful moments indeed.

Because music plays such an integral part of our humanity and has, in fact, been a “soundtrack” to all sorts of events, big and little, throughout our lives, it’s no surprise that recent research has shown that using music associated with personal memories can help connect, engage and reach seniors.

A recent documentary, Alive Inside, showed an in-depth and moving look at this phenomenon through the work of Dan Cogan. In the film, Dan highlighted the story of Henry, whose health had deteriorated to the point where he was unresponsive to exterior cues. However, when Dan created a personalized playlist for Henry filled with music from his past, something magical happened. When the earbuds were placed in his ears, Henry started singing along. Afterwards, Henry was even able to carry on a conversation—something he hadn’t been able to do in a very long time.

While Henry’s reaction seems nothing less than miraculous, the results are based in science. During a recent study, researchers scanned the brains of patients as they listened to 20-second sound clips and compared them to brain scans done during 20 seconds of silence. What they discovered is that music—especially music that has personal meaning to the listener—activates the entire brain, which causes all the different parts to communicate with each other.

For individuals with memory issues, while certain parts of the brain are affected greatly, there are other networks in the brain that remain fairly functional. One of these is the salience network, which is the part of the brain that can register listening to favorite music. Because this network remains intact even as other capabilities fade away, personal music is able to reach the individual when other tactics can't.

This philosophy of music unlocking memories is playing a bigger and bigger role in senior living communities. More and more retirement homes are integrating music into their therapies and event calendars to bring families and seniors together in meaningful ways.

At The Manse on Marsh, music has always played an important role at our central coast retirement community. From our weekly music group to unique special events, it is our honor and pleasure to share the power of music with our residents and their families.

We’d love to share that musical magic with you at an upcoming event at our luxury retirement community. Join us on June 20 at 6:30pm for a special performance by the “In Time Trio.” Rebecca Robinson, Judy Philbin and Kit Johnson will join us at The Manse on Marsh to perform fun, retro patriotic music that’s fun for them whole family. Join us for an evening rambling down memory lane!

The Power of Music


Part 1: Music Hath Charms:The Surprising Health Benefits of Music for Seniors

From the minute we’re born, music plays an instrumental part in our lives. From lullabies to birthday parties, from school concerts to Friday-night cruising, to choosing that special “first song” at your wedding and beyond, we each construct a unique soundtrack that can instantly cheer us, touch our hearts and bring us together.

That’s not just emotions talking– it’s science. There’s a phenomenon known as “entrainment,” which is when an individual’s biological rhythms are synced with the music they’re hearing. It’s such a strong biological phenomenon that just listening to soothing music can help a person relax, de-stress and even mentally and physically process everything from emotions to medications.

“Music is one of those things that brings everyone together, no matter how young or old we are,” says Christopher Skiff, Owner of The Manse on Marsh, an independent living and assisted living community offering short-term stays and palliative care in San Luis Obispo, CA. “It also has such power to us both mentally and emotionally. I’ve seen individuals with memory loss start dancing to a familiar beat or even singing along with a favorite song. It’s a beautiful thing. But most of all, it’s fun for everyone. That’s why our weekly music therapy session at The Manse is so well-attended, because it’s something all our residents can enjoy.”

Symphonic music, particularly, has proven time and time again to be soothing, relaxing and peaceful for older adults. In fact, it’s been shown to sometimes be more effective than medication! German researchers found that individuals recovering from major surgery had significantly lower stress levels after listening to classical music. Classical music was also, in some cases, much more effective to inducing relaxation than common anti-anxiety medications.

The American Society of Hypertension lists several major health benefits that classical music has on seniors, including:

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Quicker recovery following a stroke
  • A boost in immunity
  • Pain relief
  • Improved physical performance
  • Better sleep

While appreciation for classical music is accessible to people of all ages, seniors attend orchestral performances at a much higher number, probably because they grew up with classical music playing in their households. Attending a symphony performance is also an excellent social activity, allowing people to meet up with friends as well as experience an enjoyable concert.

To make quality music more personal and accessible to our residents, The Manse on Marsh will be hosting an afternoon high tea event on June 11 at 3:00 p.m. Our special guest performer will be Jennifer Martin, Director of the San Luis Obispo Winds Orchestra. Ms. Martin is an exceptionally gifted conductor with a wide variety of experience conducting ensembles, high school bands, orchestras, musical theatre productions and honor groups in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. She will entertain our guests with her special musical talent as a concert guitarist, sharing her unique talent of performing fingerstyle acoustic melodies.

We welcome all members of the community to attend this special upcoming event and enjoy fun, fellowship and a lively conversation.

Please visit The Manse on Marsh website for more information on our special events and how we celebrate seniors at our community.