Archive | October, 2012

Meet Rev. Tim House

Tim is the minister of the Foxborough Universalist Church, in Foxborough Massachusetts. He began Friday’s chapel service for Doolittle Home residents in September.

In his “old life,” he was an actor, theater director, and college teacher. He taught at Emerson College in Boston for 20 plus years – full- and part-time – both in the Division of Performing Arts and the Division of Writing, Literature & Publishing.

In May of 2009, Tim received his Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School.  He completed my two-year ministerial internship at First Church in Boston in June, and was the summer minister at the UU Congregation of Reading in July and August of 2010.   He was ordained at First Church in Boston May 22, 2011, and welcomed into preliminary fellowship by the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association at General Assembly in Charlotte NC in June.  He’s thrilled to become a UU minister before getting too old to remember where he put my glasses.

Tim is married to Ann Gary, who is on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, which supports relationships between congregations in North America and those in Transylvania Romania, the Kasi Hills of north eastern India, the Philippines, and Africa. They have a 18 year-old son, Alex, who a very good epee fencer, and an eight year-old Australian terrier, Baci, who’s a very good eater and barker.

Tim is especially interested in people and their stories.  He believes we need to tell one another our stories and listen deeply to the stories of others.  He’s also interested in spirituality and the arts, and tries to find ways to use the many forms of applied, performance, and language arts to open pathways for sensing and expressing our connection with the Mysterious Source of Being.

“The Doolittle Home is such a comfortable place.  It really has the feeling of ‘home.’  The residents all tell me how comfortable and happy they are there.  It’s easy to see that they are safe and well taken care of physically, and it’s a pleasure to share in their spiritual time by leading some of their Chapel  services.”

Since 1915, Doolittle Home provides top of the line care for elders. If you would like a personal tour, call DeAnna Willis 508.543.2694. Click Here For Testimonial


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Hurricane Sandy Postpones Doolittle Home’s Exhibit At Gillette Stadium

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Doolittle Home will be exhibiting at the Mega Business EXPO at the exclusive Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 after the October 30th event was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.

This FREE event is open to the public.

The event will feature over 130 local businesses, tastings from area restaurants, giveaways, and great views of Gillette Stadium.

The Mega Business Expo hours are 3pm to 7pm. An after hour is from 5pm-7pm for those who would like to mingle with local businesses on a more personalized and relaxed level.

The Doolittle Home’s Booth is #214 and will be raffling a gourmet gift basket.

We hope to see you!

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Dental Hygiene: Facts and Suggestions

Good oral hygiene and dental care is critical to the well being of older adults. Unfortunately, many older adults have dental issues that could have been prevented through routine care and regular visits to a dentist. If you are an older adult with concerns about your dental care, read below for information about factors that increase the likelihood of dental issues and ways to improve your dental hygiene.

Dental Issues
As men and women age, body tissues also age. Specifically, the soft tissues in your mouth become softer and less plastic. A reduction in saliva production increases the difficulty of chewing. According to the Missouri Gerontology Institute, older adults’ teeth may become more brittle, which increases the chances that they will decay at a quicker rate and break more easily. When older adults’ gums are cut or scraped, the cuts may become easily irritated and inflamed, which slows the healing process.

Dental Hygiene

The American Dental Association suggests several ways that older adults can improve their dental hygiene. They recommend brushing and flossing at least twice daily. If you are unable to hold a toothbrush, there are accessories that older adults can use to accommodate circumstances that prevent brushing and/or flossing. The decrease in saliva production makes rinsing that much more important for older adults. Individuals should rinse their mouth after meals to ensure that food particles haven’t stuck to the gums or between teeth. Visiting a dentist regularly is critical. If you do not currently have a relationship with a dentist, inquire about services in your area.

If anxiety is keeping you from visiting a dentist, talk to a friend, family member, or mental health professional. Good dental care is essential not only for cosmetic but also for medical reasons. Ask a loved one to support you in making an appointment with a dentist and accompanying you to the visit.

Doolittle Home residents smile when Dr. Victor Leung from Foxboro Dental comes to visit. The residents boast how gentle and kind he is. To read more about Dr. Leung click here

Interested in finding out more information about Doolittle Home? Call DeAnna Willis, Executive Director, for a personal tour. 508.543.2694




American Dental Association (2012). Oral Longevity. Retrieved September 25, 2012 from:
Jerry Michel (1993). Basic Dental Health of Older Adults. Retrieved September 25, 2012 from:

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Doolittle Home Hosts This Month’s BNG Meeting

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Thank you to all who attendAdd Cincopa photoed the BNG (Bristol Networking Group) meeting at Doolittle Home today. Thank you to Karole Nicholson for organizing the group, and thanks you to Pam Greenfield for educating us on Ballot question #2 does a person with a terminal illness have a right to end his or her life. To read more about the law click here

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Breast Cancer And Older Adults

According to the Mayo Clinic, women over the age of 60 have an increased chance of developing breast cancer. Older women that have a family history of breast cancer or exposure to radiation from treatment for another cancer are at an elevated risk for developing breast cancer. Conducting at-home breast examinations is important for all women. However, it is critical for older women to perform breast examinations given their increased risk for developing breast cancer.

If you or an older loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there are several treatment options. According to the American Cancer Association, available treatment options include but are not limited to: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and surgery. Choosing a treatment is a very personal decision that occurs between the patient, her family, and the medical team. If you’re supporting an older woman during breast cancer treatment, BreastCancerCare reminds individuals to listen to patients’ experiences with empathy and patience. Several studies indicate that older women will want to regain a sense of normalcy quickly after treatment. This usually includes restoring independence. Discuss with your loved one how she can regain her independence and stay safe.

Hearing that you or a loved one has a breast cancer diagnosis is unimaginable. Yet, it happens to millions of women everyday. If you or someone you love is battling breast cancer, social support is a critical piece of maintaining a high quality of life. Visit with your loved one often and provide emotional support. If you live far away or have a busy schedule that keeps you from visiting, work with your loved one to find a local support group. Connecting with others who share a cancer diagnosis could be the first step to finding life long friends during this difficult time.

Doolittle Home retirement community sets the standard in Massachusetts for quality care. We are proud of the staff and board of trustees who make this possible. Doolittle’s licensed nursing staff is on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Family members know that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care, giving them total peace of mind. To schedule a tour call DeAnna Willis 508.543.2694. Click Here For A Virtual Tour



The Mayo Clinic. (1998-2012). Risk Factors. Retrieved on September 10, 2012 from:

American Cancer Society. (2012). Treatments and Side Effects. Retrieved on September 10, 2012 from:

Breast Cancer Care. (2012). Partners, Friends, and Family. Retriever September 10, 2012 from:






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