Posted on March 2, 2018 by Atria Senior Living
Atria Bay Spring Village resident Janet S. never dreamed she would win an Olympic gold medal in track and field – mostly because she was a swimmer.
“I ran a little, but not as much as I swam,” said Janet. “I tried out for track and field anyway in college and it was unbelievable to me that I made it.”
In 1951, Janet’s team at Boston University qualified for and competed in the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That led her to compete in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
“It was a wonderful experience to walk into the Olympic stadium and know that I was representing the United States.”
That year, the Australian team was the heavy favorite to win gold during the women’s 4x100 meter relay. But there’s more to a relay race than running. The baton must be passed and, during the handoff, Australia dropped theirs. The U.S. team pulled ahead and won. Janet cried tears of joy when presented with her gold medal.
After returning home from the Olympics, Janet married her husband and moved to Barrington, Rhode Island, where she taught physical education to middle school students for 36 years. Janet was the first Rhode Islander to win an Olympic gold. She was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1968.
A longtime minister, Janet returned to the Olympics in 2010 as chaplain for the U.S. Olympic Team. She also ministered to residents at Atria Bay Spring Village and eventually became a resident herself.
“It’s where I always wanted to be,” said Janet.
Today, Janet’s car parked outside the community proudly sports one of just six official Olympic Gold Medalist license plates in Rhode Island. She donated her Olympic uniform to the United States Olympic Committee archives and says one day her gold medal will be given to her alma mater to inspire future generations of female athletes.
“Women can achieve anything they aspire to if they work hard and believe in themselves,” Janet said.
Category: Community, Wit & Wisdom
Tags: Atria Senior Living, Gold Medal, Olympics, Wise Women
Posted on February 12, 2018 by Atria Senior Living
February is American Heart Month, when the American Heart Association pulls out all the stops to encourage you to lead a healthy lifestyle and make smart food choices. One way to do that is to include superfoods in your diet, which are especially important as we age. Superfoods are rich in nutrients, help thwart age-related diseases and conditions, and improve your mood.
Category: The Atria Kitchen
Tags: Atria Senior Living, heart health, Recipe, Superfoods
Posted on March 31, 2016 by Atria Senior Living
Art O. didn’t discover his talent for painting until later in life, when he took a class at Atria on the Hudson. He had always assumed his wife and daughter were the only creative ones of the family. Today, the retired pharmacist now paints in the style of his favorite artist, Norman Rockwell, and several of Art’s acrylic paintings of birds and animals are prominently displayed in his community’s library. (more…)
Category: Wit & Wisdom
Tags: Art, Art O., Atria on the Hudson, Atria Senior Living, humor, New York, resident, talent
Posted on February 11, 2016 by Atria Senior Living
Lillian rose early for her morning walk and began to reflect on her many blessings. Some came long ago, like the day Anthony walked into her family’s restaurant (more…)
Category: Wit & Wisdom
Tags: Atria on the Hudson, Atria Senior Living, gratitude, Lillian, longevity, Travel
Posted on May 9, 2015 by Atria Senior Living
Greta R. would like you to know one thing: she put her husband through college by working at a job giving away coupons and food samples at grocery stores. While she never went to college herself, she raised four children who all went on to attend Ivy League universities. (more…)
Category: Wit & Wisdom
Tags: Atria on the Hudson, Atria Senior Living, Greta, Mahjong, New York, resident
Posted on November 24, 2014 by Taylor Rhea
Whether behind enemy lines or writing lines for the Associated Press, Atria Merrimack Place resident, Jim Koch, shares his journey during WWII and his postwar success as an AP journalist and Director of Public Affairs at GTE.
Category: Veteran Heroes, Wit & Wisdom
Tags: Atria Merrimack Place, Atria Senior Living, Wit and Wisdom
Posted on October 20, 2014 by Taylor Rhea
At Atria Senior Living, everything we do is driven by quality. Our number one goal is to make the best possible life for our residents. To deliver on that promise, we created the Quality Enhancement program to ensure every aspect of life at our communities meets the highest standards in the industry. Sheela Stevens, EVP Quality Officer, has long been a pioneer in our unique, industry-leading approach to quality. We sat down with her to learn more about Atria’s Quality Enhancement program and the role it plays in our communities.
Category: From the Leaders
Tags: Atria Senior Living, From The Leaders, quality enhancement
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Katy Miller
“I feel stronger and more vibrant than I ever believed possible,” reports billiards devotee, Jackie “JJ” Jeffrey.
Although life has thrown her curveballs, JJ is a model of resilience. (more…)
Category: Active Aging, Wit & Wisdom
Tags: Active Aging, Atria Cranford, Atria Senior Living, Wit & Wisdom
Posted on January 26, 2014 by Taylor Rhea
John “Big John” Schirack and his three daughters have always been close. When he moved into Atria Sandy in Sandy, Utah in 2007, he didn’t have to sacrifice his relationship with them at all. In fact, he sees them every day!
Category: Active Aging, Our Team
Tags: Active Aging, Atria Sandy, Atria Senior Living, Family, Independent Living