For resident Tom Dodge, keeping himself centered “mind, body and spirit,” is an important part of life at Willow Valley Communities. “I pay attention to my wiring. There’s the physical centering in the fitness center at Willow Valley, but the volunteering, the coming alongside other people, is what has done the most for me finding my center.”
Once an avid marathoner, Tom wasted no time availing himself of the amenities in his new community when he moved to Lakes Community in 2014. “I walked into the Fitness Center at the Cultural Center and flagged down one of the trainers,” says Tom. “I asked them, ‘What is the best way for me to use this place?’” Tom started doing a circuit and then moved on to yoga, core power classes, and swimming. He also enjoys long walks with his wife Elizabeth around Willow Valley Communities.
As a platoon leader in Vietnam, Tom saw things no one should ever have to see. “I am eternally grateful that every member the platoon got home safely,” says Tom. “I want to give back. I really get fed by volunteering and helping others.” Tom is a retired Chaplin from Hospice of Lancaster County and now volunteers extensively at Willow Valley Communities and around the Lancaster community.
Tom also knows the value of rest in nurturing one’s center. He can often be found in the Relaxation Room with its healing Himalayan salt wall located in the Day Spa at Willow Valley Communities’ Cultural Center. “It’s probably my favorite room on campus,” says Tom. It is there he says he can really connect with his spirit and pray for others.
Elaine Watters, a resident of Manor has been involved with a wide variety of sports throughout her life: basketball, softball, ice skating, golf and more. At Willow Valley Communities her lifestyle has continued with pickleball, ping pong, yoga, Zumba and long walks around the campuses. She’s added another way to find her center: every other week Elaine gets a deep tissue massage at Willow Valley Communities’ Day Spa.
Elaine prefers this more intense massage among the many varieties offered by the Day Spa. “It helps relax the muscles, and it’s also good for circulation. It’s great for athletes because it works more deeply,” she says. Like Tom, Elaine also likes spending time in the Relaxation Room.