Living Life to the Fullest: Welcome to Luther Acres

Living Life to the Fullest Welcome to Luther Acres

On a dreary rainy weekday this past September, Beth Bucher, Community Enrichment and Wellness Manager for Luther Acres, was relaxing on a luxury bus liner along with nearly 20 Luther Acres residents, family members and friends. The group was en route to the Finger Lakes region of New York, hoping that the gloomy forecast would not impact their planned activities of hiking, touring and wine tasting.

Overnight trips like the Finger Lakes excursion are common at Luther Acres. “Our residents love to travel,” says Beth, adding that recent trips have included whale watching in Cape Cod and an overnight beach trip to Lewes, Delaware. In the spring, they are heading down to Williamsburg.

Day trips to area historic sites and other attractions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Longwood Gardens, are also popular events.

“One of our most anticipated day trips this year is the new concept of a Mystery Trip,” says Beth. “We tell residents what they might need to bring or wear, but we don’t tell them where we’re going. There’s a lot of guessing about where we will be going, which is a lot of fun.”

While off-site trips are popular, there are plenty of things to do on campus as well. Says Beth, “Things like a Penn State tailgate party where our dining team prepares the entrées, residents bring the sides and together everyone cheers for the Nittany Lions. We have residents who enjoy line dancing, so we organize line dancing classes. We host resident artist openings in the Haagen Gallery. Whatever residents want to do, we try to make it happen.”

Beth says when it comes to life enrichment, her goal is to provide residents with a wide variety of options – options that focus on the dimensions of wellness: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, vocational and environmental. “From interesting lectures and educational classes to cookouts and concert series to water volleyball and body-toning exercise classes, residents have every opportunity to be engaged and live life to the fullest.”

The reDiscover Series is another popular activity at Luther Acres. reDiscover is a continuing education series that encourages learning, creativity and fun. Open to all residents, as well as the outside community, topics range from history and art to technology, yoga and beyond. Classes are held in May, October and February, and are conducted by residents and local professionals.

“Residents drive the bus … they are very involved in planning our events and programs,” says Beth. “Our most requested activities usually revolve around food: themed cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, ice cream socials, dinner-dances and happy hours.”

Speaking of happy hours, Luther Acres recently obtained a Continuing Care Retirement Community liquor license from the state, which means residents and their guests are now able to purchase alcohol at the dining venues within the Muhlenberg Building.