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December 29, 2023

2023 Reflection on Words of the Year: Kindness and Laughter

Category: Senior Living

Author: Sheila Gallagher, Executive Director

As we wrap up 2023, we reflect on months past and what lies ahead with our community’s journey. 

If you recall, our Personal and Professional Development Coach, Michael “Buck” Buckley, challenged us to pick a “Word of the Year” in January 2023. Buck asked us to look inward and consider what we need more of or what might improve our lives. The time has come to revisit our Word of the Year for 2023 and explore its impact on Cedar Trails Senior Living. Whether you’ve been an active member or are just joining us, this retrospective journey invites us all to celebrate the past year.

Our community Word(s) of the Year for 2023 was ‘kindness and laughter.’ We achieved many successes throughout the year, living in line with our word and improving the community. 

Our Resident Town Halls allow everyone to talk about things that are important to them. We enjoy engaging with residents and hearing about ways to improve our community. We also love to listen to stories and laugh with each other. Our Tuesday morning group round table with each department head encourages open communication and shared stories. 

I believe we lived out the words. 

We love to hear laughter among our residents. We love that all our residents are friends and can always talk to each other. I look forward to keeping the residents happy and seeing what the New Year will bring. 

As we bid farewell to 2023, we will carry forward the essence of our Word of the Year into 2024. The successes and strides of our community, the embodiment of our chosen word in our collective actions, are not just markers in time but a testament to the strength of this community.

I look forward to catching our 2024 Word of the Year blog soon!

Sheila Gallagher, Executive Director

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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