The Walton Retirement Home staff, under the care of Clinical Manager, Mary Jo Moore, have given testament to their fine training and commitment to our residents. In the absence of Jamie Helmick, Business Manager, the residents have continued in their daily routine with little note of any differences. Jamie and family have returned from a few days away for ministry, for family visits and for recreation. We are thankful for their safe travels and enriching experiences.

The staff and residents also appreciated Nirmals thoughtful notes from abroad. He, too, has returned safely from his travels with much to share.

With the summer heat setting in, some residents are able to get outside for their walks early in the day or later in the afternoon. Exercises with Vickie in the air conditioned lounge keeps participants agile as effort is put forth to stretch and bend! Though not greatly used, there are a few donated exercise apparatuses for use with supervision. Research is showing how exercise can improve the quality of life, even as we age and become vulnerable to the disabilities encountered with Parkinsons, Alzheimers, arthritis and other diseases.

Our diet also affects our acuity in thinking. Key is water; then, in no special order, beans, citrus fruits, almonds, fish, spinach and sunshine or Vitamin D. It is never too late to begin changes in our health habits to effect some noticeable improvements.

Carol Janis, the only resident with a June birthday, will be celebrating with all residents at the monthly birthday party on the 28th.

We are happy to profile resident Carol Huntsman in this months newsletter. No matter how she may feel, her ready smile makes us glad to share some memories with her.

We still quilt in the activities room at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Do come and join us to tell a story, show some of your handiwork, or even put in a stitch or two in the Lone Star quilt that is in the frame.

The Walton Retirement Home Board will be meeting July 21 to prepare their report for the annual Ohio Yearly Meeting WRH Corporation session to be held August 8 here in our dining room.

Worthy to note is Ohio Yearly Meeting, Society of Friends will be marking 200 years in 2013. This year the opening session of OYM will be held in the Mount Pleasant meetinghouse, Mt Pleasant, Ohio at 2 p.m. on August 7 to commemorate where OYM began. The public is invited to the worship and opening comments. All remaining sessions will be held here in Barnesville in Stillwater meetinghouse.

Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege. - Lucretia Mott (1793-1880)

Walton Home News is compiled by Martha Giffen Wickham.