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Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging


Asbury Methodist Village

Michele Potter, Executive Director

201 Russell Ave.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877


Q: What do you consider the greatest value of community living during challenging times like these?

A: While the majority of the residents at Asbury Methodist Village live independently, they still benefit from support services and associates that will help ensure their needs are met in a crisis like the nation has found itself in with COVID-19. I started in this position just two months ago, and I am in awe of the camaraderie and support that is evident everywhere I go. Associates are redoubling their efforts to meet residents’ needs and lighten this situation. Residents are helping residents and supporting associates. In many ways, it’s similar to the feeling we had in college.

Q: Can you share some particularly inspiring stories?

A: One that really leaps out is a resident who began teaching law courses to students in China after retiring from Catholic University. This year, he set up a virtual classroom in his apartment because he could not travel there. I see so much resilience. Residents in our Villas neighborhood held a short St. Patrick’s Day parade maintaining social distance. Another group is writing notes to those in our skilled nursing neighborhood. Associates are delivering food door-to-door and facilitating other deliveries. They’re helping people set up Netflix. And at our assisted living and memory care neighborhoods, they’re facilitating FaceTime with family and filming a weekly show through our on-campus TV studio. You can literally feel the spirit of community here.

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