Love Stories

The Story of Phil & Jean

We all know the marriage vows, “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part”. Some of us live those vows to the letter. Jean is one of these individuals. We know […]

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Loving Your Residents: A Program Director Shares Her Experience

By Laura Redilla, Program Director at Commonwealth Senior Living at Churchland House As our residents are telling us their love stories, I decided I would tell you why I love my residents and why they are my love story. Growing up I saw my grandparents every single day.  They were at our house when we […]

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There's Always More to the Story: Ruth and Andy

We had the pleasure of listening to our resident’s love stories this year as we have in years past. But this year we took a page from the Legacies Project and spent some more time recording a few of these stories in greater detail. We chose three which represent different stages of love that our residents might […]

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There's always more to the Story: Anita and Robert

We had the pleasure of listening to our resident’s love stories this year as we have in years past. But this year we took a page from the Legacies Project and spent some more time recording a few of these stories in greater detail. We chose three which represent different stages of love that our residents might […]

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Loving a Spouse with Dementia: Frank and Claire

Frank and his wife, Claire have been married for 63 years. Frank was a minister and Claire was a school teacher. She retired in 2000 and took up some tutoring work. As the years went on, Frank could see some warning signs that Claire’s cognitive ability was changing. The tutoring became too challenging. “It’s like […]

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There's Always More to the Story: Bob and Anna

We had the pleasure of listening to our resident’s love stories this year as we have in years past. But this year we took a page from the Legacies Project and spent some more time recording a few of these stories in greater detail. We chose three which represent different stages of love that our […]

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Love Stories of Commonwealth

“Know each other well.” While growing up in West Millford, West Virginia, Ruth and Andy became friends in their teenage years. Andy was a senior in high school and was very active in sports. He played on the football team, and Ruth became attracted to him when she was a freshman. They began dating when […]

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Legacies Project- Ronald Craft

“You give a little. You take a little.” Anyone who has been in a relationship for any great length of time might tell you that relationships aren’t easy. Building a life with another person can have it’s challenges, and the national statistics on divorce rates do not paint a different picture. Maybe that’s why we […]

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Legacies Project- Mervin Franklin

You can just picture the smile on Mervin’s face as he describes the day he met his wife, Shirley. He was 85 and wasn’t looking for love. He had spent a good part of his life in the Marines, had lots of adventures, but he thought all of that was over. It wasn’t until he […]

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Legacies Project- Bill Wyatt

“That’s the girl for me!” As we continue to work on this joint project with WTJU, the radio station of University of Virginia in capturing the stories of our residents across the state, we asked our residents about defining moments in their lives, what moments were most impactful, what they have enjoyed the most and what they’d […]

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