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Hospice Volunteer Training Offered on December 4

Calling anyone ready to become a volunteer here on campus supporting those residents who are utilizing hospice services. We have a unique opportunity and have scheduled a training here on campus!

Gilchrist Hospice Volunteer Training
December 4, 2019
9 AM – 4:30 PM
Brookside Classroom #1
Lunch provided
RSVP required

RSVP to Kimberlee Kahl either by email or phone: 443.849.8337.  Applications need to be completed before the training. Obtain an application from Stephanie Knowles in the volunteer office on Main Street, Maple Terrace (Bldg. 2). Contact her at: 410-737-8838 x 8133 or

There is a great need, the more help we can offer the better, so pass the word around to others you think may be interested.  Thanks for all you do and hope to see you at the training!

Review of The Handmaid’s Tale


Resident Michelle Chenoweth will review The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood on Tuesday, November 17, 2019 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

Margaret Atwood, a Canadian writer, penned her dystopian, speculative novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, in 1985-86. In planning her novel, Atwood asked herself
• If I were going to take over the United States, how would I do it? Would I say, “I’m a socialist, and we are all going to be equal”? No, because it would not work.
• Would I say, “I’m a liberal, and we will build a society of multiple toleration”? She probably would not say that if she wanted mass support.
• A strict religious person would much more likely say, “I have the word from God, and this is the way we should run things.”
That probably would have more of a chance of working, and, in fact, there are several movements in the U.S. today saying just that and getting lots of dollars and developing influence.

Atwood limited the ideas and practices in The … Tale to those that have occurred somewhere in the world since the beginning of recorded time.

Set in the near future, The Handmaid’s Tale describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead. Gilead is a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.

At Harvard, Atwood extensively studied the early Puritans who came to America, not for religious freedom but to set up a society that would be a totalitarian theocracy (like Iran) ruled by religious leaders and a society that would not tolerate dissent within itself.

The Gilead regime literally interprets the Book of Genesis, with bizarre consequences for its women and men through constant surveillance, strict regulation, and extreme punishment.

Desperate to deal with a shrinking birth rate caused by pollution, chemical poisoning, and decreasing fertility, the government of Gilead creates the Handmaids, women with viable ovaries who are placed in the households of ranking government officials whose wives cannot bear children. The handmaids are fertile women who are forced to have intercourse with the leaders to produce babies for these elite, barren couples.

This tale relates the day-to-day life of one handmaid—Offred (of Fred). The handmaids lose their identities in the service of Gilead and are named after their masters. If after two years the handmaid does not conceive, she is transferred to another master and takes his name Ofwarren (of Warren).

The Handmaid’s Tale is a scathing examination of gender relations, ecological damage, the dangers of mixing religion and government, and the importance of free speech for retaining a sense of self.

Janet Neer and Jane Backstrom, Book Review Co-Chairs

Resident Book Review for October, 2019

Oct. 15 – Leadership: In Turbulent Times
[New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018] by Doris Kearns Goodwin, reviewed by Eleanor Lewis.


Author website
Excerpts [Google Books]
Leadership in Turbulent Times [Washington Independent Review of Books]
In times of crisis, four presidents..  [Washington Post]
Review [Wall St. Journal]
Trump Doesn’t Measure Up….. [The Guadian]
The True Grit of Four American Presidents [New York Times]
Review [History News Network]
Review [Leadership Now Blog]
‘Leadership…’offers lessons from presidential greats [Christian Science Monitor]
Think Trump Is Abnormal? [Bloomberg]
Interview at Wharton School/UPENN
…Goodwin says empathy is “essential” for leadership [CBS News]
Radio Review (audio file) [WAMC]
Leadership in Turbulent Times (video) [C-SPAN]
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Leadership in Turbulent Times {video} [National Constitution Center]
Doris Kearns Goodwin on “Leadership in Turbulent Times” (video & transcript) [PBS]
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Leadership In Turbulent Times … (video) [Chicago Humanities Festival]

These are just some among many resources available on the internet.

Free Balance & Mobility Screening November 22

Free Screening Sponsored by Charlestown Outpatient Rehab
Friday, November 22, 2019
11 AM – 12:30 PM
Fireside Lounge

Have you fallen in the last three months? Do you use any assistive walking devices such as a walker or cane? Are you afraid of falling?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, you should attend our FREE balance screening.

Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force | David Terry; License

November Kidney Support Group Meeting:

“Peritoneal Dialysis”

Peritoneal dialysis can be performed in the comfort of home without the use of needles.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Speaker: Mary Graf, BSN, RN, Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse with Carroll County Dialysis, Westminster, MD
Location: Brookside Classroom 1

Sponsored by the Kidney Support Group

Genealogy Club November Meeting

Mining Photos for Genealogy

Charlestown Genealogy Club

Date: November 8, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Location: Brookside Classroom 1

We are a group who enjoys talking about genealogy.  There is a wealth of information in your photos. Learn more about your families by exploring the photos you have in your collections with a genealogist’s eye.

For more information:  to

CHUG User Group November 2019

Apple Charlestown User Group

Thursday, November 19
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CTS Classroom 116

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