Gloria Walters grew up as the youngest of six children, but she was never the stereotypically spoiled baby sister.

“With six of us, the housework and the cooking, I don’t think Mom had any time to spoil any of us,” says Gloria.

Today, though, Gloria is still the youngest sibling to her eldest sister, fellow Homeland resident Fern Sucec. The two live in different wings but get together frequently, sharing memories and catching up on the day’s news and happenings.

Jennifer Parsons is leading Homeland residents in exercises meant to maintain flexibility.

“Feet in front of you, roll your ankles,” she instructs. “One, two, three.” They count up to 10. Then, she says, “Opposite way. One, two, three . . .”

The ankle-rolling concluded, Parsons reaches for a green ball, but a class member speaks up. Isn’t she skipping an exercise in the regular routine?

“See? I forgot!” Parsons says. “You should have said something.”

Mem O Ries Band“Here we have another polka,” Harry Minskey told his Homeland audience. “But this could be something strange to all of you, that we might play a song you never heard of, one called ‘The Beer Barrel Polka.’”

The audience got the joke. Right away, they told Minskey that, of course, they knew “The Beer Barrel Polka.”

“Ohhh,” Minskey teased. “Do we need to check to see how you know that?”

home sweet homeland

As our parents age, as we age, life sometimes doesn’t go as planned. Mom may get sick and need around the clock expert nursing care. Dad isn’t the same after Mom passed and needs some assistance, but still wants to live his life as independently as he possibly can. They provided a good home, took care of the family and then each other. Now it is the children’s responsibility.

Trying to manage a household, a full-time job, along with being the sole caretaker of Dad is difficult. It forces us to ask ourselves some challenging questions.

As Homeland Center celebrates its 150th anniversary, its future lies in continuing to provide excellent care at its historic Harrisburg location as well as expanding to meet the growing healthcare needs throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.

Quality, continued growth and full commitment to Homeland’s founding principles was the message delivered by President and CEO Barry Ramper II at the recent annual meeting of the boards of Trustees and Managers.

"If we could go back and talk to the group of people from nine churches who had a vision it would be very interesting to hear, if even in their wildest imagination, they believed this day would come and that Homeland would be the organization it is today," Ramper said.


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