Welcoming Our New Director of Wellness

Kathryn Carlino, RN, Director of Wellness - Youville PlaceLast month, Kathryn Carlino became the new Director of Wellness at Youville Place. In her short time here she been busy getting to know residents, families and colleagues at Youville. Now is our chance to get to know more about her!
Originally from Dedham, Massachusetts, Carlino earned her Nursing degree from Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. Carlino joined the Covenant Health family in 2013, with St. Joseph Home Health Care in Nashua, New Hampshire. When that agency closed last June, she was alerted to the Director of Wellness position at Youville Place and drawn to the possibility of continuing to serve as part of a Covenant Health organization.
 
“It seemed like a perfect fit,” she says. “I’ve had a lot of experience working with older adults – before joining St. Joseph’s, I was Resident Care Director at Benchmark Senior Living. I love the culture at Youville Place – the residents are positive and upbeat, and everybody here has their own story. I feel that getting to know those stories is an essential part of serving our residents. It will take time though. Right now I’m still learning everyone’s names!” 
Carlino brings a wide range of interests to her work with older adults. In addition to the personal human connections she values, she is passionate about incorporating fitness and exercise into an overall wellness strategy. 
“In my spare time I am working toward becoming a certified health coach,” she says. “Broadly speaking this means I would help other people to become motivated and initiate their first steps toward 
getting in shape. I’m very interested in the challenge of convincing people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. I hope to apply what I learn in this training to my work with residents.”
Carlino’s professional interest in physical fitness spills over into her personal hobbies, which include hiking, cycling and kickboxing. She used to be a kickboxing instructor with her own home studio, and has even incorporated kickboxing elements into workouts she has led with older adults.
When she’s not exercising, Carlino is interested in design, collage, drawing, cooking and all aspects of 
creativity. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her experience and talents to Youville Place. “I feel grateful and blessed to be here.  When you come down to it, the Covenant mission is essentially about doing the right thing. We have so many wonderful employees here that enact that mission, every day.”

 

A Musician is Amongst Us

Publications coordinator and part-time receptionist Adam Johnson recently demonstrated his musical talents for Youville House residents at the weekly Wednesday afternoon happy hour. Equipped with a mandolin, harmonica and his own voice, the habitually modest publications coordinator let loose with renditions of old time classics.  His set list included popular songs from Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Stephen Foster and Woody Guthrie. He also performed a variety of instrumentals on the mandolin, demonstrating the wide-ranging versatility of the instrument. These selections ranged from old-time bluegrass tunes to Bach’s sonatas for solo violin. “The mandolin is tuned exactly like a violin, in intervals of fifths,” he explained to the residents, “so it is well-suited for most violin pieces.”


Originally a guitarist, he could not resist bringing out the guitar for a Beatles song – “Here Comes The Sun” –   to celebrate the arrival of spring. 

Team Youville Raises over $4,800 for Walk to End Alzheimer's

On Sunday September 28, Youville participated in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  As in years past, there was a strong turnout from all over the Greater Boston area, with over 7,000 walkers showing their support. 

This year marked Team Youville’s debut appearance at The Walk.  Members of Team Youville included staff, family and friends representing Youville House, Youville Place, and The Courtyard at Youville Place. In total, the team was 20 members strong and has managed to raise a substantial $4,883 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Walk took place at Paul Revere Park, along a scenic route along the Charles. The weather was perfect and morale was high. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the honorary chair of the event, delivered opening remarks. Mayor Walsh has been outspoken about his commitment to making Boston an Alzheimer’s-friendly city. In a Boston Globe article published earlier this summer, he described his grandmother’s long struggle with the disease and the effects it had on his family.

Nearly everyone participating in The Walk had personal connections with those whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s.  A number of the participants actually had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The demographics of the walkers ranged from toddlers to people in their 80s and 90s. One particularly touching display involved a garden of pinwheel flowers that each participant planted. The color of each flower represented whether the person who planted it was a caregiver, an Alzheimer’s advocate, someone with Alzheimer’s, or the survivor of a loved one.  “To see all of these flowers together really helped us understand where everyone here was coming from,” says Ginger Ellis, Director of Community Life. “It was very touching.”

Team Youville walked along the Charles River in Charlestown for a total of 3.5 miles. 

Among the many successful fundraisers on Team Youville, it is clear that the team member who raised the most money was Youville resident Anna Pier. As in years past, Anna posted a notice for Youville residents and wore her “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” shirt (she is a veteran participant) to raise money.

Team Youville thanks all who participated and donated in this year’s Walk.  

Congratulations Class of 2012!

Youville is proud to share the excitement of the Class of 2012. Our staff and their families have worked hard to achieve academic success. We offer the Youville Class of 2012!

 

Youville House College Graduates

Yanira M., Wait Staff

Suffolk University, BS

Future Plans: Non Profit, PR

 

Manoushka G., Wait Staff, Reception

Boston University, BA

Future Plans: Non Profit, Public Health

 

Bianca V., Programs Assistant

UMass Boston, BS

Future Plans: Graduate School, Lab Research

 

Ana F., Wait Staff

Bunker Hill Community College, AS, Criminal Justice

Future Plans: BS

 

Jennifer E., daughter of Nencie E., RCA

Boston College, RN

Future Plans: Nursing

 

Fara Lee M., daughter of Gina M., RCA

College of the Holy Cross, BS

Future Plans: Graduate School, Pre-Med

 

Youville House High School Graduates

 

Eniola T., Wait Staff

Prospect Hill Academy

Future Plans: Northeastern University

 

Jaenelle L., Wait Staff, Reception

Prospect Hill Academy

Future Plans: Mt. Holyoke College

 

Mariella P., Wait Staff

Prospect Hill Academy

Future Plans: Occidental College

 

Lordisha P., Wait Staff

St. Clemens High School

Future Plans: Regis College

 

Kelly F., Wait Staff

Medford High School

Future Plans: UMass, Amherst

 

Brigitte B.t, Wait Staff

Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School

Future Plans: Purdue University

 

Casey M., Daughter of Gina M., RCA

Medford High School

Future Plans: Framingham State University