Wesley Woods was founded in 1954 by leaders of the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church and Emory University to provide care for seniors unable to care for themselves. The Center began its affiliation with Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center in the 1980s formalizing its tie with the University. In the late 1990s, that affiliation grew stronger and led to an agreement under which nearby Wesley Woods Center came under Emory's umbrella. Out of this grew the Wesley Woods Center of Emory University, with interdisciplinary training and treatment programs for geriatric care. In 2015 it was renamed Emory Wesley Woods Center. Located a mile and a half from Emory University Hospital on a 64-acre wooded campus in Atlanta's Druid Hills neighborhood, Emory Wesley Woods Center comprises Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, Wesley Woods Long Term Hospital, Wesley Woods Outpatient Clinic, Budd Terrace nursing care facility, Wesley Woods Towers and the Wesley Woods Health Center. One of only a handful of geriatric centers in the United States Emory Wesley Woods Center and the dedicated staff provide care to older adults throughout Georgia and the Southeast.
Emory Wesley Woods Center provides care and research and has a hand in developing how senior care will be provided in the future not just in Georgia, but throughout the country. The first building to open was Wesley Woods Towers in 1965. One of only a few retirement living options in the area at the time, the Towers were the first round buildings constructed in Atlanta; the round shape of each building allows the 201 apartments to be organized into "neighborhoods," providing the residents a sense of community. As the retirement housing division of Wesley Woods, Wesley Woods Senior Living, Inc. and affiliates owns and manages the sister communities of Wesley Woods providing affordable, independent apartment and cottage living, assisted living, nursing care and Alzheimer's care at eight locations throughout North Georgia. It is affiliated with both the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and Emory Wesley Woods Center. A non-profit organization, Wesley Woods Senior Living communities provide comprehensive, regionally oriented programs and serve as training and research facilities to address important health issues associated with aging.
As time passed, Wesley Woods' leadership recognized that skilled nursing care would be a pressing need for its residents living in the Towers as well as in the surrounding community. Out of that need grew the Wesley Woods Health Center, completed in 1967; the Health Center provided skilled nursing care and treatment to restore patients to their former living arrangements, as well as long-term care for patients unable to return home. The Health Center was home to a number of prominent Atlantans, including Lena Fox whose life served as a basis for a play and subsequently, the movie "Driving Miss Daisy." The building is now home to the Emory Center for Health in Aging, an interdisciplinary training and research center used by the Emory Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Through the Emory Center for Health in Aging, Wesley Woods Center and Emory University are working together along with 19 other academic medical facilities throughout the United States to develop teaching methods for future geriatricians.
The Health Center is home to Emory researchers focusing on movement disorders, Alzheimer's disease and neurology. In 2007, a research neuro-imaging center was constructed on the second floor of the building to assist Emory scientists in these areas of research. Other clinics in the building include the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, the Emory Sleep Center, an outpatient geriatric psychiatry practice and a geriatric dentist. At any one time, there are more than 150 physicians, researchers and/or nurses working together to discover new treatments, provide care and develop new medical techniques for seniors; as the campus continued to develop, leadership decided. Budd Terrace, named in honor of Dr. Candler Budd, one of those responsible for bringing to fruition a ministry to older adults in the North Georgia Conference, was opened as an assisted living facility in 1972. Built to accommodate 200 people, it became one of the first free standing, intermediate-care units in the Southeast. Budd Terrace provides long-term care and sub-acute care to Atlanta seniors.
The facility has been undergoing renovations over the past few years. In 2006, inpatient hospice services were added to the list of services offered at Budd Terrace. In September 1985, ground was broken for the $20 million, 100-bed Geriatric Teaching and Research Hospital; this was the first free-standing geriatric hospital in the nation. The stated goals of the hospital are to diagnose and treat medical and psychiatric disorders affecting older adults, to develop models for geriatric services and educational resources and to broaden Wesley Woods' commitment to charitable care; the prize-winning architectural design for the geriatric hospital creates a non-institutional feel, with low exterior lines topped with gabled roofs and each patient room opening onto a living-room-like space. The two-story hospital features an outpatient clinic, in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation services, long term acute care, a medical unit and two secure inpatient psychiatric units; each year, Wesley Woods provides millions of dollars worth of unreimbursed care with support from donors and foundations.
The Foundation of Wesley Woods was created to help ensure that health care services remain available to seniors in Georgia. The foundation works to make possible health and dignity in the lives of older, poorer adults, for those whose health problems have left them physically and financially depleted, for those who are alone; the fun
Sønderborg Castle is located in the town of Sønderborg, Denmark on the island of Als in South Jutland. It houses a museum focusing on the culture of the area; the castle is located in a park setting overlooking Als Fjord. The museum is open year-round. Sønderborg Castle began as a fortified tower constructed by Valdemar the Great in 1158, built on an islet in Als Strait, connected to the island of Als; the castle was built to provide protection against attacks by the Wends and was part of a larger system of fortifications. Over the centuries, the castle has been enlarged and rebuilt. In the years following construction of Valdemar's fortified tower, an important struggle developed between the Danish king and the duke of Schloneswig over ownership of the island of Als and the town of Sønderborg. Ownership of the castle changed hands many times. A peak in the history of the castle was the wedding of Valdemar IV of Denmark to Helvig of Schleswig, the sister of Valdemar V, Duke of Schleswig. Around 1350, the castle was expanded by the addition of both the Blue Tower and huge outer walls.
In 1490, the fortress became the property of the Danish crown. Both King Hans and his son Christian II extended Sønderborg Castle and made it into one of the country's strongest fortresses. In 1532, Christian II was lured into an ambush and taken to Sønderborg Castle, where he was held as a prisoner of state for seventeen years. Legend tells that the dethroned king was confined to the Blue Tower, but in reality he lived in comparatively lavish circumstances and was allowed freedom of movement within the outer walls, if sometimes under guarded conditions; the former king sometimes joined the noble hunts at Als. Christian III in the mid-sixteenth century had the fortress modified and converted into a four-wing castle by architect Hercules von Oberberg between 1549-57. King Hans'west wing was preserved and a further three wings were added in the new Renaissance style. After Christian III's death in 1559, Hercules von Oberberg built the unique castle chapel in 1568-1570 for Queen Mother Dorothea.
After Dorothea's death in 1571, the castle passed into the ownership of Hans II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön. Under his rule, the castle became the center of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg. This, was divided after his death in 1622; the castle remained in the hands of the dukes of Southern Jutland until 1667, when the ruined duchy of Sønderborg was attached to the Danish throne and the castle became a Danish estate. The duchy’s representative, the Prefect, took up residence at the castle, it was otherwise more or less unused in the years 1667-1718. In 1718-1726, Frederik IV had the castle rebuilt in Baroque style by contractor general Wilhelm von Platen; the Blue Tower was demolished in 1755, in 1764 the castle passed into the hands of the Duke of Augustenborg. Instead, it was rented out as a warehouse. During both the first and the second Slesvig wars, Sønderborg Castle was used as a camp hospital and for quartering Danish troops. After the war of 1864, the province and the castle became Prussian property and served as barracks from 1867 until the area was reunified with Denmark in 1920.
The last duke of Augustenborg, Ernst Günther, allowed Sønderborg County Museum to move into a part of the castle in 1920. The next year, the Danish state bought the castle from the Duke, taking over the castle in 1921 and allowing several institutions to use it as long as they paid heed to the expanding museum. In 1945 and 1946, the castle was used as an internment camp for persons charged with offenses to the state; the Royal Inspectors of Listed State Buildings, Peter Koch and Jørgen Stærmose, conducted a thorough restoration of the castle from 1964 to 1973, returning it to the Baroque form it had been given by Frederik IV in the 1720s. The windows from the barracks era were replaced with "masks", windows with broad wooden frames made of planks like the ones in Platen's castle. Since 1921 Sønderborg Castle has been the home for The Sønderborg Castle Museum, the main museum for the former Duchy of Slesvig; the museum houses local and regional history collections from the Middle Ages to the present day, but with especial focus on the Schleswig wars of 1848-50 and 1864, World War II, the Reunification of 1920.
The museum hosts exhibitions on navigation and handicrafts, has a small art collection with works by prominent Southern Jutland painters over the years. The original ramparts around the castle became a visible part of the gardens in the 1970s; the unique chapel of Sønderborg Castle known as Queen Dorothea's Chapel was built 1568-70 by Hercules von Oberberg for Queen Mother Dorothea reflects the changing times in Denmark after the Reformation. It is untouched, is considered to be one of Europe's oldest and best-preserved Lutheran royal chapels. Many of the items in the chapel were created in Antwerp workshop of painter Frans Floris. One of the royal couple’s sons, John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg had a burial room built in the chapel with an imposing portal of marble and alabaster; the chapel’s organ is attributed to organ builder Hermann Raphaëlist and it is estimated to have been built ca. 1570. The paintwork on the organ case dates from 1626. Hermann Raphaëlis was the son of organ builder Gabriel Raphael Rottensteen.