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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Participants in the LIFE Geisinger Wilkes-Barre program recently spent a day at the 109th Field Artillery, taking in the sights and sounds of the Irem Shrine Circus. 

The group enjoyed circus fare and a variety of performances that ranged from clown shows to high-wire acts. 

Participant Marlene Matosky was fond of trapeze artists as a child and recalls sharing that joy.

“I remember bringing my children and even, as a Girl Scout leader, bringing other kids. This is a happy place,” she said. “Now, I get to be a kid again.”

The LIFE Geisinger group watched in awe as a pair of performers led their impressive team of dogs through a dazzling battery of tricks and another duo showcased both motorbike skills and aerial acrobatics along a cable suspended high above the crowd. 

“It’s good to be out as a group,” said participant Basil Desiderio, who bought a “Bubble Blaster” to bring a bit of the circus home with him. “This is the first time I’ve been to the circus since I was in high school.”

LIFE Geisinger is a program for adults 55 and older designed to give seniors the support they need to live at home by offering comprehensive daily living and health services. The LIFE Geisinger team coordinates care based on individual needs, offering caregivers relief and support. 

The day trip is just one example of the social activities LIFE Geisinger plans across its five locations to enhance participants’ quality of life. 

With centers in Kulpmont, Lewistown, Minersville, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, LIFE Geisinger provides medical oversight, physical and occupational therapy, home care and socialization.
For more information, visit or call 800-395-8759. 

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