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Pu A Spring InYour Step...Do Something Fun!

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 9:07 AM Comments comments (191)
Dear Friends,

Often our clients say they have a limited budget and entertainment/going out  is expensive. So, I have decided to try to find something fun or purpose-driven to do that is no or low cost for the first week of Spring.

With the latest issue of Mimi's Magazine in hand, I circled all of the areas that interested me on Mimi's Calendar. Here's a sampling of local happenings.
- Planning for the Future, a free lecture at Huntington Woods Rehab Center in Westlake on March 20th.440.835.5661
- Forget-Me-Not-Cafe, a free arts enrichment and socialization cafe for memory loss, a the Farrell Foundation Studio in Westlake. 440.414.0434, ext. 2
- Glass Etching, create your own glass plate, at Bay Village Library 440.871.6392
- Drop In and Download, learn how to use E-books and emagazines and more at the Bay Village Library on Wednesdays. 440.871.6392
- Wow Factor 150 Yea5rs of Collecting Bold Clothes, at Porter Library, on March 22nd, 440.871.2600
- 4th Annual Angels on the Avenue, Rocky River Civic Center, March 24th, 440.360.0640.

I'm amazed, there seems to be something for everyone from craft shows, to free art and poetry classes, to nutrition lectures and more. So, do a little homework at the beginning of each week and you too will discover free movies, concerts and tours through our beautiful MetroParks.  Truly, the list is endless. Check my blog for ideas, or request our newsletter for additional ideas by calling me at 440.360.9010 or emailing me at [email protected]

Here's to putting a spring in your step, Jane

P.S.To get on Mimi's mailing list call 1.800.866.0107

Happy Valentine's Day - for Golf Lovers

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you have a golf lover in your midst who has been unable to pursue his or her passion for the game due to a physical challenge? Well, here's some good news about a program that's right in our backyard in North Olmsted.

Known as, Return to Golf, (RTG) the program helps physically challenged adults and veterans restore independence and improve their overall quality of life using the game of golf as a recreational therapy.

Building on a club atmosphere, this not-for-profit program includes:
  • Clinics conducted year- round that include physical therapy done in conjunction with a local hospital-based rehab provider.
  • Weekly social gatherings that provide “Members” with an opportunity to participate in a series of golf Contests/Challenges while socializing with other RTG participants. ·       
  • Weekly open play sessions which allow participants to utilize an OptiShot simulator in a different fashion from the Challenges. The “Members” are able to play courses of their choice that are loaded up on the simulator. This is all provided in dedicated spaces.                                                                                                                I have had firsthand opportunities to talk with Members/participants, many of whom have been Members of the Club for several years.                                                                                                                    Here are some testimonials from the existing program both staff and members. “I enjoy the mental bond, the physical bond and the emotional bond. I’ve met some wonderful people here and I am able to do more now.” “It’s awesome and it’s unique. It gives people the opportunity to take the next step in their lives. It’s a stepping stone to getting people active again.”

It's a program that can make a difference! Call: 440.777.0220

Seniors Dig Gardening

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Spring is the time of year when green thumbs appear along with violas, pansies, daffodils, crocus and other colorful plantings. 
Research conducted by Texas A&M and Texas State Universities, suggests that, gardening is a healthy hobby.  “A combination of moderate physical activity and increased consumption of fruit and vegetables has been reported to dramatically reduce an adult’s risk for many chronic diseases.” Besides walking, gardening has been reported as “the second most common leisure activity” among the 65 and up crowd.
If you’d like to exercise your “green thumb” but, find the idea of tilling a portion of your backyard a bit daunting, try creating a window box, planting a mini herb garden or nurturing vegetable plants in containers made from old tires, flower pots, coffee cans and other common household items. Frankly almost anything can be turned into a container for gardening, just be sure to make drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
These simple ideas will brighten your day and your environment.
Here's to living lively, Jane

Creating special moments

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM Comments comments (0)
Every day we see couples longing to rekindle some of their past, such as times when they:
•Went out to dinner
•Enjoyed going to the movies
•Danced to Glen Miller
•Saw Danny O'Donnell in concert
•Played pinochle with friends
•Went shopping together

Instead, during the winter of their lives, they have become Alzheimer’s experts, aides, housekeepers, cooks and so much more.

Today, non-medical home care providers offer life enriching breaks in the day for their clients and families. At Senior Concierge Services, we strive to meet these needs by:

•Having movie nights at home, with popcorn and movie sized candies
•Staging an Italian dinner for two, complete with candlelight and music
•Renting a Danny O'Donnell concert on Netflix
•Planning an 85th birthday party for a family who has a member with Stage II Alzheimer’s.
These very simple, special moments can mean so much to everyone involved.  I am always amazed at the joy we are able to create.  Families & caregivers may create these lovely moments too. Or they can partener with a non medical home care provider to "make it happen." 
With spring in the air, make it happen for someone you love by creating a simple indoor picnic, planting a small indoor garden with herbs or other veggies that are sure to flourish inside or installling bird houses to attract cardinals, robins and other signs of spring life.
Here's to creating special moments,

Having a Purpose

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM Comments comments (93)
I am sure you will agree,no matter our age, we all need to have a purpose. A reason to get up in the morning. A passion that fuels each day and moves us forward.
Sometimes, as we age that purpose can be more difficult to find. I meet with many seniors who say they have lost their reason to live. Their family is grown, perhaps moved away and friends are passing, There is nothing that drives them to a higher quality of life.
Here's what I suggest to them and what I suggest to you should you find yourself or know someone in a similar situation.
  • Find a cause that motivates you. Animals, babies, children, homelessness, literacy. The list goes on and on.
  • Jump in, where you fit in! For example, if babies gets your pulse racing, how about cutting coupons out for disposable diapers, baby formula, food, and more? Send or deliver these valuable items to a local shelter that helps Moms and babies. Do you love to read? Then share your love and skill with a child or an adult that can't. Your local library will have a list of organizations that help people learn to read, such as Seeds of Literacy.
  • Do you feel strongly about a Presidential candidate? Get on board with their campaign. Go to their headquarters and volunteer, or call them to see what you could do from home.
  • Contact your church and ask them about their needs. Could you write cards to members who are shut-ins? How about helping with the church newsletter? Teach a Sunday School class or assist with a Bible study.
The list really is endless. What matters most is that you make a decision to Make A Difference! That will make the world of difference in your life too!
Celebrating the Power of One,

Happy Spring

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 8:54 AM Comments comments (0)
Have you heard the good news? Spring has arrived!  The other day, I was shopping with a client, whom I'll call Millie. We both giggled with anticipation as we saw crocus and daffodils breaking through the ground.
We decided to bring that excitement indoors and started a few plants utilizing the sunlight that comes through her kitchen window. It took us the better part of the day to plan, decide on which soil to buy, to select just the right seeds and plant these tiny treasures. What a great time we had!
That day we started more than just plants. We established something that we could both look forward to, such as watching to see when the seeds started to germinate. We also planted the seeds of hope and purpose, for without Millie's daily nurturing, the seedlings will surely die.
Today, consider starting some plants of your own. Perhaps some early producing plants such as Early Girl tomatoes and Spring Cabbage if you like fresh veggies.  For the flower lover, try your hand at colorful zinnias and nasturtium. How about sharing some of your plants with a neighbor? Donate your seedlings to a church, your local senior center or community garden. Then your plants will beautify these important resources, or provide much needed food for the less fortunate and everyone will enjoy your handiwork.  
Encourage your family and grandchildren to get involved. Make that part of your next visit. Remember, life is about living! It's about having purpose, no matter what your age or infirmity.
Happy Spring,

Keep It Simple!

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 7:49 PM Comments comments (0)
I remember how I used to rack my brain trying to think of things to do with Papa Joe. He had Parkinson's Disease and eventually was unable to drive his car which he loved to do.
I tried to come up with activities that would make Papa Joe smile. Something that would be a good diversion in his day and give Grandma Helen a break from the daily rigors of caregiving. The more I thought about it, the more complex the activity would become.
The fact of the matter was, it was the simplest things that brought him great joy. A stand out time was a typical trip to SAM's Club. One day, Papa Joe decided not to use his wheelchair to go through the store and opted for a motorized cart. The minute he turned on the cart and steered his way into SAM's Club he grinned from ear-to-ear.
We both belly laughed as he maneuvered his shiny vehicle around the racks and aisles, occasionally bumping into a pole...or two. He was like a kid in a candy store. He was "the man", he was in control.
I don't know what made Papa Joe use the cart that day. We always encouraged him to give it a try. That day he decided to say yes and we were all so glad he did!
The moral of the story, don't ever give up asking. You're just one no away from a YES!