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Janet Takehara

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6 Reasons Our Upkeep and Repair Clients Love Us

Posted by Janet Takehara on Sep 12, 2016 10:02:00 AM

H.O.M.E.’s Upkeep and Repair program has been a trusted service for seniors in Chicago since 2000. In the last six years alone, we have provided almost 5,000 repairs to low-income senior homeowners!

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Topics: Upkeep and Repair

5 antidotes to ageism to watch

Posted by Janet Takehara on Aug 22, 2016 3:34:28 PM

That couple unaccompanied by kids at the last animated movie you saw? It could easily have been my husband and me. I am not saying our sense of humor is less than mature, but we do enjoy an angst-free laugh-fest now and again.

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All-Star Seniors Week: Just don't call them Old Timers!

Posted by Janet Takehara on Jul 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM

As legendary Cubs public address announcer Pat Pieper would say, “Attention! Attention please! Please have your pencils and scorecards ready…” 

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Topics: community

All-Star Seniors Week: For intergenerational friendships, look no further than Wrigley Field

Posted by Janet Takehara on Jul 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Jack Benny celebrated every birthday as his 39th, presumably as a hedge against aging. In baseball years, however, the age of 39 qualifies you as a “senior”. 

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Topics: community, intergenerational relationships

Older Americans Month 2016: “Blaze a Trail”

Posted by Janet Takehara on May 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Older adults are a growing and increasingly vital part of our country. The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts.

From 69-year-old NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. to 84-year-old actress Rita Moreno to 83-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who took her seat as a Supreme Court Justice at age 60, older adults are blazing trails in all aspects of American life.  And at H.O.M.E., older adults give us our purpose, our inspiration and our joy.

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Topics: Older Americans Month

For they are jolly good Board Fellows!

Posted by Janet Takehara on Mar 21, 2016 3:03:07 PM

"No organization will be better than its Board." - Bullletin on Advancement, Gonser Gerber LLP

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Presidential Perspectives on Aging

Posted by Janet Takehara on Feb 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In honor of Presidents Day, we present a potpourri of pontifications, promises kept and personal pursuits of our nation’s Presidents (and one First Lady).

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Don't be bored...Join the Board of Directors!

Posted by Janet Takehara on Jan 25, 2016 3:07:58 PM

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Topics: volunteer, community

All Grandpa Wants for the Holidays Is...

Posted by Janet Takehara on Dec 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM


‘Tis the season when I miss my parents most. Every recommended holiday gift for golfers reminds me of my dad and anything related to Jane Austin would be a perfect gift for my mom. In their honor, here are some great ideas for grandparents and other elders. 

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Topics: community, intergenerational housing

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Mable lives the Good Life

Posted by Janet Takehara on Nov 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM

This article was written by Samantha Yoh and Laura Geller, H.O.M.E.'s social work interns from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

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Topics: community, senior living, intergenerational housing, Giving Tuesday