With a recent documentary as well as the upcoming film starring Tom Hanks, the iconic children's program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is having a renaissance moment. At H.O.M.E., we've been inspired by the show, too.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
On January 18th the fifth season of Grace and Frankie was released on Netflix. If you haven’t binged watched it already, Grace and Frankie tells the story of two former rivals who became roommates and later friends when their husbands leave them to marry each other after a long affair. The hilariously witty show does a wonderful job highlighting the experiences and struggles many older adults face and can teach us so much about aging and the importance of relationships.
“Like cattle. They were just hauling them out,” said a certified nursing assistant about to lose her job of 29 years at a rural South Dakota nursing home in Mobridge, closing because it ran out of money.
When I met Jack Lyle five years ago, he was still lifting weights and sailing regularly at age 93.
Jack was active, and fiercely independent. It seems that he had been that way his entire life, and remained that way to the end.
Jack had been a Tuskegee Airman, and we learned about his death in his obituary in early January. This Black History month, we remember him.
"When I lost my apartment and I needed help...you guys were my angels on earth."
Like most older adults who move, Denise needed to find a new apartment by necessity. When she needed help with the process, she was able to turn to H.O.M.E. because donors like you support our Moving Program.
"I've seen the beautiful work you've done!"
Priscilla is a 72 year old homeowner and lives on a fixed income.
"I live paycheck to paycheck - only my Social Security. I don't have savings. How can you save if everything goes to the last penny?"
It was a chilly day but Jean insisted on waiting for H.O.M.E.'s Shopping Bus outside the building where she lives in an affordable supportive living apartment.
When the bus pulled up, her neighbors joined her on the curb to go to the store to purchase food and other home supplies. The Shopping Bus program, supported by donors like you, helps seniors like Jean get goods they need. But it also helps seniors stay engaged and fulfilled.
Maintaining independence and quality of life for the older adult population is moving to the frontline within programs and residences for older adults.
At H.O.M.E., we strive to help our residents keep their independence for as long as they are able. Good Life Senior Residences offered at Pat Crowley House and Nathalie Salmon House gives low-income older adults the chance to hold onto their independence within a communal living setting.