Please welcome our guest blogger Kelly Rice of Howard Brown Health. Kelly is an expert in health and aging, and will be bringing evidence-based programming to H.O.M.E.'s residents this fall. Today she shares more about how such programs help older adults address chronic health conditions and increase overall wellness.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
The end of June was a busy time for us at H.O.M.E. We were fortunate to host two great events with partners from the community. Here's what we learned from our partners.
This month, we celebrate Older American’s Month and encourage all of our community members to “Engage at Every Age” to enrich physical, mental, and emotional well-being at each stage of life. Being active, participating in social activities, sharing wisdom with members of another generation, and taking steps to ensure mental and physical health are great examples of how to be engaged.
This summer, H.O.M.E is partnering with Glenwood Sunday Market (GSM) for the fourth year in a row, which we are very excited about. In previous years, H.O.M.E. partnered with GSM to share information about who we are to market goers, along with accepting food donations from market goers.
Rather than solely attending the Farmers Market like in previous years, this year we were invited to partner with GSM's Community Shares Program.
Last week nearly 300 H.O.M.E. supporters came together to celebrate H.O.M.E.'s 35th Anniversary at our Annual Celebration Dinner!
Heiwa Terrace and H.O.M.E. partner to provide essential services to seniors. H.O.M.E.'s shopping bus takes older adults living at Heiwa Terrace to the grocery store where they can access fresh food, home supplies, and medications.
Throughout the year, H.O.M.E. welcomes volunteer groups and individuals for seasonal and ongoing projects as well as one-time volunteer opportunities.
Jan McCarron serves on the H.O.M.E. Board of Directors and retired this year from her position as Director of Community Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. She reflects on the 10 years she acted as a supervisor to nursing students who visit seniors in our intergenerational housing program. She talks about the impact of their visits to seniors, as well as to the students.