Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.

A Reflection on Food Access in the Time of Coronavirus

Posted by Cassidy Olson on May 28, 2020 11:15:00 AM

In the days before Governor Pritzker issued the shelter in place order in Illinois, I was overcome with feelings of insecurity. Stories of government mandated lock-downs and climbing infection rates had already begun to dominate traditional news outlets. On social media, friends shared pictures of packed parking lots and notes of relief for having scored a 32-pack of toilet paper the week prior. In the building I live in, a neighbor struck up a well-meaning, but unsettling conversation, “At least we’re young. We should be fine.”

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Topics: community, senior living, intergenerational housing, senior independence, food security, senior hunger, Older Americans Month, senior health, aging in community, intergenerational relationships, senior isolation

Helping H.O.M.E. is a Family Affair

Posted by Catherine Daniels on Apr 22, 2020 2:00:00 PM

H.O.M.E. is a special place for our family, and is so for reasons both unique and universal. In my 20s I was looking for somewhere to donate all my furniture when I moved. I don’t remember how I found H.O.M.E., but all of it went to the residents. Although I have given nominal and increasing amounts every year since then, I really knew little about H.O.M.E. until I finally visited.

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Topics: volunteer, intergenerational housing, food security, philanthropy, impact, senior isolation, Nathalie Salmon House

Impact Series: You give Jean joy.

Posted by Amber Martin on Nov 12, 2018 10:45:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: senior independence, food security, shopping bus, Giving Tuesday, aging in community, senior isolation

What is the SNAP Gap?

Posted by Tricia Mullin on Aug 6, 2018 10:15:00 AM

After receiving an email from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and being a newbie to the term “SNAP Gap”, I was prompted to do a Google search to learn more! And, as I suspected it had nothing to do with snaps on comfy clothing.

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Topics: senior independence, food security, senior hunger, senior health, Good Life Senior Residences, Resources and tips for seniors

How does a ride on the shopping bus keep seniors independent?

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on May 28, 2018 11:49:00 AM

May is Older Americans Month - an opportunity to celebrate older adults and celebrate their talents and contributions to our communities! The theme this year is Engage at Every Age which emphasizes that "you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being."

Earlier this month on our blog we highlighted the talented seniors that live in our intergenerational houses, this week we are are highlighting the incredible seniors that ride our shopping bus!  

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Topics: community, senior living, food security, senior hunger, Older Americans Month, shopping bus, senior health, senior housing

The Unexpected Challenges Seniors Face Accessing Food

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Oct 2, 2017 5:46:08 PM

Did you know that food security is a struggle for many seniors across the United States? Nationwide 5.4 million seniors are food insecure. Low-income seniors are especially susceptible to food insecurity which can negatively affect their health and well-being.

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Topics: food security

H.O.M.E. and Glenwood Sunday Market: Partnering to Increase Food Security for Seniors

Posted by Emily Frank on Jun 12, 2017 10:28:00 AM

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.

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Topics: volunteer, intergenerational housing, community partners, food security, senior hunger

Field of Aging Blooms at the 2016 American Society on Aging Conference

Posted by Kate Krajci on Apr 18, 2016 10:30:41 AM

The American Society on Aging (ASA)  is one of the nation's leading organizations for professionals in the field of aging.  Every year, ASA hosts its annual Aging in America (AiA) conference, bringing together everyone from policy makers to front line workers to share their expertise and learn current and future trends in the field.  This year roughly 3,000 professionals converged on sunny Washington, DC and I like to think our energy helped the cherry blossoms hit their peak bloom that week in March.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, food security, philanthropy, aging in community

Your Way!  How to Find Dignity and Choice in a Nursing Home

Posted by Lee Moriarty on Mar 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Scenario:  Mom is 84, had a falland is in the hospital due to a broken hip.  She needs therapy and going home does not seem to be the best course of action at this time. The doctor has suggested that she go to a nursing home for inpatient rehabilitation. She is being discharged from the hospital in two days – now what??

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Topics: intergenerational housing, food security

5 Tips for Healthy Eating during National Nutrition Month

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Mar 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

It's no secret that we need to eat well to be healthy. But for something that is so essential to our health, nutrition can sometimes be complicated. One day research finds a certain food has incredible health benefits and the next week other research finds it may not necessarily be that good for you. No wonder it's sometimes hard to know what exactly you should be eating and what to avoid, especially as you age and your body changes.

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Topics: food security, senior health, Resources and tips for seniors