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Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.

Intergenerational Housing: “We love the sound of children”

Posted by Gail Schechter on Sep 17, 2018 9:31:00 AM

Who would you like to be your neighbor?

I’m with Justice Morris Pashman of New Jersey, who wrote back in 1975, “A homogeneous community, one exhibiting almost total similarities of taste, habit, custom and behavior is culturally dead, aside from being downright boring.” This is H.O.M.E.’s philosophy too, particularly when it comes to age.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, combating ageism, diverse elders

How big of a problem is social isolation among older adults?

Posted by Tricia Mullin on Sep 3, 2018 3:06:00 PM

How big of a problem is social isolation among older adults?

Bigger than you might think. One just has to look at some of the news articles to know that social isolation is a trend that is only getting worse.

I had the pleasure of presenting to Rush Generations members last month, where both Dr. Alexander Sasha Rackman and I both addressed social isolation from our individual perspectives: Dr. Rackman being a geriatrician and myself being a gerontologist and social worker.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, senior hunger, aging in community, intergenerational relationships, Good Life Senior Residences, Resources and tips for seniors, senior isolation

"Lead from the rear" and other thoughts from our new Executive Director

Posted by Amber Martin on Aug 20, 2018 10:20:00 AM

This month we've welcomed Gail Schechter as the newest member of the H.O.M.E. family. Last week, I took some time to ask her to share a little more about herself, and why she is excited to lead with H.O.M.E.

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Topics: community, intergenerational housing, aging in community, intergenerational relationships

How a little help can actually make you more independent

Posted by Judy Smith on Aug 13, 2018 1:13:00 PM

We all know someone who has put off getting glasses or hearing aids because it will somehow make them seem “old” or diminished.

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Topics: senior living, intergenerational housing, Resources and tips for seniors

Here's what two volunteers say about their Guest Chef experience

Posted by Tricia Mullin on Jul 23, 2018 10:05:00 AM

Volunteering makes a big difference! Not only does volunteering make a difference for those being served, but it also has an impact on those serving.

Don't believe me? Take it from these volunteers who regularly serve and share meals with seniors at Pat Crowley House.

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Topics: volunteer, community, intergenerational housing, Good Life Senior Residences

How do housing conditions impact your well-being?

Posted by Tricia Mullin on Apr 2, 2018 9:40:17 AM

What are you doing for self-care? Does this question make you squirm, make your palms sweat or cause your mind to go blank, wondering how to answer? 

There are three April holidays or observances that are related to self-care: National Humor Month, Stress Awareness Month and Physical Wellness Month.

Did you know there are fifty plus national holidays/observances that are honored in April? Who knew there are so many! I didn’t. I do need to confess, though, that my eye was drawn to April being National Licorice Month. I will look into that later as part of my self-care. 

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Topics: intergenerational housing, Upkeep and Repair, affordable housing

What does it mean to be a Housing Champion?

Posted by Nikki Moustafa on Mar 26, 2018 8:15:00 AM

On March 12th Housing Action Illinois hosted their annual fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewing to celebrate Housing Champions of all kinds. Attending this celebration, spending time with my peers makes me think: what does it mean to be a Housing Champion?

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Topics: community, intergenerational housing, affordable housing

Celebrating Maggie Kuhn this Women's History Month

Posted by Amber Martin on Mar 5, 2018 11:59:51 AM

March is Women's History Month. The theme this year is "NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women."

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Topics: intergenerational housing, aging in community, LGBT Older Adults, ageism, senior housing, affordable housing, diverse elders

Here's what this intern is learning by working with seniors

Posted by Shuying Chen on Feb 26, 2018 10:01:00 AM

Shuying Chen is a guest blogger this week. She is an intern from the University of Chicago - Social Service Administration who is completing a yearlong field placement working with our Intergenerational Housing program.

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Topics: community, intergenerational housing, internships

Seniors are often overlooked. You can be a part of the solution.

Posted by Amber Martin on Jan 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Let’s start here because this needs to be said: seniors are valuable.

As someone who works for an organization that is committed to helping older adults, you may think I’m biased. It’s true; my work securing funding for H.O.M.E. has taught me just how much seniors have to offer.

Beyond the wisdom and experience for which we often give them credit, seniors provide tangible value to our communities.

Older adults outpace other generations in volunteering; provide vital childcare for working parents; and are consumers and investors and donors. And yes, just like Joan, they’re still working.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, senior independence, philanthropy, aging in community, ageism