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Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.

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

Affordable housing for seniors is the foundation for aging well

Posted by Tricia Mullin on Dec 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Just as Dorothy and friends walked down the yellow brick road, wondering what they would run into, anyone looking for affordable senior housing might wonder the same thing, when trying to “walk” the maze of options, or lack thereof.

With so few options one has to ask, is there even an awareness that older adults struggle to locate and secure affordable housing, particularly affordable housing with supportive services?

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Topics: intergenerational housing, senior housing, affordable housing

Tips to prevent falls with Loyola University Chicago nursing students

Posted by Tricia Mullin on Dec 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Today's guest blogger is Monica Dillon who is the director of the Loyola University Community Nursing Center*. Through the program, student nurses are connected with senior residents who live in our Intergenerational Housing program. She is sharing tips that were taught to seniors at Nathalie Salmon House as part of an evidence based program to help prevent falls.
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Topics: intergenerational housing, community partners, safety, fall prevention, Resources and tips for seniors

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Debbie has brothers and sisters at Good Life Senior Residences

Posted by Amber Martin on Nov 6, 2017 11:29:21 AM

Debbie moved to Chicago seven years ago to be nearer to her son, Cliff.

Before moving to Chicago she had been living with her sister in San Diego, where she moved from Virginia Beach to help take care of her mother.

Then suddenly, she suffered from an unexplained brain injury that left her with mobility and speech impairments. As she was recovering, Cliff wanted her to be close by so that he could help her as much as he was able.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, Giving Tuesday, Good Life Senior Residences

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: What Intergenerational Housing means to one student

Posted by Amber Martin on Oct 30, 2017 10:34:19 AM

Michael is a junior at Loyola University. But he doesn't live in a normal dorm. He lives with 12 seniors, a family, and 3 other young adults in our Intergenerational Housing program.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, Giving Tuesday, intergenerational relationships