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Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.

How to prepare for winter weather

Posted by Tom Sahagian on Oct 22, 2018 9:59:00 AM

Today's guest blogger is Tom Sahagian. Tom has more than 30 years of multifamily energy efficiency experience, including stints in the Weatherization Assistance Program, New York City government and various engineering firms.  Now retired, he writes and lectures widely.  This is his first blog post for Senior Moments, but we hope it will not be his last. 
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Topics: safety, affordable housing

It's Falls Prevention Month: Learn how you can make a difference

Posted by Amber Martin on Sep 10, 2018 10:18:49 AM

This weekend's cool weather reminds us that fall is just around the corner.

Along with pumpkin spiced lattes, crisp air, and changing leaves, September also brings us Falls Prevention Month. The National Council on Aging (NCOA), declares September 22, 2018 - the first day of fall - National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

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Topics: safety, Upkeep and Repair, fall prevention, aging in community, Resources and tips for seniors

Beat the Heat This Summer

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Jun 4, 2018 2:32:49 PM

After a long winter, few things excite Chicagoans quite like summer months! It's an opportunity to spend time outdoors and to explore the wonderful things the city has to offer! 

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Topics: senior living, safety, senior health, Resources and tips for seniors

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

September is Fall Prevention Month. Here's how you can help.

Posted by Amber Martin on Sep 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

You may or may not know that September is Fall Prevention Month. And, September 22nd of each year, the first day of autumn, is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. 

No, we aren't talking about trying our very best to hold onto the last remaining days of summer--the long days, warm weather, and barbecues are nearly gone.

We aren't even talking about attempting to stop the overabundance of pumpkin spice in our lives. (We've long embraced pumpkins and pumpkin carving, but number 12 on this list really tells us things have gone too far.)

We are talking about raising awareness of the risk of falls for older adults, and what we can do to reduce that risk.

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Topics: safety, Upkeep and Repair, fall prevention, Resources and tips for seniors

Top tips for staying safe and healthy as you age

Posted by Amber Martin on Jun 27, 2016 11:39:40 AM


On Friday we were inspired by an article about seven older adults who have achieved amazing fitness goals from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to swimming from Florida to Cuba.


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Topics: senior independence, safety, senior health

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Volunteers bring warmth to seniors

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Nov 23, 2015 3:00:00 PM

H.O.M.E. volunteers mean the world to seniors during Chicago's brutal winters. The winter can be costly and dangerous for seniors who lack the financial means or physical ability to winterize their homes themselves.

H.O.M.E.’s Weatherization Program provides a safe, simple, and affordable option to low-income seniors in Chicago.

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Topics: volunteer, food security, safety, Giving Tuesday, impact

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Keeping seniors warm in Chicago winters

Posted by Michael Laz on Nov 2, 2015 11:29:50 AM

Chicagoans will tell just about anyone from anywhere that we have the coldest winters in the world. And while someone from Fargo may have a valid argument otherwise, we can all agree that yes, Chicago winters are cold.

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Topics: senior independence, food security, safety, fall prevention, Giving Tuesday, impact, aging in community

7 tips to stay cool this summer

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Aug 3, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Things are finally starting to heat up in Chicago. While this means we can enjoy the outdoors more, extreme heat can be dangerous.

Twenty years after the heat wave of 1995, the City of Chicago has learned a lot about how to keep people cool and safe in hot weather. 

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Topics: community, food security, safety, Resources and tips for seniors

Keeping Seniors Informed: Our Top 3 Tips Posts

Posted by Eftiola Trebicka on Jun 22, 2015 2:39:45 PM

At H.O.M.E., we pride ourselves on our person-centered culture. We like to connect seniors with helpful resources that will assist them with living independent lives.
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Topics: senior living, food security, safety