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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

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

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

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

3 ways to provide healthy food to seniors in Chicago

Posted by Amber Martin on May 23, 2016 10:25:58 AM

You can be a hero to Charlotte by helping to put warm food on her table all year. 

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Topics: community, senior hunger

Myth-busting senior challenges

Posted by Amber Martin on Aug 31, 2015 9:53:49 AM


Did you know that 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the U.S.?

As Baby Boomers reach retirement, the older adult population is growing fast. The challenges that older adults face are also growing and changing. It can be difficult to keep up with the facts, and sometimes what we think we know isn't quite on the mark. 

With over 30 years of experience providing housing and housing services to low-income seniors living in the City of Chicago, H.O.M.E. helps seniors live independently and increase their quality of life. Since we launched Senior Moments from H.O.M.E. last summer, we have spent some time busting myths that we sometimes hear about seniors.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, poverty, food security, senior hunger, Resources and tips for seniors

Join Team H.O.M.E. for the 30th Annual Hunger Walk

Posted by Amber Martin on Jun 1, 2015 10:48:37 AM

Did you know that the Hunger Walk began in 1986 with just a few hundred people? This year, the Greater Chicago Food Depository hopes more than 15,000 will come together at Soldier Field for the 30th Annual Hunger Walk on June 20.

Join us to help H.O.M.E. and be a part of the movement to stop hunger in Chicago!

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Topics: volunteer, community, senior hunger

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: All Aboard The Shopping Bus

Posted by Mike Deelstra on Nov 17, 2014 1:30:00 PM

“It's wonderful to have the H.O.M.E. Shopping Bus Service. It is reliable and takes us to stores for groceries that I couldn't get to. It is very helpful and pleasant. It relieves anxiety and is very much appreciated. Thank you H.O.M.E. shopping bus!!”

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Topics: community, food security, senior hunger, shopping bus, Giving Tuesday

Challenges facing seniors this Senior Citizen's Day

Posted by Cathie Bazzon on Aug 25, 2014 11:04:00 AM

Chicago’s older adult population will double in size by 2030. With this population increase, the number of seniors living in poverty will also rise and the demand for social services will undoubtedly increase as well. Seniors who live on low-incomes face a myriad of challenges everyday: access to quality healthcare, access to adequate food, and access to affordable housing are among them.

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Topics: community, intergenerational housing, poverty, food security, senior hunger, Resources and tips for seniors