We have an exciting opportunity in our community going on. The Rose Centers for Aging Well and Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Science, are conducting a project to map the assets of seniors, our Center, and the surrounding neighborhood. The project hopes to uncover what seniors want, what gifts and talents they have, and what the visible and invisible assets are in our community. The goal of the project is to expand senior participation in the community and to make the community more senior-friendly.
Rose Centers for Aging Well on Lakeshore Boulevard has a new Center Director, Ashlee Williman. Ashlee comes to the Rose Centers from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging with a strong gerontology and marketing background; and will be a wonderful asset to our Rose Center team. Ashlee is available to meet with you at the center Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm; come on by and introduce yourself!
Most people take balance for granted, assuming that navigation occurs without effort, thinking or fear. When a child falls, he is able to shake it off and continue moving. When an older adult falls, however, there are often consequences. Sometimes a broken bone might be the result. A broken bone limits mobility, which can lead to a general decline in health. Thousands of older Americans die each year as the result of a broken hip due to a fall. Even if a recovery is made from a broken bone, a resulting decrease in confidence and independence can still occur.
Structured exercise with balance training helps to reduce falls and to maintain independence. Balance training exercises involve stretching and strengthening muscles while challenging balance. These exercise programs allow an increase in reaction time and improved coordination. Exercise programs also contribute to stronger bones and an increase in muscle bulk, which can protect bones and joints. Better brain function always occurs with physical stimulation and may allow for clearer thinking and the ability to avoid situations that increase fall risk.
Many exercise classes are available in the community to improve fitness and balance. Always check with your doctor before starting a new class, however. If balance is impaired significantly, initiating balance training with a physical therapist is the safest and most beneficial approach. Home health organizations, outpatient therapy clinics, and rehab centers such as Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center in Euclid, have the therapy staff available to provide these services.
The Encore Campus program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) begins a new session of classes Sept. 23 to enrich the minds and lives of those ages 55 and older.
The fall program runs every Friday for seven weeks at Eastern Campus in Highland Hills and Western Campus in Parma. Age-eligible students can enroll in one to six classes for one low fee of $99.
The course catalogue features more than 100 options on a wide variety of subjects, including art, cinema, computers, history, music, religion, science, yoga and more. Classes are taught by Tri-C faculty, retired educators and subject experts.
“Senior adults can get out and meet new people while learning new things and challenging their minds, with no homework or exams included,” said Suzanne Ortiz, who oversees the program.
If you are looking for a wonderful way to start your week look no further. I want to highlight a class we have at the Rose Center for Aging Well on Lakeshore. Monday mornings at 10 am we have a class titled "Mindful Movement and Meditation". This class takes you through a series of gentle guided movement, deep breathing and meditation. All of which help a myriad of ailments from sleep issues, and depression to blood pressure and heart health. If you have never tried meditation but have been wanting to this is the class for you. Any questions call 216-373-1915 and we hope to see you soon. Attire for the class is loose comfortable clothing. The class is done in chairs.
“There’s no place like home.” While Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was certainly right about this sentiment, there are definitely places that can provide a good substitute while getting you back on your feet, and back in your own front door. Today’s seniors are forced to make a decision following an illness or a recent surgery. They must decide whether they have the support and resources necessary to recover at home, or whether they need to enter a rehabilitation center temporarily to receive the necessary care. Home care, while very appealing, can be more expensive, more restrictive, and more slowly paced then receiving care in a rehab center with skilled nursing care. Rehab centers provide on-site, high level, round-the-clock nursing care, in addition to on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, as often as necessary. Rehabilitation centers can provide safety and privacy, while providing professional, compassionate care, exercise, appropriate nutrition, controlled medication, and social stimulation. This enables residents to achieve their highest quality of life potential quickly, and safely, so that they can return home and resume their previous lifestyle. Investigating local rehab centers BEFORE you need one enables you to make an informed, low pressure decision. Call and research local facilities, such as Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center in Euclid, and ask for a tour and an introduction to the rehab staff to give yourself the best possible information before you need to make a decision about future care.
We all know that walking is good exercies and something we should do, but talking about it and doing it are two different things. Summer is a great time to start a walking routine because the weather is beautiful, and the daylight hours are longer. Grab a neighbor, a son, a daughter, or a grandchild and start your routine today. If you are looking for a little incentive or a program to keep you on track. The arthritis foundation has an excellent on line program called "Walk With Ease", check it out at www.arthritis.org.
Spring is the perfect time to increase your activity level after a long, sedentary winter. Regular exercise is the most important thing that you can do to delay the aging process and remain healthy.
The Rose Center for Aging Well is holding their spring Flea Market Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th from 10 am to 3 pm. Please come by to support our center and perhaps find that speical something for Mom just in time for Mother's Day. Goods for sale will include: clothing, jewlery, shoes, and household items. Our snack bar will also be open selling sandwiches, drinks, and rootbeer floats. Come on out and see us at 16600 Lakeshore Blvd.
Want to test your luck? The Rose Center for Aging Well is coordinating a casino trip to Presque Isle Downs on Friday, June 10, 2016. The cost for the trip is $31.00 a person, that gets you a casino bonus of $25.00 slot play. Tickets to reserve your spot must be purchased by May 19, 2016. Please stop in the center between 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Thursday to reserve your spot. The $31.00 must be paid at the time you make your reservation. The bus will leave the center at 8:15 am June 10, 2016 and return approximatley 5:45 pm. Any questions please call the center at 216-373-1915.
This past Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 pm a group of just over 20 people enjoyed a presentation on the ancient art of Qigong, where postures, breathing, gentle movement and focused intentions are brought together for a meditative experience. The program will continue to run for another 8 weeks covering all kinds of topics from medication management to community engagement. The facilitator for this program is Collinwoods very own Michel Hodges RN. If you are interested in learning more about this program or any other educational opportunities being offered for seniors in the Collinwood neighborhood please feel free to call the center at 216-373-1915.
In honor of Memorial Day the Rose Center for Aging Well is hosting the Hillcrest Band for an evening of beautiful music, food, and fellowship. Dinner will be served at 6 pm and the band will start to play at 7 pm. Tickets for the event are $3 and can be purchased at the Rose Center Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10 am - 3 pm. If you are not able to make it at 6 pm for dinner, but live in the neighborhood and want to walk, bike or drive over feel free to join us for the band portion of the evening starting at 7 pm. Children and families are welcome!!!!
Do you enjoy a good fashion show? If so you are in for a treat. Rose Centers for Aging Well is hosting a fashion show highlighting all hand made items. All the clothing and accessories that will be shown in this fashion show were made by a group of ladies that call themselves Free Spirit Creations and attend our Rose Center for Aging Well at the New Life Cathedral church. The show is on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and is free and open to the public.
Our annual Spring Flea Market will be held Friday and Saturday May 6 and 7th, 10 am to 3 pm. Clean out your closets, purchase a table and come have some fun. To participate in the flea market tables are $10 for seniors who are activie participants at the senior center or $15 for anyone in the community. If you are interested in purchasing a table please call the center at 216-481-0631 and ask to speak to Robin. If you dont want to participate please come by to enjoy some local shopping. Our snack bar will also be open during those hours to serve some goodies to keep you going as you sell or shop!!
Isabel Willis, is 99 years young, and an example to us all of what it means to age well. Isabel was born and raised in Harlem, NY, but Cleveland has been her home for a long time. Isabel is being honored this month by the Greater Cleveland Volunteers for being the longest serving volunteer the organization has ever had. Isabel has been volunteering with them since 1983 and has accrued over 25,000 hours of volunteer service over that time. Isabel for many of those years ran the snack bar at, what was then, the Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland, now the Rose Centers for Aging Well. Isabel is now "retired" from her snack bar job, but still comes to the center regularly to socialize and visit with friends. If you ask Isabel what is the secret to living so long, it is doing what brings you pleasure and working hard.
RTA is undergoing some changes, in routes and fees. If this is important to you come learn about these changes at a presntation at the Rose Center for Aging Well on Wednesday, April 6th at noon. We will have a representative from RTA on site to go over all the upcoming changes.
Don’t have a computer at home but need to use one occasionally? Please come visit our computer lab at the Rose Centers for Aging Well. We have 7 computers, all with internet access, and a printer. We can help you set up an e mail account, you can shop on line, research or just play games!
We have a Nearly New store within our senior center, Rose Centers for Aging. This store sells gently used clothing, shoes, purses, hats and household items. Not a single item is more than $3. The official store hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 11:15 am. However if you want to shop and can’t make it on those days or hours there is usually someone available to let people in to shop Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come check us out!
Come visit our snack bar within the senior center located at 16600 Lakeshore Blvd. the Rose Centers for Aging Well. Open Monday through Thursday starting at 10:00 am. We serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks. Best prices in Collinwood! You might also meet some very interesting people.
“Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older adults and has important effects on their physical and mental health. Despite these effects, most older patients are not assessed or treated for hearing loss.” (According to Scientific Review and Clinical Applications, April 16, 2003, Bevan et. al.) Living on a fixed income leads things like food and prescriptions to take precedence over hearing health. Hearing loss also tends to be subtle and progress slowly over time, as a result it is a health condition that is many times overlooked or ignored. To address hearing health in the Collinwood neighborhood the Rose Centers for Aging Well Lakeshore is partnering with CVS Audiology to host a FREE hearing screening day! On Tuesday, March 8 starting at 12:30 we will have an audiologist on site to conduct hearing screenings, check hearing aid function, and to provide hearing aid cleaning. Any questions please call the center directly at 216.373.1680.
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center at 21800 Chardon Road in Euclid, will host an evening event with the Alzheimer’s Association to explore and identify strategies. Strategies can help you to connect and communicate at each stage of this disease. The community is welcome to attend this free event and light refreshments will be served. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Please call 800-272-3900 to RSVP.
The Cleveland Department of Aging and Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging will be running the Aging Mastery Program® at Cleveland Recreation & Senior Centers in 2016!
The 10-week Aging Mastery Program® (AMP), developed by the National Council on Aging, encourages mastery - developing behaviors across many dimensions that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, and overall well-being.
By participating in this program, older adults will:
- Make and maintain small but impactful changes in your health behaviors, financial well-being and enrichment in later life.
- Get REAL incentives and rewards for taking small steps that can improve your well-being.
- Meet new friends, provide support and encouragement to your peers, and become more involved in your community.
For information call or email
216-453-1067 or Cfornadel@GreatLakesTheater.org
Shows in February and March
Agatha Christie’s Murder Mystery Classic, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Showing Feb. 25 and March 3, 2016 at 10 am at the Hannah Theatre
On February 17, The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging will host a special day-long event for older adults, providing health information and hands-on experiences that examine the causes of chronic disease. This program will provide seniors with skills and resources to reduce stress, engage in healthy eating and help them to enjoy an active and high-quality life.
Topics and activities include: managing chronic illness, managing stress, tapping, reiki, relaxation, diet and nutrition, exercise and other activities that promote healthy living.
The session is free to attend, but registration is necessary. To register go to: benrose.org/education or call 216.373.1610. Event will be held at 11890 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44120 from 9 am – 2pm.
Winter is upon us, and Mother Nature is not especially kind this time of year. With cold temperatures, harsh wind chills and a constant stream of snowfall, it is important to make sure you are protected from the elements. Seniors especially need to practice proper skin care during this season. As we age, our skin become thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as smooth as it used to. Scratches, cuts, and bruises take longer to heal, wrinkles and age spots appear, and skin becomes dry and itchy. In the winter, dryness and itching are a major nuisance that can lead to more serious issues if not addressed. Practicing proper skin care is quick, simple, and essential during these winter months.