We are so excited to announce that we have hired Olivia as our new Volunteer/Service Coordinator! She started a couple weeks ago and is making her way around the neighborhood meeting all the great seniors we work with and the volunteers that help us out. Olivia most recently led art classes for senior living with Alzheimers and Dementia. At North End-South Como Olivia works with the community and families to connect seniors to services and support so they can live as independently as possible in their homes. In her spare time she likes doing things outdoors and listening to live music. Olivia lives in St. Paul with her daughter and husband. If you see her out and about say hi or give her a call at 651-489-4067.
No, these happy Senior's aren't back in school! You don't have to be a kid to enjoy opening up a fresh box of colored pencils and a brand new coloring book. Every Wednesday from 11:00-11:45am you are invited to join us at Como by the Lake Senior Apartments for a chance to socialize, color and let your creative juices flow!
Coloring has many benefits:
- Improves mood
- Relieves stress
- Reduces agitation
- Improves dexterity and hand/eye coordination
- Provides a sense of accomplishment
Hope to you see you soon! No need to bring anything. We have all the supplies and there may even be some treats too.
Every Monday at 11am these senior yogis meet at the Como by the Lake Apartment building! This past Monday was our biggest class ever! The yoga class is free and open to all seniors living in the North End - South Como neighborhoods. The class starts with a brief meditation which leads into 20 minutes of seated stretching and breathing exercises. We then move to 15 minutes of standing yoga poses, that are done behind a chair, which work on our balance and concentration. We end with a guided meditation to relax our bodies and lower our stress levels.
Here are some benefits of yoga:
"Yoga adds years to your life and life to your years" -- Alan Finger
Marie faithfully attends exercise classes at the Como by the Lake apartment building twice a week and always comes with a smile on her face. She encourages others to try new exercises and here she is showing off her flexibility! Classes are held Monday and Thursday at 11am and open to the community.
Making a home visit to our neighborhood seniors is always fun. We love learning about the seniors; where they worked, what they enjoy doing, about their families and how we can help them remain living in their own homes as long as possible. This week, we had an unexpected surprise while doing a home visit! We discovered talent! Gwyn and his neighbor Russ entertained us with some great music. These two have been friends and neighbors for years and have always enjoyed making music together. But it goes beyond making music....Russ helps Gwyn in all sorts of ways from taking him to medical appointments to taking his glasses to being repaired to encouraging him to eat healthy so they can continue being a musical team. Thanks Gwyn and Russ for a super fun home visit!
Do you have a neighbor that you are concerned about? You’d like to help them but aren’t sure who to get started? Here are some tips on how to provide informal assistance to your senior neighbors.
Do not be surprised if you are told they do not want any services. Often people are so comfortable with help from neighbors and family they do not see the need or they are afraid that asking for services will risk their independence.
Feel good about what you are doing and enjoy it. What you doing is incredibly important!
REMEMBER, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away. ---Author unknown.
Stay active in your community. Help your elderly neighbors by giving them a ride to church or the store, stop to chat with them. It will put a spring in their step and yours.
Reprinted from a United Way Tip Sheet.
Communication can be challenging even in the best of circumstances. As the people we care about grow older, it can become even harder to talk about difficult issues. When you’re worried about the health and safety of an older relative or friend, it can be easy to forget that everyone—no matter what age—needs to feel in control of his/her own life. Here are some suggestions that may help you when you’re talking with seniors.
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Chris Langer, Executive Director. She's been a part of the North End -South Como Block Nurse Program for 20 years and has a wealth of experience.