Love was in the air last week! Gifts for Seniors generously donated 35 gift bags to our program for Valentine's Day. We are blown away by the generosity of this awesome program. We loaded up the car and did surprise visits and boy did they love it! They eagerly opened up their bags and oohed and awed over all the items. Take a look at the pictures below and thank you Gifts for Seniors for thinking of our seniors on Valentine's Day.
The holidays can be a lonely time for many people and that is especially true for seniors. We sent our elves out last Saturday to deliver 40 gift bags to seniors in the neighborhoods we serve. It was so fun visiting with them and putting a smile on their faces! The gift bags were filled with donated items from Gift for Seniors, Bergin Nut, board members, Rice Street Family Dental Care, and Impact Printing.
The North End-South Como Block Nurse Program wishes everyone a Happy Holidays!
Yoga isn't just for girls! Four years ago Molly started teaching chair yoga to a group of about 4 people. Since then the class has grown and we routinely have a group of 15-20 people! It is exciting to see that many seniors wanting to exercise, improve their balance and flexibility. Usually there is a couple guys that come to class, but this fall we noticed more men joining us! It made us so excited we had to take a picture. If you are looking for a senior yoga class to join come give ours a try! Chair Yoga is every Monday from 11:00am-11:45am at the Como by the Lake Senior Apartments. Everyone is welcome - including guys and there is no cost!
We are so proud of Janet Simmons for being one of six outstanding people presented with the Dorothy Richardson Award for Outstanding Leadership! Honorees have invested their energies and talents to bring about specific change that positively impacts their neighborhoods and communities. Back in 2015 the owner of the Como by the Lake Senior Apartments was about to sell the affordable housing into a luxury, market-rate development. Janet acted quickly to organize her neighbors, and enlisted help from HOME Line, a tenant-advocacy nonprofit, and NeighborWorks member Aeon (nonprofit developer, owner and manager of high-quality affordable apartments and townhomes). They organized a community meeting, contacted government representatives and local media. In August of 2015, Aeon ended up purchasing the building keeping affordable housing in St. Paul. Congratulations Janet and thank you for all your hard work! We have some amazing seniors in our neighborhood!
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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!
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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.