Senior Living

Helping kids bond with their grandparents

Although Grandparents Day was Sept. 9, smart parents regularly celebrate the vital role that grandparents play in their family’s life every day.

Susan Bosak, the author of “How to Build the Grandma Connection,” says that children who have strong ties with involved, caring grandparents develop higher self-esteem, and better emotional and social skills, including an ability to withstand peer pressure.

So, if you’re looking for a fun bonding activity for your grandchild, look no further. The West Shore YMCA and Sunrise Senior living are collaborating to bring on the fun. It’s all treats and no tricks at this sticky-sweet dessert party. In this hands-on cooking class, your kiddo will have fun making apple pies and caramel apples!

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.19.2021

Digital expo for seniors to be virtual again this year

“Physically distant but not socially distant” is the theme of the free, virtual, fifth annual Living in the Digital World Senior Expo which will stream live on Thursday, May 27, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 pm. Seniors and their family members and caregivers are invited to join in this morning of friendly and fun digital learning.

Seniors are welcome to relax with a cup of coffee or tea and spend the morning at home discovering how they can embrace digital literacy as an enjoyable life skill while also learning some good habits of how to stay safe online.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.18.2021

Sign up for 'Over 90 Birthday' proclamations in Westlake

Do you know someone who will be celebrating a birthday of 90 or older in 2021? If so, you can arrange for them to receive an Over 90 Birthday Proclamation from Mayor Dennis Clough. Call Cindi at Westlake Community Services at 440-899-3544 by April 16.

Many of the City of Westlake’s 90+ residents are already on a notification list for these special birthday certificates but we want to ensure we reach everyone who may be interested so we can help make their impressive milestone even more special!

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:32 AM, 04.06.2021

Balloon buddies bring smiles to Westlake seniors

Robert Markowitz, owner/operator at Cleveland Magic and Balloons, is part of a national campaign called “Adopt a Grandparent,” along with other balloon professionals across the country. The campaign's goal is to bring joy to seniors in assisted-living facilities.

“These seniors don’t all have families to visit them, and some have families that live too far to visit,” Robert said. He has been a part of the movement since February.

On March 3, cheerful 28-inch-tall figures (known as Balloon Buddies) were delivered to the Belvedere of Westlake. One for each resident, to brighten up their day a bit and bring joy. Activity director Stephanie Gumina said that one of the residents liked her “Buddy” so much that she took the balloon with her to her doctor appointment! They are just the right size for hugging and holding and have been very therapeutic for the residents and staff.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:26 AM, 03.16.2021

100 Westlake seniors surprised with stockings of cheer

The most widely held legend about the Christmas stocking links to St. Nicholas creatively helping a down-and-out widower. Knowing that this widower would refuse charity, the stealthy St. Nicholas slipped down the chimney of this man's home and snuck gold coins into the stockings hanging by the fireplace. The stockings provided a perfect receptacle for an unexpected bit of cheer.

Due to pronounced social isolation this year, the need for cheer is great. This thought prompted staffers from the Westlake Community Services department, along with the department's Community Advisory Council and Youth Board, to concoct a plan surprising 100 area seniors, St. Nicholas style.

Led by the fundraising and solicitation effort of the Advisory Council, 100 stockings were purchased and quickly filled with donations. The bounty included cookies, chocolates, hot cocoa, lip balm, hand sanitizers and handmade candles. One clever donor packaged four blank Christmas cards with envelopes and stamps encouraging the stocking recipients to continue to spread the joy to four of their friends.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.15.2020

Socialize and learn from the safety of your home

Feeling tired of being socially distant and isolated from fun? Please consider Zooming with us! The Westlake Community Services Department has been offering an array of Fifty-Plus opportunities via Zoom since May. We have exercise, discussion groups, Smithsonian tours, cooking classes, history classes, board games, book discussions and more!

The best part is that the classes are either facilitated or co-facilitated by our Westlake Community Services staff, so you'll get to know us and we'll get to know you. The experience is anything but impersonal. You'll also get to know other seniors in our community, as we host with a friendly and social environment.

New to Zoom? That's OK! If you have a tablet, computer or smart phone, you can do this. Call us up and we'll talk you through the steps. You won't believe how easy it is and you won't be sorry you tried it. You might even win a prize at the end of the month. More about that later.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.01.2020

Westlake Community Services offers drive-in events

The abundance of creativity displayed by the Westlake Senior and Community Services Department since Covid-19 disrupted virtually everyone’s day-to-day life has been truly inspiring. Interestingly enough, “virtually” is one of the key adjectives to describe how the department has continued to fulfill its mission of engaging and enriching the community it serves during this difficult time – but not the only one.

The department began offering Virtual Programs in May to keep residents – particularly those in the 60-plus community – engaged at a time when many may be feeling isolated, unable to leave home.

While these programs, which allow residents to participate via Zoom or with their phone, have proven extremely popular and effective, staffers still hoped to find ways to safely invite residents back to take part in some in-person, but socially-distanced, activities.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.04.2020

Senior Strong program just a phone call away

During this stay-at-home time, the Westlake Senior and Community Services Department and Far West Center are teaming up to offer Senior Strong by phone. This four-part series is designed to support the emotional health and well-being of individuals in the 60-plus community.

Groups of 12 are invited to discuss ways to cope with the anxiety, isolation and stress which many are facing during the COVID-19 situation.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.04.2020

Drive-in Bingo

Drive-in movie theaters have clearly made a comeback. A recent headline declared that the Aut-O-Rama in North Ridgeville was the fifth highest grossing theater in the country one weekend. But, it's not just about the movies. It's about having something to do; somewhere to go that is safe and where social distancing guidelines can easily be maintained. 

In fact many of the bustling nights at the Aut-O-Rama were for high school graduations. I know this personally, because that's where my 2020 graduate of St. Joseph Academy's commencement was held. The novelty of watching the individually pre-taped graduation segments, consolidated and united on the big screen in a parking lot full of classmates and families made it pretty special and spectacular. It was the first and only thing that happened to this class that actually exceeded what was supposed to have been.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.07.2020

Westlake Senior Center offers virtual programs

Although senior centers cancelled activities and closed their doors to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the work and provision of services didn't end with the locked doors, they just changed.

One of the changes resulted in the creation of a virtual program schedule of events. The Westlake Senior and Community Services Center would like to invite our local seniors (you do not have to be a Westlake resident) to join us in some of our free programs via Zoom. Instructions on how to utilize Zoom are detailed in our newsletter found at

Recognizing, however, that this unfamiliar territory may sound too intimidating to try without assistance, we have staff Zoom tutors who are more than willing to talk you through the steps over the phone. Call 440-899-3544 for a Zoom tutorial, or to register for the Zoom classes. We send the class invitations out to registered guests only, so that we can monitor who is allowed to enter the virtual program. This is a safety feature.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 AM, 06.02.2020

Bay Village Senior Center connects by mail

Seniors are affected in many ways by the Coronavirus, and they remain the most at-risk population. While it’s hard on all of us to stay home and social distance, many seniors live alone, which makes the quarantine even more difficult. To make matters worse, while many of us pass the time and socialize online, research shows that less than half of seniors have a computer, or know how to use one.

With this information, the Bay Village Senior Center staff decided that if the seniors can’t come to the senior center, we will take the senior center to them, and created Senior Center by Mail. This program will start in June and continue monthly, until the center opens back up again.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.02.2020

Meals on Wheels partners with Westlake business to support restaurant program

As a result of the COVID-19 virus, public and private partnerships have become very innovative with positive results. An example of this is a sponsorship of meals to be provided to Westlake Meals on Wheels (WMOW) recipients by local business, All Metal Sales in Westlake. A program initiated by WMOW pairs residents of the community wanting to donate with local restaurants to provide meals.

All Metal Sales became aware of the program and wanted to help. Owner Tom Klocker initiated the relationship by donating 400 disposable masks that will aid delivery drivers and those preparing meals in the WMOW kitchen. In addition, All Metal Sales reached out to Barry Bagels in Avon to be part of the program. Barry Bagels is being sponsored by All Metal Sales to provide a meal to 75 WMOW recipients every Wednesday for a month.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:44 AM, 05.19.2020

Digital World Senior Expo goes virtual

“Keeping Seniors Connected” is the theme of the free, virtual, 4th Annual Living in the Digital World Senior Expo which will live stream on Thursday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Seniors, caregivers and anyone who wants to start embracing the new and required “life-skill” of the 21st century are invited to join us.

This year’s expo invites seniors to relax with a cup of coffee or tea and spend the morning in the comfort of their homes, discovering how to embrace Digital Literacy during this time of social distancing, learn how to stay safe online, and how to delve into the resources available to uncover their family ancestry.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 12:32 PM, 05.11.2020

December opportunities for the 50+ crowd

December is the busiest month of the year for ATM withdrawals. With that in mind, if you are a retiree looking for some low- or no-cost opportunities this month, here are ideas highlighted from our December calendar at the Westlake Center for Community Services on 29694 Center Ridge Road. You don't have to be a Westlake resident to partake in the activities, but please RSVP to 440-899-3544 so that we hold a spot for you! To see the entire monthly newsletter and calendar of events, visit, and/or stop by Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and ask for a tour.

MUSIC, MORSEL AND MORE – Friday, Dec. 6. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., entertainment begins at 11:00, and lunch is at noon. Join Debbie Darling and David Strieter in a sing-along as they perform some of the most beloved holiday music. In her usual style, Debbie will intersperse interesting anecdotes about some of our favorite songs. Lunch includes soup, a sandwich, dessert, and coffee or tea. RSVP by Dec. 2. The cost is a donation of large jars of peanut butter and jelly for the Westlake Food Pantry.

MEMORY LANE TRIVIA – Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m. Our travelling trivia game will be hosted at the North Olmsted Senior Center this time. This is an interactive and mentally challenging game that has you competing with other teams from local west side senior centers to win prizes. Call to register your team (up to six) or ask to be placed on a team. A cocoa and cookie bar will be enjoyed by all. This month's trivia challenge will have a holiday theme. No cost.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.19.2019

The seniors are coming! The seniors are coming!

The seniors are not only coming, they are already here. In fact, for the first time in history, the population age 65+ is greater than the population of children under age 5, and that trend is projected to keep on growing.

The term “Silver Tsunami” was coined to describe the anticipated retirement of the Baby Boomers. The growth in this population can be seen in the numerous new senior living communities sprouting up in many communities, and the number of commercials targeting older people. Aging is now big business.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:29 AM, 11.19.2019

Free showing of critically acclaimed film, 'Gen Silent,' Aug. 25 in Westlake

Church of the Redeemer UCC will host a screening of Stu Maddox’s critically acclaimed film, "Gen Silent," Sunday, Aug. 25, at noon at the church, 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. The viewing is free, but attendees are asked to make reservations by calling the church at 440-331-0834 or emailing

The documentary tells the story of six LGBT older adults transitioning to assisted care and facing the decision of going back into the closet to survive.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:21 AM, 08.20.2019

Spend time with grandparents before heading back to school

There is no “Endless Summer,” despite what the Beach Boys had your parents and me believing back in an earlier century. Sad to say, but just as students are fully into their summer grooves – work and parties, sleeping late and connecting with old friends – it’s back to the books.

Not so fast.

If you’re lucky enough to have grandparents in town, an investment of a few hours right now will pay enormous dividends throughout your family all year. Here are five ways to ensure Grandma and Grandpa remember you when you’re off studying.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.06.2019

Mayor Clough honors Devon Oaks residents age 90 and older

Devon Oaks Assisted Living in Westlake recognized 21 residents during a 90 & Over birthday luncheon on May 14. Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough attended the celebration and presented a personalized proclamation to each honoree, followed by a handshake and photo op.

Mayor Clough thanked the honorees for their gifts of wisdom and experience, their valuable contributions to the community, and acknowledged their remarkable ability to successfully adapt to significant events and changes during their lifetimes.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.18.2019

Estate planning seminar June 3 at Westlake Senior Center

The stress of navigating legal and financial matters can be overwhelming. Many feel unprepared, especially when facing significant life changes. To provide the community with access to expert resources and advice, Hospice of the Western Reserve is partnering with the Westlake Senior Center to offer a free estate planning presentation, “Securing Tomorrow’s Future Today.”

The presentation will be held Monday, June 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in conjunction with an Afternoon Tea. The seminar is free and open to the general public but advance registration is required by Friday, May 24. To register, contact Glenna Schultz at or 216-383-5291.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:32 AM, 05.21.2019

Local nonprofit empowers seniors to use technology

“I want to watch marching band videos,” said Sara Cooley, when she took a chance on technology by attending an info session hosted by the nonprofit Center for Aging in the Digital World. Founder Tak Sato had a simple idea: to ease seniors’ fears when it comes to technology. To do this he would take an old-school approach by gathering seniors around a table and teaching a free technology class just for them.

“We felt there was a need in our community that was not being met when it came to seniors having the opportunity to come together and learn that technology can be for them too,” said Sato, who founded the Center for Aging in the Digital World with his wife, Mely, and also pens The Digital World column for the Observer.

Cooley says what hooked her on giving technology a shot was when Sato told the group that just because a tablet can do lots of cool things, if all you want to do is one thing, that’s OK. “Just do what you want and don’t worry about the rest,” he said. This was the answer she was looking for.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:10 PM, 05.06.2019

From the Greatest Generation to the beginning of Generation X, all are 50-Plus

Four distinct generations make up the 50-plus community. On any given day, folks from all of these generations can be found at the Westlake Center for Senior & Community Services: The Greatest Generation (people born from 1901-1925), The Silent Generation (1926-1944), The Baby Boomers (1945-1964) and the early part of Generation X (1965-1984).

Since Generation X is just beginning to enter the 50-plus scene, we don't see or hear as much about them. Most of the focus is on The Baby Boomers, as they now constitute more than two-thirds of the 50-plus population.

So why is this important?  Critics may say we are going overboard in labeling people, but not if the labels are just intended as generalities to help understand people. As long as we avoid utilizing them as cookie-cutter definitions, I think that they do provide some general guidance in understanding different people of different ages.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.16.2019

Senior Strong: Far West Center partners with area senior centers

Over a year ago, eight West Shore senior centers (Avon, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Rocky River and Westlake) worked on a collaborative website, combining eight different activity calendars and newsletter information in one place. The result,, provides an easier platform to obtain resources and information from surrounding communities. The participating senior centers already enjoyed a strong collaborative relationship, so we were natural partners.

Hearing about our collaboration sparked an idea for Kelly Dylag, president and CEO of the Far West Center, a community mental health center serving the West Shore community. The Far West Center strives to help persons achieve their highest level of mental health and well-being.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.02.2019

The joy of grocery shopping with your dad

You’re good to your dad – always looking for ways to get him out, to spend time with him, and to make sure his pantry is stocked. Taking him to the grocery store is the ideal way to check all of these boxes at once.

Here are nine pro tips to maximize your shopping experience with him, from someone who has the sincere privilege of shopping with our parents’ generation a few times every week.  

1. Check your “obligation” mindset at the door. Don’t think of this outing as a weekly nutritional imperative. With the right attitude, it can be the buddy movie you never got around to making: “Dad and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.02.2019

Boomer Bash to be held May 1 at LaCentre

The date is set for Boomer Bash West 2019 for Wednesday, May 1, from 4 -7 p.m. at LaCentre in Westlake. The event is one not to miss! An entertaining and educational event for 50+ adults, presented by Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond Magazine.

The night will include a mix of entertainment, education, raffle/giveaways, complimentary small bites, happy hour priced cocktails, photo booth fun and much more. “We are thrilled to be returning to LaCentre for Boomer Bash West again this Spring,” notes publisher Brad MItchell. “The positive energy that the vendors and attendees bring to the event truly makes the Bash a Celebration of Life After 50!”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.02.2019

Making senior social connections

Personal connections are the basis of being human. We cannot survive without the care of someone else in our infant stage. We cannot learn the fundamental skills of evolving into a person without being taught to eat, walk, speak and learn. We need each other.

Social ties are important not only to one's quality of life, but also one's longevity. Studies indicate that lonesomeness can be as much a health concern as high blood pressure, obesity and alcoholism.

In senior living, making a social connection and meeting new people can be layered with the unsettled emotions of a young adult going out into the world for the first time. However, in senior living, the next chapter of life seems to be spelled in a common language of understanding what it is like to meet new neighbors and make new friends. How about re-connections with friends from your childhood, school days, neighbors where you raised your families, co-workers and colleagues?

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.19.2019

Cooking demo awakens senses

The senses come alive at Brookdale Westlake Village. Childhood memories are recaptured at unexpected moments as the pages of our lives turn each new day. A memory in song, an emotion tugged by the smile of a child, a hug for a friend that goes through grief, and the aromas of the kitchen that evoke fond memories of food.

It is human nature to enjoy a good meal. You inhale a deep breath as you walk into a kitchen that has the warm smells of cookies in the oven, a skillet sizzling with bacon, a delicious dish passed down through generations like stuffed cabbage rolls, paprikash, Grandma's sauce, or the many delicate pastries like baklava and kolachis.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.05.2019

For Mom's doctors appointments, remember the three P's

Doctors appointments can be tough on your mom, when she’s faced with ever-changing offices and doctors, distant parking, check-in terminals, increased testing, shorter appointments ... all at an age when her hearing, vision, thinking and confidence aren’t where they were even five to 10 years ago. 

To improve the odds of her staying healthier and happier, and living longer, it helps to focus on the three P’s to improve the outcomes of her appointments.


The days before her appointment are as important as the 20 minutes your mom will spend with the doctor. It’s time to discuss who she’ll be seeing, why, where and when, and to create a plan for the day.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.19.2019

Seniors find 'bonus' love

February is the month of love. Cupid is the most recognized symbol of love in Roman mythology. The myth of Cupid’s arrow is known to cause a person to be “struck” to fall in love and no one is entirely immune to Cupid’s arrow.

This holds true in the community of Brookdale Westlake Village where there is no age limit to finding love … again. A new love among seniors that have been widowed can be delicate. There is a sensitivity on many levels when love opens a new chapter in one’s life.

Ageism, a form of discrimination that, at times, silently exists in how we view being “senior” has struggled with finding love after the loss of a spouse. In a senior living community, the language of loss is common and it is the thread that weaves new friendships.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.19.2019

Exercise classes just for seniors

So how are you doing on that New Year’s resolution to get into better shape? Did you start that exercise program yet? Is it because you really don’t like to exercise? Do you know why?

For some older adults, the thought of going to a gym with people of all shapes, ages and sizes is intimidating and overwhelming. This feeling turns to hopelessness if that same person has any trouble with mobility, pain, vision or even hearing. How many times have you heard someone say, I can’t exercise because of my (fill in the blank) condition?

There is an alternative for older adults that is far more compatible, and dare I say fun? All of the West Shore area senior centers offer an array of exercise classes that are geared toward seniors; a senior-only gym, if you will.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 AM, 01.22.2019

Chair volleyball comes to the Westlake Senior Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 40 percent of American adults sit for more than 8 hours per day; 40 percent are physically inactive with no moderate exercise during the week, and an additional 10 percent fit into both categories. These percentages increase with age.

But sitting doesn’t have to mean inactivity. If you’ve ever taken a spinning class, you know what I mean. Chair yoga is another (less intense) option that is very popular with seniors, giving a full work-out regardless of balance and mobility issues.

Now there’s another fun option in town that is also a team sport. Indoor chair volleyball is a new activity taking senior centers across the country by storm. It is played with two teams of at least six players, with a shorter, 5-foot-high net. The “volleyball” is actually a beach ball. Rules are similar to regular volleyball except for the “one cheek on the chair” rule. Yes, I said one cheek on the chair; think about it.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.08.2019

10 resolutions for dealing with aging parents

It’s a whole new ballgame when our parents enter their 80s, and it’s easy to fall into bad habits when we’re with them. In 2019 I resolve to:

  1. Stop “dealing” with them: Language matters, and if I’m not careful, Mom will think I consider her a burden, which is not the case. 
  2. Walk in their shoes: Imagine you’ve lost your spouse or home or driving privileges – or all three. Would you be sad now and then? Angry? Confused? I resolve to work on my empathy muscles in 2019.
  3. Consider they might be right: My dad made it to 87 without organic kale juice every morning, so I need to stop sniping about his hot dogs and Pop-Tarts. And I resolve to drop off Dortmunder 12-packs now and then.
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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.08.2019

Join a Fifty-Plus trivia challenge team

Here's a trivia question: What show has been running for the past 50-plus years, primarily on WEWS Channel 5 on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.? Hint: Don Webster was one of the long-running hosts of this 12-time Emmy Award-winning program.

If you guessed "Academic Challenge," you are correct. If you are 50+ and guessed "Academic Challenge," you should try out for our team!

The senior center in the city of Westlake is participating in an Academic Challenge-style trivia contest which includes 30 senior centers from Northeast Ohio, and we need to form a team! You do not need to live in Westlake to participate, but you do need to be 50 or older, and enjoy trivia competitions.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.18.2018

Take the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge to beat the holiday blues

The holidays can offer tidings of comfort and joy, but for some, they are tidings of distress and sadness. In particular, seniors who are coping with losses may experience a more pronounced sense of loneliness over this time of year when expectations are heightened, but daylight is lessened. 

If you are Plus-50 and fall into this category, or in general are looking for ways to better manage your holiday stress, I urge you to take the 12 Days of Christmas Senior Center Challenge.  The challenge is simple, visit one or several of your local senior centers 12 times between now and the end of the year. How will this help? I will give you a dozen ideas to illustrate.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:34 AM, 11.20.2018

Dedication to boating rewarded

Nate Cullinan inducted into Spirit of America National Youth Boating Hall of Fame

On Sept. 24, the Spirit of America Foundation announced the establishment of the first National Youth Boating Hall of Fame and Nate Cullinan from Bay Village was selected as one of four inductees. 

In the 24 years of the Spirit of America Foundation's existence, this new national honor has been presented to the first four young nominees for their truly inspiring dedication to boating and water safety education and the manner in which they have gone above and beyond to share their knowledge with others at such a young age.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.06.2018

Arden Courts Westlake recognized for outstanding resident satisfaction

Arden Courts Westlake received the Excellence in Action award from NRC Health. This honor, awarded exclusively to NRC Health post-acute clients, recognizes organizations that achieve the highest overall resident or employee satisfaction scores in the NRC Health database – the largest source of long-term care and senior-living satisfaction metrics in the nation. Arden Courts received the customer satisfaction award.

“It’s NRC Health’s great pride to partner with organizations that show such a strong commitment to service,” said Helen Hrdy, senior vice president of client services. “Their sense of mission, and their ability to realize a compassionate vision of care, has elevated them to peak performance in the long-term care and senior living industry. They couldn’t be more deserving of this award, and we’re thrilled to commend and congratulate them.”

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.16.2018

What seniors have to say

"I know more about being young than you know about being old!" That was a comeback suggested by one of our patrons to the gentleman who expressed his pet peeve that the young people in his life seem to "talk over him."

"I may be old, but I still have a lot to offer" – everyone in the room nodded in agreement. One person suggested that we make a sign for our building and post that as our new motto. The 30 people in the room had a good laugh over that one.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.02.2018

Bay Village launches BV60+ activities for active seniors

The Bay Village Senior Center has launched BV60+, a new group for more active “seniors,” along with activities to appeal to this population.

While anyone age 55+ may actually come to the senior center, focus groups revealed that “younger seniors” do not want to come to a senior center because 1) they are still working, and 2) they do not consider themselves seniors. We also learned, however, that this age group wants to socialize and get to know people in their age group and community.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.18.2018

Top 10 reasons to visit the Westlake Senior Center in September

People love Top 10 lists. David Letterman made them a part of our pop culture, and the internet assures an ongoing supply. We like them for a number of reasons: they're memorable, educational, practical, motivational and give us a platform to rank our views, express our opinions and have something to talk about over cocktails or coffee. Senior centers are likable for the same reasons!

In honor of the Top 10 list, here are the Top 10 Reasons why you (who are Plus 50) should visit the Westlake Senior Center in September:

  1. Aging Alone (a paradoxical monthly group with topics to help seniors aging alone, not age alone), on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. The topic will be "Conversation with a Fireman" – Westlake's Assistant Fire Chief, Mike Freeman, will join us to discuss safety in your home. RSVP by Aug. 31.
  2. Through the Eyes of an Artist, a weekly series on Thursdays at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 6. Felicia Zavarella entertains and educates us about the history and lives of artists: Monet, Remington, Gauguin and Picasso. Learn some of the back-stories of their lives as you view their work with a better understanding. Cost is $12 for series, payable by Sept. 5.
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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:48 AM, 08.21.2018

Living with dementia in an artful way

The mission of the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health at the Center for Artful Living is to enrich the lives of families touched by dementia through the arts and community outreach. Dr. Charles Farrell established the Foundation in 2011 to honor his wife, Carolyn, who died in 2015 after touched by dementia for 10 years. 

Earlier this year, the Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and Westlake officials.

Enrichment sessions offered include visual art, music, dance/movement, creative storytelling as well as other activities. Although not therapy, the activities try to engage the individuals by incorporating all five senses to strengthen communication and stimulate opportunities for engagement and socialization. These activities are provided free of charge to both the individual and caregiver.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:47 AM, 08.21.2018

Bring it on! Senior walking challenge for the West Shore

Spearheaded by UH St. John Medical Center, seven area senior centers are forming walking teams for the hospital's six-week-long "Bring it On! Senior Walking and Wellness Challenge." Competing senior centers include: Westlake, Bay Village, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Rocky River and Avon.

This friendly challenge offers great motivation to start that walking program you have been promising to do. If you are already physically active, this is a great way to stay motivated and maybe "up your game," to shed those unwanted, stubborn pounds. If you aren't fit, it is a great way to start moving.

While this is a team challenge, it is also really a personal challenge. All fitness levels are welcome. If, at the end of the program, you have increased your average number of steps per day, then you are a winner.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018