Senior Living

Westlake resident shares history of her hobby

Ruth Kostur, an 81-years-young resident at the Gardens at Westlake, is known around the building for her handmade quilts and stitched items. A part-time hobby that she took up after retiring from Women’s Federal Bank at age 63, Ruth’s passion has grown into a daily routine.

Looking for a hobby to occupy her time, Ruth turned to her sister – an expert knitter – who got her interested in working with a “knitting machine.” The machine used a computer to program different items such as socks, robes and even booties – what normally took her two evenings to do could now be completed in one.

Read Full Story
Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:29 PM, 01.10.2012

Gardens at Westlake provides Basket of Blessings

The Gardens at Westlake continues to make the community service event they took on three years ago bigger and better each year. They donate canned goods or other non-perishable food items to a “Basket of Blessings.”

A large box was decorated and placed in the front lobby at the Gardens and the employees and residents filled the box numerous times with a wide variety of needed items.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:33 PM, 11.29.2011

One Senior's Opinion: Living in the present

This week I was able to get to the lake, something I haven't been able to do for quite some time. We found a bench and watched the show. Several people on jet skis were making waves, a sailboat coasted leisurely toward the east and the weather was perfect. I feel so fortunate to live so near the lake.

Somehow, I also feel a hint of sadness on this day, A few leaves were falling from the surrounding trees, reminding me that winter is around the corner. I really do not like winter. I dread the ice, cold, snow and the cloudy grey skies which contribute to SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a fancy term for the winter blues.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 5:04 PM, 10.18.2011

Gardens at Westlake resident grows 10-foot-tall sunflower

Donald Stone, an 84-years-young resident at the Gardens at Westlake has no gardening skills nor ever had any interest in planting things until recently.

On a whim this past spring, he went to a nursery and bought seeds for tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes and sunflowers. He planted all of his seeds on a 95-degree June day and much to his surprise, “everything” grew. He had an abundance of tomatoes, five watermelons, three cantaloupes and 10 sunflowers.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:57 PM, 10.04.2011

Medicare workshops help educate seniors

The staff at Westlake Village recently hosted two free workshops to help educate local residents about the Medicare system which, due to the complexities of current programs and the potential for changes in the future, poses questions and challenges for many of our senior citizens.

Speaker Bomi Parakh, Senior Director of Managed Care for Brookdale Living, traveled to Westlake to share his vast knowledge and expertise on this topic with the many residents who attended.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:46 PM, 10.04.2011

One Senior's Opinion: As weather turns cooler, seniors should turn attention to preventing falls

On Friday, Sept. 23, Ohio senior citizens will observe the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. With winter just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how to prevent falls. According to the Ohio Department of Aging: "Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among Ohioans age 65 and older."

In order to prevent falls, certain steps can be taken to keep seniors safe and upright. Most of these precautions take just a measure of common sense and a little rearranging.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:51 PM, 09.20.2011

Wristband uses tracking technology to protect wanderers

On Sunday, July 24, a Bath Township man diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease wandered away from his home and was declared missing. For two days police and concerned citizens searched the area with no success. On Tuesday the man was found, disoriented but unharmed. This story had a happy ending. Tragically, many wanderers never return home.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease during 2011. Many of these people will wander at least once during the course of the disease. Searching for missing persons costs many millions of dollars annually. Often these people are never found.

The city of Rocky River has access to a new technology which locates wanderers in minutes rather than hours or days of searching. Undertaking a search and rescue effort is costly and time consuming. There is a better way.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:24 PM, 09.07.2011

Bradley Bay celebrates National Assisted Living Week

September 11 is Grandparent’s Day and the official kick off to National Assisted Living Week. At Bradley Bay Assisted Living, a week of activities is planned for the residents, families and staff to celebrate.

Please join us for a “Happy Hour” with entertainment during our Open House on Friday, Sept. 23, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:13 PM, 09.07.2011

Gardens at Westlake rocks with sock hop

It was an afternoon of laughter, fun and reminiscing of years past but still present in the minds of all the seniors that attended the 1950s-themed “Sock Hop” on August 19 at the Gardens at Westlake on Detroit Road.

Upon entering the front lobby, the doors displayed huge, colorful paper cutouts of jukeboxes, and hanging from the ceiling were streamers and 45-RPM rock-and-roll records. Tables were decorated with nostalgic candy, like Good & Plenty, Tootsie Rolls, Chiclets and Dentyne gum and Boston Baked Beans.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 2:55 PM, 08.23.2011

No peanuts or popcorn, but guest entertains Knickerbocker crowd

One recent Saturday evening, a group of ladies was sitting outside of the Knickerbocker Apartments chatting when an unexpected guest dropped by to visit. The visitor was dressed nicely in muted grey from head to toe. He was first noticed sitting on Betty Carson's walker without even a polite "May I?"

Betty and Minnie Mayerhoffer were sitting on a nearby bench. Then rudely, and again without permission, the visitor hopped into the bag clipped to the walker. Perhaps to show his expertise in acrobatics, he then jumped from the seat to the frame below and back up again!

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:54 PM, 08.09.2011

One Senior's Opinion: July 4th events are fun for all ages

Burgers, brats, steaks on the grill – is there any better way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Well, yes and no. You could make ham sandwiches and potato salad or head out for some fun fair food at Bay Days. In addition to food, you'll find games of chance, fantastic rides, live music and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display which begins at 9:45 p.m.. Really, it's the best show in town.

A little bird told me some young-at-heart seniors would be scooting up to the Gazebo at 11:30 a.m. on July 4 to show off their decorated vehicles. Will these seniors really rally to make the trip to the park to join in the mini-parade which will take place there? I certainly hope they make it. To find out if they did, why not drop around to cheer on the participants. I'm told there may be lots of little ones on bikes to root for, too. Sounds like fun.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.28.2011

All-day getaway bus trip scheduled

Would you love to step back in time and remember when things seemed so simple? Residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments invite anyone interested in joining them on a bus trip to the Henry Ford Museum, Michigan, to visit one of the premier historical centers in America.

See the actual chair Lincoln sat in when assassinated, Civil War artifacts on loan from the National Archives, presidential limos, and rooms filled with items sure to bring back memories!

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:46 PM, 06.28.2011

One Senior's Opinion: Remembering Dad

By day, Dad was the sales manager of a local company which manufactured wire screen. Each morning he left the house in his starched white shirt and patterned tie. At night all he wanted was peace and quiet. Weekends, however, were another story.

Every Friday and Saturday night throughout my childhood and adolescense he played the saxophone in a three-piece band. Dad was an entertainer. He loved performing. He sang, cracked jokes and put his heart and soul into the music he played. As I look through the pictures of Dad's band, I can almost hear the songs which were such a huge part of my younger years. Dad played the sax well into his eighties, filling in for local bands any chance he got.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:13 PM, 06.14.2011

Seniors enjoy an afternoon of fashion and fun!

Over 100 guests spent an afternoon enjoying a look back at the history of women in America as told through fashion when they attended a luncheon hosted by the West Shore Senior Center, located in the Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village. The special afternoon was part of a fundraising event designated to help generate revenue to continue to provide services for area seniors.

Thanks to the generosity of West Bay Care & Rehabilitation Center, the program was a great success. The West Shore Senior Center relies solely on donations for its daily operations and was very grateful to West Bay who offered to provide the entertainment for this important program.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:24 PM, 06.14.2011

Gardens at Westlake hosts third annual Ladies Tea

The sun actually came out for the 3rd Annual Ladies Tea at the Gardens at Westlake, a retirement and assisted living community on Detroit Road. A large group of residents and their guests were treated to a well-received presentation by Gloria Cipri Kemer, owner of the Emerald Bed and Breakfast Tea Room in Fairview Park.

As an expert on tea, Gloria enthralled the audience with a program titled: “Teas From Around The World” and neatly tied in a little bow were three samples she discussed which were Chinese, English and Tea Today.

While enjoying the variety of teas, everyone was served Flaming Bananas Foster topped with scoops of ice cream.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:09 PM, 06.01.2011

Young and old join together in planting of garden

On a sunny afternoon in May, eighth-graders from St. Raphael School in Bay Village helped Bradley Bay residents work the soil and plant a lovely flower garden. Everyone joined in. This garden will be maintained and enjoyed all summer long by Bradley Bay's residents and staff.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:11 PM, 06.01.2011

History of American women told through fashion at April 13 luncheon

The West Shore Senior Center is a non-profit organization serving low-income seniors living in the Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village. The senior center provides an in-house food service program as well as activities designed to enrich the lives of those living in the building and the surrounding community.

To that end, a fundraising event has been scheduled to raise much needed monies for the daily operations and food service program.

A Vintage Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at 12:00 p.m. at the West Shore Senior Center, 27100 Knickerbocker Rd. in Bay.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.08.2011

Devon Oaks hosts lunch and Bingo at Westlake Center

Devon Oaks Assisted Living Community, located in Westlake, hosted lunch and Bingo at the Westlake Center (formerly Westlake Senior Center) on Jan. 27. Devon Oaks provided lunch and a variety of Bingo prizes. Molly Zangerle, a Devon Oaks resident, called the Bingo numbers. Devon Oaks Program Director Carol Sechkar and staff member Joyce Atkins were on hand to help serve the meal and distribute prizes.

Devon Oaks residents enjoy the close proximity of the center and take advantage of wellness opportunities offered there. The assisted living community, located across from Crocker Park, has sponsored other recreational programs, including cornhole, at the Center in the past.

Read Full Story
Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:50 PM, 01.27.2011

Ministry team brings joy to Bradley Bay residents

Sunday afternoon usually means football, chips and salsa. But this Sunday afternoon is different.

In a welcoming room tucked away in a shady street in Bay Village, a woman with soft white hair hasn’t spoken for days.  But this Sunday, she quietly sings the words to “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” a familiar hymn she learned as a girl.

“It's amazing how a person who I have seen every other week for a year can't remember me, but lights up at the familiar lyrics of hymns they sang as a young person,” says Erin Hubbard, a member of the Bradley Bay ministry team of Providence Church.

Every other Sunday afternoon, the ministry team drives to Bay Village after attending services at Providence Church in Avon. The team spends the afternoon giving the gift of worship, Scripture, and smiles to the residents at Bradley Bay Health Center. Many of the residents sing along with the time-tested melodies that they learned long ago. Some even remember the familiar passages of Scripture that are read.

Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 20, Posted 2:34 PM, 09.28.2010

Bradley Bay celebrates Assisted Living Week with luau

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the dining room in the Assisted Living at Bradley Bay Health Center was transformed into a Hawaiian paradise. Luau decorations, flowers and food were created by the assisted living staff under the direction of Tammy Wearsch, Assisted Living Manager. Bev Spielberger, Activities Director, provided the creative touch with many decorations and leis for the residents, staff and family members. Liz Mescka and staff created the delicious Hawaiian food that everyone enjoyed. Jerry Simmer entertained everyone with his Hawaiian tunes.

Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 19, Posted 1:27 PM, 09.17.2010

Bay Senior Center Woodshop volunteers help build sailboats

Volunteers from the Bay Village Senior Center Woodshop have spent the last two weeks helping inner-city students build sailboats. They volunteer for the WHISTLE program which stands for Whiskey Island to Lake Erie. This six-year-old program was developed by Dan Moore and other sailors at Wendy Park (part of Whiskey Island). The goal is to get inner-city students involved in sailing in boats that they build. The program is directed by Mirek Posedel, who contacted the woodshop volunteers asking for their help last year.

Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 7:01 PM, 08.10.2010

Knickerbocker's Hazel Hollenbach celebrates 102 years

Imagine living in Cleveland when the first Model T rolled off the assembly line. Hazel Hollenbach, who turned 102 years old on April 3, was born in 1908, the year the Model T was introduced. An elegant, charming woman whose eyes sparkle when she is engaged in conversation, Hazel embraces a positive attitude toward life.

With her stylish short haircut and soft pastel blouse, I found it difficult to believe Hazel was anywhere near 102 years old.  A passionate spirit and zest for life radiate from her tiny frame. Hazel is truly a remarkable woman.

Widowed for the first time in 1929, Hazel was left to raise her two young children alone. During World War II she worked the night shift at a Cleveland bomber plant. She also worked for Jubilee Catering, the Oak Ridge Senior Center and Gerber's Nursery school.

Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 3:55 PM, 03.31.2010

Save our seniors from financial abuse

Financial abuse is a diverse genre of mistreatment that encompasses the embezzlement, theft or misappropriation of funds or possessions, oftentimes targeted at our most precious loved ones...our senior citizens.

Who could be financially abusing you or you loved ones? They could be anyone, from close family members to scammers a half a world away. I would like to share my experience with readers in the hopes that they can become their own advocates.

An elderly acquaintance of mine recently wanted to check her credit report. This person is very savvy in regards to her finances and investments and wouldn't typically need my assistance. However, I did recommend a reputable company for her to obtain her credit report. Yes, even some of these "free credit report" companies might also be scammers!

Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 12:16 PM, 02.13.2010

One senior's opinion: Senior centers have much to offer

I had a chance to visit three local senior centers during the past month. On January 28, I attended the Dwyer Center in Bay Village for its second annual soup cook-off. A large crowd was on hand to taste and compare ten samples of wonderfully hot soup. The aroma drifting from each serving station filled the room with the scent of old-fashioned home cooking. Chefs represented various area senior living residences. From Lobster Bisque to Loaded Baked Potato soup (the winner) and eight delicious flavors in between, it was a food-lovers' dream. Salads, soups, rolls, beverages and dessert were also provided. At $5.00 a person, the soup cook-off was a real bargain. I definitely plan to return next year.
Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 PM, 02.15.2010

Martial arts studio offers free 'Cane-Fu' self-defense seminar for seniors

Self-defense is not just for the young or perfectly fit anymore. Most street predators will take the path of least resistance and target someone who appears to be vulnerable.

So where does that leave granny, granddad or the person who has some type of permanent or partial disability? That’s right!  They are the most likely to be victimized, because they are least likely to be able to defend themselves.

In this day and age, no community, not even Westlake or Bay Village is immune from this kind of crime. However, with the latest craze in martial arts training, sometimes referred to as “Cane–Fu”, Combat Cane Fighting or Cane Self-Defense, senior citizens and those who find a need to use a cane now have a option.
Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 12:15 PM, 02.20.2010

Knickerbocker residents receive a singing valentine

The residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village were treated to a special valentine, sent to them courtesy of Bob Howell of the Bay Barber Shop. The singing group, "Four Flats, No Spare," delighted the crowd with many old favorites and plenty of new jokes. Residents and their families remarked that their Valentine could not have been more fun! A special thank you to Bay Barber Shop for the Barbershop Quartet! We love you, too!
Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:29 AM, 02.15.2010

One Senior's Opinion: Memories of Euclid Beach

It was an extraordinary trip down memory lane for me. James Seman's slide presentation and talk at the Bay Village Library on January 14 brought back so many pleasant summertime memories. Who could forget Laughing Sal, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Thriller?

Going to Euclid Beach with family and friends was a big event. Filled with anticipation, we would pile into dad's car and head for the park. Many fun activities awaited us. I remember scrambling for a car on the Dodgems and the triumph of coming in seconds ahead of my friends on the winning racer coaster. Rocking the car when it stopped at the top of the giant Ferris wheel was cool. And yes, Ferris wheels did look gigantic to me. Walking to the end of the pier, dodging fishing lines and hooks, to the take in the sunset over Lake Erie is my favorite memory.

Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.23.2010

Bay Village Senior Citizen Advisory Board Meeting will be held January 15th

The first meeting for 2010 of the Bay Village Senior Citizen Advisory Board is scheduled for Friday, January 15th, 9 a.m. at the Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Road. The meeting is open to the public. You need not be a senior citizen to attend.

Bay Village senior citizens needing transportation can contact Mary Beth Rowland at 440-899-3410.

Read Full Story
Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:44 PM, 01.08.2010

A life-changing experience

On October 29, 2008, I was diagnosed with cancer. That same month the Gathering Place West opened its doors to cancer patients and their families. This was a life-changing experience for me.

I'd like to tell you a little about the Gathering Place West. Located at 800 Sharon Drive in Westlake, it is especially convenient to the Westshore community.

The Gathering Place offers a variety of activities such as art classes, yoga, lectures, and support groups for persons with cancer and their families. One-on-one services include short term counseling, life planning, and medical billing consultations. Telephone support is also available. All services are free

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 2:17 PM, 11.08.2009

Bay High School helps local senior citizens

The Bay Village High School Key Club will be on hand to help the members of the West Shore Senior Center with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Knickerbocker Apartments on Wednesday, November 11th. Tickets are $5 each for a dinner that includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and coffee. Pop is available for 50 cents. The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 6:52 PM, 10.20.2009

Knickerbocker delivers a "BIG" thank you to Bay Fire & Rescue!

If anyone were to ask the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments what their definition of a hero is, the answer would undoubtedly be the Bay Village Fire & Rescue Department. This professional group of individuals are always there to help with compassion and understanding. Quick with a joke to lighten the mood or a squeeze of the hand for understanding, the Bay firefighters bring a sense of security the minute they come through the door.

Read Full Story
Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 1:53 PM, 09.22.2009