We are forever grateful to veterans for their service to our country. Jennings was proud to honor veterans with a flag raising ceremony, followed by a gratitude pinning ceremony and luncheon for veterans who live, work, volunteer or receive services on the Jennings campus. Check out some photos from the day; our celebration was joined by John Carroll University ROTC and Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Chef Michael Mills wrote, and read, the following prayer before our meal:
Gracious loving Father, we ask You to be with us here today on this very special day. Today we honor some of the strongest, brightest, and by far the most courageous people that You have ever put on this earth: the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines and the Coast Guard. I am sure that there were days that they did not understand what was expected. I know that we did not always understand what Your mission was for us. One thing that we do know is that You are a loving and forgiving God. We also know that today You have sent Your Holy Spirit down upon us and have blessed us with each and every one in this room. There were many days that we did not even have a chance to think about You, Loving Father, yet You always had the time and still do have the time to keep us in the palm of Your hand. As we sit here today, let us not forget the friends and family members that have gone before us in the time of war. And as each of you sit here today, I am sure that you knew someone that lost his/her life in the time of war; many times you have asked the question “Why was it not me?” We will never know that answer but what we do know is that God has a plan for everyone. Bless all of us in this room, and we will never forget the sacrifice that each and every veteran has made for this country. Amen.
Jennings Center for Older Adults, along with numerous national organizations, major corporations and community-based groups around the country, recognizes caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) in November to thank and support our nation’s family caregivers.
According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), in any given year over 65 million people provide some level of caregiving services. Those services are valued at more than $375 billion dollars a year for those caring for older adults. Family caregivers provide more than 80% of all home care services. Of today’s family caregivers, 40% provide some level of nursing support. American businesses can lose billions each year due to employees’ need to care for loved ones 50 years of age or older.
“Our organization is pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the valuable role they play,” said Lisa Brazytis, Director of Marketing at Jennings Center for Older Adults. “Resources such as adult day services at Jennings offer support to family caregivers by providing a source of respite.” Jennings Center for Older Adults also offers a free speakers’ bureau for talks about finding resources and support for older adults and caregivers.
NFC Month is organized each year by the National Family Caregivers Association, a grass roots organization whose mission is to improve the overall quality of life of family caregivers and their loved ones. “This year we are encouraging people to speak up during NFC month.” said Suzanne Mintz, NFCA president and CEO. “One of the most important attributes on being an advocate for your loved one is the willingness and the ability to speak up and keep your eye on the ultimate goal: protecting not only the health and safety of your loved ones by for yourself as well.”
To learn more about NFCA, call (800) 896-3650 or visit www.thefamilycaregiver.org.