March 2015

Spirituality and You: Holy Week

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Holy Week is the week preceding Easter, and the final week of Lent. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes Holy Thursday and Good Friday, which together with Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum. During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the gift of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus; the Passion and Death of Christ on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind; and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God’s goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.

Take time during Holy Week to thank God for his gifts of love and mercy. Claim the new life of grace that is God’s gift to each of us.

May God bless you and your loved ones with a grace-filled Holy Week and a joy-filled Easter!

Jennings salutes doctors on Doctors Day

Monday, March 30, 2015

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Thank a doctor today! Jennings Center for Older Adults is grateful for our doctors, who compassionately and tirelessly care for older adults on the Jennings campus and work with their families as they navigate new health questions. We are also grateful for the doctors throughout Northeast Ohio’s rich health care systems, who care for the wellness, chronic conditions and emergency situations of those who are aging. Although we appreciate the work of doctors every day, we are proud to recognize them on the day honoring them.

National Doctors’ Day is held every year on March 30 in the United States.The first Doctor’s Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors.

In honor of Doctors Day, we pray to St. Luke, the patron saint of doctors. Luke is believed by many scholars to be a Greek physician who lived in the Greek city of Antioch in Ancient Syria.

Most charming and saintly Physician, you were animated by the heavenly Spirit of love. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also showed his divinity and his genuine compassion for all human beings. Inspire our physicians with your professionalism and with the divine compassion for their patients. Enable them to cure the ills of both body and spirit that afflict so many in our day. Amen.


On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its’ citizens. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor’s Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day.”



Social workers can be a lifeline to resources and new life options

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recognizes March as Social Work Month. In 2015, it also kicks off an eight-month celebration of NASW’s 60-year anniversary of its establishment in 1955. Every day, social workers help millions of people who are struggling to help them achieve basic needs or lifelong dreams. According to NASW, in the United States [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Humor

Monday, March 23, 2015

It’s time to laugh, and here are a few nuggets to give you a chuckle:

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
Everyone has a [more…]

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Jennings celebrates 73rd anniversary

Monday, March 16, 2015

The month of March is special at Jennings Center for Older Adults, not just because of St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 is celebrated as Founder’s Day in honor of Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, whose vision began the original Jennings Hall. According to diocesan historian Father Nelson Callahan, Monsignor Jennings was very insightful for his [more…]

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Sisters celebrated in Jennings’ history, charism

Saturday, March 14, 2015

As Jennings continues the March celebration of our anniversary we are grateful to our sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who have shaped our ministry and culture. This community of women religious, which has always been relatively small, answered the call to ministry when funds from Monsignor Gilbert Jennings’ will became available to establish [more…]

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Celebrating founder Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We’re celebrating one man’s vision and legacy from this week into our anniversary day next week. Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, our namesake, envisioned a safe, comfortable and affordable home for individuals who would not otherwise be able to provide for themselves. Through the monetary gift he designated in his will (our first planned gift!), Jennings [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Together

Monday, March 9, 2015

As this never-ending winter comes to a close, let’s offer this prayer-poem
written by Chris Jobson, who reminds us that together we can get through
Our Together Prayer
By Chris Jobson, Jennings Hall
Dear Lord, to you again we pray
(though some of it we’ve said before.)
We cannot help but pray some more
to You who hears us, night and [more…]

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Jennings staff advocates for seniors’ Medicare benefits

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jennings President & CEO Allison Q. Salopeck, together with board chair Gene Killeen, visited Washington, D.C. last week. They met with several legislators to advocate for seniors and their Medicare benefits – particularly rules that prevent them from getting much-needed rehabilitation after a hospital stay. They were joined by LeadingAge members Richard Schwalberg and Ken [more…]

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Celebrating reading with Dr. Seuss week and World Read Aloud Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In celebration of Dr. Seuss week, The Learning Circle preschool class enjoyed trying some green eggs and ham! We got creative with our hands and made some beautiful artwork inspired by Dr. Seuss. Students in The Learning Circle joined their older friends at Jennings, who read stories to them.


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