May 2018

Happy Older Americans Month!

Across the country, adults over 65 are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. Like you, they working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.

For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, every May offers opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotion well-being.

“Every day I spend with a resident at Jennings I learn why life is so important and how life keeps changing,” says Danielle Palucsak, Director of Life Enrichment at Jennings. “People are 80, 90, 100 years old and they want to be active and part of something. They keep learning and doing—it’s so inspirational. Someone told me the other week: ‘It’s my choice; I can sit in my suite every day or I can engage with you and love my life.’ To be a part of something, big or small, is recognizing the meaning of life. Everyone has a part and is still needed.”

Research is showing that remaining socially engaged can improve the quality of life for every individual. Jennings will use Older Americans Month to focus on how individuals who are living or receiving services at Jennings are engaging with friends and family, participating in various community activities, being involved in lifelong learning, or practicing talents. We encourage you to get involved in activities, or participate in our goal to share stories and advice from residents. If you would like to share your story or advice, please call Lisa at (216) 581-2900, ext. 2297 for more information.

You and your families can also participate in the Selfie Challenge with a photo! We want to see how you’re engaging. Simply take a selfie or have someone take your photo in social media or email it to so we can share it with the hashtag #OAM18. Check out more stories on our Facebook page.


Thank you to the 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts of North East Ohio 71176 of Independence! On Saturday, May 5 the Girl Scout Troop came to complete their Bronze Award Project: they installed two new bookshelves and a new bookrack in our Rec Room that they designed and built themselves. Not only did they provide these new furnishings, they also donated books, puzzles and games for us to enjoy. We held an ice cream social to celebrate, and the girls helped serve ice cream to residents.
The Bronze Award Project is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. To earn the Bronze Award, Junior Girl Scouts work as a team to take action and bring about sustainable change to their community.
Girl Scout Sarah Christian has a personal connection: her great grandmother, Mary, resides at Jennings. The troop visited our recreation room and learned that the residents needed more storage for their puzzles and games. They also talked to the staff and found out that they wanted picture books so that they could read books with the children from The Learning Circle at Jennings, our on-site day infant and child care.
Mary Biliunas, Sarah Christian, Molly Dubitsky, Haley Hutchison, Ella Krogman, Sara Luciano, Emily Novak, Alyssa Rzeszut, and Mikayla Yonish planned a project where they built 2 bookshelves and collected games, puzzles, and books. Under the guidance of Steve Rzeszut, the girls learned woodworking skills by cutting boards, drilling holes, sanding, painting, and assembling 2 bookshelves. They made and sold slime at the Independence Holiday Fest in order to raise funds for purchasing an additional book rack. The Girl Scouts also ran a collection drive at the Independence Primary and Middle Schools to collect donations of picture books, puzzles, card games, and board games.
During Saturday’s ice cream social in Jennings’ Rec Room, the girls helped serve ice cream to residents. They installed the new bookshelves and bookrack and filled them with the books, puzzles, and games they had collected. What a wonderful experience, not only for the Girl Scouts and their families but also for Jennings’ residents and family members.
Several people helped make this project possible: Scott Dubitsky and Russ Krogman helped with construction of the bookshelves. Jacqueline Hutchison secured donation of lumber and materials for the bookshelves from Servpro. Bridget Biliunas coordinated the collection drive. Troop 71176 is led by Irene Christian and Sally Dubitsky.
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Jennings celebrates anniversary of St. Agnes Terrace Apartments

Monday, May 7, 2018

On this day in Jennings’ history: St. Agnes Terrace Apartments were dedicated. Built with 42 two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments of moderate to market rates, the building was made possible through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. It was named in honor of St. Agnes Parish, founded by Jennings’ namesake, Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings. [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Lessons Learned

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lessons Learned

Age 6:    I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
Age 9:    I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.
Age 12:  I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like [more…]

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