Lifelong learning…those words seem to go together well, don’t they? Hopefully each of us makes lifelong learning a goal. So often we think that learning happens mainly during our school years. The truth is we start learning before we are even born! And we can continue learning as long as we live if we keep an open mind.

Learning is the process of acquiring new knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences, or changing those we already have. Humans and animals can learn. Did you know that some plants and machines can learn, too? Sometimes we learn things immediately, such as not to touch a hot stove. Other learning takes hours of practice, study, and repetition.

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND
Chief Mission Leader at Jennings

We all have different styles of learning, and different talents or strengths that make it easy to learn music, a new language, quantum physics, or plumbing. There are various kinds of learning, such as active learning, observational, formal, multimedia learning, and many more. PLAY is considered one of the first forms of learning.

Learning often requires a teacher—someone who has already mastered the material and who can impart the knowledge or skill to those who wish to learn it. We are all teachers and students at different times in our lives.

  • Did you ever learn something you didn’t think it would be possible for you to learn? Describe the experience.
  • What is your best way to learn something new?
  • What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in life?
  • What/who in life has been your most valuable teacher?

We have so many opportunities for lifelong learning here at Jennings. The children in The Learning Circle, residents, family members, and staff—all of us can learn something new each and every day if we put our minds to it. Let’s keep learning ourselves and helping others to learn in whatever way we can.

by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND
Chief Mission Leader

Congratulations to Jennings’ Getting Ahead graduates! Jennings’ new Getting Ahead program is a new series of brief workshops designed to help Jennings staff members discover their potential and remove barriers that might be getting in the way of their dreams. It is just one of the free benefits for staff members.

Our first graduating class at Jennings were recognized at a graduation party. They received a Getting Ahead certificate of completion and many resources and tools to take with them. The graduates highly recommend this class as they talked about the many ways it benefited them. Already they have found ways to simplify and make their lives better. The class helped them understand where they were currently at and where they wanted to go. It helped them to identify their stressors and how to overcome them. It provided them many tools to purchase a car, to get into a different apartment and to find solutions to everyday challenges. Most important is the trusting, lasting friendships they gained with their fellow students who attended the class.

Best wishes to our graduates!

#DiscoveryOfPotential #CareerGoals #DreamBig

Jennings turns pink for Sister Patricia Raelene

Friday, June 21, 2019

Jennings turned Garfield Heights pink to celebrate our dear Sister Patricia Raelene’s last radiation treatment June 17, 2019. Our #HolySpiritStrong Sister is one good fighter Staff, friends, residents and family surprised her when they lined the street from the corner of Transportation Boulevard, down Granger Road, through the parking lot and down the hallway [more…]

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Jennings Threshold Choir “sings each other home”

Friday, June 21, 2019

Have you ever walked through the Jennings’ neighborhoods and thought you heard angels singing at a resident’s bed-side? It was probably the members of Jennings Threshold Choir, singing to a resident during a time of transition. Since our beginning on June 15, 2015 we have sung for 105+ residents, some of them more than once. [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Abundance

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The flow of grace through us is largely blocked when we are living inside a worldview of scarcity, a feeling that there’s just not enough: enough of God, enough of me, enough food, enough health care to go around, enough mercy to include and forgive all faults. Our unhealthy economics and politics persist because even [more…]

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Building strong support for elders: raising awareness about elder abuse

Friday, June 7, 2019

Our adult day services team joined Cuyahoga Job and Family Services , Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in wearing purple today to raise awareness about elder abuse. Together, we can prevent elder abuse and neglect.

Jennings Adult Day Services team on June 7: [more…]

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Jennings renovates rehab suites with fall protection flooring

Friday, May 31, 2019

The prospect of getting physically stronger now has extra support in Jennings’ Gardenside Rehabilitation: fall protection flooring. Jennings has completed the installation of this specialized flooring in all the rehabilitation suites as part of its recent renovations.

“The new flooring is an added layer of comfort, especially for people who might be a little unsteady [more…]

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Finding Independence in Assisted Living

Monday, May 27, 2019

Given the choice, many individuals choose to continue living
in their house rather than make a move as they age. Our houses are the place
where we have built a home with milestones and memories. However, the house
might also become a barrier to independence: when stairs present a challenge,
home maintenance grows overwhelming, and being alone feels lonely.

“We [more…]

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Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of the jobs, industries and skills

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of the jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Communities statewide are encouraged to plan events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers. In-Demand Jobs Week occurs annually during the first full work week in May [more…]

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Connect, Create, Contribute: May is Older Americans Month

Monday, May 6, 2019

Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Jennings. As volunteers, staff members, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

Older Americans [more…]

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