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Topic- Vocational wellness

 

Attitude and generosity make giving a year-round event  by Colleen Koziara-1274

Attitude and generosity make giving a year-round event by Colleen Koziara

The Year of Caring and Sharing started as an average annual food drive in 2009. For the Thanksgiving season, all Pathway Senior Living Supportive Living Communities were working to collect food for the food banks in Chicago. We really advertised the food drive and encouraged not only our staff, but also our residents and even the families of our residents and staff to participate.

The Pathway residents, including those with limited financial resources, were able to contribute more than 3,700 pounds of food to the Chicago-area food banks. After the food drive, no one could ever say again that our seniors were not still able to be a valuable asset to the world outside the walls of our communities.

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Retirees in Service to the Environment: cultivating volunteers with impact by Caron Petersen, MSW-1184

Retirees in Service to the Environment: cultivating volunteers with impact by Caron Petersen, MSW

On an October day in 2008, four recuperating birds from a local wildlife sanctuary captivated two-dozen spectators in the activity room at Bahia Oaks Lodge, a Brookdale Senior Living retirement community in Sarasota, Florida. The birds—a Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Kestrel and Great Horned Owl—stole the show from a local wildlife expert who was presenting a seminar for the Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) program, hosted by two Bahia residents. RISE is an environmental education and volunteerism program that involves retirees ages 60 and over in local environmental volunteer activities.

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Enrich the lives of older adults through civic engagement by Marge Coalman, EdD-953

Enrich the lives of older adults through civic engagement by Marge Coalman, EdD

As defined by the American Society on Aging (ASA), civic engagement with older adults encompasses individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public and personal concern that are both life enriching and socially beneficial. “Late life civic engagement can take many forms,” observes ASA, “from individual volunteerism to paid part- or full-time work to organizational involvement to electoral participation. A community can be a neighborhood, city, county, nation or the world.”

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Holiday Retirement's volunteer program enriches the lives of residents-605

Holiday Retirement's volunteer program enriches the lives of residents

Headquartered in Salem, Oregon, Holiday Retirement is a leading provider of independent-living retirement facilities in Canada and the United States—and a two-time winner of the ICAA Industry Innovator Award. Holiday supports enriching, stimulating lifestyles for the 35,000 older adults who live in its 300 communities, providing an array of amenities and activities for residents.

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Online learning for the 50-plus adult by Cody Sipe, MS-598

Online learning for the 50-plus adult by Cody Sipe, MS

If your email inbox isn’t inundated with ads for products to improve your sexual performance or opportunities to refinance your home mortgage, then it may well be filled with solicitations to take an online course or get an online degree. Internet-based education programs (also called e-learning, e-education or online learning) are revolutionizing learning as we know it. Never before have organizations had so many opportunities to reach potential participants with continued education—from studying for formal academic degrees to learning a new language, to simply pursuing hobbies and interests. This learning medium is growing exponentially today. It is also proving to be useful in engaging and educating middle-aged and older constituents.

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Westminster Towers Summer School strengthens community wellness-583

Westminster Towers Summer School strengthens community wellness

In a dining room full of lively chatter, two people sit to the side talking about their interior design class and how much they are looking forward to next week’s class—one is a resident and the other, a server at Westminster Towers active living community in Orlando, Florida. Both are participants in Westminster Towers Summer School 2007 program.

Westminster Towers is part of Westminster Communities of Florida, a not-for-profit active living housing and healthcare-related organization in the Sunshine State. Founded in 1954 in Bradenton (just south of Tampa) and now headquartered in Orlando, Westminster Communities of Florida includes 21 active living and rental communities providing services to more than 5,000 people statewide. These communities promote wellness and encourage active and healthy lifestyle choices.

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