The Games are Coming!

rings2An athletic competition unlike any other is coming soon. No, we’re not talking about those amateurs in Sochi; it’s the Greenview Place Senior Winter Games!

Every Wednesday, as a part of our “Wellness Wednesdays” series, we will host an event designed to test our athletic prowess. Contestants will compete for weekly credits, and then at the end, we will tally the points to declare our gold, silver and bronze medal winners!

While the Winter Olympics include fifteen events, we have narrowed the field to just a few. Events are set to include tailored versions of shuffle board, bocce ball, bean bags, volleyball and walking.

Got an idea for an event that we should include in our Winter Games series? Maybe we’ll include it next year! Stay tuned for our progress updates.

Families – visit us as often as you can!

One of my grandmothers spent the last few years of her life in a nursing home because it was impossible for my family to provide her with the care she needed. We struggled with how best to care for her, and it was a very difficult for us to come to the decision to move her.

SKMBT_C28414012010471One occasion when I visited my grandmother in the nursing home is branded in my memory. I was leaving the building, and I started to cry as I reached my car. The sadness of my grandmother’s fragility overwhelmed me, and I grieved that she could no longer live at home.

It was in that sadness though that I realized that despite how hard it was for me to see her like that, I couldn’t abandon her. She needed me then more than ever.

At Greenview Place, we have many families who are involved with the lives of their loved ones. As someone who is on staff here, I appreciate every family member who is a part of our residents’ lives.  I know it’s not easy to see a loved one in a frail condition or living in a community instead of at home, but it means so much when family and friends visit.

Believe me.

God bless you!

2014, in with an Arctic Gust!

sunnyAs everyone in Chicago knows, we are in the thick of winter. The snow is falling and so are the temperatures. With the wind chill at a frosty -40 today, we are doing everything we can to stay cozy inside. tropical-beach-sunset

To start the day off right, residents warmed up with our daily exercise class. We listened to the Beach Boys and dreamed of the California sun while getting our bodies moving. By the end of class, we were fired up and ready for lunch.

In response to all this polar air, Greenview Place is combatting the chill with CHILI!  Today’s menu was a great pick, the perfect meal for a cold winter day.

Audrey_HepburnAfter lunch, we were some ready for some quality time inside – and that means movies!

Residents enjoyed a showing of the Blake Edwards classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Everyone was toasty warm as we watched Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard while eating popcorn and chocolate covered raisins.

So, while it is blustery and cold outside, we’re making the best of it with lots of indoor activities.

Later this week, we will keep things burning with Wii bowling, and if that isn’t spicy enough for you, we will be salsa dancing too!

Welcome 2014!

MP900309664Can you believe that 2013 is almost gone? Although it has seemed to fly past on our end, hopefully you’ve enjoyed the past 365 days and are ready for 2014.

Throughout the year we’ve had many celebrations at Greenview Place. This year we celebrated our fourth !anniversary! as well as as our annual Luau, Dancing Under the Stars, and Senior Fair. We enjoyed visits from some of our favorite musicians like Stu Frank, The Chicago Arts Orchestra and Varieties. Other guests of honor for 2013 included Santa, the Abominable Snowman, the Easter Bunny, the UIC Pharmacy Department, and the students of Saint Luke Academy.  We partied for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day and the Fourth of July!

We have been busy, and we plan to keep the pace going in 2014.  To celebrate New Year’s Eve, we are having a party – but it’s a little non-traditional. We will be hosting a Noon Year’s Eve party. Residents and staff can ring in the New Year with a pizza party and lunch on Tuesday, followed by a concert on New Year’s Day from singer and guitarist Randy Walker.

While the turn of the year is a time to remember the past and what has been, Greenview Place is looking forward to what the future holds. Wishing you a happy New Year and wonderful 2014!

Holiday Joy and Sharing

HO! HO! HO! Everyone. No matter your religious or ethnic background, this is a time of year when joy and sharing are infectious. Smiles, hugs, and gifts abound. But for those who might not have loved ones present or the mobility to get out and participate in holiday festivities, the holidays can be something to endure rather than celebrate. tango_face_smile_big

If you want to experience meaningful joy and sharing this year, reach out to someone who isn’t able to have a cheerful holiday. Give that person an hour of your time, include him or her in a holiday event, offer to share your home-cooked meal, or simply provide a hug and kind wish for 2014.

That act will deliver joy and sharing to both of you!

Merry Christmas from everyone at Greenview Place. Happy new year!

Spreading the Holiday Cheer at Greenview

CAM01144This week marked an especially busy time here at Greenview Place.

In addition the hustle and bustle surrounding the anniversary party and the holidays, we added some especially sweet activities into the mix. After days of baking, constructing and decorating, the Greenview Place annual gingerbread house has been completed! The house is a beauty, modeled after our own building.

It features a rounded window front and candy roof with peanut butter cup forest. Residents decorated cut-out cookies to place around the house and used coconut around for snow while listening to Christmas carol classics.

The house will be displayed in the lobby at our Winter Wonderland party this week.  

Later in the week, the residents boarded the van for a trip about town to see the holiday lights. We passed the Lincoln Park Zoo, filled with colorful ZooLights.  Then, we headed down State Street to catch a glimpse of the Macy’s windows. After that, we circled around the city’s tree, Lucy, in Daley Plaza and saw the glow of the ChristkindlmarketCAM01138

Finally, we capped off the week by decorating Christmas cookies with the seventh and eighth graders of Saint Luke Academy.  Residents and kids worked together to create editable works of art in red, white and green frosting! The results were delicious.

We have many reasons to give thanks

So much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.

???????????This means many different things to different people. Some set aside time to think about gratitude, and what we can be thankful for in our lives. Some take the whole month to think about all the things we take for granted every day. For others, it is about giving back, volunteering to help those in need. Many families celebrate the day by getting together and indulging in a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Finally, for a growing number of people, the day marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

We started the festivities early. We celebrated in the weeks before with sing-a-longs about thankfulness, decorating, and getting everything ready for the big Thursday feast. Then the preschool students of Saint Luke Academy visited to make some colorful Native American corn. The residents worked with the kids as part of our intergenerational program. I think the seniors and children were thankful for the good time together! CAM01053 (2)

On the big day, the dining room served up quite a bountiful spread. Our chefs made some wonderful dishes for residents. In addition to the traditional turkey, our guests had the option of a beautifully glazed ham. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without stuffing and potatoes – either sweet potatoes or good old-fashioned mashed white with gravy. Rounding it out were cranberry sauce and green bean almandine.

With all those goodies residents had to work to save room for dessert. Our Dining Services Director, Vince C, honored us by sharing his mother’s pumpkin pie recipe. Yum!!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. We’re part of a wonderful system that allows us to support those who need a bit of extra assistance, while still maintaining their independence. Our building is beautiful and our stellar maintenance team keeps it all in good repair. Our administrative group stays on top of everything on the business end and keeps things running smoothly. The dining room team is exceptional! We have many great nurses and CFPs in the wellness department who work with residents daily to provide care.

We are part of a larger team, The Renaissance Companies and Saint Luke Housing Ministries, who bring the support we need to accomplish our goal of opening the door to a new way of living.

We continue to enjoy all our blessings this Thanksgiving, and keeping the spirit of gratitude all year round.

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