What happens when a dozen ladies and gentlemen get together to “Sit N Sew?” About five dozen Fidget Quilts, two large trash bags of neck rolls and two plastic sleeping bag mats – that’s what!! Participants at the Easton Area Lifestyle Campus (EALC) in Forks Township, part of the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging’s network of Senior Centers, have been hand-crafting items for their community members since November 2015. It all started with an idea from Deb Mertz, Director of EALC. “I wanted to find a fun and meaningful activity for the participants and came across a pattern for Fidget Quilts and it just grew from there”, said Deb.
Chances are that you are not getting any younger. Your energy, desire or ability may be diminishing for certain household tasks that you once enjoyed (or at least tolerated) in your youth. Whether these changes are apparent or subtle, many adults face a time where they need to bring help to them or move in with the help. Specifically, when faced with the decision of moving to assisted living or staying home, most prefer staying home. It’s comfortable, familiar and much more affordable.
Over the past few years, professional organizers, home stagers and move managers have come to use the term “rightsizing” in place of the word “downsizing.” Typically they are referring to someone who is moving to a smaller home from a larger one. Rightsizing is much more than a euphemism for downsizing.
John Brolsma of Hellertown, 74, Enjoys Raising Teenaged Son
John Brolsma and his wife, Irene, were just a few years from retirement when they were presented with an unusual opportunity for a couple in their early sixties: the adoption of a preschooler. “We were getting ready to travel and do all the things you do when you’re near retirement when it became apparent that this beautiful little boy needed us,” John says. In 2004, John, at age 62, suddenly was the father of four-year-old Nathaniel, (Nate).
Five questions to ask when selecting a home care agency
When Allentown resident Marisa Leaser decided to start a home care agency, she wanted to enable seniors to receive care as if they were being cared for by their own family. This means starting from a place of empathy and compassion, and having faith in the kind of care only a family can provide. Home Sweet Home Care caregivers value the one-on-one relationships they have with clients and families because it helps ensure the highest quality care possible.
The future of our natural world depends on our children and grand children. Our forests are disappearing and it's important to teach our kids what they can do to preserve our wildlife. LVAS is hosting a class to teach the future generations the importance of bird conservation by counting birds. Scientists depend on this data to keep record of any bird species that may be at risk of becoming endangered or extinct.The bald eagle was once in danger of becoming extinct due to the pesticide DDT.