Archive for the ‘Marjorie P. Lee’ Category

Thoughts on NPR’s “Family Matters” series

April 27, 2012

– by John Cummings, ERH Marketing Manager

 

This morning, as I was reading through some the other blogs I follow, I stumbled upon some great thoughts about NPR’s series called Family Matters. The stories follow a few different families, as today’s GlynnDevins post reminded me:

“The series follows three families:

  • A middle-aged couple whose non-self-supporting 24-year-old son lives with them as they take in her 81-year-old father who has dementia
  • An 89-year-old grandmother with Alzheimer’s who lives with her 66-year-old daughter, and the 43-year-old granddaughter who’s quit her job to provide home care
  • A pair of 40-something sisters-in-law who alternate caring for a barely ambulatory 87-year-old grandmother in their respective homes, balancing the responsibilities of care with parental duties”

Many of us can probably relate to their stories. It’s what many families and caregivers experience and may think about as they look at in-home care options with Living Well Senior Solutions or retirement communities like Marjorie P. Lee or Deupree House. Take a listen to the stories at NPR’s website and help keep the conversation going.

Marjorie P. Lee resident volunteers as science fair judge for local middle schools

March 20, 2012

The Council for Life Long Engagement (CLLE) recently took on a new, unique engagement. Dr. Corning Benton, a resident at Marjorie P. Lee in Hyde Park and a member of CLLE, was presented with an opportunity to be a science fair judge for 7th and 8th grade projects at St. Andrews in Milford and at Nativity in Pleasant Ridge. He couldn’t have been more excited for the challenging experience!

During his time at the schools, Dr. Benton judged over ten different projects, ranging from activity pulse rates and music affecting heart rates to wind turbine blade aerodynamics. He was amazed by the hard work each student put in to their projects, from their display boards to their science fair reports.

Spending time at the science fair was by no means time wasted for Dr. Benton. “I enjoyed every minute of the experience. The displays, presentations and knowledge of the students spoke marvelously of the skill of the science faculties.”

Dr. Benton hopes to participate as a judge in future science fairs.  He is also excited to partner with schools this fall with the start of a new school year to help prepare students for their science fairs. Dr. Benton will share some personal insight on what students can expect at the science fair and tips for what judges look for in projects.

For more information, visit the Council for Life Long Engagement’s website at www.clle.org.

If you are interested in starting a CLLE program in your community, contact Laura Lamb at llamb@erhinc.com or 513.272.5555 ext. 6606.

Two ERH Executives Selected for Statewide Senior Advocacy Organization

February 7, 2012
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ERH is proud to announce that two members of our executive team have been selected for positions with LeadingAge Ohio, a statewide senior advocacy organization!  R. Douglas Spitler, President and CEO of ERH (above photo), was appointed to the LeadingAge Public Policy Congress as one of four representatives from LeadingAge Ohio.   This means that he will represent the state association and its members in identifying and setting national senior service public policy priorities. He is also a past chair of the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors.

Laura Lamb, Vice President of residential housing and healthcare at ERH was also selected to join LeadingAge Ohio.  She oversees all management aspects for Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community and Deupree House and Deupree Cottages, which serve about 450 residents and employ 300 people.

Congratulations to both members of our team, continue to make us proud!

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ERH VP of Residential Housing and Healthcare, Laura Lamb

Gary Saves the Day for Marjorie P. Lee Residents!

January 31, 2012
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Our Wonderful Driver Gary!

At ERH, one thing we are very proud of is the dedication of our staff, and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.  Driver Gary Morgenroth is the perfect example of this enthusiasm and devotion. Recently, he took a busload of Marjorie P. Lee residents to Union Terminal to see the OmniMax film Rocky Mountain Express. Although the tickets had been reserved in advance, they were mistakenly sold before the residents arrived.  Gary found himself with a busload of disappointed residents.  Since Gary is a current volunteer docent for the Historical Society Museum and has worked previously as a city surveyor, he used his knowledge to take the residents on an extensive tour of the city.  The residents were thrilled and commented that Gary’s Cincinnati tour was so interesting and informative that they would recommend everyone receive one!  Great job Gary, thanks for saving the day!

If you are interested in brightening the lives of older adults, visit our Volunteer Page, Deupree House Meals on Wheels Page, or the ERH Home Page.

“Our residents say it best”

January 13, 2012

Marjorie P. Lee, retirement community, senior living, Cincinnati, OH, OhioI love talking with our residents. Regardless of the community they choose to call home, I rarely pay a visit to them that doesn’t include a wonderful smile and wishes for a good whatever part of the day it is. And I just enjoy the happiness I see around the campuses – in meeting neighbors for coffee or a chat about a book they’re reading, in working on a jigsaw puzzle, or simply in a passing “hello” while they read a book. Just talking with them brings so much joy!

That’s what makes the videos we just finished for Deupree House and Marjorie P. Lee so wonderful. Residents get to share their smiles and their stories about what makes these communities home for them. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to enjoy them!

Get Fit for Fall – ERH Living Well into the Future

September 26, 2011

“Where did the day go?”

Is this a common question in your life? Many of us jam-pack so much stuff into our daily routines, seemingly there’s no time to relax for just one minute, let alone exercise. Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not having a decent fitness regimen. But do you realize that in the time it might take you to go through your e-mail, you could fit in a good workout? We’re not talking about giving up 60 minutes either; all you need is 10.

Just 10?

Forget the “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to exercise. Fitness does not live or die by 60 minute workouts; there is middle ground. Short spurts of exercise, when they accumulate, have been shown to share similar benefits of longer workouts.

Your body will reap numerous benefits just by becoming more active. This approach is perfect for times when you want to start off slowly and build up a routine. And, you have the opportunity right in the convenience of your work place!

Easier Than You Think

Treat these 10 minutes like you would a regular workout. Take 1 – 2 minutes to warm up and get the muscles ready, including stretching. Follow with at least 7 minutes of exercise at a medium or high intensity. Then make sure to include a 60 second cool down.

Since it’s brief, it’s important to work at a moderate to high intensity to obtain all of the benefits. Work at raising your heart and respiration rates. Just like regular workouts, try to include cardio, strength training and flexibility work in your shortened routine. Either knock out all three during the 10 minutes, or plan a 10 minute segment for each area.

Example: Push out 10 minutes of cardio on the stationary bike. For strength, do push-ups, wall sits or lift dumbbells. For flexibility, it’s helpful to just stretch every day. Work different muscle groups and keep it simple. After 10 minutes, you will feel healthier and be on your way to developing solid fitness habits.

But I Still Don’t Have Time

It only takes 30 minutes a day, broken up into manageable chunks of 10. Start with a quick exercise when you wake up. The second session? A lunch break or afternoon break is the perfect time to re-energize and get the blood flowing again. The last 10 minute blitz could come in the evening, even while you are watching TV. It’s an ideal way to involve the family as well. Go for a power walk after dinner with your spouse or ride bikes with the kids.

It is all about convenience; if you try, you can fit exercise into your schedule no matter where you are. Do it at home or at work, outside or in the living room. Start building exercise spurts into your daily routine and you’ll start feeling better.

ERH offers “Get Fit for Fall” program to staff

During the months of September and October, ERH will show their staff members how this is all possible! Beginning September 19th,  ERH will offer their staff members weekly walking groups, a variety of 10 minute fitness classes such as stretching, strength training, yoga and more. ERH will host Family Swim Nights at the Marjorie P. Lee and Deupree House pools, both located in Hyde Park. ERH will also be sponsoring 10 minute foot and hand massages for relaxation.

At the end of the six week “Get Fit for Fall” program, ERH will host their first All Company Walk!

ERH wants their staff members and YOU to live well into the future. For more information on the wellness programs at Deupree Houseand Marjorie P. Lee, visit deupreehouse.com/wellness and marjorieplee.com/wellness.

Away we go!

August 26, 2011

We’re off and running!

Episcopal Retirement Homes is starting a blog … and it is off to an amazing and awesome start! Just getting a look at all we can do here is wonderfully refreshing.

Of course, as we continue to build this presence we will look to you, our readers, for input on potential topics. We’ll certainly talk about what’s happening around the ERH family of communities, in-home and community-based services. But we also want to focus on the people that make our communities and services so terrific in the first place. After all, they are the heart of who we are!

There will be other items of interest, too, based on your feedback. Do you want to read about care options? What about what’s going on with something like Alzheimer’s or dementia care? Would tips on staying active and healthy at home be of interest?

Please let us know using the comments feature here, or email us at erhmarketing@erhinc.com. After all, this blog is for you! We look forward to talking with you in the months and years to come!