Help Our Garden Grove Residents Recover from the Heartbreak of Flooding

While our prayers are with the families and first responders impacted by Hurricane Florence, the town of Manhattan, Kansas experienced its own devastating flooding due to recent torrential rains in the region.

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Heavy rains caused a creek to burst its banks and flood the Kansas town of Manhattan, forcing more than 300 people to evacuate their homes, including some who were ferried to dry land in boats.

Nearly 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain fell from Sunday night into Monday over Labor Day weekend, causing extensive flooding to National Church Residences Garden Grove senior affordable housing community. All of the residents were evacuated and moved to higher ground as the water on the first floor rose as high as three feet, which resulted in significant loss of personal possessions. It is estimated that it will take weeks to fully restore power to the region – and it could be even longer before these residents can return to their homes.

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The average age of the 62 residents at Garden Grove is 70, and all have modest resources. Most are frail and suffer from one or more chronic conditions. They do not have the means to easily replace all that was lost, and insurance will only cover so much. Our residents need your help.

We are asking you to help us “Restock the Fridge” for the residents of Garden Grove. Your donation will provide food and personal care items to these residents once they are able to return to the building.

This simple gesture to restore a basic human need to these residents certainly will ease their worries as they begin to rebuild their lives.

Visit the Garden Grove Flood Relief crowdfunding page to start a fundraising campaign, or give now.

 

 

We want you to be a part of the National Church Residences mission. Feel free to leave a comment, suggest a topic, ask a question, or send an email to communications@nationalchurchresidences.org.

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Bonding Through Intergenerational Activities

Quality time with multiple generations is beneficial for families. When children and young adults spend time with older adults and seniors, it can create a sense of bonding that strengthens families and provides benefits for both parties.

For children, intergeneration activities help build self-esteem, social skills, and happier, healthier attitudes about the future and aging adults. They gain the opportunity to hear stories from the elders in their family and gather wisdom beyond their years.

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For seniors, these intergenerational activities create a sense of joy and fulfillment. Spending time with their children and grandchildren helps promote mental health and helps strengthen the body.

September is Intergenerational Month and it is a great time to begin to think about different activities that families can do together to strengthen intergenerational bonding.

Cooking

Cooking is a great way to bond with your loved ones. Discover a new recipe or share an old family recipe. By using cooking to bond, children gain new skills and older adults get the opportunity to continue to teach those younger.

Experience the Community

Every community is unique and has gems. By discovering these together, it creates memories for both the young and older. Visit the local library, take a class, go to a show (even a high school play!).

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Music

Music is a timeless way to bond generations. Sharing music allows the younger generation to experience things that the older generation treasures. The experiences that we have with music transcends generations. Listening to songs that each one likes or playing instruments together is the perfect intergenerational activity.

Conversation

Sharing stories is important in bonding. The older generation gets the opportunity to share stories about their childhood and the things that they hold dear. These stories are great ways to capture memories as older ones may pass on.

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At National Church Residences, we promote intergenerational activities with our seniors by partnering with the community and through our adult day programs. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved with our seniors, visit our website for more information.

 

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Celebrating 100 Years

This week, one of our residents celebrates 100 years of life.

Anna Mae Gearhart was born on September 8, 1918, in Mt. Pleasant, PA. She has lived in the area all of her life. Anna Mae lost her husband when she was 50 years old and was left to work and raised her 12-year-old son. She worked at PNC Bank for 35 years as a teller. Anna Mae loved every minute of it. Many of the employees who still work there remember her sassy personality and kind heart. She would have kept working but she wanted to spend more time with her son and family.

In 2005, Anna Mae moved to Ridgeview Apartments where she lives independently.  Anna Mae is healthy and active. She just started using a rollator in the past year but only uses it when she feels like she most needs it or when her friends fuss at her to use it.   She still actively participates in resident council and most of the events at Ridgeview.

Anna Mae has a great community of friends. She enjoys spending time with them and going to McDonald’s for her favorite $1 Hamburger.  They take the bus once a week to the shopping mall or to the Eat N’ Park in Latrobe.  Anna Mae is still very lively and spry. The bus drivers have actually named a bus after her because of her strong spirit and determination to do everything on her own.

When asked what is the key to longevity she said, “happiness.”

At National Church Residences, we work hard to create communities where our residents can thrive and enjoy life. Our goal is to always keep residents, like Anna Mae, happy, healthy and Home for Life.

 

 

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