Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who live the Core Values of the Sisters of Nazareth in their service to the Nazareth House community. From answering phones, to hosting cocktail parties, to running the Gift Shop, volunteers show LOVE, HOSPITALITY, RESPECT, COMPASSION, PATIENCE, AND JUSTICE day in and day out. You are appreciated!!
They saved their pennies and spare change for a year, feeding the piggy bank until bursting. They collected $500, and a match from the Sisters brought the amount to $1,000! During a recent Resident Council meeting, with pride, they presented a check to the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. Shown here are our Chaplain Rev. Robert Kevin White happily handing over the donation to Peter Gallagher, Board Member St. Vincent de Paul. We are proud of our residents for their kindness and generosity.
Our bi-monthly birthday celebration in August was lively with Dave Marty on banjo playing lots of familiar tunes. Dave is an inductee in the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame, and when you hear him play, you know why! Thanks to Dave and to the gracious Nazareth House Auxiliary birthday committee volunteers who decorated beautifully and served a most delicious fresh fruit cake! You can hear Dave at this site:
Nazareth House was recognized by the Marin Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America for the proper display of the American Flag. Anna Nguyen, Executive Director, attended the MOA luncheon and accepted the award. Thank you to neighbor Bill Wickley for nominating us, and Donald Bibeault for presenting the award. It has been our pleasure to fly the colors for 55 years!
Residents at Nazareth House can choose to participate in a variety of planned activities, can pursue solitary hobbies, or can enjoy a pick-up card game or afternoon chat in one of the House living rooms. A daily calendar of events is available at breakfast or on CCTV to help in planning the day. August’s special outing will be a trip to the Bay Model. There is something for everyone at Nazareth House.
The residents of Nazareth House toured the Mission San Rafael in July, and learned about its brief but impactful 17 year history. Special thanks to Annie and her children Megan and Daniel for their expert guide work and educational material.
A worrisome fact: the majority of fall injuries among older people occur inside the home. More than 40% of people hospitalized from hip fractures do not return home again to live independently.
As we get older we are more susceptible to falling because of several natural changes that occur with aging: decrease in vision, muscle weakness, slower balance reactions.
Be proactive: you can only prevent a fall before it happens! Four components of fall prevention are mentioned below.
*Regular exercise- for coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility
*Safe walking and movement habits- for example, use a professionally fitted ambulation aid, avoid reaching while leaning over, wear footwear with a tread.
*Medication changes- medication may contribute to lack of alertness or weakness; review often with your physician.
*Home environment modifications- install automatic nightlights, use cordless phones, and TOSS OUT THOSE THROW RUGS!
NOTE: This is an excerpt of a seminar held at Nazareth House by Kirsten Dumford, Physical Therapist, and Karen Smith, Occupational Therapist. The complete article can be emailed to you by requesting from firstname.lastname@example.org or Leave A Comment on this blog posting.
On Thursdays you will find our residents engaged in a drumming circle with Lior Tsarfaty, Bay Area musician. Rhythms, simple melodies and friendship fill one of the most well-loved hours of the week. http://www.villagesong.com.