January’s Creative Corner – featuring Phyllis Rubinstein

Each week, many of our residents meet for Creative Writing Group with Lisa McKenzie. The class offers a creative outlet and the opportunity to flex their writing muscles.

This month, we’d like to highlight a humorous meditation, written by resident Phyllis Rubinstein, regarding social media acronyms.

For years I have accepted the jumble of letters indicating the days of the week that appeared on the calendar above the numbers of the month. These abbreviations of the days were a help for me. MON was short for Monday, and so on. I liked that. But then came Facebook and Twitter—and even more abbreviations.

LOL— means Laughing Out Loud.

OMG — means Oh My G-d.

I know what a dictionary is!

I know what a thesaurus is!

But is there anywhere I can find what those few letters mean when punched out on a cell phone?

Now let’s move on to the TV.

TV is short for television.

Raise your hand if you know what CEO stands for.

Do you know what FBI stands for?

How many TV watchers know (or care) what DCOF stands for? Dental Center of Florence!

I try to read the abbreviations that quickly move across the screen under the main pictures, like PM for Prime Minister, Pres. Elect for President Elect, WH for White House.

I must admit that I called my youngest son who lives in Florida to ask him this question: I didn’t have the slightest idea what the meaning of these letters was. I called him because I figured he wouldn’t tell his brothers about my call and his friends don’t know me. I asked what POTUS means. Of course, now I should feel stupid, or really dumb, but I don’t! I can’t imagine that five letters are used to represent the real term for the President of the United States. What can I do when the whole world is too busy (or too lazy) to use real words, just abbreviations? My family has an answer—maybe buy a computer or try Facebook or Twitter. My acronym is TBNT. Thanks—but—NO THANKS.

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2017 Golden Globes Fashion Insight

The 2017 Golden Globes, the first major fashion event of this new year, featured many elegant gowns – as well as a few risky designs. Residents Evelyn Johnston and Gerri Lewin shared their unique insight regarding their favorite and least favorite fashions.

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Kenwood Employee Powers Holiday Baking Frenzy for Residents

Many of our staff members go above and beyond to make our residents feel special – especially during the holidays.

One, Kathy Evans, is an avid baker and bestows sweet goodies on residents. Every holiday season since 1999, Kathy has taken a week of vacation to bake homemade treats and distribute them to Senior Stars at The Kenwood.

This year, with the help of her “elves” (her daughter-in-law, friends and co-workers), Kathy compiled 215 holiday bags, each with 11 homemade goodies inside, for independent living residents, as well as 54 boxes for health services residents.

The treats usually take 4-5 hours to bag and 5-6 hours to personally deliver. One health services resident, Willie Redmond, was up bright and early to help deliver the cookies at 7 a.m.

“It gives residents a happy heart – and it gives me one, too,” Kathy said.

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The Difference Between Aging and Dementia

During the aging process, our parents and elderly relatives may experience incremental changes in their cognitive abilities. While some of these changes are completely normal, others could be early signs of dementia. Below is a graphic that illustrates some common symptoms of normal aging:

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If you notice that someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to speak up and encourage them to see a doctor. Though loved ones may show resistance, a doctor will help you evaluate your parent’s or loved one’s health and offer them help, guidance and information they need.

If you’re interested in speaking with an expert at The Kenwood by Senior Star regarding the difference between aging and dementia, please contact (513) 212-6290.

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December’s Creative Corner – featuring Edith Samuels

Each week, many of our residents meet for Creative Writing Group with Lisa McKenzie. The class offers a creative outlet and the opportunity to flex their writing muscles.

This month, we’d like to highlight a poem written by resident Edith Samuels, which tackles the troubling subject of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Introducing the Eradicator

There he is

The faceless, hooded sorcerer

Cloaked in his flowing cape

Thick and black

As a moonless, starless night.

He moves imperceptibly at first

Like a specter, nearly invisible

Selecting his unsuspecting subjects

Seemingly at random.

Silently, surreptitiously

Without flourish or abracadabra

He makes their memories vanish

One by one by one.

Slowly, he grows more adept

With sleight of hand

Erasing words and thoughts

Ultimately smothering

Words and thoughts and memories completely

In the folds of his shroud-like cape,

Transforming them into the disappeared

Never to return.

Where do they go?

Does he have secret deep pockets

Concealed in the lining of that capacious cape

Where he collects and hide them?

Oh, he is patient.

He bides his time.

He grows

He expands

Relentless and wily

Until there is nothing left

But him.

Nothing stops him.

Not hate

Not even love.

He always wins.

At least, for now.

 

The Kenwood Writing Circle at one of their weekly meetings.

The Kenwood Writing Circle at one of their weekly meetings.

 

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Fleeing the Castro regime: A local woman’s journey

Ida Zinam grew up the daughter of a produce seller in Louisville. An affinity for the Spanish language led her on a journey that would end with a hurried escape from Cuba and regime of Fidel Castro.

The death of Castro has been celebrated and mourned since Saturday when news left Cuba that the 90-year-old had passed away.

“This man who caused so much suffering and took everything away from families is gone, just the fact that he’s gone and passed away is worth celebrating,” Zinam said, but also is convinced nothing will change.

For Zinam, news from Cuba is personal. She lived on the island and raised a family there for 15 years, a pivotal 15 years that saw Castro rise to power.

Ida Zinam, one of our residents at The Kenwood by Senior Star, was recently featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Read more about her journey here.

 

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In the Kitchen with The Kenwood This Thanksgiving

While it’s important to celebrate what we’re thankful for year-round, our team at The Kenwood by Senior Star especially enjoys gathering with residents, family and friends annually for our special Thanksgiving dinner. This extraordinary meal is one of our favorite traditions here at The Kenwood.

Chef Marshall Burke gave us a sneak peak of what you can expect on the menu this Thursday, Nov. 24:

 

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Interested in joining us? Give us a call to RSVP. We’re looking forward to sharing food, friends, family and fun with you this year.

 

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Understanding Dementia: Symptoms, Diagnosing, Treating and More

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, more than 5 million Americans are living with it currently.

Despite its ubiquity, both Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often surrounded by misconceptions and confusion regarding their symptoms, treatments and more. Because dementia and all of its forms impact so many, it is important to understand the disease and know how you can seek help.

So what is dementia, and how does it differ from Alzheimer’s?

“Dementia” is an umbrella term. It develops when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally and can cause changes in the person’s memory, behavior and ability to think clearly. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is always categorized as dementia, however, dementia is not always Alzheimer’s disease.

What are symptoms of dementia?

Symptoms can vary greatly depending on the underlying cause. Dementia is not merely a problem of memory; it reduces the ability to learn, reason, retain or recall past experience. There is also loss of thought patterns, feelings and activities. A person experiencing dementia may have new problems finding the right words to express themselves, misplacing things, feel confusion with time/place or find it difficult to complete familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.

How do you diagnose and treat it?

If you suspect that a family member is exhibiting several signs of dementia, a physician evaluation may be necessary to identify the underlying cause and perform further tests. While physicians can usually diagnose dementia, it may be difficult to determine the exact cause. Among the tests the doctor might perform: a thorough medical history; medical status testing; and a complete physical and neurological exam

To learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, visit our Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care – or, call The Kenwood by Senior Star at (513) 823-3029 today to schedule your personalized tour of our Memory Care offerings.

 

 

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October’s Creative Corner – featuring Joan D. Sattler

Each week, many of our residents meet for Creative Writing Group with Lisa McKenzie. The class offers a creative outlet and the opportunity to flex their writing muscles.

This month, we’d like to highlight an insightful short poem written by resident Joan D. Sattler.

 

Thoughts and Attitudes

When we get tired and start to sleep, do we count our blessings or our defeats?

Upon awakening do we return to our slumbering pose, or are we eager and ready to go?

Just remember, and it’s true, our thoughts and attitudes tell our feelings what to do.

 

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Make a Smooth Move into Senior Living

You’ve figured out how to downsize before moving into senior living. You’ve finally let go of many of your cherished items, knowing they will find second lives with new owners. Now, you’re faced with your final big hurdle: calming your nerves to make that big move into your new senior living community.

Thankfully, The Kenwood by Senior Star is dedicated to making move-in day as smooth as possible. With a designated move-in coordinator, Nancy Grant, and countless other staff members to help before, during and after your move, our team is always in reach to ease your transition.

Before your move: First, The Kenwood prepares soon-to-be Senior Stars with a “Smooth Move” checklist to help you think about your transition and know what resources are available to make the move easier. This includes connecting you with a moving company that specializes in senior moves.

Dedicated to handling your items with care, movers will even take pictures of your shelves and household items to make sure they are set up the same way in your new apartment. With a quick call to check in the day before move-in, you’ll feel confident and supported.

During your move: Most moves are a two-day process: the first day is spent packing, while on the second day, the moving van arrives and all items are loaded, delivered to your new home and unpacked. Because the movers are both experienced and highly qualified, you’re able to step away from the process knowing they have everything under control.

Once at The Kenwood, you can join a staff member for lunch in our dining room to unwind while the movers unload. When they’re finished, you can head to your apartment to start making it your own.

Because unpacking can feel a bit overwhelming, The Kenwood staff is happy to bring you dinner to enjoy in your apartment, or can join you in the dining room if you prefer. With staff by your side to help wherever needed, you’re able to relax and get settled with some comfort food, a little bit of laughter and a friendly face.

After your move: Though it might feel as though your move is over once you’re entirely unpacked, The Kenwood staff knows that your transition into senior living may take more time to allow you to feel completely comfortable.

With a resident liaison from The Kenwood’s Welcoming Committee to answer questions and offer support post-move, new Senior Stars will always have a friend in the community. The committee’s detailed approach provides each resident a customized welcoming based on their personalities and interests. In time, The Kenwood by Senior Star will feel like home, and its staff and residents your family.

 

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