Halloween at ONEgeneration

We have had two very fun days here at ONEgeneration.  Yesterday was Halloween. Our seniors had a costume party here at the JOY (Joining Older and Younger) program and the seniors at the Enrichment Center enjoyed their annual Halloween Dance.  Today, the children attending our childcare program wore their costumes and had their annual Halloween Parade.  Every year we explain why the children come dressed up the day after Halloween (and every year we hear comments on what a great idea).  The children are very young here at ONEgeneration.  The oldest child has just turned five.  The ages range from three months up to age five.  We celebrate Halloween in the childcare on November 1st to allow the child to experience Halloween with their family.  They can then re-wear that costume and enjoy the festivities the next day at school and share their experiences.  Most early learning programs (and most schools) have the Halloween festivities on October 31st…so in the evening at pick up parents get an overly tired and keyed up youngster.  By celebrating on November 1st, the children thoroughly enjoy the holiday with their family and teachers don’t have to worry about broken princess’ crowns, lost wands or staining Spiderman’s suit. The best part of Halloween (both days) is the delight we see on the faces of the seniors and...

Looking for something fun to do?!

October has brought us the usual change of weather, warm, sunny days and cool, crisp evenings.  Every Saturday in October ONEgeneration, through the Parents Group, is sponsoring a series of Movie Nights and Food Trucks on our Van Nuys campus’ soccer field.  Our partner, ComCinema, sets up a four-story tall screen and projects (in high definition) a very cool movie. Our next two Food Truck Movie Nights are promising to be quite fun.  The fun starts at 5:30pm (while it is still warm) and by the time the movie starts at 7:30pm the sweaters and blankets come out and the crowd settles down.  We are sorry, but no pets permitted. Saturday, October 19th young and old will enjoy Enchanted, a 2007 romantic comedy -adventure live action animated musical, produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. This is one of my favorite movies, and Amy Adams does a fantastic job portraying a Disney Princess. These Food Truck Movie Nights are a fun evening our for families. The park-like setting with families claiming their space with a blanket and lawn chairs sets the tone for relaxing enjoyment. The Food Trucks provide a variety of choices for all palates and parents chat while children play in the enclosed area. Next week Young Frankenstein will conclude the series. The film is an affectionate spoof of the classic horror film, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelly’s novel...

Respecting Your Elders

I recently heard a great story from one of our Adult Day Care Families.  One of our Clients, Richard (88) was going to get a haircut (his daughter Ann drove him to the local barbershop).  Richard has dementia and uses a walker. He has a favorite barber, a kind woman named Julie-and I hear if Julie is not there, he will go home and return another day.   Richard slowly made his way into the barber shop. Julie had a customer who was just getting out of the chair. Richard, not missing a beat, kept right on going, heading for Julie’s station.  He didn’t see the three men waiting their turn for a haircut.  One man saw what was happening, and piped. “Hey, there are three of us ahead of you!”.  Julie shot the three a look and then very politely said, “No, it is his turn.”  All three men sat back and realized that Julie was right…in a world that is full of good people, it was his turn. I smiled when I heard this. I wanted to use this an a great example of how one woman reminded three men about respect for those that may need to take their turn out of order.  Seniors today are living longer, and thriving in their retirement years…but some are frail and need a little extra consideration.  We hear every day about the not so good things that people do, but we can all make an effort to do these simple good things for another person. Do you have a story like Richard’s? I would love to hear about it. You...

Preparing for a Disaster Part 2!

As we head into the September/October months I want to share what a “Family Emergency Plan” looks like.  A family can be all the people living under one roof…or it can mean your family across town or far away, the people you love and care about. There are resources for supplies on many websites (water, food, medications, flashlights) that everyone must customize to make getting through an emergency more tolerable, but the component of your Family Plan will be most important as it involves a communication plan- and plan of action should an emergency event occur. Think first about your most dependent loved ones. This usually means children and elderly parents and grandparents.  If you have a loved one who is disabled, they too will fall into this group.  Do the people who care for your loved ones have a plan? Do you know the plan? Is there a Plan A? Plan B…Pan C?   Do they know YOUR plan? Knowing what you do and where you will be are just as important.  How will you attempt to establish where everyone is and where they may be headed? One way to do this is to create a few scenarios to talk through.  Children can get involved in these conversations and be a part of the planning.  The scenarios should cover the day (are they at school?), the weekends (wherever your weekend leads you be it a soccer game or an afternoon movie) and everything in between. When you and your family come up with the plans to your scenarios, write them down and share with everyone who needs to know. ...

Preparing for a Disaster!

Today I had the opportunity to present a brief disaster training at the Encino Chamber’s Business and Professionals luncheon at the Monterey.  When we talk about disaster planning, earthquakes are usually the first to pop into your mind.  Earthquakes can be devastating and the damages can run into the billions.  Here in Los Angeles we have an assortment of disasters that can affect us at anytime including flooding, wildfires and wind storms. ONEgeneration has signed on to participate in the Great Shake Out set for October 17, 2013 at 10:17am.  We will have an agency-wide drill to practice our duck, cover and hold  skills.  The children have an easy time with this, but our frail seniors may not quite want to climb under a table for the sake of a drill. Every program will modify what they do during the drill to fit the population they serve. Our goal is to bring awareness to families to think about an emergency and how to handle it.  We want families to discuss a plan and let others know about it…neighbors and nearby relatives, so all can be involved and understand what (if any) roles they have. Next blog…what that family plan looks...