Marketing a Senior Program

In August 2013 I attended a morning marketing seminar presented by Hank Yuloff of Promotionally Minded. Hank in on the board of the Encino Chamber of Commerce and conducts these monthly marketing seminars free to the local business community. The information gained at the seminar was valuable, and right away I put into practice one of the recommendations, writing a blog. I was new to “blogging”, but jumped in anyway, and though I missed my goal of a “blog a week”…I still enjoyed writing about the ONEgeneration experience. Senior care, childcare, teens, volunteers, a farmers market, care management, classes, support groups…there was always something interesting to tap into. So fast forward to March 2014. Effective April 1, 2014 I will be pursuing a new path in senior services. I will miss my ONEgeneration family…ONEgeneration-You are the...

NAEYC Accreditation

ONEgeneration’s Childcare program is gearing up for the re-accreditation of the center.  The National Association for the Education of Young Children developed the accreditation system in 1985 to raise standards for childcare in group settings. ONEgeneration’s childcare program was first accredited in October of 2000.   The process takes about a year to complete and requires mountains of documentation that the Validator reviews.  The site visit is completed over two days and includes classroom observations, teacher interviews and an extensive safety assessment. The validation visit will be unannounced and should occur sometime in...

Intergenerational Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes.  It is that simple. The team at ONEgeneration kicked off Intergenerational Recognition Month with a Pancake Breakfast.  Easy. Simple.  Pancakes and syrup…oh we also had about 40 seniors and 80 kids, so lots of pancakes – but easy on the syrup. As I walked around the room I realized what a perfect Intergenerational activity eating pancakes was…it is a prefect pairing of seniors helping children cut up pancakes so they could eat them.  It was fun (and a little sticky). Often times I will tell others about the benefits of bringing together young children and frail seniors.  The children enjoy the friendships, the undivided adult attention…the seniors enjoy how fun and spontaneous children can be and love having someone that looks up to them, someone that needs them to be there.  The senior has a role again.  Intergenerational programs do not have to be complicated.  It can be as simple as a plate of...

Thank you for your generosity!

A dear friend of ONEgeneration stopped by the other day. He was full of wonderful stories about the last several years, and somehow how he became less involved with ONEgeneration. It was simply about life taking its course and taking him in many other directions.  Well, on this day, he found his way back into the JOY center and we had an afternoon reminiscing about the past and looking forward to the future.  And then there was a surprise. To honor his father and step-mother, he made a very generous donation to the ONEgeneration Adult Day Scholarship fund. He didn’t want me to mention his name, so thank you dear friend of ONEgeneration. Your gift will be very much appreciated by the families who utilize our Adult Daycare Services. Bless...

Health and Wellness

Happy New Year! I am happy to welcome 2014 and I look forward to working towards keeping this blog fresh and filled with current information.  Today I attended the Encino Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Committee meeting. This group (most from non-profits) works all year to bring events to the community that support health and wellness. It is a great to sit around the table with other agencies that provide services for seniors, the blind, the disadvantages and see all the resources the community has to offer. If ONEgeneration can’t provide the service you need-we probably have a referral ready for someone who can assist you and your family to achieve health and wellness. Call our Care Managers if there is anything you need for the senior or young one in your life. If we can’t help, we know someone who can!  Care Managers can be reached at 818...

Our Friends at Grandparents As Parents

I had breakfast with Madelyn Gordon, Executive Director of GAP (Grandparents as Parents).  Madelyn is a colleague and a friend, and our breakfast was not only delicious, but full of chatter about our work (hers and mine), our boards, our parents (we both recently lost a parent), kids, grandkids, and how important it is to take a little time for ourselves.  Madelyn and I have similar agencies. ONEgeneration and GAP are both non-profits, both have components of intergenerational relationships, both rely heavily on foundation and donation support, and both are governed by a board of directors.  With me it always comes around to family-this is something that both of our agencies strive so hard to support-families.  Whether you are caring for a loved one who is frail or has cognitive decline, or if you are a grandparent and suddenly find yourself in a parenting role to your grandchildren, our agencies are there with a wide scope of direct service and referrals to assist.  Services at ONEgeneration: (818) 708-6625 or programs at GAP: (818)...

Thanksgiving with the Family

Thanksgiving is over. I don’t really like turkey, but to feed the crowd I made two (actually my son was put in charge of one on the barbeque).  Every year Thanksgiving is a little different. My adult children alternate the holidays with us and their spouse’s family.  This was the first year in a long time a toddler was running around. My 15 month old granddaughter kept the mood light and happy. It was also the first Thanksgiving without my Father who died in October.  The dynamics of family are ever changing from year to year. Our ONEgeneration family changes too.  Every preschool classroom develops a culture, a way of doing things and a way of getting along.  It is the same in our Adult Day Care, seniors developing new friends in this stage of their life…the stage where they need assistance during the day. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, outgoing or reserved, finding friendships at every age enriches our daily lives.  We do it a little differently than most. We recognize the value in bringing together the young and the old. Friendships are only a part of it. Children bask in the attention of the seniors, and seniors feel needed and have a purpose. It is reciprocal. If you have thought group care in a daytime setting for you loved one, whether young or old, call us and come take a look. ONEgeneration may be the perfect solution for your family. Tours and visits can be arranged by calling Anna or Beth at...

SCAN Foundation

Last week I attended the SCAN Summit. The SCAN Foundation is an independent, non-profit public charity devoted to transforming health care for seniors in ways that encourage independence and preserve dignity. The Summit had several presentations by agencies that are offering seniors multiple resources to remain safe and healthy in the home.  One presentation was focused on the rewards and challenges to families as they assist their older loved one in navigating the myriad of services they may needs. Seniors can have multiple physicians and may take several medications throughout the day. ONEgeneration offers support for families as they encounter these challenges. Our Care Coordinators will listen to you and ask the right questions to ensure you have the resources needed to care for your loved one in the very best way. Please call 818-705-2345 and ask for a Care Manager if you find yourself in need of assistance in securing the right services for your loved...

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...