Moving into a continuing care retirement community doesn’t mean you or your loved one have to sacrifice freedom and independence. Instead, it gives peace of mind and alleviates worries about safety and care. Change is hard and the emotional hurdles that come with a major move can be stressful. However, the long term benefits of moving into a CCRC can help you overcome these concerns and help choose the next best choice for continuing care. Learn more: ow.ly/GNcx50q0r7u... See moreSee less
It's National Volunteer Month! How do you give back? For some, school on Friday morning may not be ideal. For Holmstad residents, it means helping students at local H.C. Storm Elementary School improve their reading skills. The residents go to HC Storm every Friday for hour-long sessions with kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students.
Randy Johnson, a resident of The Holmstad and a volunteer says, “There is nothing more rewarding than working one-on-one with a youngster and seeing how much they improve from getting this added attention.”
The reading program is in partnership with the school’s Bridges Program. This is the third year of the program after the school sought out The Holmstad for a partnership with their residents. Principal Anne Paonessa appreciates the collaboration. “The group from The Holmstad have so much to offer our students and it’s wonderful seeing bridges being built between the generations,” said Paonessa. “The kids really look forward to reading to another adult and those resident volunteers are contributing to our students’ success.” #nationalvolunteermonth #givingback #volunteers #awesomeseniors #activeaging ... See moreSee less
A plant native to California has been shown to have promising effects in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies identified the shrub Yerba santa, long known for its medicinal properties (the name is Spanish for “Holy weed”), as a treatment for oxytosis, which a form of regulated cell death, in the brain. Historically, the herb has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory conditions, fever, and headaches. Today, the chemical sterubin has been isolated from Yerba santa and identified as a powerful antioxidant, “approximately four times more potent in preventing neurodegeneration” than a similar compound isolated from strawberries. ow.ly/sT2350q0qhI... See moreSee less
Recently, Covenant Retirement Communities surprised The Holmstad with a generous gift to Benevolent Care in honor of Josh Anderson and his upcoming departure from the community. Josh has a special place in the hearts of those at The Holmstad, where he served as Executive Director for several years. We thank CRC for their kind gesture and support. We wish Josh the best as he embarks on his next adventure. Thank you! ... See moreSee less
Our community is pet-friendly! Why? Because we know the important roles our four-legged companions play in our lives. According to this article from AARP, "results of a new University of Michigan-AARP poll revealed that pet owners say their furry friends help them de-stress and stick to a routine. Pets also provide many people with a sense of purpose." Learn more: ow.ly/jUjE50pxJBc... See moreSee less