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Howland Condo Community: July Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the independent residents at Shepherd of the Valley-Howland’s care-free, maintenance-free condo community? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Howland Assisted Living: July Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Sunday

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Howland Greens: July Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for Shepherd of the Valley Howland’s Greens residents? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Sunday

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Poland Condo Community: July Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the condos at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Sunday

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Poland Assisted Living: July Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Sunday

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Niles Assisted Living: July Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at the Shepherd of the Valley Niles community? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Niles Gardens: July Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the Gardens residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Hillcrest Apartments at Shepherd: July Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the Hillcrest Apartments at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Click here or on the image below for a printable PDF.

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Boardman Trails: July Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Valley Legacy Award Nominations Open

valegacy-logoYou know them.  You work with them.  They are dedicated to making the Mahoning Valley a better place to live.  They started programs that have improved people’s lives, the arts, the economy, and so much more. They volunteer their time.  They are advocates for the elderly, speaking for them when they cannot.

We are seeking nominations for people who should be recognized for a lifetime of working to improve the Mahoning Valley or who have provided exceptional support of older Americans through their professional, volunteer, or civic roles. To be considered, nominees must have left a lasting legacy for our community and inspired others through their work ethic, concern for others, and enthusiasm for the betterment of our community.

Nomination(s) must be postmarked/emailed by Thursday, July 31.  Nominations are not a secret, so PLEASE talk with your nominee.  The members of the judging panels may not know them!

The awards will be presented at the 10th Annual Valley Legacy Awards Luncheon on October 2, in the following categories – Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Advocate for Seniors.  All of the nominees will be recognized for their good works during the program.

Click here for a nomination form or on the image below.   Nomination(s) must be postmarked/emailed by Thursday, July 31.   If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Fitzgerald at either CFitzgerald@ShepherdOfTheValley.com or 330-530-4038, ext. 2016.

10th Valley Legacy Awards Nomination Form

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Howland Condo Community: June Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the independent residents at Shepherd of the Valley-Howland’s care-free, maintenance-free condo community?  Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Howland Assisted Living: May Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland?  Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Howland Assisted Living

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Howland Greens: June Life Enrichment calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for Shepherd of the Valley Howland’s Greens residents?  Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Poland Condo Community: June Social Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the condos at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland?  Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Condo Community Social Calendar

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Poland Assisted Living: June Life Enrichemnt Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland?  Click here  or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Poland Assisted Living Calendar

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Niles Assisted Living: June Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at the Shepherd of the Valley Niles community? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

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Niles Gardens: June Life Enrichment Calendar

Interested in activities and outings planned for the Gardens residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.

Niles Gardens

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Medication Safety and Awareness Key to Avoiding Preventable Falls

STEADY U Ohio, Ohio’s Best Rx remind older Ohioans to talk about their prescriptions with their doctors and pharmacists to stay safe today, healthy tomorrow
Medication safety and awareness key to avoiding preventable falls 

COLUMBUS – STEADY U Ohio, the statewide falls prevention initiative, and Ohio’s Best Rx program, which provides prescription drug savings for more than 1.6 million Ohioans, have partnered to stress the role that proper prescription medication management can play in keeping older Ohioans safe. May is Older Americans Month, with the theme: “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” By adopting and maintaining healthy habits, including an open dialogue with your doctor and pharmacist, you can avoid many risk factors that can lead to a fall and injury.

“It is not an exaggeration to call falls among older Ohioans an epidemic. While residents age 65 and older make up 13.7 percent of our population, they account for more than 80 percent of fatal falls,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging, which leads the STEADY U Ohio initiative. “The good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging – most falls can be prevented with minor changes to home, health and habits, including increased awareness of the ways that the medicines we take, and how we take them, may increase our risk.”

“As a STEADY U Ohio partner, Ohio’s Best Rx encourages our Golden Buckeyes and Ohioans of all ages to speak with their doctors and pharmacists to see whether the medicines they take can increase the risk of falling,” added Barry Katz, a pharmacist and president of Envision Pharmaceutical Services, which operates the Ohio’s Best Rx program. “With Ohio’s Best Rx, all of Ohio’s seniors have access to affordable medication and top-quality pharmacists, and we hope our residents take advantage of this important program to avoid unnecessary accidents.”

An older Ohioan is injured in a fall every five minutes on average, resulting in two hospitalizations each hour, an emergency department visit every 7.5 minutes; and three deaths each day. Some prescription medications can increase your risk of falling because they may cause dizziness, drowsiness, numbness or may have other side effects that affect your balance and perception.

According to the FDA, body changes as we age can affect the way medicines are absorbed and used. These changes include slower digestion, increased body weight, slower circulation and decreased liver and kidney function. These changes increase the risk of drug side effects and interactions for older adults.

To help reduce your risk of falling due to drug interactions or side effects, STEADY U Ohio and Ohio’s Best Rx offer these tips:

  • Maintain a list of all the drugs you take – Include doses, frequency and prescribing doctor. Also include any over-the-counter medicines (pain relievers, antacids, cold medicines, etc.) or supplements you take. Bring the list      with you to doctor’s appointments and when you pick up prescriptions.
  • Read the label – if it says “may cause dizziness or drowsiness,” or cautions against driving, ask about the best time to take it to avoid falls. Also ask about alternative treatments with less hazardous side effects.
  • Take your medicine exactly as prescribed. If you find it hard to stick to a      medication schedule or if you have trouble telling medicines apart, your doctor may have some ideas to help. Similarly, ask your doctor to write detailed directions on how and when to take your medications.
  • Talk to your doctor about changes to your eating habits (such as a low-fat or      high-calcium diet), as well as how much caffeine and alcohol you consume,  as these can all affect how your medicines work.
  • If you have trouble reading warning labels or directions on your medicine      containers, your pharmacist may be able to provide the same information in      an easier-to-read format.
  • Choose over-the-counter medications that only have the ingredients you need. Your pharmacist can help select the best OTC options for your symptoms.

Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov and follow SteadyUOhio on Facebook and Twitter for more falls prevention tips and resources. Your area agency on aging also can help you connect to services and resources like minor home modifications and “A Matter of Balance” workshops. Call 1-866-243-5678 for the agency serving you.

About STEADY U Ohio – Falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging, and supported by Ohio government and state business partners to strengthen existing falls prevention activities, identify opportunities for new initiatives and coordinate a statewide educational campaign to bring falls prevention to the forefront of planning for individuals, families, health care providers, business and community leaders and all Ohioans. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.

About Ohio’s Best Rx – Ohio’s Best Rx, the free, state-endorsed prescription drug discount program, is celebrating its 10th year of improving Ohioans’ access to affordable prescription drugs. Ohio’s Best Rx has saved Ohio residents more than $83 million on prescription drug costs since inception, and last year alone, saved participants an average of 57 percent on the cost of their medications. The program, which is an included benefit with Ohio’s Golden Buckeye Card for residents age 60 and older and other adults with total and permanent disabilities, is also available to all state residents regardless of age or income. Ohio’s Best Rx has more than 1.6 million registered users, of which more than 1.4 million are Golden Buckeyes. The program is administered by Envision Pharmaceutical Services, an Ohio-based company. To learn more, visit www.OhioBestRx.org or call 1-866-923-7879.

 About ODA – The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that our elders are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute. We collaborate with state agencies and community partners, including area agencies on aging, to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

 

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80 Years of Dedication

Between them, Shepherd of the Valley employees Patty Van Horn and Anna Zysk have been feeding the residents and staff at Shepherd of the Valley-Niles for 80 years. Van Horn, who started as a dishwasher, is the Food Services Director and Anna Zysk is a Dietary Aide.  Both celebrated their 40th anniversary with Shepherd of the Valley’s Niles community in May.

The question arises – why?  What is it about Shepherd of the Valley-Niles that has kept these two coming back every day for 40 years?

Patty VanHorn“When I came to Shepherd, I was someone looking for a job,” said Van Horn. “Who knew that 40 years later, I would still be at Shepherd, loving what I do? Everyone has a niche in life, something you know you should be doing.  Shepherd is my niche. I enjoy being with the residents and I want to make a difference in their lives,” she continued, “it makes their day more enjoyable and mine more rewarding. When I go home at night, I know I did what I could to make someone’s life a little better. I have made lifelong amazing friendships. We have shared memorable milestones in each other lives. . .weddings, births, graduations, and yes, funerals. Sharing the happy and sad times has turned strangers into families.”

Anna ZyskAnna Zysk commented on the friendships that developed between the staff and with the residents. “We are like family here,” Anna explained. “It isn’t a job.  I feel that I make a difference in the residents’ lives even if it is simply being able to give them a grilled cheese.”

“I feel truly blessed to have such caring, dedicated staff,” noted Niles Administrator Rick Mattix. “They have been instrumental over all these years in making Shepherd of the Valley-Niles a truly special place to work and live. I am forever indebted to them.”

The common thread of what keeps these women coming to work every day for Shepherd of the Valley-Niles is the friendships they have found with co-workers and residents.  It is the support they gave and received.  It is the positive interactions with administration and those to whom they report.  As Patty Van Horn noted, “I can’t imagine myself working anywhere else. When someone asks where I work, I am proud to say I work for Shepherd of the Valley!”

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Residents Warmed by Girls’ Gifts

All through the school year, they made blankets…and then they gave them away.

Recently, 43 girls from Girard Intermediate School Blanket Program visited Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman to present their hand-made blankets to the residents and to play bingo with them.

2_BingoPam Baker, the school counselor at Girard Intermediate School, started the Blanket program three years ago.  She wanted to empower the girls by having them work together for a bigger cause.

“In lieu of recess, the girls get together and make blankets,” Ms. Baker explained.  “They then pay it forward by donating the blankets to many different important causes, like Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.”

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“The kids were able to make enough blankets so all of our residents can enjoy the love and warmth put into making them,” said Kim Osborn, Activity Director. “It’s wonderful to see our younger generation taking time to give back to our residents.”

 

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