Did you ever have the experience meeting a person who immediately made you feel happy?
John Paul Monaco was that person. Even when faced with the return of terminal cancer, he always maintained a sense of peace and happiness wherever he went.
ElderHealth & Living was fortunate to have Paul on the team and in our community. His presence here was truly wonderful. Who would have thought computer/software discussions could be approached in such a kind and actually fun manner!
Paul always shared great insights, quotes and encouragement to everyone around him. Here are a few of our favorites:
“There is a difference in believing, and living life as if you are believing.”
“Do not rewrite your theology to go along with the tragedy you may be facing in your life at the time. Hope is faith reaching out in the darkness.”
“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the handcuffs of anger.”
“Change your perspective you have on your life, don’t sweat the small stuff, love everyone, everyday while you can.”
Final words from Paul, “God loves you, you’re never alone.”
We are excited to announce our partnership with Organic Redneck McKenzie River Farm on becoming a drop site for their Crop Share program.
A Crop Share is a simple and affordable way to eat healthier food, by paying upfront to receive a weekly box of fresh fruits and vegetables all season long. Individuals and families can sign up for different size shares, including full shares (8-15 items) and small shares (5-8 items). All shares include a variety of farm-grown, organic fruits and vegetables.
A Crop Share helps both the farm and the member. Members enjoy produce that is harvested at its prime. They get to learn about what food is grown locally and how to cook healthier food for themselves and their families. The Crop Share model also provides farmers the financial support upfront to cover costs throughout the growing season and guarantees them a market for their produce.
Members can pick up their weekly produce box at ElderHealth & Living (EHL). They also receive a weekly newsletter with a list of what to expect in the box, recipes, and information about farm events. The cost is $450 for a full share (22.50$/week) and $300 for a small share (17.50$/week). For most families, a large share provides all of the vegetables they need to last through the week. For individuals, a small share or splitting a share with friends is substantial.
All employees, family members, and Springfield/Thurston area community members are invited to sign up for the Crop Share.
For more information contact Danielle Hummel, Food Services Coordinator at EHL 541-747-4858.
To sign up, contact the Organic Redneck McKenzie River Farm at (541) 896-3928, 44382 McKenzie Hwy, Leaburg, OR 97489, or online at www.mckenzieriverfarm.com.
How does a group of seven ordinary people who love music, go from jamming in a living room to performing at ElderHealth & Living? It takes time, dedication, and a passion for helping others.
Steve Gibson (pictured far right) is one of the members of Late for Dinner, but he has been participating in EHL sing-a-longs with the Recreation Staff and residents for a long time now. When Late for Dinner formed about a year ago, he knew he wanted to share the experiences he’s had at EHL with them, and experience of how music can impact our residents. As Steve says, “The healing power of music astounds me!” Read More
In line with our sustainability commitment and our mission to purchase sustainable food and support local food vendors, ElderHealth & Living recently partnered with McDonald Wholesale, a locally owned distributor based out of Eugene who serves the Pacific Northwest.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are a scarcity in our region, because most winter crops are already harvested and spring crops are not yet ripe. For that reason, our Harvest of the Month is healthy and delicious fish. Residents have enjoyed many classic fish entrees, such as Patrale Sole Fish Tacos, Baked Salmon over Caesar Salad, and Lemon Baked Cod. Take a look at the recipes below, and let us know what you think!
What’s better than eating a bowl of Colcannon and singing an Irish tune? Doing both at the Blarney Party! Last week, the residents at Cedar House celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with songs, food, and games.
The recreation staff played traditional songs like “Oh Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling Eyes.” The residents enjoyed singing along and Marje from Aspen even showed off her whistling skills!
The residents then learned about the traditional Irish dish, Colcannon, which is commonly made with mashed potatoes, green onions, and kale. The EHL staff prepared Colcannon for everyone and even though the residents were skeptical at first, they all enjoyed it. Read More
ElderHealth & Living’s Community Wellness Program has begun our first 30-day challenge, Get FIT! The Challenge started February, 15, and runs for 30 days until March 17. The goal of this challenge is to encourage everyone to stay active. The entire EHL community is encouraged to join!
What a great turn out we had during our Sweetheart Party! EHL residents and their loved ones, along with staff, spent quality time together eating sweets, chocolate red velvet cake, and black cherry and vanilla ice cream.
Some homes participated in card-making crafts and frosting cookies. Our talented recreation staff went around campus and enlivened everyone with live music and group sing-a-longs.
We value mealtime here at ElderHealth & Living. We believe that coming together to share a meal creates a sense of family and community. Our sustainable food practices and Harvest of the Month program has our residents eating local, healthy, and fresh food all year long.
Our Community Wellness Program is now under way! We had over 80 employees attend the in-service and they had a blast touring Willamalane.
Thanks to Amee Aitken, we have several employees interested in putting together a Butte to Butte group. The Annual Butte to Butte run/walk will take place on the 4th of July. There is a 10k, 5k run and 4.5 mile walk to choose from. Read More