A Time To Dance: Seniors' Leap Year Dance Party At Cove

Exciting News! The Senior Dance Party is back in Lakewood! Save the date – Feb. 29th for "A Time to Dance," a Leap Year Dance Party at Cove! Join us for joy and connection as H2O students team up with the Division of Aging. Let’s leap together to bridge the generation gap! Limited seating available. Call 216-529-5061 to buy your tickets.

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Volume 20, Issue 2, Posted 1:15 PM, 01.24.2024

The Season Of Giving At O’Neill Healthcare

O’Neill Healthcare is embracing the season of giving by giving back to our surrounding communities in a variety of ways. Notably, our team at O’NeillHealthcare Middleburg Heights is giving back by volunteering their time at a local shelter and adopted a family with The Littlest Heroes Pediatric Cancer Foundation, while our other facilities combined to donate 350 pounds of food to five different local food banks. Grounded in the values of family, our six O’Neill Healthcare locations are dedicated to giving back to the neighborhoods we serve, especially during the holiday season. 

O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood kicked off the season with a food drive starting in early November. Contributions were collected in Lakewood’s lobby and all proceeds were donated to Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation. Over 50 pounds of food were collected and delivered to Lakewood Masonic Temple on November 17th. This contribution went towards feeding over 300 families for the Thanksgiving holiday! 

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Volume 19, Issue 24, Posted 3:43 PM, 12.20.2023

Halloween Fun For Lakewood Seniors

There's no age limit when it comes to celebrating Halloween.  Ask residents at Haven Senior Living.  On October 23 they were treated to an afternoon featuring the Just A Numb3r Dance Crew whose members represent mature (55+) entertainers.  Lakewoodites may remember them from their inaugural appearance during the July 4th parade.

The troupe came decked out wearing team shirts plus individually chosen Halloween accessories such as striking headpieces, spider jewelry and tutu style skirts.

They performed to "Ghostbusters" and then to "Monster Mash."  For the latter, the choreography and monsterly moves were often in sync with lyrics, such as "a jolt from my electrodes."  The clever routine was created by Just A Numb3r founder and leader Shirley Drayer.

Group member Denise also led the audience in what could best be described as "dancing in their chairs" to the "Macarena" song.

The squad populates the greater Cleveland area, with some living right here in Lakewood.  Most are former or currrent members of the Wine & Goldies, the senior dance team for the NBA Cavaliers.  The approximately 20 total participants appear intermittently on dates accommodated by their personal schedules or in accordance with location space constraints.

Positive feedback was received by Leslie Smith, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Haven.  She praised the dancers as being "phenomenal."  Resident, Sandra, told her, "that was so neat! I'm itching for more!"  The energetic Crew plans to return to the venue during the holidays to once again demonstrate that age IS just a number!


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Volume 19, Issue 21, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.08.2023

Understanding Your Medicare Options

For those who will be participating in the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, which this year runs from Sunday, October 15, until  Thursday, December 7, your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) may have provided some information regarding the costs associated with your current Medicare plan and any changes for 2024.

Because Medicare plans can change, there may be a possibility, says Carl Lishing, a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, that your plan could offer different coverage for 2024. “Since plans and costs can change each year, I believe it’s important to review and understand your current plan to ensure it meets your needs for 2024,” Carl says.

Carl says that part of his personal service model is to meet with his clients one-on-one to help them understand what their current plan offers them, whether it’s still going to meet their needs moving forward, and whether there are any cost increases associated with having that plan. “With each of our clients, we dive into the details of Medicare,” he shares. “The first is prescriptions. We’ll help you ensure your medications are covered and that the cost of your prescriptions meets your budget. Then we’ll talk about your provider network. We’ll help you choose a plan that includes your doctors and hospital. Finally, we’ll discuss what your plan covers, and any costs associated with the plan.”

“As a licensed insurance agent, I want to help guide you through the Medicare Advantage enrollment process and help you Find a plan that fits your needs,” Carl says. Aside from helping you with your Medicare options, there is a component to the process that only Carl can offer— his friendship.

“My focus is on the people I help,” he emphasizes. “This isn’t a transactional relationship. This is about helping people. I can work with you. I’m a resource. I’m available to you throughout the year, not just during the enrollment period.”


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Volume 19, Issue 20, Posted 3:10 PM, 10.18.2023

Diving Back Into Life

Fay Porter dives into each day with a vigor that belies her 94 years and a major heart valve repair. Like many seniors, she thought it was the normal course of aging to become unexpectedly out of breath at times. Despite macular degeneration that affected her eyesight, she maintained adaily swimming regimen and an active social life.

Then the Lakewood woman learned through a chance conversation with a healthcare professional that Alan Markowitz, MD, a renowned cardiac surgeon specializing in minimally invasive valve repairs, was not averse to operating on active older patients under the right circumstances.

Dr. Markowitz found Fay was the perfect candidate for a repair of her tricuspid valve and of a defect in her atrial septum, which he noted was a relatively unusual case given those were her only cardiac issues at 89. “Because she was so active and robust, despite her macular degeneration, we proceeded with surgical repair, which normally carries a very high mortality rate because usually tricuspid valve regurgitation is a marker for many other problems in the heart,” said Dr. Markowitz, Cardiac Surgical Director of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at UH Ahuja Medical Center and the Marcella “Dolly” Haugh Chair in Valvular Surgery. “She tolerated her surgery quite well, and continues to have that joie de vivre that has seen her through her fifth anniversary.”

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Volume 19, Issue 18, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.20.2023

Westerly Senior Health & Wellness Fair Well Received

Last week, residents of the Westerly Senior Apartments and visitors spent time at the Fair. But, there wasn't a ferris wheel or cotton candy. Organized by Westerly Service Coordinators and the Barton Center (activities arm of the Westerly complex), the intent of the Annual Westerly Senior Health & Wellness Fair was to introduce mature adults to local services that might benefit them.

Carolyn Lechner of Kabb, an Elder Law & Care Firm, gave a verbal thumbs up saying, "whoever put this together knew what they were doing."  She continued, "it was a very holistic group of people; very insightful."  Indeed there was an eclectic lineup of participants, 55 vendors in all. Wrap It Up Food Truck was on the premises as well. Free ice cream from Trikeable Treats was provided by the Westerly.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers were just two of the many health care organizations represented. An eye catching leaflet, "Are Medicare calls out of hand?" was one example of handouts brought along to supplement conversations between attendees and professionals such as Independent Agent for Health Insurance, Michelle Waldron.

Applications for individuals requiring paratransit services were supplied by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also had materials to share, some addressing benefits for those exposed to toxic substances while in the service.


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Volume 19, Issue 16, Posted 8:38 AM, 08.17.2023

Senior Health Fair at Westerly Apartments August 9

If you are an older adult, do you sometimes wish one venue could offer valuable information pertaining to multiple aspects of your everyday life? The Senior Health & Wellness Fair hosted by the Barton Center might be just that.

This free event will be held Wednesday, August 9, from 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Westerly Senior Apartments, 14300 Detroit Avenue. (The Barton Center is located within the Westerly complex.) Be aware that you should arrive via the Barton Center entrance only. Once inside the facility, staff and volunteers will direct you to sites.   Over 60 participants will be positioned throughout the ground floor.

All are welcome, but be advised that resources are primarily geared toward those in the 60+ demographic.

Free screenings for balance, blood pressure and vision will be offered. Otherwise, representatives from many sectors (not only healthcare) will answer your questions and distribute materials covering a variety of topics. There will also be food trucks, including "Wrap It Up," as well as raffles.

The gathering will allow attendees to learn what services are available and to connect on an individual basis.  Many residents of the community may not realize what is there for them throughout the area. Here is one way to find out.  

Examples of those expected to take part include The Gathering Place (cancer support group), Hearing Science and Lakewood Community Paramedic. You can also speak with a geriatric massage therapist. Beyond the health industry, The League of Women Voters, Global Meals and Cuyahoga County Consumer Affairs will also be present.  This is an opportunity for you to discover numerous entities ready to introduce themselves and address your interests and concerns.  Upon entering, you will be offered a bag to facilitate collecting pamphlets and other giveaways from vendors.


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Volume 19, Issue 15, Posted 2:44 PM, 08.02.2023

Anne Wise Turns 102

Mayor George honored Anne Wise on April 10th for her 102nd Birthday!
Anne continues to enjoy life and participates in morning exercise daily at Haven at Lakewood Assisted Living Community. Anne is the proud matriarch of her family, mother of three sons, she also has two granddaughters, six grandsons and currently nine great grandchildren! 

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Volume 19, Issue 8, Posted 1:06 PM, 04.19.2023

100th Birthday Celebration

O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood hosted a milestone celebration for Charlotte Mattson, who turned 100 years old! Her sister, children, and the Mayor of Lakewood gathered for this celebration. It was an honor to host this celebration. We would like to thank Mayor George of Lakewood for taking the time to come out and honor Charlotte, who has been a Lakewood resident for over 76 Years! Happy Birthday Charlotte, thank you for choosing O’Neill Healthcare as your home.

Charlotte Mattson, originally from Wisconsin, settled in Lakewood in 1956. She was a hairdresser for many of those years and enjoyed bowling, traveling, and spending time
with her three wonderful children. Today you can find her at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood playing bingo, crafting, and visiting with family. 

O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood contains Skilled Nursing Care, Long-Term Care, Assisted Living, and Independent Living. For more information, or to schedule a tour call (440) 808-5500 or visit

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Volume 19, Issue 7, Posted 4:16 PM, 04.05.2023

Halloween At Barton Senior Center

Pizza, pop and bags of candy were treats served at the Barton Senior Center Halloween party October 19. The mid afternoon event saw some residents of the Westerly Senior Apartments arriving in costumes which included cowboy hats, a toga or dressing up as Cruella Deville. Others simply came as themselves. A colorful autumn backdrop installed in the Carr Lounge facilitated creating photo souvenirs. Revelers listened and danced to themed oldies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Witchy Woman." The festivities concluded with best costume prizes being awarded. For those in attendance, it was an opportunity for socialization and fun. It was also a perfect example of how, at any age, Halloween can still bring out the kid in anyone.

Adelaide Crnko is a Lakewood resident.

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Volume 18, Issue 21, Posted 1:41 PM, 11.02.2022

Four Area O’Neill Healthcare Communities Achieve 5-Star CMS Rating Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, And North Ridgeville Recognized For Excellence

Four area O’Neill Healthcare Communities achieved 5-Star ratings in their most recent surveys. O’Neill Healthcare Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, and North Ridgeville locations each earned the prestigious 2022 CMS 5-Star Quality Rating. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses a 5-Star quality rating to measure the quality of care, inspection, and staffing of nursing homes across Ohio. Achieving a 5-Star rating places O’Neill Healthcare Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, and North Ridgeville among the top 10% of nursing homes in the entire country.

O’Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville is also a 2022 Best Nursing Home by Newsweek and Statista. Only 15 facilities in Ohio earned this prestigious award. O’Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville is the only Lorain County facility to be so recognized and is ranked fifth overall statewide.

“We would like to congratulate our staff for their outstanding achievement and tireless dedication to our residents,” said David O’Neill, MBA, LNHA, O’Neill Healthcare Director of Operations. “We are honored to achieve the CMS 5-Star Quality Rating, and we are so proud of our staff for this incredible recognition – they truly deserve it.”

The CMS 5-Star Quality Rating System helps consumers, families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily to help them decide which facilities to consider. The Nursing Home Compare website features a system that gives each nursing home a rating between 1 and 5 stars. Nursing homes with a 5-Star rating have above-average quality, while those with 1-Star have quality below-average.

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Volume 18, Issue 11, Posted 12:29 PM, 06.01.2022

The Winners' Circle Will Be Crowded At The Sunrise Rotary Derby Fundraiser

There will be many winners at the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Derby Fund Raiser on May 6. You can ensure this will happen by attending the event! 

Funds raised will support the many service projects of the Club. They include the annual Beck Center Clean-up, Holiday Food Distribution, packing and distributing food for Trials for Hope, stocking Food Pantries, 3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution, Youth Exchange Programs (sending dozens of youths to experience other cultures and welcoming dozens of young women and men into our homes and schools), Foster Care birthday bags & school backpacks, Nicaragua student supplies, emergency Shelter Home Boxes, supporting children’s sight in Ukraine, and more.

Please use the RSVP form below, make checks payable to Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Foundation and mail your ticket order today. The Foundation is a 501c3 Corporation and $10 of each ticket is tax deductible. If you cannot attend but would like to support Rotary with a donation you can also use the form below. Mail your check to:

Lakewood - Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 16684,Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Individual ticket price: $30. Table of eight: $240.


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Volume 18, Issue 7, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.06.2022

Lakewood Seniors, Listen Up!

Do you enjoy discussions on TV or the radio covering a variety of subjects? How about actually partaking in a nearby event? Now's your chance.

Aimed toward those 55+ in age, SLA Video Productions will be producing a video podcast series before a live audience which can also be live streamed or viewed later on demand from their YouTube channel.

The purpose of the series is for older adults to select content of interest to them and then present it through SLA Video Productions. And, it gives seniors an opportunity to utilize modern technology by linking them to the live stream and even a chat box where they may submit a question.

The pilot broadcast will feature representatives from the Virtual Brain Health Center. Vital information about this increasingly significant topic, including practical tips and resources to support brain care, will be offered. Or, quite simply, "what is brain health and why does brain health matter?"

This episode will be filmed at the Westlake Community Services Center (28975 Hilliard Boulevard) on Friday, February 18, at 11:00am EST. Covid protocols will permit a limited audience and masks are mandatory. To reserve a seat, phone 440/899-3544. Find the live stream link @slavideo on their facebook page or @SLA Video Productions on YouTube, the latter site is where post-broadcast viewing is accessible. The brain health presentation is sponsored by Hospice of the Western Reserve.


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Volume 18, Issue 3, Posted 7:12 PM, 02.02.2022

Serving Lakewood Seniors: Lending A Helping Hand To Those In Need

Volunteerism is alive and well in Lakewood. Of the huge number of people giving of their time in this community, few are more appreciated than the people helping to bring meals to our home bound neighbors. Coming from all walks of life, Lakewood Division of Aging volunteers are united in their desire to provide a hot meal and a smile to Lakewood’s vulnerable elderly. From the retired who are wanting to make productive use of their time to young moms and dads who are wanting to teach volunteerism to their children, to professionals who are willing to take some time during their day, they are all working together to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.  

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Volume 18, Issue 2, Posted 1:56 PM, 01.19.2022

Delivering Smiles To Westlake And Lakewood

Robert Markowitz owner/operator at Cleveland Magic and Balloons is part of a national campaign called “Adopt a Grandparent” along with other balloon professionals across the country. Robert says, “Our goal is to bring joy to seniors in assisted-living facilities.”

“These seniors don’t all have families to visit them, and some have families that live too far to visit.” Robert has been a part of the movement since February.

Last week cheerful 28” tall figures (know as Balloon Buddies) were delivered to our elderly friends at the Belvedere of Westlake. One for each resident, to brighten up their day a bit and bring joy. The activity director told Robert that one of the residents liked “Buddy” so much that she took the balloon with her to her doctor's appointment! They are just the right size for hugging and holding and have been very therapeutic for the residents and staff.



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Volume 17, Issue 6, Posted 3:04 PM, 03.17.2021

Niedzwiecki Named Next Superintendent

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special Board meeting Feb. 11 approved Lakewood City Schools' Assistant Superintendent Margaret “Maggie” Niedzwiecki as the next Superintendent for the District. The Board’s search process for new leadership began shortly after current Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Barnes announced his resignation in December 2020 in order to return to Mayfield City Schools as its new superintendent.

After reviewing the candidates and meeting with Niedzwiecki, the Board realized that the best person for the job was already in the District.

“Maggie brings unique experience that will help us move forward in addressing a Board priority – tackling the learning loss resulting from the impact of the pandemic,” said Board of Education President Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy. “She brings the leadership qualities identified by the community as important for our superintendent.”

Shaughnessy continued: “Maggie will, in her words, maintain the great trajectory she sees happening in the Lakewood City Schools. She understands the terrific amount of work that was devoted to the development of our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate and has a plan to act on that vision. We secured a stellar candidate and the District can now move forward seamlessly with meeting the needs of our students.”


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Volume 17, Issue 4, Posted 4:13 PM, 02.17.2021

The Three P's Of Medicare

This years Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for Medicare began on October 15th and runs through Monday, December 7th.

This is the time of year people can shop their Medicare Advantage or Medicare Prescription Drug plans and make changes if there is room to improve. Medicare Supplement insurance is not subject to AEP, people can apply for that any time of the year.

I have been helping people in our area navigate the Medicare Maze for over twenty years. At HealthMarkets we represent hundreds of carriers so we can be unbiased when helping people find the best fit. People often tell me they are confused and do not even know where to start! We take a complex topic and make it simple by evaluating what I call the three P’s of Medicare. These are prescriptions, providers and plan design.

Each person has prescriptions and providers that are unique to them. So, what might be a good plan for their neighbor may not be the best fit for them. Each case should be evaluated individually to help ensure you have the best fit.


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Volume 16, Issue 20, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.22.2020

Showtime At The Barton Senior Center

Move over Studio 54! The New York theater, and once infamous, star-studded nightclub, may want to step aside and make way for Studio B! Newly renamed from what was referred to as Channel 167 on the Barton Senior Center's (BSC) in house cable system, Studio B is becoming another place to be and be seen.

The brainchild of Cheryl Shaver, BSC's Manager of Marketing and Development, Studio B personifies the old saying "necessity is the mother of invention." With the BSC on temporary lockdown and group activities halted due to COVID-19, Studio B offers Westerly Senior Apartment residents and BSC members another way to remain productive and involved. It also represents original viewing options for those exhausted by news/politics, game shows and decades old reruns. In addition, this private channel is an effective way to impart information to a large group of citizens within the complex.

One can watch Studio B on tv AND be part of the lineup. Once the channel is activated within an apartment, viewers are treated to programming that runs on a 24-hour loop. Those appearing on air include residents, former BSC associates and people from outside the facility. And, unlike Studio 54, there is no need to be scrutinized to determine if one is "cool enough" to join in.

Late mornings and early afternoons are devoted to physical activity with visiting instructors leading chair yoga, tai chi and Silver Sneakers workouts. Health related infomercials are integrated between entertainment segments and have included representatives from O'Neill Healthcare, Cleveland Hearing and Speech, and OSHIIP (Medicare topics). A new addition has been Cleveland Clinic physician Dr. Ardeshir Hashmi.

Moving beyond bodily wellness, Studio B provides a place where the mind can flourish through creative disciplines such as acting, writing and technical wizardry. In turn, residents who miss attending performances at BSC gathering spots can still enjoy them from their living rooms. Pianist Janis Zemzars was the Sunday evening fixture in the Rotunda and now appears on Studio B with masterfully played selections dominated by show tunes. Compositions from Rogers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber are routinely featured. Ron Walden, the MC for the very popular Karaoke nights, now personally sings songs from the genres of gospel, country and rock.

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Volume 16, Issue 19, Posted 6:07 AM, 10.08.2020

Another Group Of Seniors Coping With Covid-19

For several weeks a great deal of media attention was devoted to graduating seniors and how their final months of school were disrupted by Covid-19. Quietly, and without fanfare, a different group of seniors continues to ride out the pandemic in its own way. Those at the Westerly Senior Apartments, which also houses the Barton Senior Center (BSC), have had their lives altered as well.

Residents routinely enjoyed music in the Atrium, Bingo and Saturday Night Karaoke. There were also writing and performing groups, card games and crafts. Now, due to the Governor's shut down order, few gatherings of any kind are permitted. The in house library where some also went to use computers is off limits. On site shops including Hodge Podge, the Corner Store and Book Nook are closed. All have been part of an effort to promote social distancing and to keep everyone safe.

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Volume 16, Issue 14, Posted 4:19 PM, 07.15.2020

Community West Foundation Grants $1,000 to Meal Delivery Effort in Rocky River

[Westlake, Ohio] – Community West Foundation issued a $1,000 grant to support the meal delivery effort being organized by the staff and senior residents at Harbor Court in Rocky River. Earlier this month the group made headlines when they delivered home cooked meals to people in need. “People are surprised to see that our senior residents, many of whom are in their 80’s and 90’s, are stepping up to help deliver these meals,” commented Cydney Bare, Executive Director at Harbor Court.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 3:23 PM, 06.17.2020

Time To Choose A Medicare Plan

This years Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) is October 15th through December 7th. This is the time of the year people can make changes on their Medicare Advantage Plan or Prescription Drug Plan. Changes made during AEP go into effect on January 1st, 2020.

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Volume 15, Issue 20, Posted 4:59 PM, 10.16.2019

Herb Guild Garden Club

The July meeting of The Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on July 10, 2019 at Westlake Porter Public Library.  The meeting will start at 10 am. Following lunch, guest speaker, Pete Kamples will talk about solutions for senior citizens who want to remain in their home.  His business, "One Call for Seniors" is located in Bay Village and offers help finding reliable people to take care of everyday problems like household chores and other things, such as plumbing, heating, and lawn care. The service is free for those 50 and older. 

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 3:19 PM, 08.21.2019

Rock And Roll History: "The King Lives!"

The Lakewood Division of Aging is offering a program sure to be of interest to all the armchair Rock and Roll historians out there. Many of us have strong opinions on the subject of Rock and Roll, and which of us does not have many vivid memories attached to certain groups and songs? Why not take some time out of your busy schedule to learn a little more about one of the true icons of Rock? The Lakewood Division of Aging, with the generous sponsorship of CareSource, is pleased to offer another in its series of Rock and Roll history classes with “The King Lives!”, a musical history of the life of Elvis Presley.   

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019

Lakewood Division Of Aging And North Coast Health Is Offering Art Therapy

The Lakewood Division of Aging and North Coast Health are collaborating to offer an exciting new program to older adults. Participants in this Introduction to Art Therapy group will have a unique opportunity to express themselves by creating art in a supportive, community-focused setting. This program will be free to the participants.

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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 7:15 PM, 08.21.2018

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Award To LHS Scholar Veronica Lee

The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2017-18 academic year was presented to Miss Veronica Lee, a senior at Lakewood High School.

Veronica is the daughter of Matt and Karen Lee and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter J of Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Lee has been accepted to The New College of Florida where she has plans to study Art History beginning this fall.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, acamedic and potential for future success. The program is open to young women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are graduating high school seniors at the time of application. A student must be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant Iowa, is an international philanthropic and educational organization which promotes increased opportunities for women. There are nearly 6,000 chapters in the United States and Canada with almost 250,000 initiated members. The P.E.O. Sisterhood has provided over $304 million in financial assistance to more than 102,000 recipients. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns Cottey College, a fully accredited, private liberal arts and sciences college for women with two-year and selected four-year programs, located in Nevada, Missouri.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.19.2018

Barton Center To Host Annual Fundraiser May 18

Caribbean Cocktail Party is the theme of Barton Senior Center’s 12th annual spring fundraiser, to be held Friday, May 18 from 5:00-8:00 PM. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and indoor Rotunda, on the lower level of the Westerly Apartments. The evening includes island music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tropical concoctions, along with wine and beer. A Silent Auction will include two dozen terrific gift baskets donated by great local merchants along with Indians Club seats. A Wine and Dine Raffle guarantees everyone wins a bottle of wine or a restaurant gift certificate. There is also a raffle for a 40” TV and side boards. Good weather is forecast so wear your favorite island attire and flip flops.    

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018

Trinity Cathedral Brownbag Concert Series

The Trinity Brownbag Concert Series truly is one of Cleveland’s hidden gems. The breathtaking interior of Trinity Cathedral is the setting for a series of free lunchtime concerts performed by local and national musicians. The Lakewood Division of Aging has been taking full advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Seniors have been attending monthly concerts, featuring an eclectic mix of musical genres. In addition to the safe, worry-free transportation, The Division of Aging also provides a delicious box lunch to those who request it. Trinity Cathedral also has box lunches for sale for those who prefer to pick up something there. For many seniors in Lakewood, this monthly trip has become a regular item on their ‘To Do’ list.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:45 PM, 02.06.2018

New Beginnings In The New Year

We are all aware that this time of year can be especially challenging for people who are experiencing grief and loss.  It sometimes does not seem to matter how much time has gone by; the feeling can still be very fresh.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 01.09.2018

Lakewood Division Of Aging Is Preparing For The Holidays

Families and children around the world look forward to December 6th with eager anticipation. St. Nicholas Day is a special day at the Lakewood Division of Aging as well, as this marks the kick off to our Christmas season. The Lawther Center and Senior Center East will be decked out in all of their holiday finery, and there will be Christmas music in the air. Our St. Nicholas Day party will feature an appetizer and dessert pot luck before lunch, as well a seasonal musical performance by the students of Lakewood Community Care Center. After lunch, we will hold our annual white-elephant gift exchange. Sometimes silly, sometimes naughty, always funny, always fun.

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 5:56 PM, 11.21.2017

Everyone Deserves A Good Solid Lunch

The Lakewood Division of Aging is in the business of providing helpful services to seniors living in our community. Many people forget that there are a great many older residents in Lakewood, who love their homes, and who just need a little extra assistance to remain where they are, as members of their community. Perhaps it is coordinating transportation to medical appointments or the store. It could be getting a hot lunch to someone who might otherwise have a hard time getting something heated up on their own. Maybe it is just providing a friendly human connection to someone who has become somewhat isolated, due to the weather or a medical condition. The Division of Aging has a wide variety of services and programs that provide a helping hand for those residents that could use it.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

The Lakewood Division of Aging is Throwing the Party of the Summer: The Annual Senior Picnic

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, the lake breezes are fresh. That means that it is party-time for the Lakewood Division of Aging. On Friday, July 21st at 10 a.m. we will rendezvous at the lovely Kiwanis Pavilion at Lakewood Park. In addition to a scrumptious box lunch, we will be gathering for games, fellowship with friends, and some great summertime music, provided by a DJ compliments of Troy Entertainment. While there, you will have plenty of time to stretch your legs on the paved walking paths. Walk along the lake shoreline path to see a beautiful view of the fabulous Cleveland skyline. Make your way over to see one of Lakewood’s newest attractions: the Solstice Seps. You will be impressed. You can bask in the sun, or simply enjoy a cool drink while relaxing in the shade. Whatever your preferences, you will find it at the Senior Picnic.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Centenarian Celebrates Turning 100 At Crestmont North Nursing Facility

Betty Pedace is turning 100 years young on June 7th. Even though Betty is 99 she enjoys playing poker, bowling and other group activities like Happy Hour with live entertainers like Shane Phillips and Joel Scigliano, just to mention two. Betty enjoys watching her daughter Terri and other family members and staff dance to songs like Cake By The Ocean and Uptown Funk. "Sometimes it doesn't feel like a nursing home," says Betty regarding the fun she has at Crestmont. 

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

Barton Center to Host 11th Annual Fundraiser May 19

Barton Senior Center will hold its 11th annual spring fundraiser on Friday, May 19 from 5:00-8:00 PM.  This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and renovated indoor Rotunda, on the lower level of the Westerly Apartments.  This year’s event will have a fun new theme entitled “Caribbean Cocktail Party” and includes entertainment by Island Jeff and his steel drum, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tropical drinks, along with wine and beer.  A Silent Auction will include wine baskets, Indians Club seats, a Cavs autographed basketball and gift certificates to local restaurants, along with side boards.  All are encouraged to wear tropical/island attire, so dig out your flip flops and your Hawaiian shirt. 

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

Lakewood Division of Aging Is Going To The Cleveland Orchestra

Mark your calendars now to join the Lakewood Division of Aging as we enjoy a matinee performance of the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. On Friday, April 21, 2017, the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra will be offering a matinee performance of "Brigg Fair: An English Symphony," by Frederick Delius, and "Don Quixote" by Richard Strauss. 

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Barton Senior Center Volunteers Contribute 10,647 Hours

Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who assisted the organization during the past year.  At a dinner show and reception, 116 individuals were recognized for volunteering a total of 10,647 hours during the previous 12 months. This outstanding level of volunteer support would be equivalent to more than 5 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are the key to our success,” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the variety of programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.10.2016

Barton Center To Host 10th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraiser On May 20

Barton Senior Center will hold its 10th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Friday, May 20 from 5-8 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. More than 25 silent auction items will be available for bid, including wine baskets, event tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a drawing for a flat screen TV. Chef Kevin, from Kevin’s Café at Barton Center, will be serving delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and of course, there will be plenty of wine and cheese. 

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.10.2016

“Movers & Shakers Of Lakewood”

On January 27th, O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood hosted a new senior dance and social club called the “Movers & Shakers of Lakewood.”  This event will be held on the last Wednesday of every month and is free and open to the public. There will be a rotation of live entertainment, refreshments, socializing and of course DANCING! The dances are held in the Assisted Living building at 1381 Bunts Road, 4th Floor. You can find the 2016 schedule below. See you at the next Movers & Shakers dance on February 24!

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 1:37 PM, 02.16.2016

Holiday Coping Skills For Caregivers

The holidays are almost upon us, and life is about to get a lot more complicated. We are all very well acquainted with the stresses and strains, as well as the moments of joy that the holidays bring. Consider the unique situation that family caregivers find themselves in at this time of year. Whether caring for those with Alzheimers Disease and related types of dementia, or for those with other serious chronic illnesses, caregiving is already a heavy load that can quickly become unbearable.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

A Big Thank You To Our Veterans

As we approach Veterans Day, we here at the Lakewood Division of Aging have been pausing to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by the members of our armed forces. It is axiomatic that so many of us have so little idea of what has been given on our behalf. On Wednesday, November 18th, at the Lawther Senior Center, we will be saying a big "Thank You" to those who have served.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

Weldon Carpenter, Unsung Hero

(from "Faces of Lakewood, OH" on Facebook)

Some of our older "faces" in Lakewood are secret heroes. Quiet, meek and humble, they carry within them stories that elicit awe, wonder and gratitude.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.15.2015

Girl Scout Troop 70505 Throws A Cookie Social For Residents

Girl Scout Troop 70505 brought their love of volunteering and drive to sell cookies to residents at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood to have a cookie social. Residents sampled a variety of girl scout cookies while staff made some delicious purchases. Lakewood's Troop 70505 consists of 9 eager young ladies in 4th grade. The girls showed off their patches proudly sharing their favorite part of being a girl scout are the fun activities, camping, volunteering and making new friends. As of March 20th, the girls were halfway to their cookie goal of selling 2,500 boxes.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.14.2015

Lakewood Menchie's Brings The Taste Of Spring To Residents At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood

Spring is coming and residents at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood celebrated the warmer weather with the sweet taste of frozen yogurt from Menchie's in Lakewood. Menchie's in Lakewood brought the party to us and provided delicious frozen yogurt cakes as well as a visit from their fun loving Ambassador, Menchie! All in attendance had a great time and are ready for the warm weather to begin!

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:41 PM, 03.17.2015

February Heart Healthy Tips for Seniors

On February 6th, Seniors in the community attended a Lunch and Learn at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood's Assisted Living to hear speaker, MetroHealth physician, Dr. Christopher Suntala discuss various facts and questions that every senior should know the answer to.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:49 PM, 02.17.2015

O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood Looks Back On 2014

O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood had many great things happen in 2014. Lakewood Senior Health Campus and its sister facilities underwent a name change for branding purposes. Now it is O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood with the other communities changing names as well, O'Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville (Formerly Center Ridge), O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village (Formerly Bradley Bay), O'Neill Healthcare North Olmsted (Formerly Wellington Place), and O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park. This resulted in the beautiful new signage outside the buildings. O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood also had renovations and interior design work as well. When you walk in the lobby, it has had a facelift with a warm and welcoming feel as well as the Assisted Living renovated the common areas and activities room. Another great addition this year has been the Taste of Home Kitchen, in the Care Center. It is an inviting full kitchen space where patients and residents can do cooking activities. O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood earned the 5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid which is the highest rating. Only 10% of healthcare facilities in the state achieve this five-star rating. The Assisted Living just received its deficiency free rating from the state of Ohio for the seventh year in a row. In 2014, O'Neill Healthcare also welcomed its new Administrator Ben Davies this Fall.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Barton Center Holiday Fair – November 15

Barton Senior Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Christmas items and crafts will be featured along with food and entertainment. Live music will be provided by the Frank Cardone Duo.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Tri C Speaks At O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood About Upcoming Levy

Residents and patients at O’Neill Healthcare Lakewood gathered Friday, October 3 to hear about the upcoming levy, Issue 6 for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Marvin Richards, Executive Director of Business Continuity volunteered on his vacation time to come spread the importance of Levy 6 and the future of affordable education in Cuyahoga County. As a veteran himself, Marvin connected to many of the veterans in the audience who shared opinions with him on the GI bill for education and Marvin discussed some of the changes throughout years as well as various programs that Tri-C does to reach out to veterans for further education.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 5:40 PM, 10.28.2014

Barton Center To Host 8th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraiser On May 22

Barton Senior Center will hold its 8th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 22 from 5-8 p.m. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. More than 25 silent auction items will be available for bid, including wine baskets and gift certificates to local restaurants. Chef Kevin, from Kevin’s Café at Barton Center, will be serving delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and of course, there will be plenty of wine and cheese.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 4:57 PM, 05.13.2014

Are You Positively Senior Friendly?

     Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, and the City of Lakewood have something in common-they're both positively senior friendly. Dorsey is a regular follower of 75 year old Natalie Yellin's tweets. In fact, Ms. Yellin is a trusted adviser to his mobile payments company, Square, Inc.  Like  Mr. Dorsey, Lakewood's business community knows what to do with aging parents and grandparents. Give them a job.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 5:43 PM, 11.28.2013

Fedor Manor Apartments Make You Feel Right At Home

The moment you walk through the door you know you are Home. Fedor Manor Apartments is a 145-unit, 62 & over community, located on the corner of Ridgewood & Madison Avenue in beautiful Lakewood, Ohio. Our senior community is conveniently located next to banks, churches, grocery stores, restaurants, RTA transportation, and more.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 4:09 PM, 10.29.2013

Barton Center Holiday Fair

Barton Senior Center will hold its annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Christmas items and crafts will be featured along with food and entertainment. Live music will be provided by the Frank Cardone Duo. The Fair will include antiques, ceramics, arts and crafts, resale jewelry and knit/crochet.  Raffle items will showcase a lottery tree and holiday gifts. The Snack Bar will serve pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans while the Candy Shop offers home-made chocolate covered goodies. And the ever popular Bake Sale will carry delicious homemade bakery and deserts. The Hodge Podge resale store will offer a large selection of clothing, furniture and household items. Barton Center’s craft and resale shops will be open including: Book Nook, Fabric Shoppe, Greeting Cards, Greenhouse and Corner Store.  

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 8:53 PM, 10.15.2013

Compeer Volunteering A Good Fit For College Students And Retirees

The Compeer Program at Far West Center offers a unique volunteering experience. All that is required in Compeer volunteering is four hours per month, conversation, and friendship. Among our group of valuable volunteers are college students with challenging schedules and retirees that schedule around many family and social obligations. Compeer offers individual flexibility in planning volunteer time. Compeer also offers an enriching life experience for both students and seniors alike.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 11:29 AM, 08.21.2013

Barton Center To Host 7th Annual Wine & Cheese Fundraiser On May 23

Barton Senior Center will hold its 7th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraiser on Thursday, May 23 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Over 130 attended last year’s event and this one promises to be even bigger and better. This indoor/outdoor event will be held in Barton Center’s beautifully landscaped outdoor Courtyard and in the adjacent indoor Rotunda. Festivities will include wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, grilled specialties served by Chef Kevin from Kevin’s Café and terrific silent auction items.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 10:52 PM, 05.14.2013

Josie Kothera Selected As Barton Center's Volunteer Of The Year

Josie Kothera was voted by Barton Center members as the 2013 Barton Center Sweetheart, or Volunteer of the Year. She was honored at a dinner held recently to recognize her years of volunteer service at Barton Senior Center. This was the 40th annual ceremony held to recognize Barton Center volunteers and was attended by over 100 members, including 13 previous award recipients. 

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 PM, 04.30.2013