Gratitude and Valentine’s Day

It’s hard not to think about hearts when you think about Valentine’s Day; they’re on everything from cards to candy. While hearts are often a symbol of love, hearts also bring to mind gratitude.

Gratitude can have a positive impact on the quality of your life. Whether you keep a gratitude journal, jotting down a daily list of things to be grateful for, or take a few quiet moments during the day to contemplate those things that soften your heart, you may experience a welcome shift in your health and your mood.

Here are seven scientifically proven benefits:

  1. Saying thank you is not only the polite thing to do, but showing your appreciation may attract new friends and improve existing friendships. According to a 2014 study published in Emotion thanking people you recently met makes it more likely they will seek an on-going relationship. So thanking a stranger for holding a door open or sending a thank you note to a co-worker who helped with a project can expand and improve your social circle.
  2. According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people experience less aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other. Grateful people take better care of themselves. They exercise more and visit their doctor regularly.
  3. Gratitude can help alleviate painful and toxic emotions such as envy, resentment, frustration, and regret. Robert Eamons, a prominent gratitude researcher, has conducted numerous studies that link gratitude to well-being. His research confirms that gratitude leads to happiness and reduces depression.
  4. According to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky, grateful people are more like to act in a kind manner, even when others aren’t as nice. Study participants who had high gratitude scores were less likely to want to seek revenge when they felt slighted than those who scored lower. They were more sensitive and empathetic toward others.
  5. Gratitude leads to better sleep. According to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being spending 15 minutes writing down things you are grateful for will lead to a more restful night’s sleep.
  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Some studies show that gratitude reduces the amount of time you spend comparing yourself to your friends and neighbors – a big reason for low self-esteem. Grateful people are more likely to appreciate the success of others.
  7. Gratitude reduces stress and plays a major role in one’s ability to overcome trauma. Studies show that being grateful fosters resilience and improves your mental health.

Valentine’s Day is Monday and we have lots to be grateful for here at SeniorCare. For 43 years now, Gloucester House has hosted a Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser in support of Meals on Wheels, a program of SeniorCare. In 1974, the Linquata Family began a tradition of donating their restaurant and a full breakfast to help raise much needed funds to help ensure older people who have difficulty preparing their own food, or are unable to get out, receive a hot, nutritious, meal delivered to their home Monday – Friday.

On Friday, March 10, 2017, you can come down to the Gloucester House, 7 – 9:30 a.m. and have a hot, magnificently delicious breakfast for $12. One hundred percent of the proceeds supports Meals on Wheels. The generosity and kindness of the Linquata family is not lost on us. We are grateful for this long standing tradition and we give much thanks to the Linquata Family.

POSTPONED: 43rd Annual Meals on Wheels Valentine’s Day Breakfast (2017)

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels Valentines Breakfast Fundraiser
has been postponed until Friday, March 10, 2017. 

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SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast at The Gloucester House, located 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Tickets are $12 per person and include a buffet breakfast. Tickets are available in advance by calling 978-281-1750 or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program.  Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information about the breakfast or to become a sponsor, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 x-560 or paula.curley@seniorcareinc.org.


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SeniorCare Needs Your Help to Allow Seniors to Remain in Their Homes

 

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SeniorCare needs your help to continue helping our friends– like Mary. On Giving Tuesday-November 29, 2016, please consider pledging to donate $10 per month for one year. When 80 donors make this pledge, the cost of Mary’s services will be covered for one year-ensuring that Mary can safely remain in her home for as long as possible.Thank you.

Mary’s Story

Mary is a bright, energetic, warm 85 year old woman. She retired 20 years ago after teaching third grade for 40 years. Mary chuckles when she mentions that her oldest great-granddaughter just entered third grade. Mary lives alone in the house she and her husband James raised their three children. James died shortly after she retired. It’s been almost 20 years and Mary still tears up when she talks about James. All of her kids live out of state. Jenny, Mary’s youngest, lives a two hour drive away. The others live a five hour plane ride away. Jenny visits monthly. John, the oldest, and Megan, the youngest and their respective families visit every Christmas. They all call at least weekly.

Over the last few months they each noticed a decline in Mary’s natural jovial mood. They had begun to talk with each other about it. Around the same time, during a visit, Jenny noticed her mom’s laundry had piled up and Mary’s usually meticulously clean house, was not as clean. After much sibling conversing and worry, Jenny was assigned the task of asking her mom about these new circumstances. With great sadness, Mary was quite forthcoming. She no longer had the strength to clean or do her laundry regularly. Jenny asked if she wanted to move in with her and her family. Adamantly, Mary declined the offer, saying that she didn’t want to leave her home or her friends and neighbors.givingtuesday2016-a

Worried, but wanting to respect her mother’s wishes, Jenny had heard about SeniorCare and called. After a SeniorCare Information and Referral specialist spoke with Jenny and Mary on the phone, SeniorCare sent a Care Manager to assess Mary’s situation. After an hour long conversation with Jenny and Mary, SeniorCare set a plan in motion. For over a year now, Mary has received two hours of homemaking services and three hours of personal care each week. Mary has also enjoyed a daily visit from the Meals on Wheels driver who delivers her a hot nutritious meal Monday through Friday. Mary’s mood has markedly improved, and she is grateful her house is clean and her laundry is done regularly.

At the six month visit from her Care Manager, it was discovered that Mary was falling behind on opening mail and paying her bills. So SeniorCare connected Mary with a SeniorCare Money Management volunteer who now visits Mary monthly. Together they open the mail and pay all the bills. Mary is very much looking forward to the upcoming holidays when the house will be filled with family – she is especially looking forward to enjoying her youngest great-grandchild, who she has not yet met.

Thank you to BankGloucester, who is partnering with SeniorCare on #GivingTuesday with a challenge gift.

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The Grammas Family

lobstalandThe Grammas Family is a well-known, well-respected Gloucester family. They have been in the restaurant business for three generations. Arthur Grammas owned the Busy Bee on Western Avenue in the early 20th century. Arthur’s son, George, owned the Gull Restaurant, then purchased Lobsta Land. Lobsta Land is now owned and operated by George’s son Corey Grammas and his family.

In the early 2000s, Providenza (Provie) Corey, who was a SeniorCare volunteer, persuaded Corey Grammas to volunteer to deliver meals for SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels Program. Being the compassionate person Corey Grammas is, it was not a hard sell. He saw firsthand the importance of home meal delivery, not just the need for a meal, but the welcomed social visit it provides the recipients. This experience moved Corey to open his restaurant for the first time in 2004, in philanthropic generosity, to support SeniorCare programming. Corey donates the entire cost of the breakfast, his staff and the use of his restaurant, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes toward programming and services.

This helps ensure that the services SeniorCare provides to elders and disabled adults in the nine communities it serves — Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham — despite gaps in state or federal funding, can continue. The services help area seniors live more independently at home, and remain a part of each of those communities.

SeniorCare is not the only recipient of the Grammas family’s generosity. Lobsta Land is a local landmark and is dedicated to community involvement. In addition to SeniorCare, the Lobsta Land supports Gloucester Pride Stride, Gloucester Stage Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fishermen Youth Soccer, Gloucester Little League and Wellspring House.

It all started with a volunteering spirit and a desire to contribute. Maybe that is one reason why Lobsta Land is such a beloved part of the Gloucester landscape, and let’s not leave out that their food is excellent. It’s really more than just a place to eat, just as the Meals on Wheels that Corey once delivered are more than just a meal. The volunteer spirit delivers more than a product, or a service. It delivers the message that someone cares.

We are grateful for all the volunteers who give of their time in the service of others. But even if we can’t find time to volunteer, we can contribute to the welfare of others. Because of people like the Grammas family, it’s as easy as taking a friend to breakfast.

This year SeniorCare’s Lobsta Land Breakfast will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $12 and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about volunteer opportunities please call 978-281-1750.

SeniorCare Publishes 2015-2016 Annual Report

sc-annualreportcover-2015-16SeniorCare Inc. has published its 2015-2016 Annual Report, featuring financial information, donors, and articles highlighting SeniorCare’s service to area consumers.

SeniorCare Inc. is a federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and a state designated Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) with offices in Gloucester and Beverly. Established in 1972, SeniorCare serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over, including the nine communities of Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham. SeniorCare’s volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.

The Annual Report can be read online at www.seniorcareinc.org/agency-documents. For a printed copy of the report, contact SeniorCare’s Development Officer Kelly Knox at 978-865-3540 or kelly.knox@seniorcareinc.org.

44th Anniversary Gala Celebration (2016)

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Download Gala Program here.

SeniorCare’s 44th Anniversary Gala Celebration will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the gorgeous Misselwood Estate at Endicott College in Beverly. The Gala will feature a delicious dinner and dancing to the sounds of Madhouse only a few feet away from Beverly’s beautiful rocky coastline.

SeniorCare is celebrating 44 years of services to elders and others—44 years of helping our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, and our friends and neighbors to stay in the home of their choice and remain in their community as they age. It’s a noble mission and one that every single person involved with SeniorCare is proud to support.

SeniorCare will honor three community leaders at the Gala.  Diane Stringer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Care Dimensions will be presented with the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award for her significant contribution to the welfare of elders. Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will be presented with the Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award in recognition of her dedication to community service toward improved quality of life of elders. Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Community Partners will be presented with the Board of Directors Community Partners Special Recognition award.

Contact Kelly Knox at 978-281-1750 or kelly.knox@seniorcareinc.org for more information.

Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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Executive Sponsor

EasternBank

Premier Sponsors

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Lahey Health

Thank you also to our program advertisers:

Action, Inc.
TLC @ Home
First Ipswich Bank
Marblehead Bank
Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Glovsky & Glovsky, LLC
YMCA of the North Shore
United HealthCare
Edward Jones
Casual Catering
Golden Living Center

Thank You Jalapeno’s!

Congratulations to Dan Gray, the winner of the scratch ticket raffle
Congratulations to Dan Gray, the winner of the scratch ticket raffle

Many thanks to everyone who joined us last night at SeniorCare’s fundraiser at Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Thank you also to the great staff at Jalapenos. Your support of the elder community is appreciated.

Jalapenos of Gloucester

Gloucester Elks Makes Donation to SeniorCare

SeniorCare Nutrition Director Roz Frontiera, SeniorCare Director of Community Programs and Planning Linnea Hagberg, Gloucester Elks Exalted Ruler Pat Laidlaw, SeniorCare Executive Director Scott Trenti.
SeniorCare Nutrition Director Roz Frontiera, SeniorCare Director of Community Programs and Planning Linnea Hagberg, Gloucester Elks Exalted Ruler Pat Laidlaw, SeniorCare Executive Director Scott Trenti.

The Gloucester Lodge of Elks (#892) recently made a generous donation in support of SeniorCare’s mission to enable to allow seniors to stay in their homes and community safely and with dignity.