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Tutoring is time and energy well spent

Tutoring is time and energy well spent

Janet Westbrook finds joy in helping children improve reading skills and confidence.

Volunteering with the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program is great way to reach a child who needs a boost and a friend.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (433)/Comments (-)/
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Sharing volunteer passions with employer pays off

Sharing volunteer passions with employer pays off

Tutor Mary Jo Summers wanted her company to know more about OASIS.

OASIS volunteer Mary Jo Summers loves her work with the Intergenerational Tutoring program so much that she thought her employer needed to know more. Her instincts were spot on.
 
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Monday, September 15, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (447)/Comments (-)/
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Social connections are more important than ever as we age

OASIS founder Marylen Mann shares a story from a chance meeting

A conversation at a wedding reminded me how much we all need to be connected. The father of the bride asked me if it was true that I started OASIS. I answered, and then he said, "I want to thank you for keeping my father alive for the last 20 years of his life."
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Friday, August 29, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (550)/Comments (-)/

CATCHing a great little moment while volunteering

By Sheila Brown, volunteer

Sometimes when you volunteer to work with kids, there are unexpected little victories that can pleasantly surprise you. As a volunteer for CATCH Healthy Habits in Portland, Maine, I hear about these little victories from my colleagues who feel that they benefit just as much as the kids. I had one of those special moments myself, not long ago.  
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1075)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Volunteering

How well did I know my dad?

Perhaps not as well as I thought, until he was gone

My father, Daniel Jenerson III, died September 19, 1992. At his funeral I was surprised to hear from neighborhood families about how he helped them in their time of need…diapers when their children were born…food when there was none…helping with auto repair costs. Who was this man they were talking about?
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Sunday, June 15, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1019)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

Social groups help in combatting social isolation

A Women’s Roundtable helped Liz find a reason to get out of bed

Not long ago, one of our regular class participants, Liz Lippa came to OASIS after a rough weekend. Her son had a major heart attack and her cousin passed away. She was feeling low. “I just wanted to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head,” she said, but then she realized that what she really needed to do was to get out and talk. She got out of bed and headed to her St. Louis OASIS Women’s Roundtable group.
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Friday, May 16, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1417)/Comments (-)/
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Reading nutrition labels can help with getting nutrients you may need

Wellness with Cindy

The nutrition label is on almost every package of food. Numbers and percentages for calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium and more are listed on the label. What does it all mean to the consumer? How can we use the information on the label to make informed food choices?
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Monday, May 12, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1089)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Every day is Mother's Day!

A tribute to moms everywhere

This year celebrates 100 years since Anna Jarvis was successful in her movement to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. We were raised with our father telling us that “every day is Mother’s Day!"  He was instilling in us the importance of appreciating a stay-at-home mom raising eight daughters and five sons. He was teaching us to say thank you.
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Thursday, May 08, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1342)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Life after 50

Discovering the desire to learn something new

Wellness with Cindy

... Tom had discovered the ukulele tucked away on a shelf in the corner of the musty barn and in that serendipitous moment had discovered within him a desire to make music.
 
Learning to play a musical instrument not only inspires your creative soul but also is an entertaining way to unwind after a hectic day. What instrument should you play?
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Monday, May 05, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1474)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Lifelong learning

Managing your "stuff"

Celebrate Older Americans Month by taking control to live a healthier life!

As older Americans we have “stuff” that we carry/have carried through our life cycle. Sometimes it’s family issues, sometimes it’s work issues. No matter what "stuff" you have, are you managing it? In the spirit of this year's Older Americans Month, "Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow," OASIS member Ruth Jenerson shares her journey on taking control of her "stuff" so she can live a healthy life.
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Thursday, May 01, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1527)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Why getting a good night's sleep is good for your brain

Wellness with Cindy

Will a good night’s sleep make you smarter? During waking hours the brain is absorbing new information. In order to add the freshly acquired information to the long-term memory banks in the brain, the body needs to sleep.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1313)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Super Simple Pizza Soup

Wellness with Cindy

Vegetables have never ranked in my top ten favorite foods. Snacking on a sliced green pepper with ranch dip is as close as I had ever been to my daily servings of veggies. Family health issues changed all that. The change started with learning how to improve our diet. So began the process of discovering how to create a delicious meal filled with vegetables ... like Super Simple Pizza Soup!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (2066)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

How do you decide to support a non-profit?

OASIS volunteer Tamara Rhomberg discusses what matters

Mail just isn’t what it used to be. Remember the days when people actually sent letters to each other? Now the mailbox is filled with junk mail and bills. Just in the past week, I’ve received dozens of letters from nonprofits. Each is worthy of support and I want to contribute and often do what I can. But how do you decide which organizations to commit to?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014/Author: Guest Author/Number of views (1593)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Philanthropy
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