Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Breakfast Club

Hello once again from your friends at Harmony at 154th Street.  I don’t know how you got here but we’re happy that you’re here.  Whether you’re reading this on our website or you typed in “The Breakfast Club” on your search engine hoping to find pictures of Molly Ringwald; we ask you to please give us a few minutes of your time.  This information can benefit you or someone you may know.  We are Harmony at 154th street and we are a social adult day model for people with limitations and care at home.  The objective of our facility is to keep our participants mentally and physically active, and to maintain and enhance longevity.  It has been an exciting week here at Harmony at 154th street as it always is.  Every week we have people coming into our center to enjoy a day full of billiards, painting, knitting, dancing, singing, and so much more.  One of those things categorized under “so much more” is our free nutritious meals.  We offer free breakfasts and lunches to all of our participants.

Who doesn’t love breakfast?! It is the first meal of the day.  Breakfast jumpstarts you into your day.  Breakfast foods vary from culture to culture, and it is many people’s favorite meal of the day.  Personally I can eat breakfast food any time of the day.  I love breakfast, and it’s clear that our participants do too.  Besides having total access to all the activities we offer we put the cherry on top with our delicious and nutritious meals.

Our breakfast foods include waffles, omelettes, turkey bacon, orange juice, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, hashbrowns, pancakes and more.  The best thing is that we serve the correct portion, and follow dietary restrictions.  We have participants that are strictly vegetarian; others that don’t eat certain things due to allergies or other health problems. In such cases; we especially craft a meal to their specifications.  Harmony at 154th Street believes that healthy eating is happy eating , and a change in dietary consumption can drastically change a person’s health and over all attitude.  Call us today to enroll and have breakfast on us everyday!   If you or your loved one is interested in visiting Harmony at 154th Street call us for a free one day pass where you can enjoy a day full of activities and sample our delicious food.  We know that one day with us won’t be enough.  Call us 718-585-5440

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to illness, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

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Crochet, Monet, or both

There is no doubt that Harmony at 154th has very talented and creative participants.  We’ve seen all types of handmade creations made by our very own participants.  These creations can be seen on our walls when you come to our center.  Whatever you’re good at doing with your hands we want to see it.  Two of the fan favorites here is crocheting and water painting. Here are a few tips on both types of arts that may help you become a better artisan.

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  1. 1.       Break for hand and finger stretching: Sometimes you’ll get in the groove and it will be 45 minutes of non-stop crochet. It’s usually paired with a show you may be watching, probably The Steve Wilkos Show or Caso Cerrado! I have found that you need to take quick breaks to stretch your hands and do some finger rolls, otherwise you can get a slight cramp. No fun! I highly suggest you take a mental note to stop for a bit and roll your wrists!
  2. 2.       Watch your posture: As you crochet, you can sit in a sort of recliner chair with your feet propped up. But you may tend to slouch as you get going. Your head is down looking at your work, then up looking at the tv, and your shoulders are now turning into a hunchback! Again, same as #1 and hand stretching, watch for posture and how you’re sitting as you crochet. We don’t need hunchy crocheters out there!!
  3. 3.       Tension matters: Where you position your yarn in your left hand matters. As you pull the yarn through each loop for each stitch with the right hand, you are holding on to the other end with your left hand. It matters how tight or loose you hold that yarn in your left hand and you need to have consistency. Otherwise you’ll get a piece that has 2 rows in the middle that are super tight or super stretched, depending on how tight or loose you were holding the yarn. You’ll start to get into a groove and it will become natural. But just watch for this, it can make your work come out wonky, even if you did the right number of stitches.
  4. 4.       Slow and steady wins the race: Once you get started on a project, you get excited about how it will turn out and start to move too fast. Or perhaps you think you have to get through this project quick because you have 20 other projects you want to complete. You get into a rush. And because of that, you may start to get sloppy, getting into a groove and start going too fast. Try to stick to even, steady stitches, helping with your tension as well, mentioned above.
  5. 5.        Keep a bag or basket by the couch: You should dedicate a crochet basket in your room. You can fill it with current projects, complete with yarn and hooks. You can even place pair of small scissors is in there.  It’s better to keep everything in one spot instead of having everything scattered. The goal is to have it all in one handy spot.
  6. 1.       Watercolors Dry Lighter:  With watercolor paint, a color will always look more intense (stronger and darker) when it is wet. A color will always be lighter and paler when dry.
    It’s something you get a feel for through practice and experience. If your paintings look insipid, make the colors more intense by using more paint and less water, or painting another layer of a color over the first.
  7. 2.       Test a color out first: Watercolor paint dries very fast, so test a color on a scrap of paper or on the edge of your painting before using it. That way you’ll know whether it’s the hue and/or tone you’re after.
  8. 3.       Don’t add too much water:  Avoid inadvertently adding more water to your paint after you’ve washed your brush by dabbing the brush onto a dry cloth before putting it in the paint again. If you’ve loaded a brush with paint and decide you needed less paint, hold clean cloth at ferrule end of the brush hairs to soak up some of the excess. Doing it at this end helps keep the pigment at the tip of the brush.
  9. 4.       Water color paint is transparent: Watercolor paint is transparent. You can see through the layers of color you’ve painted, making it near impossible to hide mistakes. Don’t fight against this, but embrace it and work with it.
  10. 5.       Use a decent watercolor brush: Rather have just one, good brush than a handful of cheap ones that splay out and drop hairs. It’ll save you a lot of frustration. A good brush retains its shape so you can get a very fine brush mark from the point; it holds a good quantity of paint so you need to reload it less often.

Painting

I hope this has been helpful to some of you.  The best tip of them all is “Practice makes perfect.” Come practice with us here at Harmony at 154th we have everything you need here.  All you need is your hands.  Call us today for a free one day pass to our center.  We provide more than just crocheting and water painting.  We also offer other activities and nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no cost to you.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to illness, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

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Pool Shark Attack

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Good Day Everyone! We have made it yet through another week.  Since our last blog a lot has been happening at Harmony at 154th. The fun just keeps on happening here.  For the next few minutes please indulge me as I focus on one of the many activities we have here at Harmony at 154th.  Personally it’s one of my favorite things to do here, and that is billiards.  As soon as you enter our dual floor state of the art facility there it is; our pool table.  We didn’t coincidentally place our pool table at the mere entrance of our main hall for no reason.  We know how much people love to play pool.  Quite honestly playing pool is my favorite thing to do here (although I get my behind kicked by the many pool sharks at our facility) it makes me wish that I was eligible to become a participant myself, so that I can play every day and become a pool shark myself. I like to think that I’m a shark in the making.

Well, we are calling all pool sharks to come to Harmony and show us what they’re made of.  In the past we’ve had pool tournaments and we’ve seen some of the biggest sharks I’ve ever seen.  We are still looking for the proverbial Steven Spielberg Jaws of the pool world.  Is it you?! Well it can be, but if you find yourself to be more of a guppy (like me) here are a few tips to help you get to shark status.

1. Work on Your Form

Proper form is one of the many important parts of pool that many novice players overlook. One of the most important things that you need to focus on is keeping your neck straight, for example. Keeping your neck straight will give you the proper amount of perspective that you need to be able to visualize exactly where the ball is going to go before you strike it.

You’ll also want to secure your bridge hand, which will help you execute a wider array of shots with maximum efficiency. Finally, you’ll want to keep your backswing smooth and slow to help yourself stay coordinated while taking shots.

2. Learn From Your Mistakes

One of the most important things that a person can do in life is learn from his or her mistakes. This advice goes for all aspects of life, from your personal life to your professional life and even to the world of pool. If you consistently miss the same type of shot or freeze up in the same situation, take the time to stop and think about what is happening.

If you always approach a shot from the wrong angle, identify your weak points and learn how to turn them into positive attributes. Doing so will help make sure you’re ready for any event that is likely to happen and you won’t make these same types of mistakes again.

3. Always Stay Relaxed

Staying as comfortable as possible is one of the key parts to success in many different forms of life.

When you start to get uncomfortable and begin to stress out, you are more likely to make quick decisions just to get yourself out of a certain type of situation.

If you don’t leave yourself the proper amount of time to think things through before you move forward with your actions, you are much more likely to make a mistake.

The same is true in pool. Always make sure that you’re staying as calm as possible and that you’re giving yourself the appropriate amount of time necessary to make the best possible strategic decisions.

4. Look at the Entire Table

Adult Day Care Activities Bronx, One of the most important things that you can do in pool is walk around the entire table and strategize before you make your shot. Playing pool on a professional level is a lot like playing chess. You shouldn’t just be thinking about the move you want to make.

You need to be thinking about the next three moves that you’ll make, as well as the moves your opponent will make, before you move forward. Taking a look at the entire table will allow you to do that, because you’ll be able to see the ramifications from the shot you’re thinking of making.

5. Don’t Get Fancy

When you watch pool professionals play on television, you are likely to see people making “trick shots” and doing other types of flashy moves to get attention while they’re winning. Keep in mind that in the world of professional pool, these types of actions are exceedingly rare. When you start trying to make “trick shots” is when you start slipping up and making mistakes.

The people on television are only making these types of moves because they’re on television and they know that millions of people could be watching. You’re not on television, so relax and take your time.

6. Never Forget Your Opponent

One of the most interesting aspects of the game of pool is how a decision that you make directly influences the decision your opponent has to make. The game is much more focused on strategy than a lot of people realize. Right before you take a shot, always stop to think about what your opponent will be forced to do next.

Even if you sink a ball, for example, you could be setting them up for an even better shot. Likewise, it may be better to pass up on that easy shot if you can block your opponent’s next move in the process.

7. Practice makes perfect

Though it should go without saying, the idea that you can’t play pool like a professional without a great deal of practice bears repeating.

Practice makes perfect in nearly all aspects of life, but it is especially true when it comes to the world of professional sports.

When you watch a professional play pool, you aren’t watching someone who is picking up a cue for the first time.

You aren’t watching someone who plays casually with friends a few times a month. You’re watching someone who has practiced for hundreds of hours before they ever set foot near that professional table.

Good news is; you have a place to practice here at Harmony at 154th so what are you waiting for find your inner shark today! We provide free door to door transportation, and $1 breakfasts and lunches.  What are you waiting for call us today 718-585-5440

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to health issues, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com