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Harmony Superstar

Many people tune in on a weekly basis to watch shows like “The Voice” or “American Idol” where talent from all over the US unite to win the ultimate title of being the next singing sensation.  All these people have one thing in common. They all want to be a Super Star!

Singing is just something everyone likes to do.  It is proven that singing aloud naturally makes you feel better.  I’ve tried it myself.  There have been times when I was feeling a little under the weather and just began singing along to one of my favorite songs in the car, and have felt significantly better.

Music is such a powerful thing.  Music has the power to change your mood, and here at Harmony we have adopted this concept. We put it to the test on a weekly basis.  We have noticed significant change in attitude, and outlook of our participants.  Instantly; one participant comes to mind. She joined our center with a diagnosis of chronic depression, and now she spends her days here with us dancing and singing to her favorite bachata songs.

On a weekly basis we have karaoke, and everybody loves it. Here we treat you like the superstar you really are. Sing anything from Anthony Santos to Smokey Robinson.  We have any and every song you may want to sing along to.  Maybe singing isn’t for you unless it is in the shower; our sound system and room acoustics will give you the reverb and tone that can make even a bad singer sound like Diana Ross.  The best thing about karaoke is that it’s just plain fun, and even more fun when done in a group.

Perhaps this sounds like something that you would like for yourself or a loved one.  Spending too much time at home isn’t good for anyone.  Mental and physical stimulus is very important to overall health.  At Harmony at 154th we help you stay active and independent longer. We also keep you healthy longer through fun and interactive activities.

If you want to try us out before making your decision you definitely can. We offer free one day passes to the center where you can enjoy different activities and rooms such as the cyber room, or relax room.  We provide free door to door transportation so call us today and speak with David  to set up a day to visit.  You won’t regret it. See you soon.

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 depression, 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

Beat the Heat

 

I woke up this morning and looked at the weather and noticed that it was only 7am and it was already 81 degrees with a high of 95 today.  This is when I realized that days of being in the pool all day were approaching fast.  Unfortunately it is only Tuesday and I have to go into work.  This means that I have to leave the comfort of my wonderful bed and the comfort of my AC to get up and get ready to go.  I don’t know which one is harder waking up early or dealing with the heat.  The combination of both is just a lethal concoction to make anyone just stay home in front of a fan or in an air conditioned room.  Luckily, I work at Harmony Social Adult Day Care where the AC is always at a good comfortable level.

The great cooling system accompanied by our cold refreshing beverages makes Harmony at 154th the place to be during the summer.  Many New Yorkers go away for the summer, and that’s always fun, but a good number of people stay here in New York for many reasons.  One of the most common reasons is budget.  For some people it is just not in their budgets to take a trip down to Jamaica, or Florida.  I’m one of those people that stay here for the summer, but I find fun things to do.  Here at Harmony it feels like a mini vacation.  Well not for me because I’m working, but for our participants it is.  Makes me wish I could enroll here sometimes to just enjoy myself here.  If I were a participant here I would get me a nice cold glass of iced tea or lemonade, head up to the relax room with the recliners and just watch movies, but that’s just me.  You can do almost everything here.  You name it and we most likely have it.

Unfortunately many elderly people suffer heat strokes due to poor ventilation and cooling in their homes.  Some of the sign and symptoms of heat stroke include:  High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher is the main sign of heatstroke, Altered mental state or behavior, Alteration in sweating, Nausea and vomiting, Flushed skin, Rapid breathing, Racing heart rate, and Headache.  All these signs and symptoms are more common in the elderly population, because they take longer to adapt to sudden climate changes.  While you’re here at Harmony you don’t have to worry about suffering any heat related illnesses.  Your comfort and health is our number 1 priority.

Call us today and set up a one day pass with us and see it for yourself.  We provide free transportation with AC as well.  You’ll be covered while you’re in our care.

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 heat related illnesses, 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

Music to our ears

Music is an international language.  It is such a powerful tool that brings people together.  Every decade had its best artists.  In this blog I want to concentrate on three decades, and henceforth take you on a nostalgic trip back in time to one of the best artists of the 1940’s.

Count Basie

Music in the 1940s was mainly built around the jazz and big band styles that were popular during the day. Artists like Rosemary Clooney, and Artie Shaw helped to define the musical era with their unique brand of entertaining crowds through their music.   William James “Count” Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924 he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten‘s band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten’s death in 1935.

That year Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two “split” tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry “Sweets” Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie’s theme songs were “One O’Clock Jump“, developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and later “April in Paris“.

William Basie was born to Harvey Lee and Lillian Basie in Red Bank, New Jersey.  His father worked as a coachman and caretaker for a wealthy judge. After automobiles replaced horses, his father became a groundskeeper and handyman for several wealthy families in the area.  Both of his parents had some type of musical background. His father played the mellophone, and his mother played the piano; in fact, she gave Basie his first piano lessons. She took in laundry and baked cakes for sale for a living. She paid 25 cents a lesson for piano instruction for him.

Not much of a student in school, Basie dreamed of a traveling life, inspired by touring carnivals which came to town. He finished junior high schoolbut spent much of his time at the Palace Theater in Red Bank, where doing occasional chores gained him free admission to performances. He quickly learned to improvise music appropriate to the acts and the silent movies.

Though a natural at the piano, Basie preferred drums. Discouraged by the obvious talents of Sonny Greer, who also lived in Red Bank and became Duke Ellington‘s drummer in 1919, Basie at age 15 switched to piano exclusively.  Greer and Basie played together in venues until Greer set out on his professional career. By then, Basie was playing with pick-up groups for dances, resorts, and amateur shows, including Harry Richardson’s “Kings of Syncopation”.  When not playing a gig, he hung out at the local pool hall with other musicians, where he picked up on upcoming play dates and gossip. He got some jobs in Asbury Park at the Jersey Shore, and played at the Hong Kong Inn until a better player took his place.

Count Basie’s music is timeless here at Harmony at 154th Street.  Besides providing pre-recorded music from great artists of that time, and other eras; we also provide live musical entertainment.  Many people who attend our center love the live entertainment/sing along aspect of our center.  It is scientifically proven that singing out loud makes you feel emotionally, physically, and mentally better.  As I mentioned at the beginning of this; music is a powerful tool, and we take full advantage of it here in Harmony at 154th Street. Come join us and bring music to our ears!

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 depression, 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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Wii want to play

Let me take you back to the late 1940’s and 1950’s for a moment.  This is a beautiful era that even people born in a later era can appreciate.   Modern culture still has a fascination with the fads, crazes and pop sensations from the age when the whole family sat down for dinner every night and a car with fins could get you a date. But there was more to the 1950s than sock hops and drive-ins; some of the trends and social movements that came out of that decade, such as the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the widespread adoption of TV, continue to shape our lives today. Rock music captivated the younger set, although their elders disapproved. Elvis Presley entered the living room through the Ed Sullivan variety show, which was broadcast in black and white. RCA first broadcast color television in June, 1951, but it was not yet available to the masses. “I Love Lucy,” “Leave It to Beaver,” and “The Twilight Zone” are examples of popular shows at the time. Children celebrated their birthdays with parties at skating rinks. Hula Hoops, Barbie dolls and electric train sets are representative toys of the 1950s. All ages enjoyed dancing and dancing lessons.

Many people took their entire families to drive-in movie theaters. Favorite films of the era included “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant”. Musicals such as “South Pacific” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” were also hits. James Dean and Marilyn Monroe are iconic stars of the 50s. Children preferred the matinee westerns shown at local theaters starring Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. Much of the fun of the 1950s was family oriented and centered around the children of the post-war baby boom.  The point is people have always had different ways of entertaining themselves. Now in 2015; forms of entertainment have changed.  Although the concept remains the same;  the way to achieve “being entertained” has really changed.  With technological advancements and breakthroughs; people have found new ways to stay active and interactive.  One of those ways is through a video game consul known as the Nintendo Wii. Senior citizens and children can agree that Nintendo Wii is just a whole lot of fun.

Our participants really enjoy playing wii bowling on our wall size big screen.  Along with wii bowling we also have wii golf, wii tennis, and other enjoyable games that make time fly by.  The Nintendo Wii requires you to use your body as the controller for the game.  You’re not just sitting in one spot staring at a screen.  Instead, you are the player in the game.  This not only provides entertainment, but it also provides and promotes better blood circulation, and overall health.  It is really easy to play. Many people are turned off to learning new things because they fear that it will be too difficult, but our staff here at Harmony at 154th street will walk you through the simple process.  We know that once you get the hang of it you’re not going to stop playing.

Harmony at 154th Street has your best health in mind.  If you suffer from stiffness, or from depression let us help.  Our center has provided many people with better living.  We believe that you will enjoy your time here so much that we offer everyone a free one day pass to come and enjoy themselves playing wii, doing arts and crafts, listening to live music, playing pool and other great and interactive activities that will start you off to better health from day one.  Call us today!

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 poor circulation, 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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Bookworms welcomed

Does anyone remember Levar Burton? He was the host of a famous PBS show that aired on June 6, 1983 called The Reading Rainbow.   On this show; Levar Burton; took you into brief synopses of different books to create interest in reading.  The show included animations to induce even more interest in the books he was showcasing.  Before there was computers, internet, cell phones, and video game consuls; there was reading.  Many people enjoy reading still.  Reading has many advantages.  It increases vocabulary, focus, and imagination.  It also improves problem solving, and it can ward off dementia and delirium. For the next few paragraphs I will attempt to do what Levar Burton did on Reading Rainbow, and give you a brief synopses of three books which are fan favorites here at Harmony Social Adult Day Care.

Honeymoon by James Patterson

The honeymoon is over–now the murders can begin. America’s #1 thriller writer returns with his sexiest, scariest novel ever. Hotter than The Beach House and scarier than Kiss the Girls, James Patterson’s explosive new thriller introduces a bride who is beautiful, talented, devoted–and deadly.

When a young investment banker dies of baffling causes, FBI agent John O’Hara immediately suspects the only witness, the banker’s alluring and mysterious fiancee

Nora Sinclair is a beautiful decorator who expects the best, and will do anything to get it. Agent O’Hara keeps closing in, but the stronger his case, the less he knows whether he’s pursuing justice or his own fatal obsession.

In a novel so compelling it reads like a collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, James Patterson unveils surprise after surprise that will keep readers guessing until the last deadly kiss.

When the wind blows by James Patterson

Frannie O’Neill is a young and talented veterinarian living in Colorado. Plagued by the mysterious murder of her husband, David, a local doctor, Frannie throws herself into her work. It is not long before another bizarre murder occurs and Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep.

Late one night, near the woods of her animal hospital, Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon that will change the course of her life forever….

Her name is Max.

With breathtaking energy, eleven-year-old Max leads Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science. When the Wind Blows is as unique a story as has ever been told, filled with suspense and passion. This is by far James Patterson’s best book to date.

Catcher in the rye JD Salinger

This is one of the most remarkable books published in years. It is the story of sixteen year old Holden Caulfield, who wants desperately to find himself, but who goes underground in New York for forty eight hours when he is overwhelmed by the perplexing circumstances of his life. Read the first page and you will not be able to stop until you have completed this wild and magic adventure with him.

Besides these fantastic reads we have a library full of Spanish and English literature for your reading pleasure.  Why don’t you just stop by and see for yourself? We want to know what your favorite book is, and who your favorite author is.  Join our book club and explore new books together here at Harmony at 154th.  Besides books we offer wide range of activities for you to enjoy. We also offer free breakfast and lunch to all of our participants.  Call us today to schedule your free visit to Harmony at 154th.  Transportation is free.  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

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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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Caroling in perfect Harmony

In my 30 years of life I have only gone caroling once for the holidays.  I was maybe 11 or 12 when my church group decided to go door to door singing Christmas classics. We started by visiting people we knew and worked our way to the homes of strangers.  There are two things I remember about that day one I was cold and two I was embarrassed.  After all I was obliged to participate.  All my friends were going and I didn’t want them to look at me like a Debbie downer.  Caroling is something that is no longer seen; at least not in the metropolis known as New York City.  The truth is that the times are bad and going door to door isn’t advised.  Back in the 90’s we were with a large group of people under much supervision.

Caroling began back in the 19th century, and its original intent was not confined to Christmas songs alone.  Caroling involved a group of people going door to door at anytime of the year to sing to the residents of that town.  In spite of being frozen and a little embarrassed on the day that I went; I was overtaken by two things, and that was the joy that we evidently brought to the families we visited and that we all sang in perfect Harmony although we weren’t all singers.

At our center Harmony Social Adult Day Care Bronx, we are keeping this tradition alive by singing along to your favorite Christmas songs.  One of the many things we do here at Harmony is sing-alongs/karaoke.  I can honestly say that sing alongs and karaoke is one of our participant’s favorites.  Studies prove that singing aloud naturally changes your mood by making you happier.  Try it! Next time you’re feeling down or if you’re upset.  Personally it has worked for me.  Harmony at 154th street’s goal is to keep you happy and healthy.  We are sure that singing along to one of your favorite songs will drastically improve your mood.  Staying home, enclosed within 4 walls is not going to make anything better.  Come to Harmony and socialize with people that are just like you.  Just like my friends, and me we weren’t all singers, but we all sang in perfect harmony on that night.  Our participants are from different walks of life but when we come together it’s perfect.  Harmony at 154th is proud to say that we are more than just another center… We are your family away from home.  Whether you’re a singer or not; there is an activity for anything you fancy to drastically change your outlook on life.

Join us today, and be part of a growing community that refuses to succumb to inactivity, lethargy, depression, and hopelessness.  Be part of a community that holds on to independence, longevity, laughter, and good times.  That community is Harmony Social Adult Day Care.

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 home confinement, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-741-5956. Or you can visit our website at www.1st-care.org or www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

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Say goodbye to doubt

Normally, adult day care is used to relieve the caregiver of his or her duties for the day while ensuring that the care recipient will still receive the proper care in a safe, friendly environment. Our center operates during normal business hours five days a week from 8:30AM-5PM.  Currently, there are more than 4,000 of these programs operating in the United States, but Harmony at 154th is like none other.

Harmony at 154th specializes in providing persons whom have difficulty with activities of daily living with a fun environment of socialization.  Unfortunately, many people with these limitations feel less than useful because of this.  They tend to stay within their homes because they don’t want to be a burden on other people. THEY ARE NOT A BURDEN TO US. We look forward to meeting you and your loved one, and spending time with you both.  Social adult day care serves as a means to preserve and even restore independence. It’s a place where you can meet people with similar situations, and simultaneously do different activities that will just make the day fly by.

Benefits & Services

While adult day care can be a great resource for caregivers, many refuse to consider this option. Some worry that their loved ones will resent participating in such a program, while others feel guilty at the thought of leaving their loved ones in another person’s care. At Harmony at 154th we improve the recipient’s overall behavior and provide the caregiver with much-needed time off.

This is how your loved one can benefit from Harmony at 154th:

  • It allows him or her to stay in his or her community while the caregiver goes to work
  • It gives him or her a break from the caregiver
  • It provides needed social interaction
  • It provides greater structure to his or her daily activities

Harmony at 154th provides a variety of services and activities, including:

  • Assistance with eating, reminders to take medications, toileting, and/or walking
  • Nutritious breakfast and lunch
  • Educational programs or mental stimulation
  • Exercise programs
  • Social activities
  • Transportation services

Our social activities include:

  • Crafts
  • Exercise
  • Field trips
  • Games
  • Gardening
  • Holiday parties
  • Music therapy
  • Relaxation techniques
  • And so much more.

What are you waiting for, join us today!

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 limitations, 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.

What are you afraid of?

There is no doubt that October is many people’s favorite month.  After a hot summer; the cool crisp air is a big relief for many. This is jean jacket/light sweater weather.  Many people love October for the walks in the park as they fall in love with the color changing foliage.  Other people love October for the fashion that comes along with autumn. Many like this season because it is pumpkin pie season! I must admit October is my favorite month.  It’s heaven on earth. It’s around this time we start seeing the department stores selling Halloween costumes and decorations. People begin stocking up on candy for the trick-or-treaters. This time is fun for many people. But since we are on the topic of Halloween; I ask you the reader; what are you afraid of?  While many are afraid of the dark, spiders, and snakes; others are more afraid of being alone.  Honestly isolation isn’t some fictitious thing such as Frankenstein. It is a real occurrence that many times leads to depression.  You may be one of those people that feel alone and hopeless.  You or someone you know may be confined to their homes without any human interaction; let alone physical or mental stimulation. Luckily, there is a way out.

Harmony at 154th Social Adult Day Care located at 367 East 154th Street, Bronx, NY, 10455 is that way out.  We are a center that provides everything that you need.  We offer a number of activities here to keep you happy and healthy mentally and physically.  If you like music we offer musical entertainment, and sing-alongs.  Are you a movie enthusiast? Come watch your favorite movies on any of our 8 big screen televisions with surround sound.  You will never be bored at Harmony at 154th. We have bingo, chess, card games, and checker games. Come shoot some pool with us in our main hall. We keep you active by providing daily exercise through zumba sessions, tai-chi, and self defense classes. We offer art and computer classes here as well.  You’ll never be hungry while you’re at Harmony at 154th because we offer a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks on a daily basis. If you don’t feel like doing anything on any given day just come and relax in our relax room, or sit down in our library and read your favorite book.  There is so much more to do here. This is just some of our activities.

Yet even with all these exciting things many people are scared to join a social adult day care. Many people think that joining a center would mean the loss of independence, but this is an erroneous concept.  As a matter of fact our program is here to keep you independent for as long as possible. Others are afraid that joining this program will take away other services that they have such as medications, doctor’s appointments and etc.  Enrolling in a social adult day care will not strip you of any services you are already receiving.  Social Adult Day Care is an ancillary service that you can benefit from.  I’ve also heard people say that they are afraid to join because they receive home care, and they don’t want to lose their home attendant.  Enrolling in a social adult day care does not take away your home attendant.  Having home care is actually required to be a part of a social adult day care.  Finally I have heard people say “I love the idea of your center but I don’t want a home attendant.”  We understand we can’t force any service upon you which is why we offer affordable pricing to be part of Harmony at 154th.  Look at it as a club you have to pay to be a part of.  If you don’t have a home attendant, but feel like you need one; we help you with obtaining one. So I ask you once more; what are you afraid of? Join us today!

This past Saturday September 27, 2014, Harmony at 154th celebrated their Grand Opening, and quite honestly the support from the community was tremendous! Our center was full with people having a good time.  We ran out of food at one point and had to order more.  This for us was a good thing, because it means that our expectations were exceeded. After visiting our center there was no denying that Harmony at 154th was the place to be.  We had music, dancing, food, zumba, and vendors providing the community with giveaways and information on their services. The best thing of it all is that Harmony at 154th was filled with laughter, family, and good energy. On behalf of the Harmony Social Adult Day Care staff we would like to thank everyone who made this grand opening truly grand!  We invite you all to Harmony where every day is a celebration!

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 general 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.

Don’t fossilize! Socialize!

Ever been to a museum? My favorite is the museum of natural history in New York City.  When you walk in there you are immediately transported into a different world that varies from room to room and exhibit to exhibit.  Although a trip to the museum is always fun and educational you will never find a living breathing dinosaur there, and thank goodness for that.  Unlike Shawn Levy’s movie “Night at the Museum;” starring Ben Stiller nothing comes to life at the museum.  Our lives should not be a museum.  No matter what age you are it is important to stay active and socialize with other people.

Physical activity is vital at any age, but as you grow older, changes set in that make exercise even more crucial. Conditions that typically develop with aging can be delayed when you stay active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that physical activity can even extend life expectancy. Although you should consult your doctor before starting any type of exercise regiment; there are things that you can do daily to keep yourself active mentally and physically. Here are a few

  1. 1.       Enjoy your retirement

a)      Start planning when you are still working. Think of activities, which you enjoy but had no time to do. For example, plan on how to rehabilitate your neglected garden,
b) Take up hobbies, which are less strenuous like reading and which may have money-making possibilities like sewing, growing flowers, raising animals, cooking, and tutoring.
c) Join social activities, which you can start in your active years and continue after you have retired.

  1. 2.       Enjoy an active social life

To stay healthy older persons should live life to the fullest – socialize because:

a)      An active social life will keep your system going. It presents physical and mental challenges to keep you lively,
b) Humans are social beings, so stay tuned to the social life around you,
c) Get in contact with other older persons of your community and organize groups with similar interest.

  1. 3.       Try to make your meals attractive

A balance nutritious diet helps maintain good health, fight infection, and prevent diseases. Three reasons why older persons should continue to balance their diet by eating lots of vegetables, fruits and low-fat meat or fish are;
a) Absorption in the gut becomes less attractive for some nutrients,
b) The immune system gets weaker and so needs more support through nutritious foods,
c) Chewing food may become more difficult, so older people need appropriate food for their bodily needs.

Meals can also be made attractive for older persons by;

a) Finding food stores or markets where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and low-fat meats or fish,
b) Being careful with storing food especially if you do not have a refrigerator. Eat leftovers from meals on the same day,
c) Making your meals something to look forward to everyday and take time to prepare them,
d) Finding new ways of combining food you like with new products you have heard of. Experimenting in your cooking,
e) Using food with lots of fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and cereals to help prevent constipation.

  1. 4.       Stay mobile- Go out and enjoy life!

If you are a resident of New York City; specifically in The Bronx; you not only have a place to enjoy your retirement, but you can enjoy yourself socializing with others while having nutritious meals and staying mobile.  Sounds good right?! We think so! The name of this wonderland of socialization is Harmony Social Adult Day Care. We call it Harmony at 154 for short. We are happy to announce that on September 27, 2014 we are celebrating our grand opening.  We will be giving away prizes, and food which you can enjoy while we treat your ears to great musical entertainment.  Come out and enjoy yourself; our treat! Our center is loaded with the latest in technology and activities. We provide cognitive and comprehensive activities to keep you active.  There’s something for every enthusiast at Harmony at 154, so come by and visit us.

A lot of people are turned off by the “Day Care” part.  We don’t blame you.  After all day care is for children right?! It is place where children spend a few hours playing with their friends while they wait for mom or dad to pick them up and take them home.  Well look at it this way… When I was a child I enjoyed playing with GI Joe action figures. They were my favorite toys when I was young.  As I grew older I no longer played with GI Joe action figures, but instead I started to play the guitar.  Now that’s my favorite toy.  An adult day care is a place to spend time with some of your friends while you play dominoes, pool, perhaps a game of poker. It is a place where you can watch your favorite sports teams on our big screen televisions while you relax on our comfortable reclining chairs.  We are not trying to strip you of your independence; on the contrary we are trying to enhance it.

Lastly I want to say that Harmony at 154 isn’t only beneficial for the participant but for the care taker.  It provides the care taker respite from the duties they have to perform on a daily basis.  During this period of time the care taker has time to address personal errands resting assuredly that their loved one is being provided with the maximum in care.

Do not conform to your age or limitations. Don’t fossilize, socialize! Take advantage of everything life has to offer.  Life is not a museum.  Life is a gift with endless opportunities.  You can get more information on Harmony at 154 by visiting our website at www.harmonysocialadultdaycare.com or by calling us at 718-741-5956.

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 inactivity, 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 .