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Stay Active, Healthy and Socialize

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. Enjoy your retirement
  2. 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.
  3. Enjoy an active social life

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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;

  1. 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.
  2. 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 great right?! We think so! The name of this wonderland of socialization is Harmony@154 Social Adult Day Care. 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 we look at it this way… 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.

Loretta Fleming(Participant): “I love being at Harmony,Keisha,Carmen are beautiful people,they keep us laughing and entertained,Gina speaks to us every morning as we come in,I feel welcomed each day that I go in.”!!! Love the trips!!!!

Do not conform to your age or limitations.Take advantage of everything life has to offer.  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 718-585-5440.

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 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 .

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

Last Minute Questions

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has gone by.  2014 is down to its final day.  This has been a great year for many, and especially for us at Harmony Adult Day Care.  We opened our doors back in May 2014 and we did not know what to expect.  All we know is that we anticipated success, and thrive towards it every day.   We opened with the purpose of providing the residents of the community with a place where they can enjoy themselves doing a number of activities in a safe and monitored environment.  This upcoming year we will continue to provide this service to our community.

I’m aware that you may have some questions, and concerns regarding Harmony.  In this blog we attempt to put your mind at ease to help you make a step towards Social Adult Day Care in 2015.  Here are some of the frequently asked questions that we have been asked this year:

  • What are the benefits of joining Harmony Social Adult Day Care?

Joining a social adult day care has a dual benefit.  The first benefit is for the participant.  One thing we are aware of is that staying independent is key for the geriatric community.  Many fear to become useless or dependent towards the latter years of life.  Social Senior  day care service helps you not only stay active but independent simultaneously.  At Harmony we offer a number of activities to help with that.  The second benefit is for the care taker.  We are conscious that the responsibilities of a care taker are many.  These responsibilities at times make it hard for the care taker to handle personal business, or just enjoy some leisure time for themselves. Harmony serves as a respite for those care takers that just need some time to do anything.  We will take care of the loved one in a safe and vibrant environment.

  • What is there to do at Harmony at 154th?

A better question would be what isn’t there to do.  We offer any form of entertainment that you may fancy.  If you like to move around we offer daily exercise customized to your physical abilities, but with the purpose of exercising stiff or contracted extremities.  We offer zumba, tai chi, karate, and stretching techniques for exercise. We also offer a computer room in which we can show you how to do basic things on a computer.  We have a library where you can read up on your favorite gossip, or maybe just catch up reading your favorite book.  We have group discussions and book clubs as well.  If you just like to play we have a pool table, chess, bingo, card games, checkers, and wii sports.  We have musical entertainment as well from pre-recorded music to live music.  We offer dancing and karaoke as entertainment as well, and so much more.  You would have to see it for yourself.  You can schedule a visit by calling 718-585-5440.  The possibilities are endless here at Harmony at 154th.

  • What are the requirements to be part of Harmony at 154th?

Like all social adult day cares having Medicaid tied to a managed long term care program (MLTC program) is required to be part of Harmony Social Adult Day Care.  A MLTC gives the Medicaid member access to services such as social adult day , but it also gives access to persons that need to be institutionalized in a nursing home or some type of skilled nursing facility.  A MLTC also gives you access to home health care services (home attendant).  This means that everyone who wants to be part of Harmony at 154th must have home care in place already, or have a need for some type of homecare.  This has proven to be a huge discouragement for many people this year.  Why do I need a home attendant to be part of a center that promotes independence? My answer to that is: change your focal point on the concept of home care.  The reason many people opt for home care instead of institutionalization is because they want to remain independent.  There is a widespread misconception on home care service.  The home attendant is provided for you to keep your independence by being an extra hand at home.  The key word is home.  I have never met one person in my many years of working with the geriatric population that has told me that they enjoy being in a nursing home over their own home.  Let’s look at homecare in a different light, and see that this service is beneficial and essential to the continuum of the recipient’s independence, and plus you get to play pool, and enjoy delicious, and nutritious meals at no out of pocket cost to you.

  • What if I don’t want a home attendant; is there a way to still be part of the center?

Yes there is, but because of state regulations it cannot be through Medicaid.  We offer great and affordable pricing for you to be part of the center.  If you pay privately you will have access to all of our services and get transported door to door by our personal driver.  Private pay gives you access to Harmony at 154th street without the home attendant.  Call us at 718-585-5440 for more information.

  • I don’t have Medicaid, but I do have Medicare can I use Medicare to join?

Unfortunately we do not work with Medicare, but we can help you apply for Medicaid if you haven’t already, or you can take the private pay rates which are affordable.  Please visit us at 367 East 154th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 to take a tour of the place and get a free day pass.  We can discuss the steps necessary to join us here at Harmony at 154th Street.

Now that we are entering 2015 make it your resolution to stay active and healthy.  Harmony at 154th Street can help you achieve that. Call us today!

At Harmony Social Adult Day Home Care in NY, 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.