SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2021

Published Every Other Saturday

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR





A MESSAGE

FROM

CHERYL





Good Morning, everyone.

It has been almost a year since we went into an unprecedented lockdown. In those early days, we thought we were preparing for a sprint. We planned on hunkering down for a few weeks and then we believed that life would get back to normal. But we soon realized that we needed to prepare for a marathon and, on the heels of that, an ultramarathon. There may be times of late when it feels like we are walking the Camino de Santiago. The Camino, or the Way, is a pilgrimage of approximately 500 miles from France through Spain. People who choose to walk the Camino often deal with challenging conditions, from blisters and exhaustion to rugged terrain and occasionally miserable weather. They may walk alone or with family and friends, but for each individual the experience and the lessons learned are unique.
 
When we began our “Covid Pilgrimage” no one was really prepared for what that would mean and how it would affect our lives. As individuals, and as a community, we have learned many lessons along the way and we have encouraged and supported one another in important, life- sustaining ways. We are now beginning to see a more realistic end in sight. With more of our members and volunteers getting vaccinated, we hope that once spring and summer come, we will be able to safely get together in-person once again, most likely still with masks and social distancing
 
This morning, I’m reminded of my grandmother and the wisdom she shared with me regarding the true meaning of perseverance. As defined on the website commonsensemedia.org, “Perseverance is the ability to keep doing something in spite of obstacles. People who persevere show steadfastness in doing something despite how hard it is or how long it takes to reach the goal.” We are in this together and, like those who tackle the Camino pilgrimage walk, we will persevere together.
 
As always, if you need anything or you’d like to talk, please let me know.

Cheryl
If you’d like to make a donation to Love Living at Home or donate to the LLH Financial Assistance Fund, click on the link below. Thank you for your generosity.



VIRTUAL PROGRAMS






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Monday, February 22nd at 2:00 pm

Men's Walkabout

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Monday, February 22nd at 2:45 pm

Sharing Stories From Our Lives

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Tuesday, February 23rd at 12:00 noon

Book Group

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Wednesday, February 24th at 2:00 pm

Women Walking

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Wednesday, February 24th at 4:30

Current Events

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Thursday, February 25th at 2:00 pm

Cooking Demonstration by Foodnet

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Thursday, February 25th at 5:00 pm

Happy Hour

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Tuesday, March 2nd at 3:00 pm

Johnson Museum

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Wednesday, March 3rd at 4:30 pm

Current Events

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Thursday, March 4th at 5:00 pm

Happy Hour

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Tuesday, March 9th at 2:00 pm

Codenames

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Vaccine Availability Update

Good day to everyone,

Love Living at Home would like to share some information with you regarding the COVID Vaccine. We hope the links below can help you and others finding an appointment. Please share this information.

To help ease your registration this is the information any website needs to sign you up: your full time, date of birth, address, your Medicare number, phone number, and someone's email address. Everything else can be skipped.







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A Tip From A Member:
If you drive to Sayre to get the vaccine at the Guthrie COVID
Vaccination Center, we had trouble finding it. The address given on the Guthrie appointment confirmation sheet was 1000 N Elmira Street, but that is NOT correct. There is a "Guthrie COVID vaccine" banner but it is not very prominent and quite hard to see from Elmira Street because the building is in a shopping center ("Valley Shopping Center") set back from the road by 100 yards or so. The vaccine site is an old K-mart, next to a closed "Big Lots", at the opposite end of the strip mall from the Sayre TOPS. The TOPS still operates and its signage is obvious. The Big Lots sign is largely faded, but still noticeable. The TOPS address is 3014 N Elmira Street, Sayre.
The google map coordinates are 41.989090, -76.545476
Looking at that makes it clear and can provide directions.

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As Of This Reporting (2-18-21): there have been 3,317 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, 3,161 recovered, 27 deaths an 4 hospitalized. There are currently 129 active cases. CMC has recently changed the way they report Covid-19 hospitalizations. In the past, they reported both the recovered and active cases who were still in the hospital. Going forward they will only report the number of active cases hospitalized.
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If You're Layering These Masks, the CDC Says to Stop Immediately
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Many who have received the coronavirus vaccine wonder: What can I safely do? Washington Post
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Airflows Inside Passenger Cars And Implications For Airborne Disease Transmission: Science Advances
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SELF-CARE
The Year Of Hygge, The Danish Obsession With Getting Cozy
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The Norwegian Practice of Friluftsliv Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Yourself in 2021
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Harvard Business Review: How to Be Alone Without Being Lonely
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HuffPost: The 4 Steps That Will Increase Happiness, According To A New Study
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Harvard Health Publishing: 6 Self-Care Steps For A Pandemic
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NPR: Don't Let The Pandemic Winter Get You Down - 9 Creative Ways To Socialize Safely

MEMBERS & VOLUNTEERS
What Our Members Are Saying About LLH

“I recommend Love Living at Home to others, because I think it offers a great deal. This year, of course, has been difficult because of the pandemic, but the organization offers varied and numerous opportunities for social engagement and learning, a discount at the YMCA, the invaluable support of volunteers who help with home maintenance and many other things, and the sense of belonging to a community. For me, the best thing is knowing that the organization is always there if I need it.”



BECOME A MEMBER

Membership Information 2021
 
Trial Membership
 
 
Trial Membership allows new members to join for up to 6 months at no cost. New members will have full access to LLH programs and services as well as a 25% discount for a YMCA membership. Over the first few years many have thought of joining, but have not for various reasons. The Trial program hopefully provides incentive to experience the benefits of our great community and then become long-term members. Perhaps you, or someone you know, have an interest in trying out LLH and meeting new people. This is a great opportunity for you and your friends to give LLH a try. 
 
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Membership Fees
 
Individual membership — $450 Annually
Household membership (2 or more). —$575 Annually
Monthly installment Payment Option
 
NEW: A discounted rate for a multi-year membership
  • Two year agreement at 5% off
  • Three year agreement at 10% off
 
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Our Sponsored Membership Program is dedicated to providing membership to all who may need help with the annual fee. This is completely confidential.
 
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To join, or for more information, contact the office directly by calling 607-319-0162 or email the office at office@lovelivingathome.org
 
By joining our community you will be able to forge new relationships, to stay connected to the broader community, as well as benefit from the many services our volunteers provide. We hope you will choose to continue living life to its fullest in our community of “neighbors helping neighbors.”


If You Are 62 Years Of Age Or Older
And Live In Tompkins County
Please Consider Joining Our
Caring - Connected - Community

or call the office at 607-319-0162



Directory Of LLH Members: How To Find It And Use It

-Click on “Member Login”  at the upper right of the screen
-Click on "Directory" at the top of the screen directly under the LLH logo 
-Type in a name and then click on "search"
-To see a member’s address click on the person’s name 
-To see the complete membership list, simply click on “search” 

If you have questions please call the office or email the office.


VOLUNTEERS

LLH provides a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for those in our community who are willing to share their time and expertise. LLH volunteers give as much time as they wish according to a schedule that suits them. Volunteers do not have to be members and members do not have to volunteer. All ages and abilities are welcome. We find that those who choose to volunteer, find it highly rewarding. Through the volunteer experience, we are fostering a Caring – Connected – Community.

To become an LLH Volunteer or to discuss the many volunteer opportunities:
  • Call the office at 607-319-0162. Our staff is happy to answer any questions or make recommendations that would fit your interest and availability.
  • Complete the Volunteer Application – Log onto LoveLivingatHome.org and click on “Volunteer”. The application can be completed online.



Community Partners
AGE FRIENDLY CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE
WORKSHOPS
 
Last year, Tompkins County received a grant to create one of the first Age-Friendly Centers for Excellence in the country. As part of their efforts, they are offering workshops beginning on February 17th and continuing monthly through May.
 
WORKSHOP #2
March 17th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
 
Spaces & Places: Leveraging the Built Environment for Successful Age
Friendly Communities
Esther Greenhouse, Moderator
 
Information regarding the dates and times for the April and May workshops will be forthcoming. The topic for April is, Zoning and Planning for Age friendly Communities and the focus in May is, Age Friendly for Community Health and Wellness. 
 
Free Tax Prep with Lifelong
Lifelong is committed to providing this valuable service to the community. However, to keep everyone safe, they are doing things differently this year. 
IRS Federal and NYS tax returns will be prepared virtually this year from late January until mid-April 2021 by Lifelong TCE volunteers, trained and certified by the IRS.
Who is qualified for assistance?
  • All Seniors age 60+ (with spouses of any age),
  • All Individuals with disabilities, and
  • All Individuals with incomes below $35,000 and
  • All Families with incomes below $57,000
Note that some complex returns may not qualify.
Taxpayers will participate in a very brief face-to-face intake appointment to deliver their tax documents and required forms. Returns will be separately completed by volunteer preparers. After completion, taxpayers will return to sign and file their returns.
To schedule an intake appointment to begin your return,
call 607-279-6617, Monday thru Friday between 10 and 4:00. For more information, please visit the Lifelong web page.
LLH Members Receive 25% Discount on YMCA Membership

LLH members will now receive a 25% discount on their YMCA membership, which will give them full access to member amenities and services. A new online only Y membership option will soon be available as well, for individuals who wish to participate in virtual group fitness classes instead of coming to the Y in person.

If you have any questions about our arrangements with the Y, please contact Cheryl at executivedirector@lovelivingathome.org or 607-319-0162.


Mac n Cheese Crawl 2021
Foodnet Meals on Wheels Presents! Mac 'n Cheese Crawl (3/1/2021 through 3/31/2021) Passports go on sale on February 1st! Stay tuned! During the entire month of March, we are partnering with local restaurants who will serve up an appetizer portion of their finest mac ‘n cheese dishes.


TO LLH MEMBERS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL INTEREST GROUP

Dear LLH Members,

In the last newsletter we shared our excitement at finding new ways to increase our recycling efforts, and we invited you to join us. In this and upcoming newsletters (look for the recycle logo), we’ll describe 3 collection bags that you can set up to RECYCLE ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE PUT IN YOUR TOMPKINS COUNTY RECYCLING BINS. Let’s get started! Bag #1 is for items that you can put in Wegman’s recycling bin, located just inside the main entrance on your left. We’ve been in touch with Wegman’s Customer Service in Rochester and have learned that they accept much more in their recycling bin than any of us knew. A list is below. We suggest you copy it and post it on your collection bag or container. If you are unable to make a copy, let us know and we’ll send you one.
Any questions? We’re glad to help. Feel free to email or call one of us.

Sincerely,

Connie Colbert (cc1252@hotmail.com ) (257-4004)
Lisa Eisenberg (eisenberglisa@yahoo.com) (379-3294)
Susan Jaquette (susanjaq6@gmail.com ) (257-4988)
Amalia Weinberg (jamalia@verizon.net ) (272-9844)

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WEGMAN’S (all items empty, clean, dry, with attached labels removed; do not bag items – drop them loosely into the bin)
Grocery/retail bags (any strings or handles removed)
Newspaper bags
Cereal/cracker box liners (but NOT if they tear like paper)
Dry cleaning bags
Bread bags
Produce bags (such as a bag of carrots)
Zip-type bags (zipper pull removed, if present)
Plastic outer wraps from paper products, cases of soda/water bottles, etc.
Deflated plastic shipping pillows
Bubble wrap: includes shipping envelopes such as Amazon Prime that are plastic on the outside and bubble wrap on the inside
LLBean and Land’s End Shipping bags (film plastics #2 and #4)
UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS: degradable/compostable bags, pre-washed salad bags, cling/saran wrap, frozen food bags, garbage bags, any item you can’t press your thumb into the plastic and make it stretch

RESOURCES, INFORMATION
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MEMBER RECOMMENDATONS
Jigsaw Puzzle Swap
 
A lot of LLH members have been doing puzzles throughout the pandemic. If you enjoy doing puzzles and would like to exchange puzzles with other LLH members, please contact the office. We will organize a contact list, so that members can share photos of completed puzzles or the box cover and then arrange a safe way to make an exchange. 
 
Email office@lovelivingathome.org or call 607-319-0162 to participate.

Ithaca Snow Angels is a new web app to help facilitate the generous behavior that Ithacans show during the winter. This app connects physically fit snow shovelers in our community with the snowed-in street corners that pose obstacles to people's mobility. Ithaca Snow Angels incorporates gamification to make snow shoveling fun and promote this prosocial behavior.


Your COVID-19 Travel Toolkit: Consumer Reports
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Winter Storm Preparedness & Blizzard Safety: Red Cross
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Downtown Ithaca Newsletter
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Changing Aging With Dr. Bill Thomas
"Changing Aging" is a multi-blog platform challenging conventional views on aging, believing that aging is a strength, rich in developmental potential and growth.


ENTERTAINMENT ETCETERA
'Footloose' - Dancing In The Movies
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Adult Virtual Adventures - Wilderness Inquiry
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Giant Pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in the Snow
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How to draw to remember more With Graham Shaw: TED Talk
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Virtual Cinema: Cinemapolis
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Book & Binge Bundles: Tompkins County Public Library

INSPIRATIONAL & CHUCKLES
Jeopardy for Seniors
 
This may be harder than you think.
The answers will be on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t quite remember the correct answer.
 
You will find the answers at the end of the newsletter. Try not to peek!
 
1. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, “Who was that masked man?” Invariably someone would answer, “I don’t know, but he left this behind.” What did he leave behind? A_________.
 
2. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched them on The__ ________ Show.
 
3. “Get your kicks, ___ _______ ___!”
 
4. “The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to _______ ___ ________.”
 
5. “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ___ ____ _____ _______.”
 
6. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we ‘danced’ under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the _____.
 
7. “Nestle’s makes the very best _________.”
 
8. Satchel was America’s “Ambassador of Goodwill.” Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was ________ ______________.
 
9. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _____ ______ ______.
 
10. Red Skeleton’s hobo character was named _______ ___ ____________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, “Good Night, and _____ ______.”
 
11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their _____ ______.
 
12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ________ or _____.
 
13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, “the day the music died.” This was a tribute to ______ ______.
 
14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called _________.
 
15. One of the big fads of the late 50’s and 60’s was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called a _______-_______.
 
16. Remember LS/MFT ________ _________ / _______ ______ __________.
 
17. "Hey Kids! What time is it? It’s _____ ______ ____!"
 
18. "Who knows what secrets lie in the hearts of men? Only The ______ Knows!"
 
19. There was a song that came out in the 60’s that was “a grave yard smash.” Its name was the _________ _____!
 
20. Alka Seltzer used a boy with that tablet on his head as its logo/representative. What was the boy’s name?


Inspirational


Chuckles

Jeopardy Answers:
 
1. Silver bullet
2. Ed Sullivan
3. On Route 66
4. Protect the innocent
5. The lion sleeps tonight
6. Limbo
7. Chocolate
8. Louis Armstrong
9. The Times watch
10. Freddy the Freeloader and “Good night, and God Bless.”
11.Draft cards
12. Beatle or Bug
13. Buddy Holly
14. Sputnik
15. Hoopla-hoop
16. Lucky Strike / Means Fine Tobacco
17. Howdy Doody Time
18. Shadow
19. Monster Mash
20. Speedy


Have a lovely day ~ Stay in touch!