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Christmas 2014 Schedule

Heart of the Valley's office will be closed from December 22 until January 5! Heart of the Valley has a diverse group of volunteers, supporters and clients, all focused on the health, safety and well-being of the seniors living in our community. We wish you all a wonderful holiday and give you our utmost love and appreciation for going above and beyond this year to improve the lives of the seniors who call us for help. See you in 2015, if not sooner!

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Still Time to Give in 2014!

There's still time to make a tax-deductible donation to Heart of the Valley SERVICES FOR SENIORS, Inc. Your gift goes to help seniors who are in need of transportation to medical appointments, shopping, errands, cemetery visits, trips to the vet and night rides. Your donation also provides help around their homes, handyman services, pet assistance, yard work, paperwork, friendly visits, and so much more, all without any cost to them! YOU can help make it a great 2015 for our older neighbors and inspire others with your giving!

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Thank you for your generosity!
Glenda Cresap, Executive Director
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Safety Tips from Volunteer Archana

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Things You Should Never Say to Your Aging Parents - Tips for voicing your concerns effectively from AARP

No one likes to think about it, much less talk about it. But at some point, your loved one may not be able to do the things he or she once did, such as driving, taking care of money or even managing a household. That can be a difficult reality for an older person to accept, so it's important that you discuss these matters with great sensitivity. A careless remark — no matter how well-intentioned — can be extremely hurtful.

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Ten Two-Minute Exercises That Build Your Bones

If you incorporate all 10 of them into your day, you’ll get 20 minutes of exercise in. Not bad! And you can do most of these moves while doing other tasks, like cooking or waiting in line.

Now let’s get started!

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The Poetic Journey of Don and Sol

Even from the very beginning, this client-volunteer match-up was unusual. I received a call with a name and a phone number from Glenda who thought my 47 year background as an English teacher made me the right person for the client and the task. She told me he was 93 years old and had been an artist and an art professor at a number of universities, especially in Pennsylvania.

 

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Award Winning Robotics Team Joins Teachers and Parents to Make Home Improvements

The Robotics Club members, including their parents and counselors, arrived at Tom and Jean Carley's house between 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. yesterday, January 19, 2013. There were more than 25 volunteers that came with the goal of painting the interior of the Carley's house and to build a wheelchair ramp leading to the back yard. What I experienced, while supporting Jean and Tom, could be likened to the spirit and accomplishments of what must have occurred during an old time barn raising. The participants didn't start leaving for home until 6:00 P.M. Annette and her husband, Jim, plus Kelle stayed until after 7:00 P.M. doing final cleanup touches.

 

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