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HOV Storage Trailer for Mobility Equipment Dedicated to the Memory of Iris Kenney

The Heart of the Valley storage trailer for donated mobility equipment (canes, walkers, crutches, wheel chairs, etc.) was completed by volunteers Don Eberhard in conjunction with Gina Maren during April 2016. Don dedicated this project to his mother-in-law, Iris Slocum Kenney, who died just short of her 100th birthday in March. Read more about this project and about Iris.

 

Our 29th Annual Meeting and Report

On February 22 the Heart of the Valley staff and board of directors hosted the organization's 29th annual meeting to review the results from 2015 and discuss plans for the upcoming year. In attendance at this years meeting were Ted and JoAnn Chamberlain (pictured on the right), two of our five compassionate founding members. Download the 2015 Annual Report for a summary of last year's results.

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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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