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Marie Elium spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Ohio before switching to freelance writing when her two children were young. The kids are now Millennials, but writing continues to be one of her favorite endeavors. Marie was named editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine in November 2015 and is a graduate of Miami University. Marie can be reached at [email protected]

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Harbor Woods

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Convenience, Amenities for Seniors

With its top-notch amenities and convenient location, Harbor Woods in Brunswick is an affordable independent living option for people 55 and older.

The 127-unit apartment complex is small enough to offer a true community feeling yet large enough to have extras like a fitness center, library and beauty salon.

There are lots of places to explore nearby. Situated in the heart of Brunswick, Harbor Woods Living is close to shopping, restaurants and medical facilities. Woods adjacent to the complex offer a bucolic view for residents who want a bit more privacy.

Maintenance-free living attracts residents to Harbor Woods. The one- and two-bedroom units are under 1,000 square feet. Each has a washer and dryer hook-up, walk-in showers, wide doorways plus either a patio or balcony. The apartments are pet-friendly, too, with a 35-pound weight limit and breed restrictions.

Available for rent are storage units and detached garages.

To help residents who may eventually need some assistance with daily activities, Harbor Woods has partnered with a local senior care services company. Aging in place is made easier with meal prep, light housekeeping and other personal serivices, all provided for an additional fee.

Harbor Woods Living at Brunswick is located at 4255 Center Road. For more information, call 330-888-0393 or go to


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Altenheim Senior Living

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Altenheim Senior Living

Quality Care in a Family-Like Atmosphere


Altenheim Senior Living is a not-for-profit Life Plan community providing a full continuum of senior services. These include short-term rehabilitative therapies, skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, memory care, outpatient rehabilitation, home health care and private duty services. It is also a resource center for seniors and their families who seek answers to questions regarding senior residential living and senior service offerings.


Its mission is to achieve the optimal level of mental, physical and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and the community being served through the provision of high-quality residential living, skilled nursing care and specialized services offered in a family-like atmosphere.


Started by a group of local women of the German-American Ladies Society, Altenheim opened in 1892 and will mark its 125th anniversary in 2017. To commemorate this landmark event, the Altenheim 125th Anniversary Campaign will be launched, giving residents, families, donors and community supporters the opportunity to contribute to the Altenheim Legacy Society and the naming opportunities for its two new facilities, Shurmer Place Memory Assisted Living and Altenheim Therapy Rehab Center.

Altenheim Skilled Nursing and Rehab has received a 5-star rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2017, for the fourth consecutive year. It has been named one of Ohio’s Best Nursing Homes in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Skilled Nursing and Rehab has also received the Platinum Quality Designation by CMS, the highest level attainable. Shurmer Place has received a deficiency-free survey, its ninth year in a row. Home Health Care has received a deficiency-free survey from Community Health Accreditation Partner.

These outstanding recognitions have been achieved through the compassionate, caring commitment of the administration, staff and volunteers. They have helped Altenheim Senior Living become renowned as one of the finest senior living communities in Ohio.

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Parkinson’s Help at Sprenger

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Sprenger Therapy helps fight Parkinson’s with Delay the Disease

Sprenger Health Care Systems is helping empower those affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD) through OhioHealth’s Delay the Disease program.

Delay the Disease is a 12-week exercise program developed by OhioHealth to optimize the physical functioning of those with PD.

Studies have shown that regular exercise can fight the progression of Parkinson’s disease and help individuals manage the symptoms.

This exercise program has been designed specifically to target everyday challenges experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. Delay the Disease can help participants improve balance, soothe tremors, improve posture and enhance vocals.

“The participants have reported improvements in strength, balance and mood. In addition to improving functional mobility, they have gained confidence and increased their quality of life” said Laura Toetz, director of rehabilitation at Amherst Manor Retirement Community.

For more information about Delay the Disease, contact the Sprenger location where you would like to attend classes. You can reach Smithville Western in Wooster at 330-345-9050, Heather Knoll in Tallmadge at 330-688-8600 and Amherst Manor in Amherst at 440-988-1825.

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The Weils

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The Weils — a place that feels like home

Presented by Montefiore


Care, support and peace of mind — The Weils, an active senior living community in Chagrin Falls, provides all of these and much more. The Weils offers a continuum of care to meet individualized needs while promoting independence and healthy living. Our care is renowned for its compassion and quality, and our staff is available around-the-clock.


Registered nurses and support staff provide comprehensive care and worry-free living. Our spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments have a full kitchen, and washer and dryer. Also included are three chef-prepared meals, transportation, exercise classes and life-enrichment programs and cultural outings.


Our campus also boasts a rehabilitation pavilion for post-hospital care and a memory care community.
Visit us at 16695 Chillicothe Road in Chagrin Falls or call for a tour at 440-543-4221, or go to

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Maplewood Senior Living

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Music & Memory Program Helps Seniors


Toes are tapping and memories are putting smiles on the faces of residents at Maplewood Senior

Living. For the past six months, residents at Maplewood Senior Living’s Ohio communities have

enjoyed participating in the Music & Memory program thanks to partnership with Ohio

Department of Aging and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

This innovative approach to care was developed by New York social worker Dan Cohen and uses

personalized playlists to help people with dementia and memory impairments reconnect with the

world around them.

Music & Memory is a great addition to Maplewood’s unique emotion-based philosophy of

care, referred to as the HEART approach — an acronym for Humor, Empathy, Autonomy, Respect

and Reaching out to others, and Trust and Triumph — which removes the stress of what residents

can’t remember or do, and helps them discover the joy of living in the moment.

“Music has proven to evoke such positive responses for residents,” says Lauren Skillicorn,

memory care coordinator at Maplewood at Chardon. “It puts smiles on faces, gets bodies

moving and lifts spirits.”

Maplewood holds a special regard for residents with memory impairment and has purposefully

designed its communities and programs to help residents feel safe, cared for and comfortable.

Maplewood Senior Living operates Maplewood at Chardon, Maplewood at Cuyahoga Falls and

Maplewood at Twinsburg. For more information, visit

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Cleveland Metroparks is 100

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Cleveland Metroparks Turns 100 this year. Check out all of the interesting things to do within our Emerald Necklace.


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The Friend Connection

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A Note from the Editor

The Friend Connection


I’ve been thinking about friendship a lot the past few weeks. Truthfully, I think about my friends quite a bit because keeping and nurturing friendships takes time and attention and commitment.

I get more from my friends than I give; I sometimes feel guilty about that, but my friends are forgiving people. And I don’t think that more friends means better friends. Some of us thrive with one or two close chums.

I need and rely on an assortment. They’re like the jewelry in my dresser drawer. Each day I pluck out just the right necklace or pair of earrings or bracelet depending on the outfit or the day. The same goes for my jewel box of friends.

From sixth-grade cheerleading tryouts to dateless prom nights and in quick succession homesickness, first jobs, gut-kick medical results, marriages, sassy kids, questionable hairstyles and all the dizzying, complicated messes and mayhem that make life rich and sad and joy-filled, I’ve turned to my friends.

Some are listeners. Others are silly. I’ve got supremely practical friends, friends who fly across country to be at my side, and friends who connect with a phone call every few months. Some judge. Some keep quiet.

I’ve got friends who advise me about shoes, dogs, mental health, manicures, kitchen renovations and watching parents grow old. They know when I need the truth softened and when I need it with all its harsh edges. I’ve had some friends for almost 50 years, others for a few months. Each is a treasure. My modest goal is to be half as good a friend to them as they are to me.

Our theme this issue is connections. In addition to a story about keeping and making friends after 50, we’re serving up plenty of other ways to connect.

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Simple Real Estate Fix Ups

Real Estate

Spring Forward

Boost Home Value with Curb Appeal Fixups

By Dianna Hosta-Stickney

If you’re thinking about selling your house, spring is prime season — especially in climates like ours in Northeast Ohio.

The good news is that it’s a seller’s market. Home prices throughout the region are holding steady or gaining ground. Plenty of financing options are getting more people into buying mode and providing a deep pool of potential buyers.

Winter can make even the best maintained house look a bit worn. Money and time spent on the outside can pay off big when you sell your house. A home only gets one chance to make the best first impression.

Look at the outside of your home the way a new home buyer would. Does the trim need repainted? Is the siding dirty? Power washing decks, siding, porches and the driveway can bring them back to life with a well-maintained, sparkling look.

Give the entryways an especially critical look. Fresh paint, shiny brass kick plates and exterior lights that match (and work) make a home look welcoming and cared for.

Other tips:

  • Wash windows
  • Make sure the garage door is clean and operates smoothly
  • Sweep leaves and brush from entryways
  • Spread fresh mulch in flower beds
  • Double check that address numbers are visible and easy to read
  • Trim overgrown shrubs
  • Tack up drooping gutters that may have ice damage
  • Reseal the driveway

If you’re working with a budget (and who isn’t?), talk to a Realtor before spending money on expensive exterior fix-ups this spring. Maybe your money would be better spent on window repairs than power washing or landscaping. A Realtor can tell you what exterior features are a selling point in your neighborhood and can guide you on the best use of your pre-sale dollars.


Dianna Hosta-Stickney works in Middleburg Heights and Strongsville, where she is a real estate consultant with Cutler Real Estate.

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