Through the Eyes of the Artist — Jack Vettriano

Posted on: May 12th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

Mon., May 12, 3-4 p.m.
Location: South Franklin Circle

His prints sell more than those by old masters such as Monet and Van Gogh and yet none of his pictures can be found in any of the country’s national galleries.  He has been snubbed by the arts establishment.

“Through the Eyes of the Artist” is presented by Hudson-based art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman. The series is free and open to the public.

South Franklin Circle
16575 South Franklin St.
Chagrin Falls, OH  44023

To register for this complimentary event, please fill out the form below, or call (440) 247-1300.

Parkinson’s Prevention Program Offered at All Judson Communities

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common progressive neurodegenerative condition in the United States, preceded only by Alzheimer’s. It’s a chronic, progressive neurological disease affecting 1 in 100 people worldwide after the age of 65.

The four primary symptoms of the disease are:

  1. Trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
  2. Stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  3. Slowness of movement
  4. Impaired balance and coordination

As these symptoms become more pronounced, individuals may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. Early symptoms of Parkinson’s are subtle and occur gradually over time.

It’s estimated that 500,000 to 1.5 million people live with Parkinson’s in the U.S., with 60,000 new diagnoses each year. The average age of diagnosis for Parkinson’s is 60 years old.

How to Delay or Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

Many theories on how to delay or prevent Parkinson’s have surfaced in recent years, but it’s difficult to determine exactly what is and isn’t successful. The most promising research – and first-hand experience – indicates a strong correlation between exercise and the delay of the onset of Parkinson’s, plus the mitigation of its symptoms for those already diagnosed. Exercise can help those with Parkinson’s remain limber and improve their balance and motor coordination.

“Delay the Disease” is a fitness program at Judson designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease by optimizing their physical performance and delaying, mitigating or preventing symptoms. The program is offered at all three of Judson’s retirement communities, (Judson Park, Judson Manor and South Franklin Circle), and is taught by certified fitness instructors.

See for yourself in this video!

Benefits of Delay the Disease:

  • Improves gait, balance and strength
  • Sharpens memory and cognition
  • Reduces chance of falls

For more information about Delay the Disease and the holistic wellness programs offered by Judson, please call (216) 791-2004 or fill out the form below.

Smart Living Awards Flashback 2006: Frann Zverina

Posted on: March 24th, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

The Judson Smart Living Awards honor individuals of all ages dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. Nominations are now open for the class of 2014 in the categories of arts, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and healthcare. Deadline has been extended to April 4, 2014.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

It may seem unlikely, but Frann Zverina is very adept at wielding a chainsaw. As the chief cheerleader for the Cleveland Sight Center’s Highbrook Lodge, she’s been known to jump into any activity, whether it’s chopping wood or raising money or recruiting counselors.

“It’s a family tradition,” she says of her interest in volunteering at the Cleveland Sight Center. Her aunt and uncle (Anton and Rose Zverina) established a foundation for philanthropic giving and had already been involved with the Cleveland Sight Center when they eventually developed sight impairments of their own.

“You can never take your sight for granted,” says Ms. Zverina. “There is no cure for things like macular degeneration. But people who lose their sight are really courageous in how they lead their lives,” she says.

Every service available at the Sight Center also is available at Highbrook. And Ms. Zverina has been instrumental is raising money for scholarships so that ability to pay is never a deterrent to attending camp.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

Performing Arts Center will be Judson Manor’s new neighbor

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

One of the many benefits of retirement living at Judson Manor is its location at the heart of University Circle – Cleveland’s cultural, medical and educational hub.

Case Western Reserve University, a University Circle landmark, recently announced its plans for a monumental makeover of the Temple-Tifereth Israel into a performing arts center. It will house the University’s dance, theatre and music programs, and will be within walking distance from Judson Manor.

 From The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com:

CWRU ready to launch a $64 million makeover of Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland as a performing arts center

by Steven Litt, Plain Dealer Architecture Critic

Updated: CWRU revises upward the total cost of the project to reflect the total amount it needs to raise to get the job done.

Case Western Reserve University will break ground in April on a $64 million expansion and renovation of the historic Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland.

The two-year project, for which CWRU has raised $59.3 million in cash and pledges, will turn the facility into a university performing arts center.

It will house the university’s departments of dance, theater and music together under one roof for the first time and will also become an early part of a 21-acre campus expansion west of East 105th Street in University Circle.

On Friday, five members of the Cleveland City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve with commendation the university’s plans for the project.

Commission member Lillian Kuri, a program director at the Cleveland Foundation, abstained because she said the foundation is supporting the project.

“It’s an outstanding example of adaptive reuse,” commission member Norman Krumholz said of the CWRU plan.

The north elevation of the proposed addition at the Temple-Tifereth Israel complex at East 105th Street in Cleveland. Courtesy MGA Partners, Philadelphia

CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder, who did not attend the meeting, said later in a telephone interview that she was delighted by the vote — and by the chance to show through the project that CWRU wants to be known not just as a university strong in science, engineering and technology, but also in the arts.

“We’re putting a big stake in the ground about the value of the arts to our campus and students,” she said.

Read the rest of the story on cleveland.com.

For more information about retirement living at Judson Manor, please call (216) 791-2004 or contact us.

Smart Living Awards Flashback 2010: Jeanette Grasselli Brown

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

The Judson Smart Living Awards honor individuals of all ages dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. Nominations are now open for the class of 2014 in the categories of arts, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and healthcare. Deadline is March 24, 2014.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

Jeanette Grasselli Brown worked in industrial research for 38 years, retiring in 1989 as Director of Corporate Research for BP America (formerly The Standard Oil Co.). She has been a director of three Fortune 500 companies, and was the American Chemical Society’s outstanding woman chemist in U.S.

Brown has one patent, holds 13 honorary doctoral degrees, has nearly 100 publications and has lectured at as many universities worldwide during her career. Impressive, right?

“None of it would have been possible without the passion ignited by teachers I had in my Cleveland Public School experience,” Brown offers. “They placed me in a major work program and helped push me to pursue a degree in chemistry. That made me desire to return to education and dedicate my time to it.

“A former Regent on the Ohio Board of Regents, Brown is helping northeast Ohio’s students through college with Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc. (CSP)-a college access program dedicated to providing career direction and support for students from elementary school through college graduation.

CSP has helped 200,000 students go through the college and financial aid application process, and has awarded more than $42 million in scholarships since its inception. “Helping change young people’s lives and attain personal goals, and being a helping hand for them really goes a long way,” Brown says.

Brown is active as a CSP emeritus board member after chairing the program for five years, and has merged her passion for science and education in board service to the Great Lakes Science Center. Her commitment to the University Circle neighborhood is reflected in service to the Musical Arts Association/Cleveland Orchestra (as chairwoman of the education committee) and countless other organizations.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

Smart Living Awards Flashback 2013: Danny Williams

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

The Judson Smart Living Awards honor individuals of all ages dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. Nominations are now open for the class of 2014 in the categories of arts, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and healthcare. Deadline is March 24, 2014.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

A trained advocate and a believer in justice for all, Danny Williams’ mantra is to improve the quality of life for every person. As executive director of The Free Medical Clinic of Cleveland, he brings his attorney background and deep expertise driving non-profits toward success to forward the Free Clinic’s two-fold mission: To provide free medical and related services to people without other alternatives; and to advocate for policy changes to make health care accessible to everyone.

“We’ll help people who come through our doors, and we also want to change the system,” sums up Williams, who took over leadership at the Free Clinic in 2006. Prior to that, Williams was executive director of the Cuyahoga County office of the American Cancer Society (ACS), and helped open the Joseph S. and Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge, a no-cost temporary place to stay for adult cancer patients and their families who travel to Cleveland for treatment.

During his time at ACS, Williams also relocated its headquarters to University Circle in a new facility at the intersection of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue. “If we were going to claim that our priority was to help the underserved community, then we needed to be where the people are,” he says.

“I’m taking everything I’ve learned as an advocate and pointing that at trying to provide core services to historically underserved communities,” says Williams, who was former Mayor Michael White’s law director.

At The Free Clinic, Williams is driving advocacy issues by starting conversations in the community about health care accessibility and the relationship between wellness and economic development. This year, the Clinic will hold its second forum, Economic Development: What’s Health Got to Do With It? “The goal is to gather those unusual suspects-the business community and policymakers-to get them to think about economic development in a different, broader way,” William says.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

Smart Living Awards Flashback 2008: 5th Grade Class at Louis Agassiz School

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

The Judson Smart Living Awards honor individuals of all ages dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. Nominations are now open for the class of 2014 in the categories of arts, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and healthcare. Deadline is March 24, 2014.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

For the past two years, students in Cathe Ritz’s class at Louis Agassiz School on the west side of Cleveland have been immersed in the arts.

They’ve been taught proper etiquette about what to wear, how to sound, how to sit and when to applaud when attending an orchestra concert.

Along with music teacher Janet Wroblewski, and Ritze’s social studies class, they’ve been introduced to the lives and the work of classical composers. Their preparation did not go unnoticed at the Cleveland Orchestra concerts for school children. While some slept and others chatted, these students were attentive, poised and interested.

“One of them said, ‘The Dvorak brought tears to my eyes,’” says Ritz. “I think they caught the performing ‘bug’ after that,” she says.

They performed Christmas carols at Cleveland City Hall rotunda, performed in the All-City Choral at Cuyahoga Community College and at the Maltz Museum.

What clicked for these youngsters?

“They were well-prepared,” says Ritz. Their learning has been strengthened through the experience. Last year as fourth graders, they scored the second highest in writing of any class in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

“My students love the Cleveland Orchestra and all their experiences in University Circle,” says Ritz. “It really enhances their learning.”

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

Smart Living Awards Flashback 2013: Isabel Trautwein

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

The Judson Smart Living Awards honor individuals of all ages dedicated to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle. Nominations are now open for the class of 2014 in the categories of arts, education, volunteerism, philanthropy and healthcare. Deadline is March 24, 2014.

Over the next month we’ll highlight winners from the past nine years. Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

University Circle is a treasure trove of cultural resources, but many of the young people who live within walking distance of these arts institutions are not exposed to the riches they offer.

Music is a true gift, and it’s one that Isabel Trautwein gives to inner-city youth in Cleveland who participate in El Sistema @ Rainey, a model of how a music program can create great musicians and change the lives of underprivileged young people.

“Our inner-city youth often aren’t exposed to the riches of their own cities,” says Trautwein, a violinist in the Cleveland Orchestra who took a year sabbatical from her career to receive training in the El Sistema music education way. She initiated the intensive orchestral after-school program at Rainey Institute in 2011. “None of the children had a musical background,” Trautwein says of the first through fifth graders who participate. “They are becoming proud to be part of a team that they know is exceptional.”What makes El Sistema special is its culmination of music education and youth outreach. The benefits of participating in an after-school program like this that requires commitment from students are many. For one, music becomes a stabilizing factor in what could be a challenging and unpredictable life.

The program encourages students to think seriously about the future and what it holds for them. “We see children are really feeling great about themselves and making choices that lead to good futures,” Trautwein says.

Trautwein ran daily operations of El Sistema @ Rainey its first year. Today, she is on site twice weekly and teaches private violin lessons to eight of the students there.

Her vision is to make University Circle the headquarters of El Sistema Cleveland, and to create more programs in northeast Ohio. “I’m hoping 20 years from now, we can have a youth orchestra of 300 kids who would not have played instruments otherwise,” she says.

Do you know someone who qualifies to be a 2014 Judson Smart Living Award winner? Submit your nomination today!

Judson Wellness Programs — Stimulating the Mind and Body

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

We’ve all heard the adage, “use it or lose it.” Well, today’s retirees are taking this to heart, looking for ways they can keep their bodies fit and minds sharp.

Judson’s award-winning, holistic wellness philosophy offers a well-rounded combination of physical, mental, educational and cultural programs that equally stimulate the minds and bodies of our residents.

Over the next month or so, we’ll highlight the many opportunities that residents at Judson ParkJudson Manor and South Franklin Circle have to be well.

Physical

  • Exercise classes such as yoga, tai chi
  • Aquatic exercise classes in warm-water, indoor pools
  • Weight training either one-on-one with a trainer or in a group
  • “Delay the Disease” - Ongoing course with exercises designed to delay the onset of Parkinson’s disease

Mental

  • “Memory Training Centers of America” - This program uses state-of-the-art, scientifically based computer programs to strengthen memory.  Residents work one-on-one with licensed psychologists and cognitive health clinicians

Educational

  • Off-Campus Studies - In-depth courses on a variety of topics taught on site by instructors from Case Western Reserve University
  • Senior Audit program at Case Western Reserve University - Residents may audit courses at a discount
  • South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series - Since 2009 this resident-run series features speakers both locally and from across the globe and is open to the greater community
  • Tuesday Evening programs -This series of lectures and musical performances alternates between Judson Manor and Judson Park

Cultural

  • Concerts featuring members of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, as well as students and faculty from The Cleveland Institute of Music
  • The Howson Gallery at Judson Park features a rotating calendar of innovative Cleveland artists chosen by a committee of art-loving residents
  • “Through the Eyes of the Artist” - An art history lecture series offering in-depth overview of an artist’s life and work
  • Each community has an art studio for individual use or group classes

For more information about Judson’s holistic wellness offerings, please call (216) 791-2004 or click here.

Valentine’s Day at Judson — A Furry Kind of Love

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to spotlight the various love affairs around Judson–love affairs between residents and their pets!

Besides being cute, our four-legged friends of various shapes and sizes offer innumerable health benefits: pets can help lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and boost immunity.

Plus, they are just plain fun to have around-they lighten the mood of any situation.  Dogs especially offer a social outlet.  It’s common to see residents walking their dogs around the communities, or taking them to parks.

Cindy Tucker dogs 2The pet-friendly environment at all of Judson’s communities is a definite selling point for residents.

“We wouldn’t have even considered living here if we couldn’t bring our dogs,” says South Franklin Circle member Cindy Tucker. She and husband Dr. Harvey Tucker are the proud owners of two Great Pyrenees, Annabelle and Maggie (pictured left).

For more information about the pet-friendly independent living lifestyle at Judson, please call (216) 791-2004 or click here.

Hegge.jpgTop 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

5. Breathe Easier — lowers likelihood of allergies
4. Meet and Greet — provides socialization opportunities
3. Stay Heart Healthy – decreases risk of heart disease
2. Get a Move On — motivation for exercise
1. Keep Your Chin Up — elevates your mood

(Source: www.animalplanet.com)

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