South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series Presents “Honoring the Past, Hope for the Future”

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

Wed., May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Chataqua Room, South Franklin Circle

The South Franklin Circle Dialogue Series continues with Senator George Voinovich. Please join us for an intimate conversation with Senator Voinovich as he reflects on his career in politics.

South Franklin Circle
16575 S. Franklin Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Complimentary valet parking

About Senator George Voinovich

Voinovich-headshotFrom his time as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, Cuyahoga County Auditor, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio,Mayor of Cleveland and Governor of Ohio to his 12 years as Ohio’s senior United States Senator, George Voinovich has strived for more than 40 years to make all levels of government “work harder and smarter and do more with less.” As mayor of Cleveland, USA Today credited him with “turning the nation’s 22nd largest city from a laughingstock in the 1970s into a three-time All-America
City winner during the 1980s”.

As a United States Senator, Voinovich focused on four major areas: assuring fiscal responsibility, strengthening
national security, enhancing American competitiveness, and improving the management, efficiency, and effectiveness of the federal government. He came to be known as a “Debt Hawk” for his sustained leadership on improving fiscal discipline. Since retiring in January 2011, Voinovich has been named a Senior Fellow at Cleveland State University, and Ohio Visiting Professor of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

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.

Lions, Tigers and Polar Bears, Oh My! Adventure Series-Part 1

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Rob Lucarelli

This is the first post in the South Franklin Circle Adventure Series highlighting how independent living residents are making the most of their golden years. We may have exaggerated in the title a bit – there are no lions or tigers in this Adventure Series. But don’t worry – polar bears abound! See how two of our residents, Bill and Gayle Bauer, got up close and personal with the majesty of polar bears last October.

Our first view of polar bears in the wild brought gasps to all of us safely inside the specially fitted high tundra buggies that protected us from both the bitter cold and these majestic creatures, who could otherwise reach as high as the windows.  We grabbed our cameras to record the moment, thrilled that we had decided to join this Road Scholar tour entitled “Lords of the North: Ecology of Hudson Bay’s Polar Bears”. The polar bears gather here annually to await the sea ice that forms early on Hudson Bay, and allows them to hunt for seals.

The tour began in Manitoba, Canada, where we visited museums for an introduction to the natural history of this subarctic region. We traveled to Churchill, the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” where the Eskimo Museum advances the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Northern culture and history with an emphasis on the Canadian Inuit.

We stayed in the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, an independent, non-profit research and education facility, where scientific researchers study the area and prepare for the challenges ahead concerning the conservation of polar bears in the wild. In addition to observing these giants of the north, we enjoyed lectures, field trips and a dog sled trip!  Overall, we gained an understanding of not only the polar bear’s lives, but also the challenges of global climate change, local conservation issues, and the future of the arctic ecosystem.

Our rooms were furnished with bunk beds, with bathrooms down the hall. Bill roomed with three other men, and I with three women.  Our meals offered one hearty entrée, cafeteria-style; we assisted in clean-up chores.

A far cry from our lovely apartment at South Franklin Circle, but an amazing educational experience, filled with awe of the magnificent bears in their natural habitat!

For more about the retirement lifestyle at South Franklin Circle, contact us today, or call 440-247-1300.

Judson Fitness Programs Keep Residents and Neighbors Moving

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by Judson Retirement Community

We’ve all heard the adage, “use it or lose it.” Today’s retirees are taking this to heart, looking for ways they can keep their bodies fit and minds sharp – and Judson’s fitness programs are helping them do just that.

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

Exercise Classes

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

This program focuses on increasing strength, endurance and range of motion with a focus on joint health. With a wide variety of exercises dispersed between standing and sitting poses, this exercise program is meant to relieve pain associated with arthritis, and ideally prevent inflammation in the joints.

Balance Clinic

This clinic focuses on balance-improving exercises for strengthening the lower body via proper walking techniques. Held in a group format, participants move around the room engaging in a variety of seated and standing exercises.

Strength Training

Strength training classes at Judson follow the Joan Pagano(link) method to resist aging with a focus on strength development. Exercises include:

  • Light weight training
  • Band work
  • General exercise techniques
  • Exercise balls
  • Floor mat work

These are diverse classes designed specifically to improve residents’ overall health and lifestyle.

Tai Chi

An ancient Chinese discipline involving a continuous series of controlled, graceful movements, this form of standing exercise can greatly improve physical and mental well-being. When the weather gets nice we try to hold this class outdoors.

Yoga

Seated yoga at Judson combines aerobic exercise with strength and flexibility techniques, creating a total body workout. Yoga also promotes bone health and keeps minds sharp.

Aquatic Classes

Water Aerobics

A resident favorite, water aerobics promotes cardiovascular fitness by increasing circulation and respiration. It includes vigorous movements, jumping and jogging, and uses water weights, balls and “noodles” to strengthen the upper and lower body.

Water Power Walking

This is the Water Aerobics class above, minus the jumping or jogging. It’s designed to improve cardiovascular fitness while being gentler on participants’ joints. Water weights and noodles are often used to help strengthen the upper and lower body.

Arthritis Foundation Water Exercise

The Arthritis Foundation has developed 72 aquatic exercises proven to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength and endurance. The buoyancy and warmth of the water facilitates movement and is a very enjoyable experience for residents.

Specialized Classes

Delay the Disease

Delay the Disease is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. With this program, participants: see improvements in their gait, balance and strength; experience sharper memory, and reduce their chance of falling.

Instructors

Judson wellness staff is specially trained to understand the needs and goals of older adults striving to optimize their functional independence, manage chronic conditions, or prepare for or recover from joint replacement surgery. Our wellness staff includes:

  • Certified Arthritis Foundation water and land instructors
  • Exercise specialists
  • Aquatics coordinator

The combined staff has over 100 years of experience.

Are you interested in learning more about Judson Wellness Programs? Contact us today, or call (216) 791-2004.

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!