Cooking for One. Cooking for You!
I am Jennifer, Como Park resident and Homemaker for the Block Nurse program. Sharing food with neighbors started within hours of moving to the neighborhood. It was a hot July day and my new neighbors across the street brought over fruit salad and brownies. I knew I would love this neighborhood!
Over the years, talking about food and sharing food with neighbors has meant sharing when there is too much in the garden harvest; “borrowing” when there aren’t enough eggs in fridge to finish making those cookies; eating a casserole made for tired new parents; sending a nourishing meal to a grieving neighbor; the Block Party where cookies flow with the good conversations. Much of the time, preparing food and eating is a communal endeavor but as I have met more neighbors through the Block Nurse Program, I hear common questions about cooking for one. Cooking for You!
Cooking for one happens at different times in our lives: The 24-year old living on her own for the first time; the teenager home during the summer needing meals and snacks while his parents are at work; the married couple with different work schedules; the single parent whose kids are at their other parent’s house; the senior after their spouse has passed away or needed assisted living.
My future blogs will share recipes, tips and stories from around the neighborhood (and beyond) centered on cooking for one. The most important “one”, after all, is You!
Don’t Miss our Delicious Annual Meatloaf Dinner!
Saturday, October 11 — 4:30- 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a community dinner and fundraising event for your local Block Nurse Program that directly serves over 150 seniors each month.
Date: Friday, October 11, 2014
Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Cost: $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 11 and under.
Where: 1376 Hoyt Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55108 (Como Park Lutheran Church)
By purchasing a meal ticket you will receive a raffle ticket to win fun prizes!
Wonderful local items and your purchase is tax deductible.
Event is handicap accessible and transportation is available,
just call us at 651-642-1127.
How will you celebrate Grandparents Day?
National Grandparents Day, the first Sunday after Labor Day, is the perfect time to connect with Grandma and Grandpa whether they are close to home or far away.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter created National Grandparents Day as a day for our nation to pause and reflect on the influence our grandparents have had on our lives.
So this year, honor your grandparents with a hug and a kiss, a family dinner or a special phone call.
5 Great Ways to Celebrate
Give them a ring or set up a video chat date
- It’s always nice to hear the familiar voice of a loved one, especially on a day when they know they’ll be receiving extra attention. Pick up the phone and sing them the National Grandparents Day Song or show them your special Grandparents Day dance over Skype or Google+ to express how much you appreciate them.
Take them on an adventure for the day
- One famous grandparent, former President George H. W. Bush, celebrated his 85th birthday by skydiving from 10,500 feet above the coast of Maine. If your grandparents aren’t into jumping out of planes, you can spend a day at the zoo or have dinner at their favorite restaurant. Whether it’s a trip out of town or a flight to a tropical island, you’re bound to create unforgettable moments together.
- Sometimes, the simplicity of having family around is all they need. Gather the grandkids to help cook dinner for the night, or flip through old photos or watch videos of Grandma’s first swim meet and Grandpa’s high school graduation.
- You’re much more likely to see grandparents working out than sitting in rocking chairs these days-today’s grandparents tend to be much more active than prior generations. This year, try introducing them to a dancing class or just ask them to show you a few gardening tips. Spending time doing something active is a surefire way to have a great Grandparent’s Day.
- Think about that joy you get when your grandparents cook those empanadas you’re always craving or when they bake their famous lemon squares. This time, save them a trip to the kitchen by trying your hand at one of their secret recipes. While you’re at it, stop by the grocery store and stock up on supplies for them. Of course, your attempts may not live up to the origianal chefs, but they’ll appreciate the effort.
*****Thank You to the American Red Cross for this information
We found this to be eye opening hopefully you do to. This article does a great job of helping you understand why our program is so helpful and necessary to our communities.
About 1/4 of the Como Park neighborhood population is 65+ according to the 2010 District Council Demographic Charts and the demand for our services is only growing in importance. The Minnesota Department on Human Services has conducted a survey of the MN boomer populations. Here are some important facts that support the importance of our program.
- 51% of boomers have lived in the same community for more than 20 years
- A majority of boomers (52%) plan to stay in their current home an additional 10 years or more
- 31% indicated that they plan to stay in the same community for 20 or more years
- 27% reported that they plan to remain in their home for an additional 20 years or more
- Expect that most boomers residing in your community will remain there
- Since most boomers are homeowners they will likely be invested in the health of their block, neighborhood and city
- The most important “senior housing” option for older adults is the option to stay in their current home
- Home maintenance and chore programs will be increasingly important
- Caregiving will be a growing issue, as increasing numbers of families struggle to care for increasing number of older relatives
- Most families cannot afford formal long-term care, and try to provide assistance until they reach a “tipping point”
How to Manage the Issues
- More emphasis on “community as caregiver” especially for the growing number of persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers
- Build and strengthen neighborhoods and informal social networks
- As boomers age, they will look to their family and community for support to remain independent
- This is important part of “communities for a lifetime” concept
For more Information see:
Thank You for your continued support to our program. We ask that you remember us on November 16 for “Give To the Max Day”
Don’t forget to see if your workplace will match your donation.
Just click on the link to make your donation today :)
Make a Donation
Choose a suggested amount below, or give whatever you want.
- $25 Allows us to run a background check to make sure a safe volunteer is placed with an elder
- $50 Supports an event and transportation for up to 10 people to come together avoiding the isolation that can be created by lack of transportation
- $100 Pays for the necessary office expenses per month
- $150 Covers the cost of rent in our building
- $200 Brings a special event to life honoring seniors and their volunteers, strengthening community ties
- $350 Pays for the cost of printing program materials to share with our elders and their families
- $500 Creates the ability for us to give over 1,000 miles in rides for appointments and errands
- $1,000 Gives us the opportunity to develop and expand our Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, certifying 10 volunteers in First Aid and CPR
- $5,000 Expands our programs ability to develop and implement a new addition to our programs already successful services for seniors
Congratulations to the Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program!!!! We are patting ourselves on the back for the gracious grant received from the Stevens Square Foundation. This grant will be used to identify and work with elders in their homes on a bi-weekly basis to foster exercise and healthy, safe living environments. Call us to volunteer with an elder (651) 642-1127
Thank you to the Como Park Lutheran Church and Men’s Group specifically for the lovely fundraiser dinner. The meal was beautifully prepared and served by the Men’s Group and made our evening a successful one with over 100 people in attendance. We are grateful to all who came out, shared smiles, stories and bid on our donations.
Our annual fundraiser Meatloaf Dinner and Silent Auction is fast approaching and we are still looking for items to add to our Auction. If you have items that you believe can be useful in this purpose please contact us by calling 651-642-1127. ******Donations are tax deductible******
Bring the whole family down for the Block Nurse Program’s Annual Meatloaf Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit our neighborhood elders.
When: Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 4-7pm
Where: Como Park Lutheran Church, in the Fellowship Hall located in the basement. 1376 Hoyt Ave W. St. Paul MN, 55108
What: Delicious Meatloaf Dinner along with a Silent Auction, many items from all around the Twin Cities donated, Guthrie Theater Tickets, Twins and Vikings Memorabilia and much more!
Cost: Adults $8.50, Children $5.00
RSVP: Let us know how many people you will be bringing by calling (651) 642-1127 or emailing us at email@example.com no later than Monday, October 3, 2011