4 Tips To Help Seniors Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

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When the temperature rises, it’s easy to want to spend all your time outdoors. But everyone — especially seniors — must pay attention to the heat and its effects. Here are 4 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Safe in the Summer Heat:

1. Sunscreen: 30+ SPF.

You’ll need at least a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher whenever you’re outdoors — even on cloudy days. Why? The sun emits UVA and UVB rays that penetrate clouds and those rays can cause skin cancer (and sunburn).

UVA rays contribute to the Aging of your skin as far as wrinkles and dry skin are concerned and UVB rays are the rays that Burn your skin. Both types of rays are responsible for contributing to skin cancer, so it’s important that your sunscreen blocks both.

2. Hydrate more than 8×8.

You may not even realize it, but you need to make sure you’re drinking more water while you’re dealing with the heat in order to prevent dehydration. That means water — not coffee, soda or other sugary drinks (especially alcohol) that could actually speed up the dehydration process. Remember that sweating means water is leaving your body, so you need to replenish it.

So, how much water should you drink? We’ve heard the eight 8 oz. glasses per day rule — which is good to startwith. If you’re exercising, doing anything strenuous or dealing with hot weather, you’ll need to up your intake. Note: Ideally, you want your urine to be as close to clear as possible; the darker yellow it is, the more water you need (barring any medical conditions or medications that change the color).

3. Use cooling towels and fans.

There are these terrific, inexpensive inventions called cooling towels. These towels are made of a high-tech fabric that holds moisture but stays dry to the touch. You wet the towels under a faucet, wring them out slightly and then place them around your neck (or your head, or your wrists, if you have the headband or wristband variety). These special towels will cool you off, leave you dry and all you have to do to reactivate them is to run them under water again in a couple hours. And they really work!

Portable fans, whether they’re the type you hold in your hand or wear around your neck or clipped to a chair, can help take the edge off the heat. The hotter it is, the harder your body works to cool itself off — so why not help it out every little bit you can!

4. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

If you’ve ever visited a tropical locale in the Caribbean or Hawaii, you’ve surely noticed that even professionals wear “relaxed” clothing (including short-sleeved shirts) during the day. That’s because it’s just easier to embrace the heat. The same is true for the weather no matter where you live: If it’s hot and you’re going to be outside, be sure to dress in flowy skirts, shorts, short-sleeved shirts and loose tops in breathable fabrics. This allows your skin breathe and the air to flow over the sweat, cooling you off. Make sure your clothes are not dark browns and blacks, because the sun holds onto the heat in those colors more than white and other light colors.

AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, we love to be able to enjoy outdoor activities, especially during the summer – and we surely keep in mind these 4 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Safe in the Summer Heat! Schedule a tour of a community near you today by calling us at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com. We’d love to show you all the activities and events we have planned!

American House Brings Music to Residents’ Ears in Many Ways

American House Music

What’s the one thing that no matter where you are, who you’re with or how old you are, can make you smile and take you back in time to a place that made you happy? Music! At American House, music is a great way to unite residents and staff and create a lasting feel-good vibe throughout the community! And, best of all, it’s known that music benefits our physical AND mental health.

Here are some of the ways American House incorporates music into life around our communities and how residents can revel in the music, too:

Join the American House Choir

We have our very own choir that residents can join — and then travel to other communities to perform! Or, just attend performances to listen to the beautiful harmonies (and sing along if it’s that kind of performance (like during one of our Christmas Carol appearances)!

Visit with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

We’re proud to have partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to have some of the very talented musicians drop by American House to play for and interact with our residents. We’ve also taken residents to downtown Detroit to watch a DSO performance. Outstanding!

Sing on your own

You don’t have to be part of a group to get your groove on! Take it from American House resident Will, who we dubbed our own American House Idol because of his lovely ability to serenade residents with his wonderful voice! If you’ve got it in you, sing it!

Turn up the radio

You don’t need a stage, a microphone or even an audience to enjoy the benefits of music! Just turn on a radio and let the music flow until you start humming a little under your breath and dancing to the beat. You’ll be singing your heart out before you know it!

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At American House, we do all we can to keep our residents happy and healthy and having fun — and music is a large part of that! Stop by an American House location close to you for a tour and you can see for yourself all the ways our residents enjoy themselves. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule your visit!

American House Residents Share Advice and Wisdom for 2014 Graduates

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Congratulations, graduates! With lots of hard work, you did it!

Whether you’re graduating from high school or college, our residents at American House Senior Living Communities wanted to share some of their wisdom with you, to help you along your next journey in life! They’ve seen a lot and have tons of life experiences to guide you.

Here’s some advice our residents would like to share withnew graduates:

“It’s a big world and it’s rough — get a good education and put your best foot forward. Stay ahead of the crowd.” -Mary Kay

Great life advice! No matter what situation you’re in, do your best and work hard to be the best YOU possible.

“If you graduate from high school and have good grades, go to college. If you don’t have good grades, learn one of the trades or go to vocational school.” -Aileen

It’s always a good idea to have a plan for your life after school.

“Always be true to your friends, because they’ll be with you for a long time.” –Rita Boyer

Your friends may just seem like someone to hang out with now, but over time, they’ll become so much more: A support system, family, networking unit, advice-givers, vacation buddies, parenting friends…the list is endless! Be good to them and they’ll be good to you.

“Go to college and become a professional now so you’ll have money when you retire.” –Elaine Meyer

Take it from someone who’s been there: Planning a way to have funds down the line means you can retire comfortably and won’t have to spend your golden years working too hard.

“Study.” –Claudia Daugustino

Isn’t that the key to success? Study: Not only for good grades, but because you want to learn a plethora of information that will guide you through your professional career – and life in general.

“You have a whole new life ahead of you – live, love, laugh and enjoy it.” –Jessie Fields

Don’t forget to take some time to stop and smell the roses! After all, what good is being in the “real world” if you can’t enjoy what you’ve earned?

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Share it here!

AMERICAN HOUSE

Our residents have so many wonderful stories to share! Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour to see what it’s like — and you may even be able to listen to interesting stories from our residents about “the good old days” and more!

5 Unique Father’s Day Gifts For Dad

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This Father’s Day, don’t scour the shopping malls for the perfect gift to get Dad or Grandpa. Instead, give him something special and full of love – something priceless! Particularly for our aging relatives, the best gift is the gift of time. “Things” clutter the house and may not even be used — and really, does Dad really need any more ties?

Father’s Day is all about celebrating the man who taught you how to throw a mean fastball and who taught you how to change a flat tire. Here are 5 Unique Father’s Day Gifts for Dad (and Grandpa):

1. A memorial trip. Did he serve our country in the military? Take him to a monument or memorial service, have some lunch and talk to him about what it was like. Even if he doesn’t open up, you can talk about how he became the man he is or discuss the beautiful weather. Either way, you’re spending time together, which is what matters!

2. Tickets to a sporting event. Has dad always wanted to go to the Super Bowl? Or does he enjoy rooting on his favorite baseball team? Then get him some tickets — and go with him to a game! Even if the game isn’t soon, you can always give him an IOU for something to look forward to…and take him out for a nice meal in the meantime.

3. Create a production. Do you remember the episode on “The Cosby Show” where the kids put together a lip-syncing dance performance for the grandparents’ anniversary? Not only will you have fun with other family members rehearsing, you can have someone capture it on video and your dad can look at the video as much as he’d like!

4. A round of golf. Even if he doesn’t get out and play as much as he used to, he’d still love some time with his sons or grandsons on the back nine. Or, there’s always a good game of putt-putt with the grandkids! The point is to go out and have some fun together.

5. A picnic at the park. Put together a nice lunch of sandwiches and fruit and take Dad to the park with the grandkids. He’ll love spending some time outdoors with the family and he’ll surely treasure watching the little ones have fun on the swings. Don’t forget the handmade Father’s Day cards.

AMERICAN HOUSE CELEBRATES ALL FATHERS

We treasure all the dads and grandpas (and other father figures) who are a part of our American House family — and we’re sure they’d enjoy any of these 5 Unique Father’s Day Gifts for Dad. Stop by to see all the ways we celebrate, on Father’s Day and every day, by visiting www.americanhouse.com or calling (248) 579-4422 to schedule a tour.

3 Common Excuses (And Solutions) For Not Exercising In Honor Of National Senior Health And Fitness Day

Just because you’re growing older doesn’t mean it’s time to “take it easy” when it comes to your physical fitness! The last Wednesday in May (which is May 28, 2014) is National Senior Health and Fitness Day — so use this as motivation to make sure you’re on a plan to move around and exercise so you stay healthy and fit.National Senior Health and Fitness Day

If you have arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other medical condition, you may think you can’t exercise and that you’ll make things worse. Generally, this isn’t true. Exercising is good for EVERYONEespecially seniors. The key is finding appropriate exercises for your health and ability. We’re here to remind you on National Senior Health and Fitness Day that you CAN exercise and that you’ll feel better after doing so!

As always, consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

3 COMMON (ahem) EXCUSES FOR NOT EXERCISING (AND SOLUTIONS)

1. I have arthritis (or diabetes, etc.); I can’t move around to exercise.

While inflammation in the joints from the different types of arthritis can be painful, especially during flare-ups, one of the best things you can do to help ease that pain is to exercise! Other conditions may make it harder (at first) to find a fitness routine to follow, but there are definitely plenty out there to choose from. Talk to your doctor about some low-impact exercises you can do, such as Tai Chi.

2. I don’t want to/can’t spend money on a gym membership.

You don’t have to! One of our 10 Longevity Tips is to incorporate a regular fitness routine into your daily schedule. You don’t need to leave the house to do this: You can watch YouTube videos, rent an exercise DVD from the library (or buy one), or copy pages from a magazine to give you a routine to use.

3. I don’t like fitness videos.

That’s OK. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are still plenty of ways to get and stay fit. Is there a community pool nearby? Start swimming (which is great for aging joints!). Take some time to smell the roses by going on a walk every morning. Find an exercise you can do (perhaps like these 3 Simple Fall Prevention Exercises?) and commit to making it part of your day.

NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY AT AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, we encourage our residents to stay healthy and fit all year long. Besides the regular and varied activities we do, we also have implemented iBalance machines to help residents stay strong and reduce the risk of falls. To find out what else we offer in terms of fitness for our residents, call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour.

Celebrating National Poetry Month With Our American House Residents

April was National Poetry Month! We have a number of very talented residents who took time during the month of April to put their talents to work in creating poetry. Below are a few of our favorite selections from residents all over the Metro Detroit area. Check them out and let us know what you think!

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“THE AMERICAN HOUSE”

By Bob Preiur of American House East Two

The American House is our new home,

While living here we’re never alone,

We have friends and staff beyond compare,

It makes our lives worth living there,

I really feel we’re part of the family,

That gets along just great and quite handily,

If ever you need help in what you do,

There’s always a friend to help you through.

Take for instance the dining room staff,

That serves our meals like a friendly task.

They never hesitate to fulfill our needs,

With a loving touch to always please.

I Thank God daily for being here,

And trust my friends will always be near,

To make my day always pleasant and warm,

With that daily thought I can handle a storm.

Keep up the good work and loving touch,

That all your tenant’s love so much,

You’re a breath of fresh air and sunshine too,

We always appreciate the things you do.

“HOME”

By Alfred P. Murphy of American House Village American House Poetry

The saying is “A house is not a home”

My American House is, just read this poem.

Living with people, a kin,

to sisters and brothers,

cared for as would be fathers and mothers.

They say that these are “The Golden Years”

I agree, with a minimum of tears and fears.

“OLD FASHIONED”

by Dolores Stanislawski of American House Dearborn Heights

Am I old fashioned because I like to see,

The old, old movies on the TV.

I like to listen to a simple song,

For the mellow music, I do long.

I like to say please and thank you,

To others who need that kindness too.

Am I old fashioned because I don’t wear my clothes so tight,

Because I try to get along and don’t fight.

I’ll let others go first in line,

I’ll tell them I don’t mind.

I let a gentleman open the door,

I even give money to the poor.

Am I old fashioned because I like my home,

Night or day I don’t like to roam.

I clean my own home, I don’t hire anyone,

What gets done-gets done.

Am I old fashioned because my hair isn’t frizzy,

I have leisure time and not too busy.

I don’t spend more money than I can make,

I refuse to pay interest so they can take.

My car isn’t new and I don’t mind,

I never needed the other kind.

Am I old fashioned because my bible I read,

Because I do unto others and plant the seed.

I always try to look clean and neat,

I never know who I will meet.

I still believe in heaven, I still believe in hell,

I want to know the bible and know it well.

You can call me old fashioned, I don’t care,

But don’t call me old, Don’t you dare.

“SPRING IS HERE”

E. Gentry of American House Hazel Park

On the map this is spring,

But outside it’s winter.

No robins to be seen or rabbits running about.

No trees have blossom out.

The sky is blue the sun is out.

I know it is spring.

“IF….”

By Nell Beare of American House Hazel Park

If I could live my life again,

What would I do over?

What changes would I like to make?

What secrets would uncover?

If I could live my life again,

I’d surely ask more questions

About my family lineage.

I’d follow the suggestions

Of people wiser than I am

Who tried to give direction.

I’d even try to benefit

From well-deserved correction.

But one thing I would not undo –

No, more than one, I tell you –

I’d marry the same loving man

And bear our lively offspring.

I’d not give up the work I love

Of teaching little children

About the saving grace of God

And how to get to heaven.

I’d try to be a better friend,

A better wife and mother.

But this is true – the years I’ve lived

Cannot be changed for other.

“THE GAL IN THE SCOOTER”

By Frances Wigton of American House Riverview

The gal in the Scooter with the pretty red hair

Is always on call as she flits here and there.

Bob, her trusty side-kick, is at her beck-and-call;

The two of them together seem to have a ball.

They make “assisted living” seem like so much fun

With their testimonial video on “americanhouse.com”.

Model boats and string art keeps them occupied,

And now they are teaching others in their classes on the side.

They finished and furnished a doll house to the amazement of us all

From the carpet on the floor to the picture of Bob on the wall.

They oversee Bingo and play cards at night.

Their Scooters on Fort Street are a very familiar sight.

At American House Assisted Living, they’re someone we all know.

The red-haired gal in the Scooter and her 96 year old side-kick Romeo.

“ASSISTED LIVING”

By Frances Wigton of American House Riverview

No more loneliness, no more fear

You’re in assisted living; be glad you’re here.

No more lawn to mow, no more dirty dishes,

And, there is always someone to grant your wishes.

When you reach our age, there is not much choice

So, don’t complain, and save your voice,

Just sit back and enjoy the ride

Over the hill to the other side.

Don’t look back and bemoan your fate;

You can’t live your life over no matter how great.

What matters now is what lies ahead

So make the most of it; at least you’re not dead.

Put on a smile, and look around you;

The people you meet are sure to astound you.

It can only get better whatever you do;

Keep looking up; it is up to you.

AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, we’re committed to enriching the lives of our residents with activities like creative writing and poetry reading. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour and find out about the exciting opportunities we can offer to your loved ones.

7 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Age

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As time goes by, you may feel like you’re running out of ideas for what to get mom for Mother’s Day. And if she is living in a senior living community, you may be at a loss on what to give your senior loved one that she’ll really appreciate. No worries; we’ve got 7 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Age that she’s sure to love:

TIME

The very best gift you can give your mom, mother-in-law, grandma, aunt, sister, daughter, friend and any mom in your life — no matter her age — is the gift of time. Particularly as our moms age, hanging out together is important and can actually help prevent health complications from loneliness in seniors.

  • Movies. Whether your buy a DVD, rent a movie, queue one up on your TV or go to the cinema, watching a movie together is some quality relaxing time to spend with each other. Try to find one of mom’s favorite old classics and watch it with her — then spend time after talking about the movie (and life in general).
  • Girl makeover time. Take mom to the salon for a new hairdo and a mani/pedi. Or, if that’s not in the cards, bring the salon to mom! Well, maybe not for a haircut, but find a nail polish color she’d like and paint her nails and toes. Get her some new makeup and doll her up.
  • Dinner in. Buy all the right healthy ingredients for a spectacular meal that she’ll love and cook it for her. Don’t let her lift a finger! Then, over dinner, really talk to her. Need ideas? Check out some conversation starter tips for your senior loved ones.
  • A night (or day) on the town. That may have some different meaning for the mom in your life now, but you can still go out. Whether lunch and shopping, dinner at herfavorite restaurant or strolling in the park, having a carefree day together is sure to create some wonderful memories.

HOBBIES

If your mom or grandma has an empty nest or is retired, she’ll likely love a gift of something she can dothat brings her joy.

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One of our residents and her daughters enjoy the American House Mother’s Day Tea

  • Puzzles. Is she a fan of tropical islands, or does she prefer architectural wonders? There are some really beautiful puzzles out there that would look beautiful matted and hung on her wall once she works to put it all together.
  • Gardening. Even if she doesn’t have a lot of outdoor space or she can’t spend all afternoon on her knees tending to a garden, mom can still grow life! Buy her an herb garden or some flowerpots and seeds for her favorite flowers (or foods!).
  • Books. Find out what genre she likes to read or who her favorite authors are and get her a new book or two. Or, if you think she’d be receptive, buy her an e-reader like a Kindle. The lighting makes it easier to read anywhere, there’s no awkwardly holding the pages, and you can make the font bigger if needed.

ANYTHING!

Your mom, grandma, mother-in-law, aunt, sister or special woman in your life doesn’t need a gift you spent a fortune on; she just needs to know that you care. These 7 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Age are thoughtful and easy to give no matter her style. Have you ever gotten a really special Mother’s Day gift? Tell us about it in the comments.

AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, www.americanhouse.com we know how much the moms in your life mean to you. They mean a lot to us, too! That’s why we think of them like family. Read some resident testimonials http://blog.americanhouse.com/category/testimonials/ and call us today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a tour and see how much your loved one will enjoy living in one of our communities!

15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips

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If you’re looking to revamp your home without doing any major remodeling or breaking the bank, we can help! At American House, we know your home is where the heart is — so make it your haven with these 15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips:

GENERAL TIPS

1. Paint. There is nothing that will transform ANY room in your home quite as much as a new coat of paint. Even if you’re not up for a big color switch, freshen it up a bit by painting the room a lighter or darker version of what you already have. And for added punch, paint an accent wall a different color (or just a tad lighter or darker than the others in the same color).

2. Adorn the walls. You can either grab a bunch of old — and new — photos and put them in frames, artistically lined up in a large photo gallery, or make your own artwork with a blank canvas. Even if you’re not artistic, you can place lines of painter’s tape on the canvas, paint over it in a fun color, and take the tape off for a modern piece of art! (Bonus: Something that gets better with age is your collection of memories, so show them off!)

3. Add mirrors. Mirrors are an easy way to cover the walls while giving the illusion that the room is larger.

FOR THE KITCHEN

4. Change the hardware. A super quick and easy way to update your kitchen and add a punch of style is to replace your existing drawer pulls and cabinet handles with something new. Or, if you currently don’t have any, now is the perfect time to install them!

5. Replace your counter “things.” Your spice rack, blender and toaster may have seen better days. Why not go out and get yourself some new ones to add pizzazz to the room where you probably spend quite a bit of time?

FOR THE LIVING ROOM

6. Get all new fabrics. Translation: Buy new curtains, pillows, rugs and throw blankets — whatever fits your current living room style. You can change the color of all the fabrics and it will look like you changed everything!

7. Rearrange furniture. Think outside the box and move the couch over to a place where you never would have imagined it. Maybe it’s not even against a wall! Put the loveseat on an angle in the corner. Get rid of the coffee table. Move the TV to a different wall. (Be sure to get someone to help you!)

8. Tend to the lighting. Swap the lamps you have for new ones, or add even more lamps. It’s amazing the difference a brightly lit room can make on how everything looks and feels when you’re in it.

FOR THE BEDROOMS

9. New sheets and bedspread. You can alter the way your room looks just by sprucing up your bed! Don’t deny yourself that “oooh” feeling when you curl up in bed for the night. Color is a great mood enhancer.

10. New curtains. If you have patterned curtains, try some solid ones — and vice versa. Or perhaps you can try some sheer ones if your room allows for that. Don’t forget to include some nice new curtain rods and tie-back holders while you’re at it!

11. Move the bed. Haul it over to the opposite side of the room, or push it next to the wall. Just that one simple move can make all the difference.

FOR THE BATHROOM

12. Change out the light fixture and hardware. If you’ve had brass accented lighting or faucets, it may be time to update them with nickel accents or even copper. Putting in all new fixtures is a quick and easy way to spruce up the bathroom without doing a major overhaul.

13. Update the furnishings. If you have an over-the-toilet shelving unit, or a stand-alone storage case, replace it with something more modern. Or, if you don’t have anything in place yet, stop in a store or two and find something that can fit in your bathroom. Not only will it look great, but it will help keep everything tidy and in its place.

14. Take down the medicine cabinet. Swap it out for a large, decorative mirror instead and put your goods into another storage device.

15. Splurge on new towels. But don’t just go out and buy towels in the same color — change the entire look of your bathroom by picking a bright new shade that still coordinates with your flooring! This will make a big impact, especially if you paint the walls a bold hue.

DECORATING AT AMERICAN HOUSE

One of the most comforting things about living at American House is the chance to make your home into a true reflection of you. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com for a tour so you can start picturing for yourself how you’ll decorate your new home — and use our 15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips!

American House Resident Leads Active, Purposeful Lifestyle at 102

Here at American House, we pride ourselves on having a robust and active schedule of activities and events for our residents. American House Hazel Park Resident Pastor Payne goes above and beyond the meaning of staying active as the community’s 102-year-old Pastor, choir member, avid reader and licensed driver.

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American House resident Pastor Payne

Pastor Payne, born Eunice Payne February 27, 1912, was renamed Leo Adkins Payne several years later. However, to the residents and staff at his home of American House Hazel Park, he is simply known as Pastor Payne – the community’s leader of bible study and provider of what Pastor Payne calls “spiritual food.”

Becoming The Pastor

Pastor Payne was not always a pastor. Originally from Greenville, Alabama, the potential of a better life and education brought Pastor Payne to Detroit in 1941. In 1942, he began working for Ford Motor Company as a checker and packer. Thirty years later, Pastor Payne left the company to pursue his true passion.

“I love people very much,” says Pastor Payne. “It is in my heart to preach and teach, but I was reluctant to face the congregation.”

Pastor Payne underwent public speaking training and gained the confidence he needed to preach. In 1958, Pastor Payne organized his first church at 24 E. Nevada in Detroit where he grew the congregation as pastor for 47 years.

Coming to American House

Pastor Payne first became acquainted with the Hazel Park community by coming regularly to visit one of his members. Pastor Payne would have bible study with his member and, in doing so, became familiar with his future home.

“Moving to American House was one of the best choices I’ve ever made,” says Pastor Payne.

In August 2011, the current pastor of the community approached Pastor Payne with a request to lead Bible study. He accepted and, two and a half years later, continues to faithfully lead bible study sessions on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Pastor Payne describes the experience as very rewarding. “Many senior citizens had church homes, and many of them aren’t able to go – this fills a void. Nothing else will really satisfy them but spiritual food.”

Staying active, staying well

In addition to serving as community pastor, Pastor Payne enjoys participating in the American House Choir, which regularly performs across Southeastern Michigan. The choir is composed of more than 70 talented American House residents with a passion for music, which Pastor Payne enjoys very much.

Pastor Payne recently acquired his driver’s license at the age of 100, and still drives occasionally. Payne can drive and read without problem and enjoys reading the local paper to stay up-to-date and well-informed on current events and politics.

AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, we’re committed to a whole person wellness for each resident. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour and find out about the exciting activities and events we offer to your loved ones.

American House Recipe Box: Poached Shrimp and Pineapple Salsa with Chef James

Chef James from American House

Chef James Nickleberry from American House

Now that spring is finally here, now’s the perfect time to try out one of our tasty and simple appetizers. Our poached shrimp and pineapple salsa is a quick, light appetizer that’s easy to make and tastes great.

Here’s the recipe from our very own American House Chef, James Nickleberry.

POACHED SHRIMP

  • 8 medium shrimp (deveined, tail-on)
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

In a medium saucepan, combine your orange juice, water, lime juice, bay leaf and paprika. Bring your mixture to a simmer. Add your shrimp and let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Once they’re finished cooking, pat them dry with a paper towel and chill before serving.

To accompany your poached shrimp, you’ll be making a light and fresh pineapple salsa. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 2 oz chopped green onion
  • 2 oz chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 oz V-8 juice
  • 1 oz chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño pepper
  • Salt to taste

Chop all of your fruit and veggies, combine, and mix thoroughly. Serve the salsa in a shot glass or small dipping tray alongside your chilled poached shrimp.

Bon appétit!

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AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House we take the fresh, high-quality meals we serve residents seriously. Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a visit to see how we incorporate health and flavor into meals!

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