American House Residents Share Advice and Wisdom for 2014 Graduates

Wisdom for 2014 Graduates - American House Blog

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

Unique Father's Day Gifts - American House Blog

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.