Seniors Helping Seniors: American House Residents Spread Holiday Cheer

At American House, ’tis the season for giving. For the fourth year in a row, our residents are spreading the true meaning of the season by helping their less fortunate neighbors through the Holiday Hope for Seniors campaign.

The campaign, which started with a tree-lighting event at 25 American House communities Nov. 29, raises money to provide 710 local senior citizens with basic necessities like soap and toothpaste this winter. Our residents are thrilled to be able to harness their charitable spirit and raise money by selling paper ornaments for donations to the Holiday Hope for Seniors campaign!

While donations range from $5 to $20, every penny goes directly to help other seniors. According to MyTV20, a new study shows that 37 percent of senior citizens in the area are living in poverty — and we want to help. Our residents at American House know that it’s important all year long — but particularly around the holidays — to show others that someone cares.

“Each year, the scope of Holiday Hope for Seniors becomes bigger, and the impact becomes more noticeable,” said Rob Gillette, chief operating officer of American House. “We are excited about the opportunity to provide dignity and hope for senior citizens outside of our own American House walls, and help individuals in the community.”

This year, the Holiday Hope for Seniors campaign partnered with Lighthouse of Oakland County, The Senior Alliance, The Information Center, Adult Well-Being Services and The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation to identify seniors in need of personal items this holiday season, and the goal is to raise $50,000. The Holiday Hope for Seniors campaign is run by the American House Foundation, which was founded in 2007 to invest in outreach for older adults in need of assistance along and in research opportunities through a partnership with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University.

For more information about Holiday Hope for Seniors, or to pledge a donation, please contact Danielle Bruce at dbruce@americanhouse.com or (248) 203-1800.

The residents and staff at American House believe it is truly better to give than receive. Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to find out what we can offer you (or your loved one) at one of our close-knit communities.

Becoming a Savvy Holiday Shopper

Melissa, the Bargain Shopper Mom, & Kathy, American House Executive Director.

Many families spend time preparing for Thanksgiving and the holidays by planning meals, decorations and guest lists — but how many have strategies when it comes to shopping for holiday gifts? We’re guessing not many. That’s why our staff in the American House Memory Care Unit partnered with notable blogger Melissa Buckles of The Bargain Shopper Mom to give our residents, families and friends a chance to learn her savvy secrets in a special holiday savings workshop.

Kathy, an American House Executive Director, being interviewed by Local4 about the evening’s holiday savings workshop by Melissa Buckles.

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday coming one after the other, the Thanksgiving weekend certainly brings with it plenty of opportunities to go out and get that holiday shopping done. But navigating the sales, determining what deals are the best ones and saving as much money as possible can be daunting on these major – and busy – days of the year.

Shoppers learned all kinds of money-saving tips at the workshop, which was designed to help everyone navigate the Black Friday sales and get the most bang for the buck. Melissa offered strategies to develop a plan for in-store shopping and for making the most of sales online, in addition to providing other holiday shopping tips.Holding the workshop at American House Elmwood was a unique opportunity for residents to share in some of the holiday shopping tips and fun with family. Kathy Porman and the rest of the Elmwood staff explained how integral a rich activities program was to the success of her community.

Kathy, an American House Executive Director, sharing stories about the family environment at American House.

Check out the story about the event that was featured on Local 4 WDIV.  At American House, we know saving money is important — especially around the holidays. We want to make sure our residents and their families have all the advantages possible when spending their hard-earned money. Contact us today – or visit us on Facebook and Twitter — to see what other fun and informational activities we offer for our residents and their families!