Hundreds of letters, email and phone calls to legislators this week asked them to help #SaveMedicaid. Many residents and staff members have contacted U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman as well as US Representatives to preserve Medicaid. For vulnerable, frail adults, Medicaid is an important part of Ohio’s safety net that provides crucial services to thousands of Ohio’s older adults annually. Medicaid enables vulnerable Ohioans to access quality healthcare, including home- and community-based care and long-term care, when their means are exhausted or insufficient to pay for care.

You can easily add your voice to #SaveMedicaid – by phone, email or letter writing – with resources available on the LeadingAge web site. Click here to participate.

The replacement plan includes cuts that would hit older, sicker Americans harder than other groups. Additionally, individuals over 50 who are not yet eligible for Medicare will see their premiums skyrocket under the new plan, as the premium tax credits they receive are significantly reduced.

According to LeadingAge Ohio, A recent study suggests that this funding structure would lead to large-scale shortfalls in every state. As stated on the web site:

The Medicaid program a central feature of Ohio’s system of safety nets. The bill proposed before the Senate would slash federal funding by over $800 billion, forcing states to cut important services for older adults, such as long-term services and supports. Medicaid is the primary payer for 59% of nursing facilities in Ohio, and approximately 196,000 Ohioans received long-term services and supports through Medicaid.

Currently, seniors make up only 14.2% of Ohio’s Medicaid beneficiaries, but by 2025, the number of Ohioans over age 65 is expected to grow by 24.9%. The number of Ohioans over 85, a population that relies heavily on long-term services and supports, is expected to grow by 7.1% over this same period of time. If this legislation takes effect, it means that the pressure put on Medicaid will be most severe during this aging boom, as the annual adjustment fails to keep pace with rising healthcare costs.”

Residents signed letters and made phone calls to legislators to make sure their voices were heard about changes to health care and Medicaid.


Thirteenth Century priest Thomas Aquinas once said, “No one can live without joy.” But many people do live joyless lives. And the reason is often simply because they don’t know how to be happy. They are so intent on the three P’s – power, prosperity and prestige – that they miss out on simple joy.

We cannot avoid pain, however hard we try. But we can avoid joy. We cannot escape hardship and trouble, but we can miss out on much of life’s peace and laughter.

If you feel as if you could use more joy, here are a few tips:
-Do something today just for the fun of it.
-Decide to fill your thoughts with less anxiety and more peace.
-Laugh a little more. A little more heartily and a little more often.
-Practice a hopeful attitude.
-Love as much as you can. Love people. Love experiences. Love ideas. Love beauty. In short — love life.
-You may occasionally find yourself amid life’s rubble. But strangely – even there you can discover joy.

It’s one of the beautiful contradictions of life.

— Steve Goodier,


Sisters in Paraclete Park

Monday, July 17, 2017

It’s a beautiful summer day near Cleveland, so we couldn’t resist a history photo of these lovely Sisters of the Holy Spirit strolling through the gardens of Our Paraclete Park (c.2004). In the foreground is Sister Loretta, followed by Sister Margaret Mary (left) and Sister Philomena (right).
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Showing our Values: Community

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Our July 2017 value is Community. The staff is highlighting how we act as one though caring for people through several residences and services. Buildings are not as important as unity, inclusivity, peace and other qualities that make us a community.
July 2017 Value: Community

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Welcome Bishop Perez!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Welcome Bishop Nelson Perez to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. May God bless him in his leadership!
Press release from the Diocese of Cleveland:

Pope Names Bishop Perez as Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland

July 11, 2017

Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson J. Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, N.Y., as Bishop of [more…]

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More veterans are using hospice care due to new initiative

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve care at the end of life. @LeadingAge
More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to [more…]

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Spirituality and You: All-embracing Love

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spirituality and You: All-embracing love
Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If [more…]

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Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spirituality and You: Independence Day
People in the United States are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Our country was born on July 4, 1776, when 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence to mark their separation from Great Britain. The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday in the [more…]

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Individuals awarded for art merit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Northeast Regional Leading Age Ohio Art and Writing Show held last month was a success. There were 7 communities that participated in the event. A total of 300 pieces from various categories were displayed on June 15, 2017 for guests to view and enjoy. Jennings alone had 45 pieces on display. Below is the list [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

We’re all looking for words of wisdom to help us live each day well. Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND provided quotes by the Dalai Lama, which go from A to Z with powerful suggestions for self-improvement. You might want to take one line a day to reflect on and integrate it [more…]

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