Monday, January 28, 2013

Art With Mr. E: Nashville's First Recycled Art Store

Nashville recycled art expert Ted Edinger gives Progress' new social enterprise some great exposure in his popular blog - Art with Mr. E! The recycled art retail store will open in the Spring! We're now taking donations for SMART!, so please find out how you can help.

Check the link below to read the Q & A below about SMART! Scrap made Art:

Art With Mr. E: NASHVILLE SMART! Scrap Made Art: Have you heard of SMART!  I hadn't either until I was contacted last week.  I received an e-mail from Kelli Monday, Project Manager.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Free Legal Help for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services shared some great news with us this week about a free hotline that could help Middle Tennesseans in the senior or disability communities.  The hotline 888-aLEGALz (1-888-253-4259) is a great way to connect with licensed Tennessee lawyers that can offer legal information or referrals for those who can't afford a lawyer. The service will complement the web-based resource . 

legal services, low-income, seniors, disability, Progress Inc.

Here's a list of all the related topics the aLegalz hotline can help with:

Family Law
Child Support
Child Custody
Domestic Violence/Stalking
Orders of Protection
Housing Issues
Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Repair Issues
Social Security / SSI
Welfare / Food Assistance
Health Care Access

Consumer Issues
Consumer Fraud
Predatory Lending
Home Repair Scams
Contract Disputes
Employment Issues
Employment Problems
Discrimination Claims
Unemployment Benefits
Education Issues

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Winter Survival For Seniors: 5 Tips on Being Healthy & Safe

aging in place, seniors, home care, Rutherford, Davidson, Sumner, Cheatham
Progress Senior Care staff and clients have many tools on being safe during the winter.

Our friends at Mobility 101 has offered some really great tips on helping seniors and those with disabilities that have limited mobility at home. 

The cold weather conditions keep many of our clients stay in the warmth of home. The following 5 tips from the Winter Survival Guide give insight on staying safe and in sound mind until the warmer months arrive.

Winter Survival Guide: 5 tips for staying safe, and sane, throughout the season

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By Michelle Seitzer
Tip #1: Stay connected socially, and stay intellectually active. If you don’t have a computer or tablet, this may be a good time to purchase one. Besides the entertainment and educational value, technology can help you keep in touch with “the outside world” on a more regular basis. Whether you have a computer or not, you should call your family, friends and grandkids often in the winter. Read books, work on puzzles, write letters. Invite nearby neighbors over to play cards, enjoy a meal together, or just to chat. Staying busy — and connected — is also a great way for others to know that you’re safe: not hearing from you after they’ve been used to regular contact may prompt a vital check-in.
Tip #2: Keep moving. Play in the snow with your grandkids. Shovel (carefully) the walkways around your home. Bundle up and get outside on sunny days for a much-needed Vitamin D boost. Exercise indoors with a favorite fitness DVD. Find a way to stay physically active as much as possible, even though you’d probably rather curl up on the couch. You’ll avoid gaining the notorious winter weight, and you’ll better maintain your mobility even though the weather may cause you to be more isolated than usual.
Tip #3: Winterize your home. Have family members or friends help you cover drafty windows and doors and check to see that all heating systems are operational and functioning correctly. Avoid outdoor hazards by making sure you have salt for your walking paths andwheelchair ramps. Hire a neighbor to shovel or salt the paths if you cannot do so safely. Consider using flameless candles or flameless logs in your fireplace. If you choose to heat certain areas of the home with space heaters, exercise caution.
Tip #4: Eat healthy, nourishing foods and stay hydrated. Yes, it’s possible to get dehydrated in the winter, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids. (Think of how dry your skin gets when you spend some time in the cold air.) Hot beverages can be soothing and a welcome comfort in the colder months. Also, since you’re not getting as many nutrients from natural sunlight during the winter, and you’re more susceptible to colds, flus and viruses, it’s important to get those good-for-you vitamins in your food. Read this Winter Nutrition Guideto learn what you should eat, and often, in the winter months.
Tip #5: Have a readiness plan in place. If a blizzard knocks out power and blocks major roads for days on end, do you have enough food and water to survive? What if you rely on astairlift or ramp that operates on electricity? Will you be able to move around your home without it? Do you have a way to stay warm without heat? Be prepared for a power outage with a generator; our company, 101 Mobility, sells the Generac line of  products. If you live in a rural area, perhaps setting up a signal or system with your closest neighbor is also wise, so you can keep an eye on each other during a weather emergency and reach out for help if the need arises. Head to to create your readiness plan; you’ll also find great tips for building a disaster kit too.

Find out more about those in need of mobility support at the 101 Mobility website: