Avoiding Senior Scams: Visit Crane’s Mill for this Important Seminar

Crane’s Mill presents an interactive program aimed at keeping you and your loved ones safe from scammers

Have you or someone you know ever been a victim of a scam? It seems all too often we hear reports on the news about a ne’er-do-well attempting to get by at the expense of others. Many times, the victims are seniors.

How can you spot a scammer? What are the different types of scams? Who can you call to find out if someone’s attempted to run a scam? How can you help your friends and loved ones?

All of these are important questions, and we will explore the answers to these questions and more on Thursday, March 14th as we welcome Emily L. Lutz to Crane’s Mill for a special presentation. Emily is a Certified Daily Money Manager and personal paperwork assistant with years of valuable experience. She is truly a great resource, and we are happy to have her at Crane’s Mill to share her knowledge with you.

For more information and to RSVP, please call Barbara Davey at 973-276-3004, or you may email Barbara at BDavey@lsmnj.org.

Crane’s Milll Health Center In The News

Fairfield Township Family appreciates Crane’s Mill Staff

The Crane’s Mill Health Center has a great reputation as a dignified, caring and supportive environment. We were so happy to see this Letter to the Editor of The Progress about our Health Center, and wanted to share it with our readers:

Letter to the Editor of The Progress, February 22, 2013

Happy Purim!

Crane’s Mill residents prepare to celebrate this festive Jewish holiday

We write a lot about how great it is to live at Crane’s Mill. What we don’t often mention is just how great it is to work at Crane’s Mill. A huge reason why we’re so lucky to work here is that we have a wide array of residents from different backgrounds, and they’re usually eager to share a story or two about their families, youth, careers or traditions.

Happy Purim!

This afternoon served as a wonderful example. After a day of hosting over 100 people for our Heart Healthy event, we stepped back to the administrative offices for a much needed break (and for a chance to check emails, voicemails and good, old-fashioned “snail mail”). On the way, we noticed that a number of festive gift bags had been delivered for our residents. Upon closer inspection, colorful notes were attached reading “Happy Purim!”

When the residents came to pick up their treats, we couldn’t help but inquire about Purim. An enlightening conversation ensued with two residents who were particularly excited to share:

The holiday Purim celebrates the Jewish people being saved from extermination at the hands of Haman. This year, Purim is celebrated from Saturday evening, February 23rd through Sunday evening, February 24th. (For a detailed entry about Purim, please click here to visit the Jewish Virtual Library.)

Part of the holiday’s fun is that people are commanded to “eat, drink and be merry” to celebrate. In response to that command, people give each other gifts of food and drink. So, the gift bags we spotted were stuffed to the gills with all sorts of tidbits. Included in one bag was a wheat snack named “Bissli.” Marked as BBQ flavor, we hope our friends will share, because we are curious to taste this delicious-sounding snack!

We can't wait to try Bissli for ourselves!

Other traditional Purim treats include challah, a braided egg bread, and hamantashen, a triangular pastry named for the aforementioned Haman.

Our dining services team is of course preparing some of our residents’ traditional favorites for Purim and the upcoming Passover celebration.

This author learned something new at work today, and does so quite often. All it takes is a stroll through Towne Square and a moment to slow down during a busy day to listen.

Awards Season—Who are Your Oscar Faves?

It’s cold outside here in New Jersey, but award season is heating up!

It’s award season, and with the 85th Academy Awards just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the 35th Academy Awards.

Do you remember 1963’s class of films and actors? 50 years later, one can reminisce and enjoy that these winners have stood the test of time.

Lawrence of Arabia was the year’s big winner, taking home 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director David Lean.

Other top winners included Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke for Best Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively, for their roles in the riveting and inspirational The Miracle Worker. Best Actor went to Gregory Peck for To Kill a Mockingbird, and Support Actor to Ed Begley for Sweet Bird of Youth. (credit: imdb.com)

We have a bunch of film buffs living here at Crane’s Mill. Residents enjoyed many trips to the theater this past year and favorites include Lincoln, Les Mis and Argo among others.

What are your picks to win the big awards for 2013? Click here to send us an email and let us know. We would love to hear if your picks are on-point with our residents’ top selections.

Crane’s Mill Valentine’s Day Resident Social and Dance

Take a look at some fun photos from our Valentine’s Day celebration!

February 14th was a love-ly day at Crane’s Mill! Residents gathered for a very special afternoon social which included baked treats, chocolate covered pretzels and a chocolate fountain—perfect for dipping fresh strawberries.

Singer Mark Fabian’s smooth voice provided a jazzy background. The crooner’s setlist of crowd favorites had residents and staff dancing and singing.

Please enjoy these photos below. Be sure to click on each one to see a close-up view.