5 Fun Ways for Seniors to Keep Cool as Summer Approaches

It’s starting to really warm up here in New Jersey! With the season about to change, here are 5 fun ways for seniors to keep cool!

Crane's Mill resident reading a book in our library.

Crane’s Mill resident reading a book in our library.

1. Visit your local library. The library has come a long way in recent years, transforming into a multi-media haven not only reserved for the newest books and periodicals—there are DVDs, CDs, and so much more available for free. Why not stop by the library, grab a gripping novel you’ve never read, check out a movie you’ve heard good things about, and pick up a CD of hits from your youth. Before you know it, you’ll have spent hours perusing all sorts of fun stuff, and you’ll be prepped and ready to embark on number two on our list…

2. Enjoy the air conditioner. There’s nothing quite like the modern comfort of a simple air conditioner. Whether it’s a window unit or central air, take advantage of staying indoors during the heat of the day. Experts say the sun is strongest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but be sure to check your local forecast for when the heat and sun will cause the most damage for the day, and choose those hours to sit back, relax and enjoy a book, movie, tv show, some music, or make a long overdue phone call to a loved one. Here’s an air conditioning tip: make sure you or someone you trust cleans your air conditioning filters and preps the system for the summer so you can enjoy the cool, clean air once it’s needed.

3. Visit a museum. Chances are, there are local museums that you haven’t visited in a long time, and some you may have never yet experienced! At Crane’s Milll, we have an array of museums nearby in Montclair, Morristown, and of course New York City, and we arrange trips out to each of them on a regular basis. To get started, look in the local paper or search the web for the latest exhibits and classes. Many are free or discounted for seniors.

4. Volunteer for a good cause. So many local charities and organizations need help, and with key personnel on summer vacations, sometimes they need an extra hand or two to help out. You may find yourself doing something simple like stuffing envelopes or something more involved like coordinating a charity drive or laying out a fundraising journal. Since school is out of session, ask if you can bring along a grandchild or niece or nephew so you can spend some quality time doing something new and interesting.

The stage is set for a fun way to stay cool!

The stage is set for a fun way to stay cool!

5. Take in a matinee. Whether it’s a musical, drama, or even a movie, the theatre is always a fun time. Sure, this one might cost a little more than the other suggestions on the list, but there’s no harm in treating yourself once in a while. Plus there are likely senior discounts on what might already be discounted matinee prices. It doesn’t need to be Broadway either—look in the local paper or search the web for community theaters and other groups who perform in the summer. You may find something you’ve never seen before or discover a new take on an old favorite.

How do you like to keep cool in the summer? Click here to send us an email…we look forward to hearing your suggestions!

Heat Stress in Older Adults – Important Info from the CDC

We’re in the swing of another hot New Jersey summer, so we thought it might be helpful to share some tips from the CDC about heat stress in older adults.

Some highlights from the CDC article include:

“Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

“Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin: may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow”

For more on the subject, including what you can do to protect yourself and those you love, visit the CDC website to view the article in its entirety.

Be sure to keep cool, and have a fun and safe summer!

Here Comes The Sun

“Little Darling,” it seems like this time of year makes everything brighter!

We may not have had the snowiest winter on record, and it sure was cold, but luckily we didn’t have a lonely one as the song suggest, as we were surrounded by friends new and old here at Crane’s Mill.

Whether lonely or not, the cold days are now long behind us and the month of June is always a welcome guest in our lives. With it, it brings the longest days of the year, with plenty of sunshine well into the evening. Graduation parties abound, as do BBQs, family gatherings, and trips to the shore (we’re heading to Spring Lake on June 10–here’s a guide to our other favorite shore points).

Take some time today to remember those sweet summers of the past, and make plans for future days filled with soaking up the sand, sun, and serenity of the season.


It’s September 1st … Still Plenty of Sunshine Ahead!

“Try to remember the kind of September; When life was slow and oh, so mellow.”
The Fantasticks, Tom Jones (music by Harvey Schmidt)

Ahh the days of being in school, followed by the days of having kids in school, it always seemed the academic calendar dictated the seasons regardless of what the solstice or equinox may have to say about things.

Years later, it turns out mother nature wins out over madame principal. So it’s September 1st, and it matters not that the school bell will soon be ringing, for as long as there’s sunshine and warm weather, it’s summer to us.

After dinner cocktails on the back patio.

After dinner cocktails on the back patio.

The indoor pool here at Crane’s Mill is a welcome oasis after a game of bocce or a walk along the trails; a stop at the pond reveals the birds who stayed the summer enjoying their habitat before the fall migrants come back for a visit; and the sun stays up late enough to enjoy a post-dinner sunset.

Not that autumn is any punishment—it’s a fantastic time of year, and if you read this blog we always embrace it with open arms, eyes, ears, and noses, ready to take in the colors, smells, and cool breezes this vibrant seasons brings. But for now, that can wait, as we continue to take as many trips to the beaches, pools, and lakes that the season will bear.

Reminder: Don’t Miss Our Only Open House of the Summer!

Visit Crane’s Mill on Monday, June 29 from 1:00 to 400 p.m. for our Summer Open House! The event will feature independent living cottages and apartments plus a tour of our renowned Health Center!

To RSVP, call 973-276-3070 to click here to send us an email.

Visit Crane's Mill for a special summer open house event!

Visit Crane’s Mill for a special summer open house event!