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!

Back-to-Back Excitement for Patrons of the Arts at Crane’s Mill

Our February 2015 Millstream Activities Calendar is packed with fun! This month’s calendar includes a multitude of live stage shows, both on campus and off!

Many Crane's Mill residents are patrons of the arts

If you’re a Crane’s Mill resident, and you’re a fan of the arts, including live theater and music, then you’re in luck. Each month, our Activities Director works hard to both bring live entertainment to Crane’s Mill, and plan off-campus trips to local performances.

Take today and tomorrow for example:

This afternoon, our residents will enjoy “In the Car with Blossom and Len” at the Centenary Stage in Hackettstown, NJ.

Tomorrow, two programs are on the agenda: first, a trip to the JCC to see the West Orange High School Jubilee Choir. Then, after a five-course dinner in the Candleberry, residents can walk right across Towne Square to take in The Spirit of Jewish Musical Vaudeville in Hinman Hall.

Talk about variety, convenience, and entertainment! That’s just a small glimpse into what’s offered here at Crane’s Mill each month. To see for yourself, visit our Millstream page to check out all of the month’s activities, and be sure to check back as we are always updating our calendars!

The Millstream: Our Resident Activities Calendar is Online

The Millstream is updated each month with an array of resident activities, trips, programs, and more.

Many Crane's Mill residents are patrons of the arts

This month, there are countless activities in the Millstream calendar—truly something for everyone!

This week, patrons of the arts (we have many at Crane’s Mill) are in their glory. Yesterday, the Harmonium Choral Society performed to a packed house right on campus in Hinman Hall. Tomorrow, our residents take a trip to enjoy Sophie Tucker – Last of the Red Hot Mamas at the Bickford Theatre, then on Friday, a trip to the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Saturday afternoon features a jaunt to the Paper Mill Playhouse for Cole Porter’s “Can-Can.”

Talk about reasons to smile—on top of having the whole trip coordinated down to the last detail by our activities director, the transportation to and from is always included! In fact, any time you’re on a Crane’s Mill bus or van, transportation is always included.

Be sure to check out the Millstream calendar for yourself by clicking here. What are your favorites this month? Click here to send us an email to let us know—we’d love to hear from you!

Millstream October 2014