Jen has been with the Hummingbird Project for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science with an emphasis in Nutrition Education from San Jose State University and is currently in the process of obtaining a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Senior Fitness Instructor with 13 years of programming experience serving as a Recreation Leader of a Skilled Nursing Facility, Lifestyles Manager of the Wellness programs at an RCFE, and Activity Coordinator of an Adult Day Health Center. Her passion for exercise and nutrition allows her to bring a wellness approach to clients one-on-one or virtually. Some of her favorite activities to share with older adults include brain fitness, reminiscing, mediation, exercise, expressive arts, travelogues, mindfulness activities, and food-themed programs that include healthy cooking and baking activities. Jen’s ultimate goal is to create purposeful programs that enrich the lives of seniors. If you have any questions for Jen, she can be reached at email@example.com
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As social distancing continues, older adults used to practicing their faith rituals each Sunday feel troubled, which can lead to anxiety. An Activity Specialist with the Hummingbird Project worked with the assisted-living facility where Tony lives to allow him to join services virtually with his congregation. Looking forward to seeing familiar people who share his beliefs make him “Feel like my old self again!”
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Unfortunately, sometimes society believes that just because people are older, they are not who or what they used to be. Activity Specialists at The Hummingbird Project know that is the farthest thing from the truth; bringing an older adult’s accomplishments to the surface is vital in maintaining who they are. Upon conversing about Lois’s modeling career, she enthusiastically showed her care provider skills she learned when walking the runway. Nothing has changed…she still has the moves and self-esteem!
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Cliff has experienced depression most of his adult life; sometimes he will engage verbally, however, most times he stays to himself. Never being exposed to a creative release, an Activity Specialist provided materials sent to his house and invited him to paint with her virtually. Since then, this outlet has allowed him to engage artistically without feeling responsible for making conversation. Smiling at the end of the session is becoming commonplace for Cliff!
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Sakiya lives with a wonderful care provider, however, due to social distancing, her time with children and grandchildren is limited. Working with her daughter, our Activity Specialist planned a special “Respect for the Aged Day,” a holiday celebrated in Japan to celebrate older adults. Enjoying a special meal in the backyard of her home, Sakiya was given a Cherry Blossom plant (the meaning of her name) by her family. Giving back to those who have contributed with respect and honor!
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For many older adults, long periods of social distancing is frustrating. Teaming up with Lois’s care provider, an Activity Specialist planned an outing to Venice beach while exercising the latest precautions by the CDC. Both client and care provider enjoyed a packed lunch, the beach, and the redwood trees without ever leaving the car! Scenic drives…taking it back to the good old days!