At Milwaukee Catholic Home, we have a 105 year tradition of enriching the lives of older adults through a variety of innovative programs and services. Our goal is always to support whole person wellness and create memorable experiences for our residents across all of our service areas.
Our excellence was recently recognized by Bader Philanthropies, who awarded us a grant for the second year in a row in support of our Intergenerational Education Program. This unique program brings older adults and students together to learn from each other, broadening students’ understanding of aging while allowing older adults to contribute to the educational process with their unique gifts and life experience. We are grateful to Bader Philanthropies for recognizing the significance of this program and its impact on students and older adults alike.
In addition to this keystone program, we offer an array of other programs in support of each of the Five Pillars of Whole Person Wellness: Social Engagement, Cognitive Health, Physical Health, Nutrition, and Spiritual Wellness. Below, you can read more about a few key examples. The significance of these programs can be seen every day in the lives of our residents, their families, and others who participate in our rich community life.
You can be a part of our mission by making a contribution in support of these and other programs that enhance the lives of older adults. Please consider a gift today. As always, we are grateful to you for your support, and hope to see you this summer at one of our Patio Pops concerts or another event. You are an important part of our community! Thank you.
Social Engagement: Intergenerational Artist in Residence
The artist-in-residence model and other intergenerational living programs have grown in popularity at senior communities all over the world. Our current artist-in-residence, Kristine Tarmann, is a Masters of Art Therapy student at Mount Mary University. She is living in community with us and offers our residents numerous opportunities to grow and learn through the arts. Kristine recently gave a TED talk about her experiences at Milwaukee Catholic Home, titled “Creativity Has No Expiration Date.”
Cognitive Health: Memories in the Making
The Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program, offered regularly to the residents in our Health and Rehabilitation Center, gives individuals in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease the opportunity for creative expression. Even after people with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are able to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories in a manner that is expressive and beautiful. Art becomes their voice.
Physical Health: Tai Chi
Tai Chi, a Chinese meditation practice that combines deep breathing and slow, fluid movements, has been shown to reduce the risk of falls in older adults. Offered regularly throughout our campus, Tai Chi is a perfect physical health discipline for older adults. It can be done standing or sitting, and it builds strength and improves balance.
Nutrition: Clare Gardens
The Clare Gardens project is MCH’s farm to table program and community garden in partnership with the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption BVM Province. A total of 5 acres of fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown each season using organic practices on the Franciscans’ property in Burlington, WI. The goal of the project is to bring fresh, local, nutritionally-rich produce to our residents and to create a place of experiential engagement both for residents and the broader community.
Spiritual Wellness: Sunday Spirit Series
Throughout the year, we offer regular opportunities for spiritual formation and education through our Sunday Spirit Series. This series brings in speakers on an array of spiritual topics and also includes time for informal fellowship and discussion. Recent speakers have included Fr. Tim Kitzke (Life Eternal: The Best is Yet to Come!), Sr. Deb Sciano (“Bringing All to Oneness in a Divided World”), Dr. Neal Pease (“An Introduction to Poland and its Catholic Heritage”), and Fr. Joe Juknialis (“What To Expect from Prayer”).
If you have questions about giving, please contact Dave Fulcher at (414) 220-3212.