Category Archives: Seniors

Film Celebrates Lewes Seniors

One man has been at work creating a film celebrating the lives of seniors in the town of Lewes, according to a blog about local projects created in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme. Steve Lovell shares why he undertook the project:

“I want to build an archive of lives experienced in Lewes that could be built on in future years. There are some amazing stories out there that may otherwise be lost to time.”

Red Hatters Bring Fun to Upper Hutt

LSD - red hattersAs her project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, Kinsa Hays started a branch of ‘Red Hatters’ in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, creating a social group of older women who are undertaking a variety of outings.

The Red Hat Society is an international organization inspired by a poem by Jenny Joseph which begins “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me”. The leader of each fun-loving group is called a queen; their clothing, regalia. Continue reading

Creating a Grandparents Day

LSD - grandparentsThe following article was written by Agnes Ginestet in August 25th Cook Strait News in New Zealand – it’s about the project Charlotte Clark created in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme to appreciate grandparents by having a Grandparents Day established in New Zealand.

Appreciating Grandparents

A 24-year old Thorndon resident is hoping to gather 50,000 signatures on a petition to create a National New Zealand Grandparents’ day. Continue reading

Initiative to put spring in seniors’ steps

Joe Amantea’s project in the Landmark SELP program made a difference for senior citizens in Ontario, Canada. On April 16 of this spring, the Pickering News Advertiser wrote a story about Amantea’s project, which was called Operation Clean Sweep.

Initiative to put spring in seniors’ steps

A clean sweep to get Ajax and Pickering seniors off their feet

by Chloe Stanois

Spring cleaning is coming for Ajax and Pickering Seniors.

A new event, Operation Clean Sweep, is an outdoor spring clean-up of seniors’ homes in Ajax and Pickering. Organized by Joe Amantea, assistant technology engineer at Ontario Power Generation, a team of 60 volunteers will clean the yards of senior citizens.

Mr. Amantea started Operation Clean Sweep because, “I was taking a course of landmark education, and that motivated me.”

Volunteers will be visiting at least 12 seniors’ homes on one day and doing a general spring cleaning outdoors. They will clean windows, rake lawns, trim tree branches, clean out gardens and hopefully plan some flowers.

“It is targeted towards seniors who have no family to help them, and find it difficult to do the work themselves. We definitely want to help them out,” Mr. Amantea says.

With spring cleaning being so physically demanding, the idea is that a once-stressful situation will be turned into just light work that the home owners can maintain.

Finding volunteers has not been an issue for the event, as engineering employees have already started to sign up, but Mr. Amantea hopes to find ans many seniors as he can.

Health Equipment Aids Elderly

Joan Brefeld’s SELP project involved collecting used medical equipment that could then be lent to elderly person’s in need. The project was covered in the Belleville News Democrat newspaper.

Gifts of Used Health Equipment Sought


The St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) will accept donations of used equipment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Dierberg’s in Shiloh and Brefeld Physical Therapy in Belleville.

St. Louis HELP needs donations of such items as wheelchairs, scooters, canes, crutches, walkers, showerchairs, grab bars, portable commodes, cushions, back supports, van lifts, hospital beds and ramps. The equipment is cleaned and refurbished, then loaned at no cost. “The uninsured, underinsured, disabled and elderly are at particular risk of facing barriers to accessing needed home medical equipment,” said Dennis Guilliams, president of the organization.

“These vulnerable populations continue to experience reduced access to health care services, demonstrating a continuing need for a strong, viable safety net.”

All equipment and monetary donations are tax-deductible. Brefeld is at 106 Lincoln Place Court, just off Carlyle Avenue in Belleville. For more information on donating or acquiring such equipment, call (314) 567-4700 or go to

Seery Brings Art back to Inis Meain



Olivia Seery leads Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership programme in Ireland. Four years ago she visited the beautiful and historic Aran island of Inis Mean, located in Ireland’s Galway Bay and fell in love with the island and its people. She created a project in the programme which was an artistic weekend holiday for a group from Sligo and the environs. The trip has become an annual occurrence. The following brief story appeared in the Sligo Weekender of August 5 2008:

Arts Trip to an Aran Island

A group of Sligo people are organising the 3rd annual weekend on the Aran island of Inis Meain, promising creativity, community and fun.

inis-mean-_2.jpgThis year, a writer’s workshop will be run by the published writer and poet Mary Branley and an artist’s workshop facilitated by well-known Sligo artist Tinka Bechert. The Inis Meain Artist’s Paradise weekend takes place from August 8th to 10th and costs €200. This includes return ferry, two night’s dinner B & B, music sessions, workshops and a guided tour of the island.

For details call Olivia on 086-8232166 or Patricia on 087-2194718.

Usually the quietest and least visited of the Aran Islands, Inis Meain is often viewed as an escape from the modern world, a place where beauty, tradition and culture combine with a rugged landscape.

inis-mean-_1.jpgA maze of narrow winding roads, sheltered paths and trails crisscross the island, from the rock hillsides of the south to the deserted sandy beaches on the north shore. Wild flowers bloom everywhere and numerous examples of early settlements dot the limestone karst. The oval fort of Dun Chonchuir is here, and so too are the beautiful Cill Cheanainn and the church of Mary Immaculate with its stained-glass windows by the famed Harry Clarke Studios. Nearby is Teach Synge, the restored island cottage where writer John Millington Synge wrote most of his plays.

Synge’s book “The Aran Islands” tells the story of a man who, 100 years earlier, looked at Inis Meáin and thought “this is the last outpost of ancient Europe, I am privileged to see it before it disappears forever”. This sense is often shared by visitors to this day.