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- Dreams Come True As Gatlinburg Elder Vacation Starts!
- Because You Are Never Too Old To Have Fun!
- A Summer Day
- The Best Day
- The Power of A Cup Of Coffee
- Take Me Out To The Ball Game!
- One Good Day In Boston
- Intergenerational Programming: The Heart Of Elder Wellness
- Well Being-Up Close and Personal
75 Elders and Stakeholders from SHC Hometown arrived in Gatlinburg, TN yesterday afternoon for an exciting week of fun and adventure in the mountains! As Elders arrived from all over, they drew much attention in the airports and on planes! Joseph Roelle, an Elder living at SHC Galion from Galion, OH had a memorable experience on the plane when they recognized him in flight for being a recent Champion Medal winner at the SHC Senior Olympics!
“You’re never too old to have fun!”, seemed to be the recurring theme of the Elders living at Signature HealthCare of Mallard Bay last week. The Elders took a fantastic opportunity to visit Atlantic City for a few nights on a short vacation!
Patty Robinson, QOL Assistant, at Signature Healthcare of Mallard Bay recaps the experience below:
Summer is a favorite season to many. To me it conjures up images of neighborhood baseball games, ice cream, endless hours swimming and other memories of a time gone by. For the Elders living in our homes, I’m sure the warm summer air reminds them of gardening and lazy days swimming or fishing at a local creek!
” This has been the best day of my life” exclaimed Alpha excitedly after a trip to Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia. Alpha lives at Signature HealthCare of Pikeville and she had just taken part in a day trip to explore the water park just across the Virginia state line.
Darla Borthwick, Regional Quality of Life Director, recounts the story below:
On Monday, June 30 the Riverview HealthCARE Center opened The Mugg-Z Café inside our facility. The Mugg-Z Café is a home operated coffee shop for our Elders, Stakeholders, Families, and Friends. This was a wonderful day for our home and one we had been anticipating for some time. Why would be so excited about a coffee shop? What’s the big deal about a cup of coffee? According to statistics over 83% of adults in America drink coffee. Over 54% of those drink coffee every day. Nearly 24% of coffee drinkers consume 13 or more cups a week, and the average coffee drinker consumes 3.1 cups of coffee each day. Coffee remains the beverage of choice the world over. It exhilarates, stimulates, and arouses the drinker. A cup of coffee can renew your strength and impart a feeling of calm and comfort. It truly remains one of life’s simplest pleasures.
The lessons our Elders teach us on a daily basis are some of the most powerful we could ever learn in our lives. If we will only stop, watch and listen we could learn more than we ever dreamed from their wisdom.
20 Elders and Stakeholders from Signature HealthCare landed in beautiful Boston yesterday for a week we are not soon to forget! Boston, one of the oldest cities in America has lots of fun and spontaneity to offer our group this week! Not long after arriving yesterday, the group determined to enjoy the 70 degree weather, set out for an adventure! The night did not disappoint as we stopped for dinner at a local restaurant, Barney Fannings and enjoyed each other’s companionship for a few hours.
Growing up, I had the blessing to spend large amounts of time with my grandmother. She taught me how to set a table properly, cook macaroni and cheese for the first time, and most importantly, how to believe I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. Research shows that in today’s busy world, many children aren’t able to spend much time with a cherished grandparent; and many don’t have a relationship with them at all. This concept was almost foreign to me when I discovered it because not only was my grandmother one of the greatest influences in my life, but she was my strongest advocate as well. I always recognized the benefit of having a relationship with her and how that shaped and molded my life, but what I didn’t realize was the power it held upon her life. For her, our relationship held just the right mix of spontaneity and companionship that had a huge impact not only on her mental health, but her overall physical condition as well.
As many of you know, the Elder Vacations are a very moving experience for me. Each time, I come away with something different, maybe even something more profound than the time before. However, I always love to hear from others on the journey to see what it meant to them. Below, Linda McDaniel shares what the week meant to her: