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Jan 2, 2014

Nursing Home News--January 2014

This is the January 2014 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages Nursing Home Volunteer Network



The beginning of a new year is a great time to start something new, or return to things that were once part of your life.  Perhaps you or someone you know has long been interested in visiting with people at nursing homes but never taken the steps to get involved.  Perhaps you used to volunteer but stopped due to other life activities crowding in.  Whatever the case, if you would like to know more about how to get started, simply contact and we’d be glad to help point you in the right direction.  We really could use some more volunteers right now! Word of mouth is one of the best ways for us to find good volunteers, so please help spread the word!




We have decided to scale back our speaker series a bit, and offer it twice a year instead of four times a year. This will allow us more time to spread the word and really build up interest for these excellent opportunities. Our next presentation will be in February; watch for more about that in our February edition of the “Nursing Home News.” This month we will be having our first board meeting of 2014, at which we will be doing some planning for the future—see below for more information.





Each month, in addition to groups that meet weekly for regular volunteering/visitation, Friends Across the Ages sponsors a few special events and activities at various nursing homes.  These events require no ongoing commitment, though we do ask you to let us know ahead of time if you plan to attend any of these events so that we can be on the lookout for you.  If you would like more information about our weekly visitation groups and becoming a regular Friends Across the Ages volunteer, please let us know that as well.  Here are our special events for January:


Thursday, January 9th,  1:30 – 2:30PM – “Storytellers’ Society” at Parklands –These monthly group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce, and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.


Tuesday, January 14th, 6-7:30PM—Friends Across the Ages Board Meeting—at Barr Systems Anyone who is interested is always welcome to attend our board meetings. This particular meeting will be focused on planning for the future. Contact for more information.


Thursday, January 16th,  1:30 – 2:30PM – Casino Time at Parklands – A monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab – Come help deal blackjack and poker for the residents (who play for prizes), or just help cheer them on! 


Thursday, January 23rd, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in January. Meet us in the dining room where we will have singing and cake. Volunteers are needed to help gather the residents together, serve the cake, sing, clean up, etc.  Do you play an instrument or have some other talent?  We are always looking for new entertainment for the party – let us know! 





Please see the above list for locations of the various events.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at:


Events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire). Please contact us and let us know if you plan to attend one of these events so that our coordinators can be on the lookout for you.  Please call (352) 381-1117 or email . 


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