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Mar 1, 2012

Nursing Home News--March 2012

This is the March 2012 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach


Presented by M. Violet Asmuth, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 6-7:30pm at Barr Systems

Free and Open to the Public

Do you assume that you are a good listener because you hear well? Listening is a skill that one can improve with practice, while hearing is a physical reaction to sound. Dr. Vi Asmuth teaches a course on “Listening” at UF and will present an overall view of the material in this special presentation for Friends Across the Ages.


Vi was a weekly visitor/volunteer with Friends Across the Ages for almost eight years at Park Meadows, and also served as coordinator for Friends volunteers at Park Meadows for much of that time. She received her doctorate in Communication with an emphasis on Communication and Aging. Vi’s dissertation was on the topic of interpersonal relationships between residents and Certified Nurse Assistants.


This presentation is part of the new Friends Across the Ages Speaker/Workshop Series, offered four times a year during our membership meetings. We think you will find it helpful whether you are a new volunteer, a long-time volunteer, or someone who is just interested in this topic to apply the insights to other settings. So please consider attending, and spread the word to anyone else you know who might be interested!


This workshop will be held Tuesday, March 13 from 6-7:30pm at Barr Systems, located at 4500 NW 27th Avenue. Directions can be found at under the heading “Friends Across the Ages Office.” Contact for more information.



Our annual Spring Festival is coming up very soon! The festival will be held the week of April 7-14, and will conclude with our big Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday, April 14th from 2-4pm. The party is always a special time, held in the beautiful courtyard at Barr Systems with food, music, and special recognitions for volunteers. All members and supporters of Friends, plus family, friends, and anyone else who is interested are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration, which is our biggest event of the year. All are welcome at any of the events of the Spring Festival as well, which will be held throughout the week at various nursing homes around Gainesville. Here is a tentative list of events:


·         Saturday, April 7, about 1-3pm: Orange and Blue spring scrimmage game watching party at Signature Health Care

·         Tuesday, April 10th, 10:30am-12pm: special spring celebration at Palm Garden—details TBA

·         Wednesday, April 11th, 2:30pm-4pm: “Spring Break in Las Vegas” casino time at Parklands

·         Thursday, April 12th, 6-7pm: Food, Fun and Bingo at Gainesville Health Care—theme and other details TBA

·         Friday, April 13th, 2-3pm: Reaction Reading Poetry Group at Park Meadows

·         Saturday, April 14th, at about 10am: Spring Arts n’ Crafts at North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care—time and other details TBA

·         Saturday April 14th, 2-4pm: Friends Across the Ages Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party!!!


Watch our April “Nursing Home News” for more details on all of the above events, and we will also be posting a flyer on our website soon. Contact if you have any questions or would like to sign up to attend any of the events.





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 March:


Tuesday, March 14th, 6:00-7:30PM—“Hearing vs. Listening” Speaker Series Presentation – See the article above for details! All are welcome to come and connect with other volunteers and supporters, and to hear this excellent presentation by Dr. Vi Asmuth. This will serve as our March membership meeting for Friends Across the Ages, and will be held at Barr Systems, 4500 NW 27th Ave. Contact for more information.


Thursday, March 15th, 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.


Thursday, March 22nd, 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, March 29th, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in March. 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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