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Feb 1, 2011

Nursing Home News - February 2011

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Nursing Home News

February 2011


Friends Across the Ages is hiring!


Do you know of anyone seeking flexible, part-time employment? Our current Administrative Coordinator, Heather Geidel, will be leaving Gainesville this May, and we are looking to fill the position. Applicants from both the community and within the organization are welcome! For more information, please take a look at the posting on our website:

Interested applicants may send resume and cover letter to You should receive a confirmation email stating that the resume has been received. If not, please contact Jon Shinn at or (352) 672-6836.



Volunteer Training Session at Signature Health Care


On March 21st from 7:00-7:30 PM, Friends Across the Ages is hosting a Volunteer Training Session at Signature Health Care. This event is open to all volunteers who wish to enhance their visitation experiences by learning more about communicating with the elderly. The session will be lead by Vi Asmuth, Ph.D., who is also our Park Meadows Group Visitation Coordinator. She has extensive background in communication and currently teaches at the University of Florida, in addition to volunteering her time in many other capacities. The training session is not mandatory but if you wish to attend, please notify Heather Geidel at





Thursday, February 3rd at 1:30 PM - “Storytellers’ Society” at Parklands- These group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce, and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.

Tuesday, February 8th, 10:00-11:00 AM – “Reaction Reading” at Park Meadows- We welcome you to join Vi Asmuth, Ph.D., and the volunteers of Park Meadows Health and Rehab for a choral poetry reading program. Residents react with active participation, knowledge, opinions, feelings, and imagination. Vi did a study monitoring the results of this small group program in three nursing homes in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area. One facility liked the program so much that Vi continued leading groups there for five years.

Thursday, February 10th at 1:30 PM – “Casino Time” at Parklands - A monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab – By popular demand, Steve visits Parklands to deal blackjack and poker for the residents (who play for prizes).  He can always use some extra dealers, so let us know if you’d like to come join the fun!

Thursday, February 24th at 2:30 PM - "Birthday Celebration" at Parklands – Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in February. 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! 

Monday, March 21st, 7:00-7:30 PM – “Volunteer Training Session” at Signature- All volunteers are welcome to attend this upcoming training session at Signature Health Care. It is not mandatory, but recommended, as we hope it will provide valuable insight on communicating with elderly residents.



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

Events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, but please inquire first). Please contact us and let us know the events that you will be attending, so that our coordinators may be on the lookout for you.   Please call 352-381-1117 or e-mail us at

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