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Dec 1, 2015

Nursing Home News--December 2015

< This is the December 2015 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages Nursing Home Network



The annual Friends Across the Ages Holiday Party is happening very soon!  It will be held Sunday, December 6th from 1:30-3:30pm at Park Meadows Health and Rehab (3250 SW 41st Place, Gainesville).  This annual event has become a long standing tradition with our organization.  We start with some caroling with the residents of Park Meadows in the dining room, and then proceed to the conference room for holiday treats, volunteer recognitions, and holiday visiting time with one another.  All volunteers, supporters, friends and family are welcome!


If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to so we can plan to have enough food for everyone!  Directions can be found on our website:  --just scroll down till you see Park Meadows (NOT Parklands!).  We hope to see you there! 





We are just about to send out our winter mailer for this year, with our fall/winter edition of our newsletter, The Bridge.  If you have moved in the past year, or have other updates to your contact information, please let us know as soon as possible!  Send any updates to   And watch your mailbox in a couple of weeks!





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. Here are our special events for December:


Wednesday, December 3rd, 10:30 – 11:30AM – “Storytellers’ Society” at ParklandsThese monthly group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce, and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.


Sunday, December 6th, 1:30-3:30PM –Friends Across the Ages Holiday Party at Park Meadows See above for more details, and please join us for the festivities at Park Meadows! Contact for more information or to RSVP.


Monday, December 7th, 6:00 PM —Holiday Caroling at Signature -- The volunteers at Signature Health Care have planned an evening of caroling for the residents.  Anyone is welcome to attend, including volunteers from other nursing homes.  The caroling usually lasts about an hour. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.


Wednesday, December 9th, 10:30 – 11:30AM – Casino Time at ParklandsA monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab – Come help play poker with the residents, or just help cheer them on! No real money is involved; residents play for the honor of having our Championship Trophy for the month.


Saturday, December 19th, 10:00-11:00AM – Flute Concert The students of local flute teacher Christine Alicot will be sharing a flute concert with the residents of Gainesville Health Care Center. All are welcome to come listen with the residents!


Date TBD – December Birthday celebrationHelp us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in December. 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! The date for this event has yet to be determined due to the way the holidays fall this year, but contact us at if you’d like to attend and we’ll make sure to send you the information as soon as we have it.




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 at and let us know if you plan to attend one of these events so that our coordinators can be on the lookout for you.


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