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Sep 1, 2013

Nursing Home News--September 2013

This is the September 2013 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach



Our Speaker/Workshop Series is back this month, with a special roundtable discussion. Please join us Tuesday, September 10, from 6-7:30 at Coffee Culture, located at 3822 W. Newberry Road, near the movie theatre (NOT the 13th Street location). We will be discussing our various visions of volunteering, and how it affects our lives and the lives of the people we serve. All are welcome! (You do NOT need to be a Friends Across the Ages volunteer to participate!) Bring a friend! Please respond to if you think you will be there so we know to look for you, but come anyway, even if you haven’t responded.



Carolyn Lukert, who coordinates our Friends Across the Ages volunteer group at Palm Garden nursing home, has been experimenting with a drum circle at Palm Garden, with much success. The residents love having the chance to express themselves musically, whether through playing drums or other rhythm instruments. She has offered to bring this program to our groups at other nursing homes, and this month she will be leading the residents and volunteers at Parklands in a drum circle session! This will take place Thursday, September 19th at 1:30pm. Please contact if you would like to attend.


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 September:


Thursday, September 5th, 1:30 – 2:30PM – “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.


Thursday, September 12th, 1:30 – 2:30PM – Casino Time at ParklandsA 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, September 19th, 1:30-2:30PM—Drum Circle at ParklandsSee article above for details, and contact if you would like to attend!


Thursday, September 26th, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in September. 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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