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Jun 1, 2007

Nursing Home News -- June 2007

SUMMER PLANS for Friends

Calling all Social Networking junkies – tired of wasting your time with nothing productive to do on MySpace and FaceBook (except looking at everybody’s 1000s of digital pictures from their latest birthday party)?  Well soon you may be able to interact with other Friends volunteers online and share your thoughts about nursing home volunteering with all of us.  We are looking for advice right now on what features you’d like in such an online community, so if you have any opinions, let us know.  It should give our volunteers a chance to get to know each other better, since we visit so many different nursing homes and different times. 


We will be attending the Florida Health Care Activity Coordinators Association Conference in Orlando from July 5th – 7th.  This promises to be a great opportunity to network with Activity Professionals from around the state.  With copies of the Friends Across the Ages “Starter Manual” in hand, we hope to spread the word about our program in the hopes of inspiring others to apply some of it elsewhere in Florida. 





Sorry this newsletter is a little late… we were waiting for the dates to be set on a couple other events that never quite materialized… hopefully we’ll have those events in July.


Monday, June 11th, 2:30 – 4PM -- Casino Time! – A monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab -- At 2:30 there will be a bingo game.  Once we’re finished with Bingo, we move on to the horse racing game, and blackjack or other card games.  The residents will be playing for “Bingo Bucks” and prizes.


Wednesday, June 13th , 2:30 – 4PM – Talent Show! – Join us at Parklands Nursing and Rehab for a Talent Show.  The nursing home staff and volunteers will be performing for the residents, who will judge the winner.  If you have a talent, reply to this email and let us know, and you can be part of the talent show.   Steve (me) and Seless (on staff @ Parklands) will be performing Kenny Rogers songs – how can you miss that?    


Wednesday, June 20th and Monday June 25th, 2PM – Bingo w/ Division of Blind Services – We will be having a very special event these 2 days.  Children from the Division of Blind Services Summer Program will be coming out to the nursing home to help out with a Bingo game.  Some of these kids have limited vision themselves, so there will be a lot of teamwork required between the residents and volunteers.  They will also be bringing snacks for the residents, and Friends Across the Ages will be supplying some prizes.  Our thanks goes to our neighbor Susie Breier for suggesting and help with coordinating this event.


Thursday, June 28th, 3-4PM -- Birthday celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in June. Meet us in the dining room where we'll 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 (clowns, mimes, juggling, spin a basketball on your nose, etc)?  We are always looking for new entertainment for the party – let us know!





Remember, be sure to check above to find out the nursing home at which an event will be held.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at:

All events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire). If you've never been to a nursing home before, feel free to reply to this email and let the coordinators (Steve and Allison Blay) know what events you'll be attending, so they will be looking for you. You can also call them at 381-1117. 

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