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Dec 1, 2011

Nursing Home News--December 2011

This is the September 2011 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach

EXTRA! EXTRA! CHANGES FOR FRIENDS IN 2012—

READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THE BRIDGE!

 

This fall, the Friends Across the Ages board of directors has been discussing some significant changes for our organization, and a plan has been approved which will be implemented starting in January of 2012. We are very excited about the new year and the new possibilities these changes will mean for the organization. For the full scoop on the new plans, check out the latest issue of our “snail mail” newsletter, The Bridge. It will be heading your way as part of our usual holiday mailer, to be sent out early next week. Watch your mailboxes towards the middle or end of next week, and if you do not receive a copy let us know so we can send one to you!

 

Do we have your current “snail mail” address? If you are unsure, and especially if you have moved in the past year, please contact us with your updated contact information! Send any updates to info@acrosstheages.org. Also, let us know if we have the best email address for you or if that should be updated as well.

 


“STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE NURSING HOME VISITS”

Presented by Carolyn Lukert—Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 6pm at Barr Systems

Starting in January, Friends Across the Ages will hold optional membership meetings most months as a chance to connect with other members. Four times a year, a speaker/workshop series will be offered during the membership meetings with presentations and opportunities for discussion about various topics of interest to nursing home volunteers.

 

For our first meeting, Friends board member Carolyn Lukert will discuss how to make your visits as effective and meaningful as possible. She will cover how to break the ice, and how to determine the level at which your resident is capable and interested in interacting. She will share several strategies for working with residents who have dementia, and also with those who don't.

 

Carolyn is a long time nursing home volunteer. She currently works with professional caregivers to assist people living in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, as well as in their homes. She is involved in the family care for her father, who is experiencing dementia. Carolyn has a passion for working with the elderly population and helping them to live their best lives, regardless of where they live.

 

This meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10th at 6pm at Barr Systems, located at 4500 NW 27th Avenue, Gainesville. Directions can be found at www.acrosstheages.org/directions.asp under the heading “Friends Across the Ages Office.” Contact info@acrosstheages.org, or (352) 381-1117 for more information.

 

Look forward to an enjoyable evening of learning and fellowship with people who are passionate about connecting as Friends Across the Ages!

 

 


COME TO THE FRIENDS ACROSS THE AGES HOLIDAY PARTY!

The annual Friends Across the Ages Holiday Party is almost here! It will be held this Sunday, December 4th from 2:30-4:30pm at North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care Center. This annual event has become a long standing tradition with our organization. We start with some caroling with the residents of NFRSC in the dining room, 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. We hope to see you there! If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to info@acrosstheages.org or (352) 381-1117 so we can plan to have enough food for everyone! Directions can be found on our website: http://www.acrosstheages.org/directions.asp --just scroll down till you see North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care.

 

We also have many other special events coming up in December to share the holiday spirit with our friends in nursing homes. Check the list below and let us know if you would like to participate in any of the activities!

 


DECEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

 

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 December:

 

Sunday, December 4th, 2:30-4:30PM—Friends Across the Ages Holiday Party— An annual tradition, our holiday party will be this coming Sunday at North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care. We will meet in the dining room for some caroling with the residents, followed by a small celebration for our volunteers. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to info@acrosstheages.org or (352) 381-1117.

 

Tuesday, December 6th, 10:45-11:30AM—Making “Helping Hands” Gift Bags at Palm Garden – As mentioned in our November Nursing Home News, the Friends Across the Ages volunteers and residents at Palm Garden have been working together since November on a project to make gift bags for women who are homeless served by the Helping Hands clinic of Gainesville. On Dec. 6th they will be working on cosmetic bags. Anyone is welcome to help. Please email or call Dianne Walsh for additional details: diannewalsh@mac.com or (352) 378-1798.

 

Thursday, December 8th, 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.

 

Saturday, December 10th, 10:00-11:00AM—Sing-a-long at Signature – A group of students from St. Francis Catholic High School will be holding a sing-a-long with the residents of Signature Health Care. One of the students is an excellent pianist, so it should be a lot of fun. The students say that they would love for anyone who is interested to join them!

 

Monday, December 12th, 6:30-8:00PM—“A Night of 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. Please RSVP to info@acrosstheages.org or (352) 381-1117 if you plan to attend.

 

Tuesday, December 13th, 10:45-11:30AM—Making “Helping Hands” Gift Bags at Palm Garden – As mentioned in our November Nursing Home News, the Friends Across the Ages volunteers and residents at Palm Garden have been working together since November on a project to make gift bags for women who are homeless served by the Helping Hands clinic of Gainesville. On Dec. 13th they will be working on snack bags, and also making gingerbread houses for the residents’ rooms at Palm Garden. Anyone is welcome to help. Please email or call Dianne Walsh for additional details: diannewalsh@mac.com or (352) 378-1798.

 

Thursday, December 15th, 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!

 

Tuesday, December 20th, 10:45-11:30AM—Making “Helping Hands” Gift Bags at Palm Garden – As mentioned in our November Nursing Home News, the Friends Across the Ages volunteers and residents at Palm Garden have been working together since November on a project to make gift bags for women who are homeless served by the Helping Hands clinic of Gainesville. On Dec. 20th they will be signing holiday cards. Anyone is welcome to help. Please email or call Dianne Walsh for additional details: diannewalsh@mac.com or (352) 378-1798.

 

Thursday, December 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 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!

 


MORE INFORMATION

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

http://www.acrosstheages.org/directions.asp

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 info@acrosstheages.org


 

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