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Feb 3, 2014

Nursing Home News--February 2014

This is the February 2014 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach


A Panel of Volunteers Share Their Stories

Tuesday, February 18, 2013 from 6-7:30pm

Headquarters Downtown Library, Meeting Room B

FREE and Open to the Public



Friends Across the Ages is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. As part of our ongoing celebrations, our Speaker Series presentation this time will be a panel of volunteers from over the years sharing their stories about what they have learned from volunteering, how it has impacted their lives, and any tips for new volunteers. If you have ever wanted to learn more about what it is like to volunteer at a nursing home, this is the perfect occasion for doing that. If you have been volunteering for awhile and want to hear what it is like for other volunteers, this is a great opportunity for that as well! If you simply like hearing stories about what we can learn from one another as human beings, across the boundaries of age, different backgrounds, disabilities, and more, this is also a wonderful chance to do that. All are welcome to come join us for this special evening of sharing, laughter, and learning.


Friends Across the Ages offers these Speaker Series presentations as a service to the community, FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Please join us, and please help spread the word. If you are on facebook, you can find our event page here—a great way to let us know you are attending, and to invite your friends!


SPRING FESTIVAL (March 30th-April 5th)




Our annual Spring Festival is coming up very soon! The festival will be held the week of March 30th-April 5th, with events at the various nursing homes we serve throughout the week. We will conclude the festival with our annual Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday, April 5th from 2:30-4:30pm. The party is always a special time, held in the beautiful courtyard at Barr Systems with food, music, and special recognitions for volunteers. All members and supporters of Friends, plus family, friends, and anyone else who is interested are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration, which is our biggest event of the year. All are welcome at any of the events of the Spring Festival as well. Watch our March “Nursing Home News” for more details on all of the events!




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 February (Please note that the events at Parklands have shifted from Thursday afternoons to Wednesday mornings, with the exception of the monthly birthday celebration):


Wednesday, February 5th, 10:00 – 11:00AM – “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.


Monday, February 10th, 6-7:30PM -- Valentine Visit at Signature – An annual tradition, the volunteer group at Signature will be passing out flowers to the residents of Signature during their usual visiting time.


Wednesday, February 12th, 10:00-11:00AM – 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!


Tuesday, February 18th, 6:00-7:30PM—“Stories from Friends Across the Ages” Speaker Series Presentation – See the article above for details! All are welcome to come and connect with other volunteers and supporters, and to hear some of our volunteers share their stories. This session will be held at the Headquarters Library Downtown, Meeting Room B. Contact for more information. Check out our facebook event page here.


Thursday, February 27th, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration -- 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!



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


This is the February 2014 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach.
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