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Mar 28, 2016

Nursing Home News--April 2016

This is the April 2016 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach



Have you ever thought about visiting a nursing home? Are you a regular Friends volunteer who wonders what visiting the other nursing homes might be like? Friends Across the Ages is hosting a weeklong festival of events at each of the nursing homes we serve. We are sending out our April edition of the Nursing Home News a little early, to invite you once more to join us! These events begin today, Monday March 28th, and are open to anyone who wants to try something new—see below for a complete listing of Spring Festival events, or visit our website for the festival flyer here. We can particularly use more volunteers for our events on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


The festival will culminate in our annual Spring Volunteer Appreciate Party on Sunday, April 3rd from 1:00-3:00 PM in the beautiful courtyard at Barr Systems. This party is our biggest event of the year so we encourage all volunteers, supporters, family and friends to join us! Please contact for more information or to RSVP for any of the Spring Festival events.




Monday, March 28th, 2:30 -3:30 PM– Karaoke Party at Park Meadows: Join the residents of Park Meadows for an afternoon of singing the hits from across the ages…oldies, not-so-oldies, and everything in between.  Even if you don’t want to sing, come cheer the singers on!


Tuesday, March 29th, 2:00-3:00 PM –  “Trivia Across the Ages” at The Terrace : Our “Trivia Across the Ages” event in February was so well received, we thought some of the residents in other facilities might like to try it out, so we are going to bring it to The Terrace. We could really use some volunteers for this event in particular, so if you are available to help, please let us know!

Wednesday, March 30th, 10:00-11:30 AM – “Spring Break in Las Vegas” at Parklands: Come watch the Parklands Nursing and Rehab dining room transform into the casino floor at the MGM Grand. Volunteers will help deal the cards or team up with residents to play poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and other games for fun and prizes. No prior gambling experience required

Thursday, March 31, 6:30-7:30 PM- Luau and BINGO at Gainesville Health Care Center: Palm trees and sandy beaches may be far away so we’re bringing the tropics to us for our annual spring festival event!  Please join us for an evening of island treats and BINGO with the residents of GHCC.

Friday, April 1st, 10:30 -11:30 AM– “Celebrate Spring” at NFRSC: Help bring the beauty of the season indoors to enjoy with the residents of North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care. We'll be making a spring-themed craft and we need plenty of creative helpers, so bring the whole family to this kid-friendly event!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2:00- 3:30 PM—Orange and Blue BINGO at Signature: Residents will come together for a BINGO party in celebration of the Gators "Orange and Blue Debut" spring football scrimmage game the following week. We will have decorations, prizes, and food, and perhaps the occasional Gator cheer between Bingo games. Join us for all the festivities at Signature Health Care!


And the grand finale…

Sunday, April 3rd, 1:00-3:00pm— Volunteer Appreciation Party at Barr Systems: We would like to thank all of our volunteers (old and new) for their dedication and service at this, our biggest event of the year! Family and friends are welcome to join us for an afternoon of food, music, ice cream, and special recognitions for volunteers in the beautiful courtyard at Barr Systems. We will have something for all of our volunteers so please come if you can!



Please contact for more information or to RSVP for any of the above events.




Wednesday, April 6th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – “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.


Wednesday, April 13th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – Game Time at ParklandsWe will bring a selection of board games to play with the residents Parklands Nursing and Rehab. Come join the fun! 


Thursday, April 28th, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in April. 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 email


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