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May 1, 2016

Nursing Home News--May 2016

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



We want to express our appreciation to all who participated in our Friends Across the Ages Spring Festival, which was held March 28th-April 3rd. In particular, we would like to thank those who coordinated some of our events throughout the week, including Jean Lansford, Kim and Andrew Mitchell, Keri and Jon Shinn, and Morgan Witter. Thank you also for all who volunteered to help with the various events—too many to name, but all very much appreciated!


A big thank you as well to everyone who helped with the Spring Volunteer Appreciation party which wrapped up the festival, as well as to everyone who attended. This party is always nice, but this year in particular was the best we have experienced in our many years of doing this. We wanted to mention those who were especially recognized at that event:


Jamie Kistler“Rookie of the Year” Award

Karen Tecler –“Pinch Hitter” Award

John Hobbs—“Resident Scholar” Award

Erika Kraus-Theis—“Spirit of Friends Across the Ages” Award

Jean Lansford—“Royal Medal of Dedication” Award


Thank you to all of our amazingly dedicated and caring volunteers for all you do throughout the year!


For more about our Spring Festival, please see our “snail mail” newsletter, which was sent out last week. If you are not on our snail mail list and would like to be added, please email us at




Summer is here for our college student volunteers, and almost here for the rest of us. If you are a student volunteer who will be away for the summer, please be sure to let your coordinator know, and of course the residents you visit as well. You might consider keeping in touch with your friends at the nursing home over the summer with things like letters, cards, and phone calls.

For those out there who have been considering volunteering, or maybe had gotten away from volunteering, summer is a great time to start or return! Things are always slower for us in the summer with many of our volunteers away or traveling. Contact us at and we will give you all the information you need to get started!



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 May:


Wednesday, May 4th, 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, May 11th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – “Poker Party” at Parklands A monthly event Parklands Nursing and Rehab Come help play poker with the residents, or just help cheer them on! No real money is involved; residents play for the honor of having our Championship Trophy for the month. 


Thursday, May 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 May. 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 at and let us know if you plan to attend one of these events so that our coordinators can be on the lookout for you. 


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