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May 1, 2014

Nursing Home News--May 2014

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



We want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers and residents who participated in our Spring Festival, which was held the week of March 30-April 6. In particular, we would like to thank everyone who coordinated the various events throughout the week:


Carolyn Lukert—“Drum Circle” at Palm Garden

Keri and Jon Shinn—“Celebrate Spring”at NFRSC

Christine Hall and Erin Hawkins—“Luau and BINGO” at Gainesville Health Care

Steve Blay—“Spring Break in Las Vegas” at Parklands

Morgan Witter—“Karaoke Party” at Park Meadows

Kim and Andrew Mitchell—“Garden Party BINGO” at Signature



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. We wanted to mention those who were especially recognized at that event:


Amanda NovatnackSpirit Award

Leah Craig—“Stick-to-It” Award

Morgan Witter—MVP Award

John Zokovitch—“Rookie of the Year” Award

Heather GeidelDedication Award

Erin Hawkins—Dedication Award

Kim and Andrew Mitchell—5 Year + 1 Award



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





Our Spring/Summer edition of our “snail mail” newsletter, The Bridge, will be shipped out very soon, possibly even by tomorrow. We have been updating our address list—please contact us if you are not sure we have your current USPS address! Also, if there’s anyone you know who might like to receive a copy, please ask them to send us their address as well! Students—we know many of you may have gone home for the summer, so this call for addresses is particularly aimed at you. You won’t want to miss all the latest news from Friends Across the Ages!




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 7th, 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 14th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – 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!


Thursday, May 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 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 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


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