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Jan 4, 2007

Nursing Home News -- January 2007


Welcome to a new year of the “Nursing Home News”.  Around this time when many people are making New Year’s resolutions, we always like to remind you that this is an especially good time to start visiting someone at a nursing home.  One-on-one volunteers agree to visit a nursing home resident in need for one hour a week.  We provide the training and help along the way.  If you’d like to give it a try, there is no better time than now!  You can contact us by replying to this email, or call our office at 381-1117 and we’ll give you all the details. 


Monday, January 15th, 2:30PM – 4PM – “Casino Party” – This event is such a big hit with the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab (formerly The Manor at Gainesville) that we’ve started having it regularly.  At 2:30 there will be a bingo game.  Once we’re finished with Bingo, we move on to the horse racing game, and blackjack or other card games.  The residents will be playing for “Bingo Bucks” and prizes. 

Sunday, January 21st, 2-3PM – Wintertime Crafts! – This will be a re-creation of an event we held back in December that was a big success.  This time it will be held at Palm Garden, in the main dining room.  The residents will be making snowmen to display in their rooms or give to family members.  But the residents will need helpers (that’s you).  The supplies will all be provided by Friends Across the Ages, just bring yourself – no talent required.  Just come in through the front entrance and ask for directions to the dining room!

Thursday, January 25th, 3-4PM -- 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'll have singing and cake. Volunteers are needed to help gather the residents together, serve the cake, sing, clean up, etc. 


Please consider making a donation to Friends Across the Ages to help us continue to serve our elders in nursing homes.  Our organization is a charity and donations are tax-deductible. Your donation can pay for a bus trip, Bingo supplies, and volunteer recruitment. Donations can be made with a credit card on our web site (, or by check made out to Friends Across the Ages and sent to:

Friends Across the Ages
P.O. Box 14698
Gainesville, FL 32604


Remember, be sure to check above to find out the nursing home at which an event will be held.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at:

All events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire). If you've never been to a nursing home before, feel free to reply to this email and let the coordinators (Steve and Allison Blay) know what events you'll be attending, so they will be looking for you. You can also call them at 381-1117. 


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