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May 1, 2015

Nursing Home News--May 2015

This is the May 2015 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 April 3-12. In particular, we would like to thank everyone who coordinated the various events throughout the week:


Carolyn Lukert—“Drum Circle” at Palm Garden

Morgan Witter—“Karaoke Party” at Park Meadows

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

Christine Hall and Lena Melendez—“Luau and BINGO” at Gainesville Health Care

Keri and Jon Shinn—“Celebrate Spring”at NFRSC

Kim and Andrew Mitchell—“Orange and Blue 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:


Jacob Olson—“Stick-to-It” Award

Betsy Thewes“Rookie of the Year” Award

Arthur Donner, Alec Neller, and Praveen Varanasi –“Three Musketeers Dedication Award”

Leah Craig—Spirit Award

Kim and Andrew Mitchell—Dedication Award

Morgan Witter—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, check out our forthcoming “snail mail” newsletter—see below for more on that.





Our Spring/Summer edition of our “snail mail” newsletter, The Bridge, will be shipped out very soon. 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!



We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Signature volunteer Jacob Olson and his wife, who recently welcomed their first child to the world. Jacob is in the Marines, and will soon be transferred to Hawaii. We will miss him, and wish him and his family all the best in this new, exciting chapter of their lives.

Also, congratulations to Parklands volunteer Mallory Frye, who is graduating from UF this weekend with a degree in graphic design. We are excited for her as she explores what comes next, and wish her all the best.



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 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, May 13th, 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 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 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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