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Nov 1, 2012

Nursing Home News--November 2012

This is the March 2012 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach



Presented by Zsa Zsa Ingram-Fitzpatrick

from the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Tuesday, November 13th from 6-7:30 at Barr Systems

Free and Open to the Public

On Tuesday, November 13th, Friends Across the Ages will be welcoming a special speaker for our next Speaker/Workshop Series presentation. Zsa Zsa Ingram-Fitzpatrick, from the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs—Office of Volunteer and Community Services, will be leading a workshop on “Elder Sensitivity Training.” Here is a quick description she has provided of what this workshop will entail:


The Elder Sensitivity training is a workshop which utilizes props, individual and group activities, and discussions to promote understanding, empathy, and sensitivity to the sensory losses of the elderly. The workshop training has proven to be effective in teaching participants to experience the effect of sensory losses that are common to the process of aging. The basic learning objectives for the workshops are as follows:


1. Identify common misconceptions about older adults and the aging process.

2. Recognize sensory losses associated with aging and their impact on quality of life.

3. Experience how financial and personal losses contribute to feelings of depression and dependency in later life.

4. Identify strategies to improve communication with older adults and appreciate the utility of elder sensitivity training as a tool to effect attitudinal change.


This is an interactive training workshop, suitable for any person providing care or services to older adults.


We encourage all of our volunteers, and any others who are interested in enhancing their ability to communicate with older adults, to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Whether or not you yourself are able to attend, please help us spread the word around the Gainesville community—we would like to have a good turnout for this special event, and would love to see some new faces, including folks who may never have participated in Friends Across the Ages before. It should be an interesting evening!



At this season of the year of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our thanks and appreciate to all of our volunteers and supporters for all you do throughout the year to serve our brothers and sisters in nursing homes, and to make Friends Across the Ages Nursing Home Volunteer Network the unique community of folks that it is. Whether you are a regular weekly one-to-one volunteer, a board member, a supporter, or occasional participant, we appreciate you and all you do. If we’ve learned anything from our years with this organization, it is that seemingly small things really do make a big difference. We feel privileged to know so many caring people through this organization, and want you to know how much we value your participation in this endeavor to “bridge generations through ageless friendship.”



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. Here are our special events for November:


Thursday, November 1st, 1:30 – 2:30PM – “Storytellers’ Society” at Parklands These monthly group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce, and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.

Thursday, November 8th, 1:30 – 2:30PM – Casino Time at Parklands A 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!


Tuesday, November 13th, 6-7:30PM at Barr Systems - November Speaker/Workshop Series Presentation: “Elder Sensitivity”See above article for additional information. Please plan to come if you can, and please help us spread the word!


Thursday, November 15th, 1:30 – 2:30PM – Wii Games at Parklands A former volunteer has donated a Nintendo Wii for the nursing home residents to use. We have tried it a couple of times with the residents at Parklands and it was a huge hit—so we have added Wii Games to our list of monthly activities at Parklands Nursing and Rehab. Come on out and join the fun!


Thursday, November 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 November. 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!




Save the Date:


Sunday, December 2nd, 2-4PM at North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care – Friends Across the Ages Holiday Party Mark your calendars for our annual holiday party! We start off with caroling in the dining room with the residents of NFRSC, then move to a conference room for holiday treats and volunteer recognitions. Please plan on joining us for this special afternoon—everyone is welcome!




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


This is the November 2012 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages Nursing Home Volunteer Network.
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