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Oct 1, 2016

Nursing Home News--October 2016

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


For anyone who has been in Gainesville for awhile, you will know that one of the best parts about living here is meeting the various folks who find themselves here for a time due to connections with UF, whether for study or work. And, you will also know that one of the hard parts about this is that oftentimes we find ourselves saying good-bye to some of these wonderful folks.


Recently, we had to say good-bye to Morgan Witter, volunteer coordinator for our group at Park Meadows, and board Vice President. She finished her graduate program at UF and was hired for a wonderful new job in Washington, D.C. We are so happy for her, but it is hard to picture Friends Across the Ages without her. Morgan has been a key player in this organization for a number of years now. She first began volunteering with our group at Park Meadows in September of 2011. In August of 2012, she stepped up to become the coordinator of our Park Meadows group when the previous coordinator needed to phase out. In the spring of 2013, she joined our Board of Directors, and in January of 2015 she became our board VP. Morgan has consistently been willing to help our organization in any way she can. She has mentored so many new volunteers at Park Meadows over the years, keeping up with them all so diligently. She has handled every challenge that has come her way with grace and professionalism. Morgan, you are missed!


We are very fortunate, however, that Rosha Poudyal was willing to step in and fill the roles of Park Meadows volunteer coordinator, and board Vice President—at least until she also graduates and possibly moves away from Gainesville. Rosha is a graduate student from Nepal who does cancer research in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for the College of Medicine at UF. She began volunteering with our group at Park Meadows in June of 2014, and joined our board of directors this past January. She is involved in many leadership, mentoring, and teaching activities at UF. Outside of UF, besides her service in our organization, she volunteers with a project called The Valentine Project Organization for children with chronic illnesses. She also assisted with a fundraising drive following the Nepal Earthquake of 2015, which helped to build temporary huts for people who had lost their homes, as well as three permanent classrooms. Finally, Rosha is an avid soccer player, and has served as team captain for an intramural graduate student soccer league, and a local women’s soccer league. In short, she is someone who gives of herself in myriad ways.


We are deeply grateful to both Morgan and to Rosha for their service. We rely heavily on our coordinators at the various nursing homes we serve to mentor new volunteers, and keep the volunteer groups going. We also rely on our dedicated board members to help us determine the overall direction for our organization, and assist with various events and projects throughout the year, such as the “Not So Talented” show you will see described below. We have watched many volunteers come and go over the nearly 18 years that Friends Across the Ages has been around, and it is truly those exceptionally dedicated folks like Morgan and Rosha that make it possible for this organization is able to continue its work. Thank you, Morgan, and thank you, Rosha!



As mentioned in our last newsletter, we are planning what we are calling a “Not-So-Talented” show. This will be held on Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 AM at Terrace Health and Rehabilitation. The show will involve talents of all kinds. It could be something you are actually good at, or something you think would be funny to share (for instance, say one is terrible at magic tricks, and wants to give a “not-so-magical” performance). We hope to have a mixture of residents and volunteers performing. If you would like to participate, please contact us at and we will fill you in on all the details.



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. Here are our special events for October:


Wednesday, October 5th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – “Storyteller 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.


Wednesday, October 12th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – Casino Time at Parklands – A monthly event at 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. J


Monday, October 24th, 6:00-7:00 PM – Halloween Treats at Signature – Our volunteer group at Signature Health Care will be bringing treats for the residents during their usual Monday visit. Costumes (not too scary) are welcome!


Thursday, October 27th, 2:30-3:30 PM – Birthday Celebration at Parklands – Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in October. 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!


Various Nursing Home Halloween Parties – Most of the nursing homes we serve have some sort of party for the residents for Halloween. If you are interested in helping out with something like this, please contact us and we will help you get the information you need.


Save the Date: Saturday, November 5th, 10:00 AM “Not So Talented Show” at Terrace Health and Rehab – See article above for details.


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 October 2016 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach.
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