Landmark Center – July 11, 2018

BELLE PENDLETON
Recreation Coordinator

Residents (L-R): Janice Parrish and Sue Knight feeding a baby goat while on a trip to the Infinity Acres Petting Zoo.

July 2, marked the beginning of the second half of 2018; how did the first half of the year slip away so fast?

Experts say it would take 40 hours every day to complete everything we “think” we need to do and we know that would be impossible. This is one reason why I love my job as recreation coordinator at The Landmark Center. Where else can you meet a variety of great people, who each have their own life story, and are eager to share it with you? I also am very blessed to have a great activity team to work with each day. So let’s see what the residents and staff are up to at The Landmark Center.

Residents love to play the hangman game, which is similar to the Wheel of Fortune, that many of them enjoy watching on TV. On the morning of June 22, residents played a Rain Forest Hangman game with Daniel, congratulations to the winner, Vivian Joyce.
Family members were invited to join their resident for the monthly Saturday morning brunch, held on June 23. Join your resident July 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Landmark dining room, for the next Resident and Family Brunch. Enjoy a “made to order” omelet prepared at your table along with other delicious foods.

Sunday, June 24, was National Strawberry Parfait day. The residents and guests celebrated with delicious handmade parfaits.

Bus trips have included local shopping on June 26, and Bingo at the local library on June 28. Tuesday, July 3, residents and staff traveled to Infinity Acres Petting Zoo, located in Ridgeway; and while they were out, they also enjoyed a picnic lunch. On July 4, residents were treated to the fireworks show in Stuart and shopped locally on July 5.

Saturday afternoon, June 30, residents were served cherry Seven-Up ice cream floats for a cool treat. Sunday, July 1, they recognized Creative Ice Cream Flavor day, Hershey Kisses day, and National Gingersnap Cookie day in the game room. They also completed a find-a-word puzzle titled, “Finding July.”

Susan Lytle led the Veterans Coffee and Get-Together program, July 3, from 9 to 10 a.m., at The Landmark Center. Residents created a beautiful candle holder using red, white, and blue rice, a canning jar, and a battery powered candle. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, join us to connect, support, and recognize our local heroes. For more information, call Susan at (276) 694-4416. The next scheduled meeting will be August 7. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

Refreshments are provided. For more information, visit www.mtnvalleyhospice.org.

The Landmark Center is fortunate to have community volunteers, which come monthly, for Sew and Mend day. They perform a great service for the residents and have been doing so for many years. Thank you for sharing to time and talent with our residents.

Louise Hansen, volunteer, treated the residents to patriotic music during the Wednesday morning church service on July 4. After church they enjoyed a traditional Independence Day meal which included barbeque chicken, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, and lemonade. For dessert, they were served ice cold watermelon. Thank you to the dining team for this special meal.

The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting is scheduled for July 24, beginning at noon, at The Landmark Center. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, contact The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. A light lunch will be served.

Free to you July blood pressure times and locations:
• 7/16: Ararat Seniors, Fellowship Church, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., BP & Education
• 7/17: Stuart Seniors at the Step building, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., BP & Education
• 7/24: Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting, noon, at The Landmark Center
It’s happening again on a Saturday Night! Splish Splash! We are having a Bash! Join us on
Saturday, July 28, from 6 to 10 p.m., 105 Landmark Drive in Stuart. Beat the heat while enjoying the Huge Bouncy House, Gigantic Slip’ n Slide, multiple water slides, the Lava Twist, game stations, and the Kiddie Pool. Free admission and a free beach ball to the first 200 kids. Hot dogs also will be available for purchase. For more information, call the center at (276) 694-3050.

I would like to thank volunteer Bobby Nance for building the beautiful podium in the arts and crafts room. You are a blessing to us all at The Landmark Center.

If you would like to become a volunteer stop by and fill out an application; we would love to have you on our team.

Until next time, see you at Landmark.

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