Landmark Center – May 16, 2018

By Belle Pendleton

Picture: Children from Patrick Springs Head-start celebrated May Day (May 1) at The Landmark Center. They are pictured dancing around the May Pole.

Landmark residents traveled to the local library, April 26, for the monthly Bingo game.

On April 27, residents welcomed local artist, Jackie Belcher, who sings beautiful Southern Gospel music. Family members joined the residents on April 28, for brunch. The Landmark Dining Team prepared a delicious variety of food which was enjoyed by all.

May 1, residents welcomed students from the Patrick Springs Head Start Program to celebrate May Day with them at The Landmark Center. The children joined Landmark residents for B-Bop Wellness; a fun and exciting game. Susan Lytle, from Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, assisted the residents and children with a craft. Susan is the leader of the Operation Homefront meetings which are held at The Landmark Center the first Tuesday morning of each month, 9 to 10 a.m. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, and would like to connect, support, and recognize other local heroes, join us on June 5. For more information, contact Susan Lytle (276) 694-4416.

The children experienced something new as they danced around the May Pole in the courtyard. They also joined the residents in the dining room for lunch. The residents were so excited to eat lunch with their small guests; many helped the children open their milk and cheese sticks.

Bus trips have included local shopping, May 3, a seafood lunch in Martinsville on May 8, and breakfast locally, May 10.

It is finally warm enough for the residents to enjoy the courtyard. Thursday afternoon, May 3, residents ate watermelon, listened to music and rocked in the rocking chairs. After dinner, Two Old and Two Young entertained the residents with a variety of hymns and classic country music.

Memory Care residents joined the Assisted Living residents for the May Jeopardy Game, May 4. They answered questions about Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the month of May; Margaret Stegall was the winner with 470 points. After dinner the residents relaxed as they listened to beautiful Southern Gospel music by Mike Hall. May 5, Pastor Dave Boarman led the residents in an hour of worship. Sunday afternoon, residents enjoyed the movie Facing Darkness. Sunday, May 6, was also the beginning of National Nurses Week. If you have the opportunity, tell a nurse thank you for everything they do for those that are in need.

As I am writing this article I am privileged to be listening to beautiful “Old Country Hymns” being performed by volunteers from Fairystone Baptist Church and the Landmark residents. On this day, May 7, this faithful group has been volunteering at The Landmark Center, every Monday morning, for twenty years. Another group which has been volunteering at The Landmark Center for many years is the group, The Over The Hill Gang, and Square Dancers, which were at The Landmark Center in the evening. This is another favorite activity for the residents; many join in and dance with the square dancers.

The monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group met at The Landmark Center, May 8. The meeting was led by Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, Becki Turner, volunteer, both from Reynolds Homestead. They shared visual examples of art, paintings, and postcards. Their knowledge of history is amazing. As usual, Beth and Becki did a great job, the residents are always eager to share their own memories with the group.

May blood pressure times and locations:

May 19: Strawberry Festival in uptown Stuart, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 21: Ararat Seniors at the Friendship Mission Church, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., BP and Education

May 22: Stuart Seniors, Step Building, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., BP and Education

May 22: Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting, 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, call (276) 694-3050. A light lunch will be provided.

Join us at The Landmark Center on Wednesday, May 30, for a Job Fair beginning at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Until next time, see you at Landmark!

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