Hogwarts, A School of Magic

Harry Potter and the school of wizardry he attended, called Hogwarts, is a featured season of magic at this year’s Senior Olympics. The elders “attended” Hogwarts to learn how to make magic wands as they are preparing for the Olympics. Padding the handle and adding personal designs to the wands required some assistance and a steady hand while applying the hot glue. Afterwards, each uniquely designed wand was painted by each elder. There was a sense of accomplishment with the final product. A part of the journey was to eat from the Hogwarts snack cart, Honeydukes. Some of the snacks are not for the faint of heart, for if you look closely, you might see a few unusual delicacies.

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Eden Alternative Principles 4&5

These recent radio spot announcements, Roll Call August 2 and Roll Call August 9, share Eden Alternative Principles 4 & 5 on the antidotes for helplessness and boredom. These remedies for two of the three plagues reveal the philosophy and wisdom and the Eden Alternative for managing elders’ needs for the opportunity to give as well as receive help and to remain active with meaningful and interesting activities.


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Sacred Music Touches the Soul

Every week local churches bring the hymns of faith that are reminiscent of childhood worship experiences and re-inspire elders as they continue their journey of life. We are very grateful for those churches that make the effort to share songs, sermon, and handshakes. Here are Central Grove Baptist Church and Peolia United Methodist Church recently contributing to the spiritual needs of elders.

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The Sweet Sounds of Harmony

Harmony enriches music and life. The Pleasant Ridge Singers come each month with the sweet sounds of harmony filling each neighborhood (hall) and main room. They come as supper is concluding. They generally range in age from young to very young. They flow as one, both musically and as a group. The elders frequently praise their presence and their peaceful harmonious sound.

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A Plant Needs a Caregiver

Taking care of plants can give elders a sense of helpfulness that can counteract the overwhelming feeling of helplessness. Principle #4 of the Eden Alternative states that “an elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.” Here Bryan is harvesting fresh tomatoes that have been nurtured by staff and elders. It is another way being an Eden Alternative home is changing the culture.

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Back to School and Into the Community

We are a part of a good community where mutual support benefits all. Our connection to the school, to the children and families of Clinton County, is why we participated in the Public Library’s “End of Summer Reading Blast” event last week. We often take elders to the schools to interact with the students, bringing gifts and hugs. We continue to support the families of Clinton County and were pleased to join with the library in their efforts to do the same.

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Young Life-Changers

The youth of the United Church of the Nazarene took time to bring board games to spend time with the elders. From Chess to Checkers to Sorry, the young people brought a variety of games to engage the elders. Most of all they brought themselves to be present with them. Thank you to Joni & Kris Upchurch, Kaylee Stearns, Hailey Brown, Jesley Brown, Malachi Upchurch, Seth Flynn, Madeline Marcum, Harley Whitaker, and Mason Whitaker. As a part of their Vacation Bible School this week the youth did service projects in the community. This training can change them and can make them life-changers for others. So thank you to the leadership of the Albany United Church of the Nazarene and their training of young “life-changers”. For it is in serving others that lives are changed.

Protecting Our Elders

While CEO Joe Steier and “Legislative Lady” Kathy Galin encouraged and challenged us via video, Elders and stakeholders gathered together to register to vote or sign up for Signature’s PAC (Political Action Committee). The purpose and mission of the PAC is to “Protect our Seniors”. Signature’s PAC wants: 1) access to healthcare, 2) good healthcare policy, 3) real tort reform, 4) education advancement and 5) job security. We are grateful to our County Clerk, Nathan Collins, and his assistant, for being present to register voters. Important business requires food, so Quality of Life Director, Michelle Shelton, along with the Dietary staff, provided a colorful and delicious array of fruit, snacks and sweets. Every vote and every voice matters!


See You at the Back to School Bash

This flyer announces our plans to be present at the Clinton County Public Library’s Back to School event distributing school supplies and meeting and greeting families of our community. We hope to see you there.

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