News & Updates
At last week’s Pumpkin Walk at the Learning Center we gave tickets for a drawing to be done at the end of the evening’s activities. Jessie & Peggy are the two young ladies who won the Halloween Wreaths! Our wreaths featured were bats, & spooky skeletons! Congratulations to these young ladies & their win! We’re always so pleased to participate in this community event!
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.