2009 SUMMER & FALL IN-HOUSE EVENTS
At the end of June, as the summer weather finally warmed up, residents were invited to a special Brunch on the Patio with sparkling cider. The highlight of this event, in addition to the scrumptious food prepared by the kitchen, was the possibility of sleeping in until 10:00AM! To ensure the morning’s extra sleep time, the residents made “Do not Disturb” signs for their doors.
Board of Directors Treasurer, Pat Emons, volunteered her time to come discuss her trip to Sedona area and the Grand Canyon National Park and show slides. “It felt as if we had gone on the trip,” said one of our residents.
Ralph DeRienz, owner of Dieter’s Edge, returned with an inspiring presentation on healthy living including some tips for the residents and staff on how to stay on track when trying to lose weight. On another day, our friend Sandy Micalizzi, APRN, CDE of the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury came to talk about how to avoid consuming too much salt which can raise one’s blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Last year, two of our Board of Directors, Linda Hagen and Beth Molder donated a Wii Bowling game to Southmayd Home. Since then, Fran had included Wii Bowling as a monthly activity for the residents. In early August, our residents invited residents from the Village at East Farms to come for a friendly Wii Bowling competition. Even though we had the home advantage, we lost. Later, our residents discovered that their team practices more regularly, so we have increased the frequency of our game playing and will be challenging the Village at East Farms for a rematch.
Angelina (Lena) Guilmette, a previous resident, returned to Southmayd in early September for a special party to celebrate her 100th Birthday! Together she, her daughter and our residents and staff shared cake and pina coladas. Lena received lots of hugs and congratulations from all on achieving this wonderful milestone in her life.
In October, a Tag Sale was held to help us rid our attics of unwanted clutter.
We had two visits from Mayor Michael Jarjura and his friends. Before the primary, he visited with the residents and brought them ice cream sundaes and fruit. Later, before the November election, Mayor Jarjura and his friends provided pizza for our supper to thank the residents for their support.
The assisted living facility residents were thrilled with the visit of a child bride
(Audrey, the grand-daughter of one of our Board of Directors in her Halloween costume). After lunch, with the help of her mother, Audrey gave
each of the residents a beautiful drawing she had made over a span of several months, Audrey had drawn pictures of pillow and purse shops, children on swings, rabbits and cats and many, many more scenes. The colorful artwork brought huge smiles
to the residents. On another day, a Witch and Dracula
visited and brought Halloween candy for all our residents!