December was filled with holiday cheer at The Peninsula, the assisted living and memory support community in Hollywood.
To kick off the month, photographer Edwin Barreto was on hand for a Holiday Picture Day. Residents and families enjoyed getting dressed up for their portraits, which was a special gift to them.
As the month progressed, we enjoyed a scenic “Ride of Lights” tour around the area to see the homes adorned for the holidays and later had scrumptious Santa Claus brownies for dessert.
Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church Choir—comprised of children and adults—came to The Peninsula to sing Christmas carols. Much to the delight of our residents, the children also performed a puppet show and played musical instruments.
A local Girl Scout troop shared holiday readings and caroling with residents too. It was an intergenerational celebration as residents read aloud from holiday books the children brought.
During Hanukkah, there were two services: one lead by Rabbi Lewis Davis and one with Rabbi Smith. Rabbi Smith brought special Hanukkah donuts for everyone which were delicious!
To top off the Hanukkah holiday, sixth grade students and teachers from Brauser Maimonides Academy visited The Peninsula. The children sang and did arts and crafts with our residents. A special bond was formed between the children and our seniors. Residents enjoyed the attention from the youngsters and their sincere interest.
Young children from Mirawood Day Care Center also came to sing holiday carols. The residents loved these three and four year olds. They also sang at The Peninsula’s memory support wing, The Garden and the residents’ faces glowed with pleasure from the experience.
Our resident Holiday Party was a night to remember. We had delicious appetizers, fruits, cookies and drinks. Our entertainer “Marlene” performed a great show , singing classics, holiday songs and even some party songs like the electric slide. There was a raffle of holiday gifts from lotions to pajamas, blankets, pillows, candy boxes and a radio. Everyone went home with something at the end of the night.