Residents at The Peninsula, an assisted living and memory support community, have a wonderful month of activities planned for July.
Under the direction of Michelle Hertz, the resident programming coordinator, there a good balance of activities that encourage resident involvement.
“We want to offer a mix of educational opportunities and events that are creative and fun. There are also plenty of exercise options too. Everything is geared to the abilities of our residents so they can feel comfortable joining in,” said Michelle. “We often find our residents are trying new things they didn’t previously have available to them. Before moving to The Peninsula, mom may have been more sedentary. Now she’s able to discover her creative abilities, exercise and socialize with others.”
July highlights include an Independence Day celebration with entertainer Tony Jr. There will be red, white and blue leis for residents and the party features cake and refreshments. Residents’ families are invited too so it should be a fun day for everyone.
In keeping with the patriotic theme, residents will decorate their own picture frame with red, white and blue stars and stripes in our craft class this month.
Last month, The Peninsula hosted a presentation about hearing loss and as a follow up, a hearing specialist will provide hearing tests and screenings this month. Recent studies suggest hearing loss may play a much more important role in brain health so these screenings at the community are valuable as well as convenient.
On Wednesday evening, July 9th, New Start, a non-denominational church group will visit the community.
Another eagerly anticipated event is the pet therapy program.
“Every Saturday morning, we have a beautiful golden retriever named “JR” visiting the community with his owner, Sue. They usually stay in the The Garden, our memory care area, and spend time with residents. Research has proven that pet and human interactions can lower cholesterol levels and help those with depression. Many of our residents had family pets so this time is especially enjoyable.”
The City of Pembroke Park comes to The Peninsula for their monthly safety lecture on Friday, July 18th at 2:00 p.m. The topic is Hurricane Safety and will be facilitated by Ann Zucker from the Pembroke Park Fire Dept. We encourage families and the general public to attend.
People often call the months of July and August the dog days of summer when there’s not as much going on but that’s hardly the case at The Peninsula with our chock full calendar. If you would like to come to any of our activities, please call the community at 305-893-7755.