At The Peninsula, the assisted living and memory support community in Hollywood, our March activities and programs introduced residents to new, special events while celebrating holidays.
Our instructor Scott Dell with BamBam Drum Fun returned this month for his popular drumming program. His energy seems to invigorate everyone. Regardless of their musical abilities, our residents really enjoy this activity. There are so many benefits from drumming. It’s therapeutic and improves hand-eye coordination.
A Celtic theme inspired many of our activities. We dined at two local restaurants this month for their Irish flavor and ambiance. We visited “The Field Irish Eatery” and enjoyed the restaurant’s specialty of delectable homemade-style corned beef and cabbage. We were also pleased with “Shenanigan’s East Side Restaurant” in Dania. The waitress were so cute decked out in Irish green and we enjoyed the Irish scenery and the menu which featured BBQ, wings, pizza and burgers.
Our mind stimulating games this month also took on a Celtic theme and were Celtic Trivia, Brain Blarney, and Leprechaun’s List of Words.
The Peninsula had a Purim celebration with Vitas Healthcare celebrating the Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from a conspiracy to destroy them. The story of Purim was told with residents participating in dressed costumes and using the traditional noise makers. A resident volunteered to be Queen Ester and she was properly adorned. Hamantaschen, the Purim cookie, were served as well. The holiday continued with a visit from school students who performed a lyrical dance and delivered holiday hamantashcen too.
Our theater was transformed for our St. Patrick’s Day Party and was very festive with plenty of green shamrocks. Residents enjoyed green punch and cake. Our new entertainer “Charlie Andre” was a ‘pot of gold.’ He sang and danced to a variety of music including Irish tunes and even did his Irish clog dance engaging residents. It was a St. Patrick’s Day to remember!
Irish Dancers from “Arin Moore Dance Studio” performed and the young girls brought smiles to everyone. Residents at our memory support community, “The Garden, decorated cookies with green icing & sprinkles.
A monthly Veteran Support Group was initiated this month and will continue with monthly discussions. Our first meeting was a meet and greet. Residents were encouraged to talk about their military service in different wars.
As an extension of our Veterans Support Group, the “Honor Flight” organization came to explain their program which invites veterans to take a daylong free trip to Washington D.C. Companions escorts the veterans and assist throughout the trip.
We are trying to encourage Peninsula residents to participate in this trip of a lifetime. Representatives from “Honor Flight” will return to The Peninsula to help our residents complete the application.
We started a monthly morning “Nature Walk’ and walked approximately three blocks to a nearby lake. It was great to enjoy the breeze before returning to The Peninsula.
It was a fun-filled month and we are happy to see many new residents enjoying The Peninsula lifestyle.