While the thermometers don’t dip very far below 70 degrees here in South Florida, the fall festivities at The Peninsula certainly make it seem that fall is in the air.
Michelle A. Hertz, The Peninsula’s resident programming coordinator, created an October calendar that delighted everyone.
She kicked off the month with a special “spooky” bingo night early in October. Residents received Halloween themed prizes and bingo shirts. In addition to being a great social activity, playing bingo has many health benefits. Did you know that playing bingo improves one’s concentration and short-term memory? (http://www.ehow.com/info_8774825_intellectual-elderly-people-playing-bingo.html).
Friday, October 3, was a day of prayer at the assisted living and memory support community. Residents attended a traditional Yom Kippur service conducted by Rabbi Lewis Davis and later in the afternoon, a volunteer, Shirley Levinson, conducted a second service.
The month’s medical presentation was by “Coeus Genomics”. Our residents and guests found the lecture very interesting and intriguing. Our speaker shared relevant information about how a simple cheek swab can tell if your prescriptions are working well. Those residents who participated will learn their results in early Dec.
The Peninsula had a new entertainer in October, Larry Dutt. The talented pianist added historical and enchanting stories to his music performance which delighted residents.
For our October crafting activity, residents loved a pumpkin patch craft. They decorated personal miniature pumpkins in their own creative way. Residents in our memory support residence, “The Garden,” enjoyed painting their pumpkins too.
Ending the month’s activities was The Peninsula’s daylong Halloween Party Spooktacular. Forty children from MiMi’s Day Care Center dressed up in costumes and came to trick or treat in the morning. Our residents had made darling goodie bags for them.
For our Halloween Dress-Up party, resident programming supplied the costumes for everyone who wanted to dress up. A little make-up was added to put their looks together.
The party included a costume contest with prizes, treats and live entertainment by Maud & Fitzgerald, who did a spooktacular rendition of “Phantom of the Opera”.
We are looking forward to more fall festivities as we’ve turned the corner on the season and head towards Thanksgiving.