This month, we are highlighting our Live More® philosophy in honor of Live More® week and National Senior Health & Fitness Day at the end of the month. We are diving into each of the 8 key areas of wellness that make up the Live More® wheel. Today, our Connecticut communities had the opportunity to highlight the Social, Intellectual, and Vocational areas of Wellness.
Presented by The Hearth at Southbury
“The Hearth at Southbury is a very social hot spot!!! Each month the Activities team meets with the residents at the Activities Meeting to develop and implement new programs and Special Events to encourage social time.
We discuss how past programs, entertainers, new activities have been working out at the facility. It works out very well to have the input from our residents. After all, this is their home and it’s most important to try to offer activities that not only benefit them but are enjoyable for them. The residents love their scenic bus trips, luncheon outings, new craft classes, Think More groups, holiday activities and of course the entertainment. We look forward to implementing more creative programs here at The Hearth at Southbury.”
-Donna Winn, Activities Director at The Hearth at Southbury
Presented by The Hearth at Tuxis Pond and The Hearth at Gardenside
“With this population, there is a strong need for programming that offers an educational twist that boosts cognition and does so in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Two Hearth Communities in Branford and Madison, CT have combined their efforts in offering a new program to their residents that combines an intellectual aspect with team-building and social interaction! This program is entitled “Team Trivia Competition”.
Each community forms a team of residents that unite together to use their wisdom and abilities to answer questions of varying levels of difficulty. The two teams meet at the hosting community for lunch, laughs and conversation. As lunch wraps up, the friendly competition begins. The competition ends with a trophy going to the Victorious and a handshake with newly acquired friends! Each community takes turns hosting the event. The Tuxis Titans won the first round on May 3rd and The Gardenside Gang will be giving it ‘the ole college try’ again in August.
Also, Connecticut Hearth Communities have also rolled out a physical, intellectual and social challenge in 2017 that engages the residents in a Chair Volleyball Competition. There are two ensuing competitions taking place in the near future:
- June 2nd: The Tuxis Titans vs. The Gardenside Gang (on Tuxis’ turf, 1st engagement
- July 7th: The Tuxis Titans vs. The Glastonbury Strikers (on Tuxis’ turf, 2nd engagement w/Tuxis defending the title!”
-Doug Sabino & Linda Capaubo, Activity Directors at Hearth at Tuxis Pond & Gardenside
Presented by The Hearth at Glastonbury
“At the Hearth at Glastonbury, it’s important for our residents to continue to have purpose and meaning in life. Throughout their lives, they have had a career or a family that provided them an environment to utilize their skills & talents. As you age, some of those aspects go away once your retire and your children become adults. It’s important to give them opportunities to still utilize their skills through vocational activities such as gardening, monthly calendar duties, or organizing their own activities. Any activity, such as leisure time or hobbies, that also use their vocational skills will help to provide purpose and meaning in their life.”
-Kristina Carroll, Activities Director at The Hearth at Glastonbury
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