Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey
It is so important to take a little time each day to be thankful for the wonders, joys, and love we have in our lives. Our assisted living crew recently participated in a craft to create a thankfulness plate to display in their rooms to give a reminder to take time each day to reflect on the amazing things and people we have in our lives. See the fabulous pieces below.
A little silliness is important too 🙂
Back row: Marilyn, Norma, Carolyn, Jim, and Rhea. Front row: Vicki, Molly, Myrna, and Suzanne.
Here at Carrington Court we are very lucky to have so many of our community members come to visit with us and we want to make sure we are giving back to our community. With this in mind our assisted living crew recently visited Jackling Elementary School to donate some much needed school supplies. We had so much fun being able to visit and meet some of the staff whose classrooms the supplies would be going to.
Norma and LaRae
Lynn and Myrna
At the school getting ready to deliver the supplies
It is always hard to say goodbye to our University of Utah students after twelve weeks of getting to know one-another. However, we are so excited to see where their futures lead them. The most recently group of U of U students ended their time with us mid-August. Three of the students (Brandon, Monica, and Megan) are going on to further their educations with masters and doctoral programs and one of the students (Tierra) is jumping straight into the workforce to lead senior community activity exercise groups. We wish you well Megan, Tierra, Monica, and Brandon!
Everyone is trying to complete the brain-buster exercise
Brandon leading the group in the brain-buster exercise (your hands must move opposite directions while spinning your fingers)
Musical Jeopardy (residents versus U of U students)
Brandon, Monica, and Megan helping keep score and track of the questions/music
Tierra was the master-mind behind the musical selections
The U students lost miserably
Time for reminiscing questions
Sharing stories about our past experiences with each other
We don’t do serious here 🙂 (Norma and Jim)
End of semester pictures!
Strike a pose
Dancing the day away
U for University of Utah
Recently our assisted living crew took a trip to Liberty Park to feed the geese and the ducks. Norma, Molly, and Vicki were able to hand feed a few of the geese. We had so much fun. It was a gorgeous day for an outing and to visit with good friends and community members.
Mike and Ellen
Floyd, Mike, Ellen, Lynn H., Molly, and Myrna
Norma, Jeane, and Vicki
Molly hand feeding a goose
Vicki and Norma hand feeding the geese
Norma hand feeding a goose
Floyd, Mike, Ellen, and Lynn up close with a goose
Norma is always up for chatting with the younger generation
Mike, Ellen, Lynn H., Molly, Louis, and Myrna
These geese were not shy at all!
We had so much fun today getting to feed the geese and ducks!
Each year in August our assisted living crew takes a day and visits the animals at the zoo. It is one of our favorite outings and this year was no different. We were able to see the elephant perform, the lion was lazing right next to the window, the red panda was sunning himself, the sea lions and seals were racing each other, the polar bears waved by the windows, and there was a baby orangutan. We were so blessed to have the many volunteers join us to push wheelchairs and allow our residents to be comfortable while viewing the animals. It was a very successful and fun trip and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
Our wonderful volunteers
Headed back to the bus after a wonderful outing
Marilyn, Norma, and Rhea
Lisa watching the polar bears
Molly watching the seals
Gloria and Glendora watching the seals
Time to see the elephants
Our volunteers hard at work
Marilyn watching the lion stretch
The elephant was putting on a show
Polar bear saying hi
Is it an alligator or crocodile? Do you know the difference?
The orangutans were playing
At the end of each 12 week session the University of Utah students usually come by after graduation to drop off a binder that outlines what their goals, purpose statement, and end results of their visits were. However, the most recent group of students we hosted (Brandon, Monica, Tierra, and Megan) were asked by their professor to give a presentation to our residents so the residents could see for themselves what the U of U students had been working on. Needless to say it went over very well. It was really cool to learn about all of the behind the scenes things the U of U students do in order to make each week successful and it was fun to see all the questions and interaction from the residents. We hope this will continue for future groups and want to give a huge thank you to this past group of students for all of the effort they put in and sharing their time with us. Good luck in everything you do!!!
Leading the residents in exercise.
Learning about the importance of wrist and hand exercise.
We’ve had so much fun learning new exercises from this group of U of U students!
Jeane going in for the hit
Tierra almost getting hit in the head (don’t worry she got her racket up in time)
The U of U students’ purpose statement
Everyone was very focused on hearing more about what the U of U students were striving to learn
We are so proud of Brandon, Monica, Megan, and Tierra for all the work they have put it!