Be Thankful

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.

Red Butte Garden

There is no better way to begin the autumn season than a visit to the Red Butte Garden. Our assisted living crew recently visited the gardens in order to get one last look at the summer plant life before autumn begins to turn the leaves. This is one of our favorite trips as we love seeing the beauty that nature has to offer and the staff at the gardens are amazing and give such a wonderful tour. See below the wonders of nature we were treated to.

School Supply Run

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

Molly

Mike

Jeane

Floyd

Vicki

 

At the school getting ready to deliver the supplies

Louis

Sunset art

Breanne, the art teacher from Indian Hills Elementary has once again let us enjoy her talents as an artist and a teacher. She helped our assisted living crew create water colors of sunsets to enjoy as decoration in our rooms. We always enjoys our time with Breanne as she lets us use our imaginations and create a painting that is as realistic or abstract as we want it to be. Thank you again for spending time with us and letting us enjoy the process of creating art!

 

West Jordan Senior Center Band

There is never a dull moment when the West Jordan Senior Center Band decides to pay our assisted living crew a visit and their most recent visit was no exception. This group of local seniors truly puts their heart and soul into playing music and having fun together and it shows during each performance. During their most recent visit with our assisted living crew we were able to do the twist together and sing some fun 50s era music to go with the poodle skirt and greaser dolls. We can’t wait until the band visits again!

Parting is such sweet sorrow

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!

Silly faces

Strike a pose

Dancing the day away

Superman!

U for University of Utah

 

Feeding the birds at Liberty Park

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

Scott

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!

ZOOmania

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!

Louis

Our wonderful volunteers

Headed back to the bus after a wonderful outing

Lynn H.

Marilyn, Norma, and Rhea

Lisa watching the polar bears

Molly watching the seals

Gloria and Glendora watching the seals

Time to see the elephants

Scott

Molly

Jeane

Our volunteers hard at work

Marilyn watching the lion stretch

Giraffe

Lion

The elephant was putting on a show

Sea lions

Polar bear saying hi

Tiger

Red panda

Is it an alligator or crocodile? Do you know the difference?

Baby orangutan

The orangutans were playing

 

Presentation Day

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!

Balloon badminton

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!

Surprise visits are the best

We here at Carrington Court are blessed to live in a wonderful neighborhood. A few weeks ago a group of girls decided to pop in for an impromptu visit. They performed some music and acrobatics for us and then played balloon badminton with us. We had so much fun during this surprise visit. We really love our little neighborhood and are so glad to have such wonderful people surrounding us.

Larry, Jeane, and Marilyn posing with the girls

Group picture

Window decor they made for us

Showing us how to do a bridge

Ukulele time

Everyone here loves piano music

It’s so fun to listen to the ukulele

The girls all performed for us. It was very fun to watch