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On Sunday, Oct. 3, Jason Collier of Ainsworth and Crawfordsville Church held a program in Timmons Event Center on the campus of Halcyon House in Washington about his mission trip to Guatemala. The residents were interested to learn about the country’s health care system, living conditions, traditions, and his time spent in Guatemala. Everyone enjoyed the program and continued to share Jason’s stories throughout the week.
Rosewood is really taking on the fall vibes. Lucy’s daughter has been busy crafting Halloween and fall decorations for her mom’s room. The fireplace mantel has been adorned with the traditional fall colors and there are sunflowers all around. Artificial foam pumpkins and canvas pictures are taking on a whole new look as residents explore with the art of decoupage’. Pumpkins are fun to recreate in beautiful fall colors using paper napkins, tissue paper, and Mod Podge. On these cooler days, talk turns to flowers and fall decorating ideas. We think fall is a favorite time of the year!
Bingo in Wedgewood is always popular and this week we had a lot of lucky winners! Everyone won multiple times and collected some tasty treats. At “Joggin’ your Noggin’,” we worked on word search puzzles and fill in the blank worksheets to complete popular old-time songs.
Once we figured out what the song was, we sang it as a group. Everyone still knew the words to most of the songs! At “Artist with HeArt,” Rosewood resident worked on painting fall photos. The Art Gallery wall was bursting with colors of pumpkins and fall leaves.
The game Dice was added back to the activities calendar and all of the ladies were very excited to hear the rolling of the dice across the table once again. At “Thirsty Thursday,” we enjoyed refreshing beverages with cheese, crackers, grapes, and chocolate truffles. While we enjoyed the beverages and snacks, we discussed “The Good Old Days” and how many changes the residents have seen in the past 90 years. Everyone also decorated a miniature pumpkin. These brought lots of smiling faces when shared with the group. Singing, cold beverages, and snacks finished off this thirsty program.
Sagewood residents learned a little about Johnny Appleseed in honor of his birthday on September 26. To celebrate, residents tasted several different apple varieties to see which one tasted the best. We all agreed that the Ginger Gold apple was the best one! During “Craft, Color, and Create,” residents started creating canvas prints using painted puzzle pieces to create the image. It will be interesting to see how they turn out! We finished off the week by exercising our noggins with Brain Games!
In Arborwood, the residents created fall pumpkins out of tissue paper and Mod Podge. We listened to music and had some good laughs as we crafted. The pumpkins were bright and beautiful, and the residents were very proud of their work. At “Coffee & Conversation,” the residents enjoyed coffee, tea and hot cocoa as they chatted.
After exercise class, a few residents joined on a walk around the track. We stopped at the pond to feed the koi fish and admire their unique coloring and spots. The residents had a good time enjoying the beautiful sunny day while soaking in the last moments of summer.
The Halcyon House Wellness Department
All residents were able to join in on the homecoming festivities as we welcomed the Washington High School Homecoming Court and cheerleaders in to meet the residents. The residents were able to see the cheerleaders perform and get to know the students on homecoming court with a Q&A session before they were sent off to homecoming.
The homecoming parade followed later in the afternoon and all of the residents enjoyed watching the parade go by, wearing their orange and black Washington Pride, and, of course, collecting candy from the floats. We had such a fun week here at Halcyon House!