Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents of Blue Ridge have had a wonderful time in the past few weeks celebrating holidays with many of our family members and guests. We would like to thank Laurel Wagoner and her mother Kaye for coming in and decorating pumpkins for Halloween. The residents had a wonderful time doing this activity. Laurel’s grandmother, Ruth Martin who is a resident here at the Center participated in the activity and was proud of her creation along with other residents. During our Community Halloween night we displayed the pumpkins outside on the patio. We would like to invite Laurel and Kaye to come back to do another activity with the residents, since they had such as good time and used their imagination to decorate their pumpkins.   

    We would also like to thank Stuart Elementary School for their invitation to participate in their Veteran’s Program at their school on November 9th.  The children did such a wonderful job of having the school decorated for the occasion and the program in which the children participated in was fantastic. The teachers and children really put in a lot of hard work to make it a great event for our veterans in Patrick County. Our veterans really enjoyed seeing and hearing the little ones singing  and how they participated in the program.

    Here at Blue Ridge, we also honored our Veterans with a pinning with Mt. Valley Hospice that same afternoon. We are proud to have twenty eight Veterans here at Blue Ridge and we thank Mt. Valley Hospice for coming and doing their pinning program for our veterans.  On November 10th we had a Veteran’s  Day Parade in the hallways were most of our Veterans participated in. We went up and down the hallways with other residents and staff members “Thanking them for their service” and clapping for them. After the parade they were served refreshments in our dining room.  On Veteran’s Day we celebrated with the ribbon cutting for our new Veteran’s Hall at Blue Ridge. We had the honor guard to come in and help with our Flag Ceremony. During the celebration, SPC Gerard Sanders pinned each of our Veterans. We invited the family members of our veterans to participate in the ceremony.  During the ceremony each Veterans name was read, with their history of their branch they served and the history of their military career.  We are very proud of our Veterans and we “Thank” them for their service for our freedom!

    The Alzheimer’s Association had a “Yard Sale” for the residents of Blue Ridge on November 9th in the recreation room which everything was free for the residents. We invited residents down to go shopping. They really enjoyed visiting with the ladies from the group and they had a great time shopping for themselves.  Staff also was invited to come in and shop, for staff members everything was a dollar! Staff members got some good deals! We are planning another Yard Sale with the Alzheimer’s Association next year! Our residents love to have this activity!

    We are booking entertainment for Christmas. If you or your group would like to perform for the residents, please call so we can put you on the calendar! Call 276-694-1761 ext. 1804 and ask for Dee Dee! The staff and residents of Blue Ridge would like to wish all a “Happy Thanksgiving”!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

Landmark residents traveled to Danville, Virginia, to the Tank Museum on October 27, 2017; while on the bus trip they also enjoyed a picnic lunch.  Residents were amazed by the huge rooms lined with tanks from many eras. We celebrated Frankenstein Friday with a cake modeled after Frankenstein’s head, ice cream, and green punch which matched Frankenstein’s skin color. After dinner, residents visited the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, for Fan Appreciation Day. The ladies were thrilled to meet Ryan Blaney, the #21 driver, to get his autograph and have pictures taken with him.

    Sunday, October 29, residents and guests celebrated National Oatmeal Day with oatmeal cookies. On Monday, Fairystone Baptist Church led the morning worship service. After the afternoon Bingo game, they were challenged by a Candy Corn word search puzzle and sampled candy corn, in honor of National Candy Corn Day. In the evening, residents, community guests, family members, and staff attended a Halloween Party which included music, dancing, and refreshments.

    Administrator, Janna Foley, transformed The Landmark Center into the game, Candy Land, as the theme for Halloween. Staff members dressed in “candy costumes” as well as traditional costumes.  The stage was set for Halloween trick-or-treat night. Community children were invited to The Landmark Center for fun and safe treats. The residents waited anxiously while holding a bucket full of candy for the children to arrive. Residents love to see the ghost and goblins!

    Helen Cowley, volunteer, and Ann Sheppard, family member, assisted the residents in making a Peanut Butter Pudding Cake, during the Cooking Club, November 1. The best part is when we taste the finished product which is almost always delicious.

    Bus trips have included local shopping, November 2, lunch in Mount Airy, NC, November 7, and a trip to Stuart Elementary School on November 9, where our Veterans were honored for their service in the United States Armed Forces.

    Landmark residents and staff enjoyed, The Many Ways to Use Vinegar activity November 2. We were surprised by all the different ways to use vinegar; from cleaning, whitening laundry, and helping ease some of those aches and pains. After dinner, Two Old and Two Young, entertained the residents with a variety of music. Pastor, Dave Boarman, led the residents in a time of worship, November 4, and after lunch, residents welcomed Harvest Worship Center for a time of singing, worship, and prayer.

    Monday evening, November 6, residents welcomed local square dances and the group, The Over The Hill Gang, for a time of music and dancing. Residents love to join in on the fun!

    Susan Foster from Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care led the Operation Homefront meeting November 7, 2017, at The Landmark Center. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are invited to join the Landmark residents to connect, support, and recognize local heroes. For more information call (276) 694-4416. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be at The Landmark Center, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at noon. For more information, contact The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch will be provided.

    Mark your calendar and join the Landmark residents December 7, 2017, for the next Community Rook Tournament, 1:30-4 pm, in the Landmark dining room. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext.4514.

    If you would like to volunteer at The Landmark Center just stop by and fill out an application and join all the fun!

    It is our pray that each and everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Corrdinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Blue Ridge residents had a wonderful time visiting with the community children on Halloween night. We had around 125 or more area children to visit with us. There were so many different costumes and age groups who visited. They were all cute and some of the parents also dressed up with their children. Many of our staff members and resident’s family members came by with their children to celebrate Halloween with the residents. We got to meet a lot of our resident’s grandchildren and great grandchildren during trick or treat. Our residents love having children to visit their home. The residents often ask staff members about their children and they love to hear stories about our children and seeing pictures of them.  

    We will be celebrating Veteran’s Day with the children of Stuart Elementary School. Each year they invite us to celebrate Veteran’s Day with the children. Our veterans have a wonderful time and they are truly honored to be able to participate in their event. We also are planning to start taking our veterans out on a bus trip to destinations they decide to go. We will be finding this information our during our Veterans club activity which we have started.  We are honored to serve these men, because they have giving so much of themselves for us! We are blessed to have 29 veterans at Blue Ridge at this time.

    Our residents have been making Christmas ornaments, which we will be selling. We will be making different ornaments for sale until Christmas. Our residents love arts/crafts and making things to sale or to give to their family members, they take so much pride in their work and they love to see the end product. This past week, we made wood round ornaments, they got to choose their own stamp, and the choices were: a deer, tree, Santa Claus and a rooster for a country Christmas theme tree. They were really proud of their ornaments! We have planned sleds, cupcake, and using clear ornaments with different techniques for the inside.

    We are already booking entertainment for December. If you or your group would like to entertain our residents, please call. We would love to put you on our calendar. Call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804. We look forward to having you come and visit with us!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

There have been new and exciting changes in Landmark’s Memory Care and Assisted Living Neighborhoods. The Landmark Center welcomes Victoria Bennett, CTRS, CDP, Elizabeth Nester, CNA, RMA, CDP, and April Walker, LPN, HCC. Victoria comes to us from Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and is the new Memory Care Coordinator. She attended Radford University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy. Elizabeth is the new Resident Care Coordinator; she has been working on Memory Care since February, 2017. April also comes to us from Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and is the new Health Care Coordinator. We welcome each of you and look forward to working with you in the future!

    Saturday morning, October 14, residents joined the children from Two Hands in painting jack-o-lanterns. Thank you for sharing your Saturday morning with us. Sunday afternoon, residents competed in the Jeopardy Game answering questions about Halloween and Resident Rights; it was a tight race to the finish line. October is Resident Rights Month.

 

    Students from the Senior Cosmetology class of Patrick County High School pampered the residents with manicures on October 17. Residents enjoy meeting the students almost as much as getting a manicure. In the afternoon, residents traveled to Ferrum for a special ice cream treat. After dinner, local artist Sue Nester performed for the residents and guests.

    Memory Care residents rode to Martinsville, October 18, and enjoyed lunch out.  On the 25th they shopped and ate lunch locally. They are always doing something fun and interesting in the neighborhood.

    October 18, Helen Cowley, Cooking Club volunteer, family, and staff, assisted Landmark residents as they recognized Alaska Day, 1867, by making homemade vanilla ice cream. After dinner, the youth from Abiding Grace Church and residents built their own Haunted House. Residents always look forward to a visit from these children.

    The Patrick County Library really outdid themselves this month! Each third Thursday Landmark residents attend an Adult Coloring Class at the local library. This month they were surprised by a showcasing of their art. They were so excited to see their pictures framed and on display. Thank you for providing the class and always going the extra mile which made our residents feel so special.

    Landmark residents celebrated the October birthday on October 20, 2017. They enjoyed cake, ice cream, and punch while listening to party music. Sycamore Baptist Church donated the birthday gifts this month.

    Landmark residents had a busy weekend, October 21 and 22, attending the Apple Dumpling Festival on Saturday morning. Many purchased apple dumplings and ice cream. They welcomed members from Harvest Worship Center Saturday afternoon for a time of praise and worship.

Sunday, October 22 was National Nut Day and residents celebrated with mixed nuts and solving a “nutty” Word Search puzzle in the afternoon.

    The residents raced to find the most hidden items in the Halloween Scavenger Hunt activity, October 24. After lunch, they went on a ride-about to Meadows of Dan to view the changing leaves.

In the spirit of Halloween, Laura and the residents made slime during the morning activity on October 26. Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, led the game, Name That Tune, in the afternoon. Each time a resident guesses the correct song title they receive a prize. Thank you for providing this fun activity. If you would like to become a volunteer please stop by and apply or for more information call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    October 22-28 was National Pastoral Care Week. October 25, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and The Landmark Center honored the pastors who visit our facilities with a luncheon at The Landmark Center. We appreciate you sharing your time and talents as you minister to our residents.

    Many of the residents at The Landmark Center took advantage of the opportunity to vote by using an absentee ballot for the November 7, 2017, election. I would like to thank Susan Taylor for all assistance with this process.

    Don’t forget to turn your clock back one hour before going to bed, Saturday, November 4, 2017. Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday November 5, 2017.

    A special thank you to Linda Hall for the donation of hats to our residents!

    The community is invited to the next Operation Homefront meeting November 7, 2017, 9-10 am, at The Landmark Center. If you served in the Armed Forces of the Unite States of America join us to connect, support, and recognize our local heroes. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

    November 2017 blood pressure times and locations. 11/6: Lowe’s Foods, 11 am-1 pm. 11/9: Patrick County Seniors at Rotary Field, 10:30-11 am. Ararat Seniors at the Ararat Fellowship Church, 10:30-11:30 am. 11/14: Step Seniors in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be November 28, 2017, 12 noon, at The Landmark Center. For more information contact The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by: Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch will be provided.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

It’s hard to see warm weather come to an end. The residents of Blue Ridge have enjoyed their time outside on the patio this spring and summer. We are still going out in the afternoon when the temperature outside warms up, but it’s not the same as being able to go outside anytime of the day. As you look around the tops of the trees are starting to turn and some of the Maples around the center are losing their leaves. We have been taking the residents out for fall foliage rides on the bus around the parkway to look at the scenery and to see the changing foliage. They have enjoyed their rides and talking about places they have visited on the parkway and showing other residents where their family members live. Mabry Mill is one of their favorite places to visit. The mill is beautiful anytime of the year! We are glad that we are able to take the residents on the parkway riding. Years ago; we couldn’t due to rules and laws about commercial vehicles not being on the parkway. But this is a beautiful time of the year to go on the parkway.  As you go by farms seeing the last of the season hay rolls in the green fields and the trees turning a bright yellow, orange or red. Patrick County has some beautiful scenery not just on the parkway but on many roads throughout the county. Sometimes we just take our residents down back roads to see the scenery and many times we are the ones in “awe”.  The residents really enjoy their time on bus trips. It doesn’t matter if we are shopping, going out to eat, visiting new places or just riding around the county.

            We are already stated working on ideas of activities for our residents to do and booking entertainment for the month of December. This is always a very busy time for our residents and staff members. Getting ready for Christmas starts for the activity department on Thanksgiving Day, we start putting up our Christmas trees and decorating the Center for the season. Our residents enjoy helping with the decorating and we like to play Christmas carols while we decorate, to put us in the Christmas spirit! Sometimes when we decorate, we will have hot chocolate and cookies for a treat for the residents who have worked hard on decorating their dining room tree! 

            If you are your group would like to volunteer your talent or do something with our residents during the holiday season, please call so we can put you on the calendar! We hope to see you during the holiday season, but don’t forget the upcoming Community Halloween Kids Night at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and The Landmark Center.  We invite the area children to come to visit with our residents and have a safe Trick or Treat night on October 31st at 6:00-7:30!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

It is hard to believe it is already the middle of October with the holidays quickly approaching.  As we have witnessed the devastation left behind by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, we are very thankful to be safe and sound at The Landmark Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are recovering.

    Residents and staff worked together to create homemade spices to honor our L P N,s and Dietary staff during Licensed Practical Nurses’ Week and National Healthcare Food service Week, October 1-7, 2017.

    The month of September ended as Landmark residents welcomed a new group, the Senior Melodies, Friday evening, September 29. Saturday morning, residents were treated to makeovers by Mary Kay representatives, Robin and Antonia.

    The monthly Operation Homefront meeting was held at The Landmark Center, Tuesday morning, October 3, 2017. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America and would like to join others seeking comfort and support, you are invited to join us at The Landmark Center, 9-10 am, the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org Refreshments are provided.  Residents traveled locally for lunch where they enjoyed Mexican. In the afternoon, staff and residents participated in the Lay’s Flavor Challenge. They tasted the three flavors of potato chips and choose the Crunchy Taco flavor as the winner. After dinner, the FARM TEAM entertained the residents and their guest.

    Thursday morning, October 5, residents shopped locally. After lunch, community guests joined Landmark residents for the Rook Tournament. Winners were Jesse Mae Vernon, Elizabeth Goard, and Aileen Arden. Each one received a pumpkin candy dish full of autumn mix candy. Refreshments were provided. Coordinators of this event were Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, and Daniel Quesenberry, Assistant Activity Director. The next tournament will be held in December. For more information, call Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514. Evening entertainment was provided by Charles Bowman from the group, Two Old and Two Young.

    Local square dancers and the Over The Hill Gang visited with the Landmark residents Monday night, October 2. Residents welcomed Mike Hall , Friday evening, October  6, faithful volunteers from Harvest Worship Center joined the residents Saturday afternoon, and members of Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church met with the residents Sunday afternoon.

    The Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group LLC sponsored a Sock Hop, Saturday evening, October 7 at Rotary Field in Stuart. Landmark residents, in their 50’s poodle skirts, joined the fun. I believe they even got a glimpse of Elvis!

    October 9-13 was Firefighters’ Week and Landmark residents and staff visited the Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department on October 10, for a tour. The residents presented a basket of goodies to them in appreciation for everything they do for their community and Patrick County. Thank you to all of our firefighters in Patrick County! Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, from Reynolds Homestead, led the monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group in the afternoon. Once again, an excellent program was presented to the residents and family members in attendance using stories, postcards, pictures, and calendars. Residents shared memories and stories from their past using the autumn theme. The Mountain View Singers inspired the residents and their guest with gospel music after dinner.

    Landmark residents enjoyed breakfast at a local restaurant on the morning of October 12. They also welcomed local artist, Ursula Allen and Norma Bozenmayner, for the Community Art Class. Working together, they created the first of 600 bowls for the Empty Bowl Festival which will be in March of 2018, at Rotary. Each resident added a personal touch to their bowl using a variety of items. Norma is directing the bowl making and is working with groups throughout Patrick County including school children. Money raised at the Festival will be donated to the Patrick County Food Bank.  Landmark residents are excited to be a part of this special program. After lunch, Collinsville Country entertained the residents with a variety of music.

    Later in the month we will honor our ministers during National Pastoral Care Week, October 22-28. The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at The Landmark Center on October 24, at noon. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4501. This event is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch will be provided. On October 31, The Landmark Center will welcome community children for an evening of fun and safe trick-or-treating, 6-8 pm.  

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Our residents really enjoyed going to the Patrick County Fair on September 21st. They got to have a meal outside on the picnic tables and visit with family and friends while they enjoyed their meal. We would like to thank the Band Boosters for preparing our meal and the good service they provided. The residents also enjoyed going to see the exhibits and walking around to visit with old friends and making new ones. Some of our residents went to listen to the music while others went on a stroll around the fairgrounds. The fair is always fun for our residents to attend. They get to eat, fellowship with friends and it brings back memories of them attending the fair when they were young or taking their own children. With so many changes in the world today, the old timey county fairs will be a thing of the past! Our residents won 7 blue and 4 red ribbons this year. We would like to congratulate all our winners!  

    The residents had a wonderful time at Kanawha Valley Arena in Dugspur. They enjoyed sitting outside on the Saloon porch having a picnic provided by our dietary department.     We would like to thank Dwayne Sowers, brother of resident Tim Sowers, for providing pizza as well for our picnic. Tommy Brown owner and Jody South, always make our residents welcome at Kanawha Valley. They provided homemade cookies and sodas for the residents. The residents enjoyed touring the arena area and looking at all the carriages. Looking at them is like taking a step back in time. It’s like visiting the old west, when you had stagecoaches and bank robbers. Kanawha Valley is a wonderful place to visit and it’s something for all ages to enjoy! Thanks, Tommy, Jody, and Dwayne for all you did for us on our visit! We are already planning another trip with some of our veterans!

    We are planning our Halloween Kids night for the area children to come in to have a safe “Trick or Treat” night on October 31st at 6:00-7:30 at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and The Landmark Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dee Dee Via
Avtivity Director

Landmark Activities

Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf led the residents in a sing-a-long, Friday morning, September 15. In the afternoon, Landmark residents celebrated the September birthdays at the monthly birthday party. Residents enjoyed cake, ice cream, and punch as they listened to party music. Birthday gifts were donated by Patrick Springs Church of God of Prophecy. Evening entertainment was provided by the Chords of Faith.

    As National Assisted Living Week came to an end on September 16, family members joined their resident for brunch.  The food was delicious and the atmosphere was inviting to Landmark residents and their guests. White tablecloths covered the dining room tables and handmade lamp shades covered wine glasses filled with fall candies and a candle adorned the center of the table. Thank you to Jonathan and the dietary staff for making this event special.

    I want to thank everyone who supported the resident raffle for autism! Winners were drawn on Saturday, September 16. Gary Biggs won the $30 gift certificate donated by Honduras Coffee Shop and Doretta Willard won the 32” Led Roku TV. All money raised will be donated to Autism Speaks for research.

    Memory Care residents traveled to Mount Airy, NC September 20 for lunch, and on September 27, the destination was Bassett for pizza.

    Students from the Senior Cosmetology class at Patrick County High School provided Landmark residents with manicures and conversation, September 19. Each year we welcome a new group of students which will soon become new friends with the residents. After dinner, local singer Sue Nester, sang for the residents.

    Residents traveled to the Patrick County Fair on Wednesday evening, September 20. They loved visiting all the vendors, especially the Landmark Group with the big rooster. They also enjoyed listening to the music which was provided by local talent. Other bus trips have included local shopping, September 19, and shopping in Martinsville, September 21.

    Residents and staff from Highland Ridge Rehab Center joined the Landmark residents on September 22, for lunch and Bingo. Everyone enjoyed getting to know each other during lunch and competing to win as they played Bingo. We are already planning a return visit in November!

    Active Aging Week began on September 24; throughout the week we had special activities to celebrate our residents.  Sunday, September 24, residents and guests were served Cherries Jubilee. Monday afternoon, September 25, Jonathan provided a cooking demonstration for the residents.  Tuesday morning, residents welcomed Glenda Biggs and her antique tools for a fun and challenging tool guessing game. Staff, residents, and family members accepted the challenge with the residents coming out on top. Tuesday was also the 55th Anniversary of the Beverly Hillbillies, residents competed in a “washing day relay,” Granny the doctor, and making soap event. Bus trips included burgers and shakes in Mount Airy, NC, and lunch In Martinsville, September 28. Every afternoon we walked and recorded a prayer for each step for our community, country, and families.

    The Landmark Center sponsored a free to the community, Lunch and Learn, Financial Planning for Senior Living, September 28, 2017. The program was presented by John P. Abadie, Financial Advisor, representing  Edward Jones.

    Join us on October 5, 2017, for the next Community Rook Tournament, 1:30-4:00 pm, in the Landmark dining room.  For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514. Refreshments will be provided.

    October blood pressure locations and times: 10/9: Ararat Seniors at Ararat Fellowship Church, 10:30-11:30 am, 10/10: Step Seniors at Step in Stuart, 10:30-11:15 am, 10/12: Patrick County Seniors at Rotary, 10:30-11:00 am, 10/13: Meadows of Day Seniors at the Meadows of Dan Community Center, 11:00 am-12:00 noon.   

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be held at The Landmark Center on October 24, 2017, at noon. For more information, contact The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch will be provided.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents have been very busy for the past week. We have started having a new activity for just our veterans. They will meet in our Recreation Room  once a month, to have refreshments, visit with one another, play games and have special speaker’s or entertainment. This month the VFW visited with our veterans giving them a plaque an American flag honoring them for their service. We would like to thank the VFW and Robert Forrest for their time and for the entertainment they provided during our Veterans meeting.

    Our residents have been having a good time going out on their bus trips. They had a good time going to the Cook Out in Mt. Airy for milkshakes, Golden Corral to eat and to WalMart shopping. We are already getting requests from the residents to where they want to go in October. Going on the bus trips are a way of getting some of our new residents to start coming out to other activities. We learn a lot about our residents on the trips by talking to them and they learn about us. You start building a relationship with the resident and they in turn will start coming out to other activities and meeting new residents.

    Fall being here, we are still taking the residents out on the patio for the fresh air, sunshine and just plain relaxation. Our days are numbered with this activity, so we are enjoying it while we can. Old man winter is just around the corner, and it will be awhile till we can go out and enjoy the warm days and sunshine. With winter and cooler days, the residents like to warm up with hot cider or hot chocolate. We are always thinking of new activities to have and sometimes our residents come up with them.

    We want to thank all our volunteers who come in and volunteer their time and talent. We can thank them, but I don’t know if they realize how much they do for our residents. They look forward to your visits, and sometimes, you are the only way we can get some of them out of their room, when we tell them who is coming to perform. Other volunteers, who help with activities, many times we can ask a resident to go to an activity and they will refuse. But when you ask they are ready to go! Each and every one of our volunteers are angels and we want to Thank you all for what you do!!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

The residents of the Landmark Memory Care Neighborhood are staying busy and having a blast thus far in September.  They welcomed Judy and Ralph on September 5, for music and singing. The residents celebrated Labor Day and Dr. Phil’s birthday. The cooking club created delicious personal pizzas on September 5,and on the 7th they ate coffee ice cream. Bus trips have included lunch in Martinsville on September 6 and lunch while on a ride about on September 13.

    September is Southern Gospel month and residents began the month enjoying music by Mike Hall as he entertained them with beautiful Southern Gospel songs. Saturday, September 2, residents had fun playing a Wood Brother’s Racing Team Hang-man game. Sunday afternoon, residents and guests were served mixed berry cobbler and ice cream.

    The monthly Operation Homefront meeting was held on September 5 at The Landmark Center. Those in attendance created Eagles to display in the rooms. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are invited to attend these meetings to connect, recognize, and support our local heroes. The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, 9-10 am, in the Landmark living room. For more information, contact Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. The program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

    Each Wednesday afternoon, volunteer, Helen Cowley, joins the residents for the Cooking Club. On September 6 we made Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries; they were delicious! On the menu for September 13 was Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies. The only one way I know to make chocolate better is to add the word, “double.”

    Landmark residents enjoyed breakfast at a local restaurant on September 7. Later, new comers were welcomed to The Landmark Center with a social in the game room. Evening entertainment was provided by, Two Young and Two Old.

    Friday, September 8, residents and guests celebrated the 85th birth anniversary of singer, Patsy Cline.   After dinner, residents relaxed to beautiful music by Roger Wells.   

    Saturday afternoon, residents welcomed member of Harvest Worship Center for a time of music, scripture, and prayer.

    National Assisted Living Week is Sunday, September 10 through Saturday, September 16. The theme this year is, Family is Forever. September 10, members from Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church led the residents in a sing-a-long and then shared uplifting scripture with those in attendance.  Later, Grandparents were honored with a party celebrating Grandparent’s Day.

    A 9-11 memorial service was held on Monday afternoon in the Landmark living room. Residents and guests watched a short video and then shared their personal memories of that day. Resident, Cora Grace Foley, shared this story: her first cousin was working at the Pentagon on that day and had just left his desk and went to another part of the building when the plane crashed at the spot where he had just been working. Thank you to everyone for sharing your special memories.

    Special activities were scheduled for National Assisted Living Week as we remembered a TV family; The Waltons. Tuesday morning, September 12, residents played, The Waltons Jeopardy Game. For lunch residents traveled to a local restaurant which has been passed down to family members. In the afternoon, residents welcomed Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, from Reynolds Homestead, led the monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group. Beth shared family memories with the residents using glass keepsakes which belonged to her grandmother and grandfather. She also introduced Sea Glass which had been made into a necklace. As usual, the residents loved seeing all the items she shared with them.  After dinner, the Mountain View Singers shared the Lord with residents and guests through prayer and music.

    Residents shared pictures from their past with us for a Guess Who Contest on September 13. Residents and staff are having a lot of fun trying to guess who is in the pictures. Members from the Patrick Springs Church of God of Prophesy joined the residents for a time of worship after dinner.

    September 14, residents shopped locally on the bus trip. Later, local Community Artist joined the residents and they created a collage of pictures which represented their Landmark family. In the afternoon, Collinsville Country performed for the residents. Before dinner, trivia about The Waltons was shared with the residents.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group will be meeting September 26, 2017, noon, at The Landmark Center. For more information, contact The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050 ext. 4501. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch will be provided.

    The community is invited to join us at The Landmark Center September 26, 2017, 10:00 am, for Financial Planning for Senior Living with John Abadie. Lunch will be included. For more information, call (276) 694-3050 ext. 4501.

    Join the Landmark residents for the next Rook Tournament on October 5, 2017, 1:30-4 pm, in the Landmark dining room. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and refreshments will be served. For more information contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050 ext. 4514.

    October Blood Pressure locations and times: 10/2-Lowe’s Foods in Stuart, 11am – 1 pm. 10/9-Ararat Seniors at Ararat Fellowship Church, 10:30-11:30 am. 10/10-Step Seniors at Step in Stuart, 10:30-11 am. 10/12-Patrick County Seniors at Stuart Rotary, 10:30-11 am. 10/13-Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Meadows of Dan Community Center, 11 am – 12 noon.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator