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

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

With summer coming to an end, the residents of Blue Ridge enjoyed having a picnic at DeHart Park. The dietary department prepared subs, chips and drinks to enjoy while sitting outside enjoying the sunshine. Some of the residents wanted to go walking around DeHart Park and the activity staff took them. They enjoyed looking at the grounds, the creek and the different activity areas the park offers. They were amazed how green and beautiful everything was.  For some of the residents this was the first time they had been to the park.  They really enjoyed having their time outside and they loved exploring the area, watching the minnows in the creek and being able to eat outside. We are planning another picnic for the 1st of October before it gets too cold to be outside, and the leaves will be changing color for the residents to enjoy!

    The residents went to Dipper’s Ice Cream on August 31st. They ordered ice cream sundaes, ice cream cones and milkshakes. They had a hard time trying to decide what flavor they were going to order. Many of them just ordered what they knew they liked chocolate and strawberry. One of our residents got a peanut butter ice cream on top of a brownie, with hot fudge and homemade peanut butter sauce. He said it was delicious!  Just looking at it made your mouth water! We are planning to go back this month for another round of delicious ice cream.

    It’s hard to believe that October is right around the corner. We are planning for our annual “Trick or Treat” night with the area children. This is one of our resident’s favorite activities, because they get to see their children dressed in the Halloween costumes. We are also working on Christmas and the different activities we can offer our residents and families during the holiday season. The holiday season will get here before we know it and it takes a lot of planning to make sure all of our residents have a stocking and a gift for Christmas morning.

    If you are your group would like to volunteer you time and talent, please call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804. We would love to put you on our calendar.

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

BRTC Hurricane Harvey Relief - You Can Help!

The staff of Blue Ridge Therapy Connection is collecting supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. These supplies will be donated to the Disaster Relief Food Ministry here in Stuart, VA at Lowes Foods the week of 9/4/17. Below is a list of supplies that are of most importance; but we will accept any donations. We will start taking donations 8/31/17 through 9/8/17. We hope everyone will jump on board with us and help support our neighbors in Texas and show them the love and compassion needed in this time of need.

After speaking with Jimmy Willard; he voiced that the Ministry also will take monetary donations. You can make the checks out to Disaster Relief Food Ministry. The ministry is a 501c3 non-profit agency it is a taxable donation.

  • Cases of water

  • Cans of soda, ready-to-eat foods

  • Prepackaged cutlery

  • Paper products such as Napkins, Paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates

  • Flash lights with extra batteries

  • Clorox/Lysol Wipes

  • Wash clothes, thin bath towels

  • Baby wipes

  • Personal hygiene products such as toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/combs, tampons, pads, shampoo, razors

 

If you would like to contribute to this cause, please drop off any supplies to the team here at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and they will deliver the items to Lowes Food or contact Trish Grogan or Kelsey Fain at 276-694-7161 for more information and ways you can help.

We work with an amazing group of compassionate individuals here at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and we are beyond blessed to be a part of this amazing TEAM!!!

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Landmark Activities

The residents of the Landmark Memory Care Neighborhood recently visited the Blue Ridge Airport in Henry County on August 9, 2017. Before we set out on the tour the residents enjoyed a delicious lunch at the restaurant which is located inside the airport. Lora Coleman, Customer Service Manager, then led the residents on a very exciting and detailed tour of the airports facilities. Jacob Moore, Air Care 3 Nurse, spoke with the residents about his job and responsibilities aboard the Air Care Helicopter. We all got to see the helicopter and the many things it can do. Jason Davis, Manager of Blue Ridge Airport, also spoke with the residents and gave them a tour of one of the jets at the airport. Residents were excited to get on the jet and take pictures. We wish to thank the staff at Blue ridge Airport, especially Lora Coleman, for a great day and for putting smiles on our residents’ faces. (By: Daniel Quesenberry) Other bus trips have included lunch in Mount Airy, NC, Mexican food in Eden, NC, and Chinese in Martinsville.   

    Landmark residents celebrated the August birthdays on the 18th. Residents danced to party music and enjoyed cake, ice cream, and punch. Resident birthday gifts were provided by Stuart Baptist Church. The group, Chords of Faith, provided beautiful entertainment after the evening meal.

    As part of the Patrick County Peach Festival Landmark residents were served peach ice cream Saturday afternoon, August 19. The residents celebrated lemonade’s birthday on Sunday afternoon with delicious lemonade.

    History was made on August 21, 2017, as Landmark residents joined millions of people in the United States who viewed the Solar Eclipse. The Courtyard was filled with residents, guests, and staff, armed with our safety glasses, to view this exciting event. Afterwards, everyone traveled to the game room for a party! How great is our God!

    The Assisted Living Community went to Fairystone Park on a picnic August 22 and shopped locally August 24. A fun and favorite trip for the residents is just past the town of Floyd where they can purchase homemade bread and much, much more. They always return home with a bag full of goodies. On August 31 the destination was Martinsville where they savored fish for lunch.

    Staff and residents worked together to make delicious homemade grape and peach jelly which will be sold as a fundraiser for special activities. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4507.

    Winners of the August 24 Jeopardy Game were Nell Belton and Vivian Joyce. Our winners received Landmark Vouchers to spend in the Country Store. In the afternoon, we welcomed our new residents at the New Comers Social with hot peach cobbler and ice cream. August 24 was National Peach Pie Day.

    James Setliff and members from Harvest Worship Center led our residents in worship on Saturday, August 26. Sunday afternoon, residents and their guests were served banana splits in recognition of the Great American Banana Split Celebration and National Banana Lover’s Day.

    Monday morning, August 28, we welcomed Fairystone Baptist Church; in the afternoon, residents were invited to join family and friends to celebrate Cora Grace Foley’s birthday in the game room.

    September is always a busy month at The Landmark Center! We will celebrate National Assisted Living Week, 10-16 and Active Aging Week, 25-30. During these two weeks we will provide special events and activities for the residents, families, volunteers, community, and staff. September 11, 10:00 am, the community is invited to The Landmark Center for the program, Veterans and Dementia, presented by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, and on September 26, Financial Planning for Senior Living, 10:00 am.

    September blood pressure times and locations: 9/7 Patrick county seniors at Rotary Field, 10:30-11:00 am. 9/11 Lowe’s Foods in Stuart, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 9/15 Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Meadows of Dan Community Center, 11:00-11:30 am (BP & Bingo) 9/18 Ararat Seniors at the Fellowship Church in Ararat, 10:30-11:00 am (BP & Bingo) 9/19 Step Seniors, Step in Stuart, 10:30-11:00 am (BP & Bingo)

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be September 26, 2017, at noon, at The Landmark Center, 227 Landmark Drive, Stuart, VA 24171. For more information, contact The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection at (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by the Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection.

    The Activity Staff will be selling raffle tickets for a 32” Led Roku TV and a $30.00 gift card from Honduras Coffee Shop in Stuart. All monies will go to Autism Speaks for research. This event is part of National Assisted Living Week as we give back to help other in need. The prizes will be given away during the resident ◾ family brunch on September 16, at The Landmark Center. Tickets are on sale now for $1.00. For more information, contact Belle or Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514 or 4507.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendelton
Recreation Cordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

As summer slowly passes, the residents have been enjoying their time outside on the patio. We have been reminiscing, playing games and just enjoying the outdoors late in the afternoon with a glass of lemonade.  With fall coming soon, we are working on our art work and making new art work so we can enter it in the fair. We look forward to going to the fair each year; seeing how many ribbons the resident won, getting to eat outside and visiting with many of our friends who are also attending the fair.

    We are planning to have a Western Week in September.  We will be making our own horses to enter in a horse race game and we are planning for our bus trips to go along with the western theme.  It’s been awhile since we went to Kanawha Valley and the residents always loved going to visit with Tommy Brown. We are also planning trips to Dippers for ice cream, Cookout in Mt. Airy and a picnic. We will also be going to Mabry Mill, Golden Corral and Wal-Mart for our monthly shopping trip. We always look forward to our bus trips and having a good time with the residents.

    This past week, we took the residents on an around about bus trip up through the Dobyns area. One of our resident told us she was from that area and her parents ran a mill. During our trips, we get to learn a lot about our residents and their past life. We also went to Stuart Family Restaurant which is one of their favorite places to eat. The staff there is so good to us and they always have us a large table for all of us to sit at so we can all eat together.  They are very friendly, have great  service and great food. We all enjoy going there!

    We have already started planning for the rest of the year. We have many new ideas and activities we hope our residents and family members will enjoy. It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of summer, so we have already started thinking about Christmas. This is a very busy month for our residents and staff members. But we like to have a good time and with planning,  we hope the residents have a great Christmas.

    If you or your group would like to perform for the residents or just volunteer your time, please call at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804 and we would love to put you on our calendar!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

Community guests joined the Landmark residents August 3, 2017, for the Community Rook Tournament. Winners of the tournament included Shirley Ray, Larry Vernon, and Shirley Sheppard; all winners were awarded a prize. The Rook Tournament was coordinated by Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers, and Daniel Quesenberry, Activity Director Assistant. Refreshments were provided by the Landmark dietary staff.Join us on October 5, 2017, for the next tournament. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    Residents attended the Twins Hangman Game on, Friday, August 4, recognizing the Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, OH. Daniel and the residents always have a great time playing this fun and challenging game. Local artist, Mike Hall, performed beautiful Southern Gospel songs for the residents in the evening.

    Pastor Dave Boarman led the residents in worship on August 5 with music and words of encouragement. Pastor Boarman shared with the residents he had been in a terrible motorcycle crash; he gives God the glory for saving his life.

    National Friendship Day was August 6, 2017. Residents and guests celebrated by watching a “Friends” marathon while munching on popcorn.

    A faithful group from Fairystone Baptist Church led the residents in singing beautiful old hymns before the message was provided by Pastor Charles Taylor, as they do every Monday morning. Throughout the 20 years they have been coming to The Landmark Center, the arts and crafts room is always filled with eager residents. Thank you to this group and all others who visit with and uplift our residents daily. If you would like to become part of the Landmark family as a volunteer, please stop by and fill out an application.

    We are thankful for a great bus driver, Ray Gray, which makes it possible for residents to travel to destinations such as Mount Airy, NC for pizza, August 8, and locally for breakfast on August 10. August 15, residents traveled to Ridgeway for ice cream, and to the local library for an Adult Coloring class, August 17. Thank you to Daniel for driving the bus on additional outings.

    Singers from Mountain View UMC provided uplifting Gospel music for the Landmark residents Tuesday, August 8; I am blessed to hear many wonderful comments about this group after each visit.

    The Cooking Club prepared Creamy Rice Pudding on August 9, to recognize National Rice Pudding Day. We missed volunteer, Helen Cowley, who was not feeling well.  

    Local artists joined the residents August 10, for the Community Art Class. Residents were taught a new technique using crayons first and then covering with watercolors. The result is unique.

    Landmark artist began a Sunflower Art project, August 11, Worldwide Art Day, which will be on display during National Assisted Living Week, September 10-16. After dinner, residents enjoyed beautiful hymns sung by Roger Wells.

    Over the weekend the residents welcomed TWO Hands, Guests from Harvest Worship Center, and a group from Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church. TWO Hands surprised the residents with tiny ballerinas which performed for the residents; they also joined the residents in a game of B-Bop Ball.

    Residents and guests took a trip back in time on Monday, August 14, as they celebrated National Creamsicle Day. Many residents shared that it had been “ages” since they had eaten a Creamsicle and recalled the orange push-ups they used to enjoy.

    Sue Nester was our guest on Tuesday evening and the youth group from Abiding Grace Church joined the residents for game night on Wednesday, August 16.

    Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959; residents and guest celebrated with a fruit party!

    A BIG thank you to children who attended Vacation Bible School at the Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church for the touching and creative handmade cards. You made our day!

    National Assisted Living Week will be September 10-16. The theme this year is, “Family is Forever.”  Special events and activities will be happening throughout the week!

    The next Operation Homefront Meeting will be September 5, 9-10 am, at The Landmark Center. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This event is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org Refreshments will be provided.

    On September 26, 2017, the Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at The Landmark Center beginning at noon. For more information contact The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. The program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch will be provided.

    September Blood Pressure locations and times: 9/7/2017-Patrick County Seniors at Rotary Field in Stuart, 10:30-11:00am, 9/11/2017-Lowe’s Foods in Stuart, 11:00-1:00pm, 9/15/2017-Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Meadows of Dan Community Center, 11:00-11:30am; also Bingo, 9/18/2017-Ararat Seniors at the Fellowship Church in Ararat, 10:30-11:00am, also Bingo, 9/19/2017-Step Seniors at Step in Stuart, 10:30-11:00am, also Bingo.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

The residents of Blue Ridge had a good time celebrating their vacation week to Australia. They went digging for pink diamonds, they got to taste different foods and they learned a lot about the history and the geography of the county. They enjoyed visiting the different areas and the culture. The residents enjoyed getting to keep their Aussies hats and they won sunglasses to go along with their hats during the pink diamond dig.  We are planning a Western week for the month of September and activities that go along with the theme. Our residents really enjoy having these special event weeks and they asked if we could have one in September. They came up with the theme, now we have to come up with different fun activities!

    The summer is really going by fast. It’s hard to believe that next month we will be taking our residents to the Patrick County Fair. We have started working on our entries for the fair. Many of our residents work year round on things in their room to enter in the fair. Our residents are very talented and we want to share their talent with the public by entering their arts and crafts in the fair.  We are going to be working hard on as many arts and crafts as we can because we want our residents to be able to enter as many exhibits as they want too.

    With the cooler days, we are getting to take the residents outside and have afternoon activities on the patio. Many times we just like going outside for the fresh air and sunshine. Sometimes we exercise, reminisce and play games such as Name that Tune! Music is one of the resident’s favorite activities. It doesn’t ‘matter what era, what kind of music or the years it was a hit. This is a way for them to have happy memories and to reminisce about the past!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

 

Landmark Activities

The Landmark Center is excited to welcome Janna Foley to the community as the Acting Administrator in Training. Janna is a Patrick County native who resides in Stuart with her two sons and dogs. She has experience in senior living and assisted living as a director of member services; benefits programs of social services, marketing, and community events. Janna is a volunteer for the Cpl. Jonathan W. Bowling Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Mercy Church Back2School program. She has a passion for helping others and senior citizens. Janna enjoys hiking, knitting, and spending time with her family.

    Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf led a sing-a-long Friday morning, July 28, in the arts and crafts room. Residents joined in as they sang a wide of variety of songs. In the afternoon, residents and guests celebrated the July birthdays with cake, ice cream, and punch. Resident birthday gifts were donated by Stuart United Methodist Church. After dinner, residents relaxed to music by the group, Chords of Faith.

    Landmark residents are always ready for a challenge. July 19-27, celebrated the 27th Annual National Baby Food Festival. July 20, residents, staff, and guests were challenged to name the flavor of baby food in a Flavor Challenge game. The first challenge was a jar of bananas; after many guesses, without the correct answer, we all decided we were very glad we only had a tiny taste of bananas. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this flavor challenge.

    Residents are enjoying the bus trips as they travel to many different locations in and around Patrick County. Mount Airy, NC was the destination July 25 for lunch where they enjoyed delicious fried chicken.  On July 27 residents shopped locally.

    July 27, new residents were welcomed to The Landmark Center at the New Comer’s Social. Residents and guests were served doughnuts and coffee. Volunteers, Jim and Ellen Saunders, led the game, Name That Tune, in the afternoon; this is always a fun activity.

    Sunday afternoon, July 30, residents and guests were served lemonade and brownies. Monday, after lunch, residents enjoyed watermelon while relaxing in the Courtyard.

    It is hard to believe it is already August 2017! The first day of the new month was very busy with activities beginning with the monthly Operation Homefront meeting. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America and would like to connect with local Veterans, you are invited to attend. Meetings are held at The Landmark Center the first Tuesday of each month, beginning at 9:00 until 10:00 am. 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. The next meeting will be on September 05, 2017. After the Operation Homefront meeting, residents were invited to the living for music by Judy and Ralph. In the afternoon, residents stopped for ice cream while on a Ride-a-Bout to Philpot Dam. After dinner residents were entertained with music by the F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M.

    On the morning of August 03, residents traveled to Patrick Springs for local shopping.

    Residents on Memory Care are also staying busy while having a great time! On a recent Ride-a-bout they traveled to the Martinsville Speedway after stopping for ice cream. In August, Jill Hairston, Memory Care Coordinator, has a Landmark Fashion Show planned on the 14th. There are also plans to celebrate Senior Citizen’s Day. Jill states, “Get Ready, Get Ready.” She also would like to” thank the families, nurses and the Landmark staff for all their support. It brings joy to our hearts to see the residents smile, laugh and engage in enjoyment.” Staff is encouraged to participate in the above activities.

    We will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week on September 10-16, 2017. Please join us at The Landmark Center for special events during the week. The theme this year is, Family is Forever.

    August blood pressure locations: Aug 14: Ararat Seniors, Friendship Church, 10:30-11:30 am, and Aug. 15: Step Seniors, Step Building in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be held at The Landmark Center at noon, August 22. For more information, call The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection at (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and Southern Area Agency on Aging.

    We would like to remind all of our visitors and volunteers to please sign in and out when visiting with us at The Landmark Center!

    If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center stop by and fill out an application. We would love to add your name to our Landmark family!

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

With the hot temperatures we have been having, we try to think of ways to cool off. This week some of the residents enjoyed going to Dipper’s in Ridgeway for homemade ice cream. They really enjoyed having their favorite flavors and something cool to eat. We are planning another trip to Dippers for next month and are taking different residents so they too can enjoy having homemade ice cream. Also, this coming month, we will be going to Pacific Bay restaurant in Patrick Springs to take residents who love seafood. The residents of Blue Ridge like to go different places to eat and try different foods. On our way back to the Center, we have our discussion about what we like and didn’t like.  We all try to get different foods off the menu so we can talk about them and how good they were and what we will get the next trip back.  Our bus trips have really helped us get residents to start attending other activities at the Center. They get to know one another on the trips and this starts new friendships.

    This week we will be having our In House Vacation to Australia! We have many activities based on Australia lined up for our residents to participate in.  Staff member Francine Jones plans on singing for the residents during one of our activities. They will be going mining for “Pink Diamonds” and learning about the culture and tasting different foods. We look forward to having a fun filled week with our residents.  

    The activity staff members are brainstorming different ideas for many different activities for our residents to enjoy now and for the rest of the year. We have come up with different activities for the fall and Christmas time for our residents and family members to enjoy together. It takes a lot of planning, teamwork and organization to make these events a success.  We look forward to seeing if our residents enjoy them!

We can always use volunteers, if you are interested please call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161.

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

Memory Care residents joined the Assisted Living residents for entertainment by Two Old and Two Young, Thursday, July 6, Mike Hall on July 7, and crafts with TWO Hands on Saturday morning, July 8. They also traveled to Mabry’s Mill, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for lunch July 12 and Ridgeway on July 19 for pizza.

    Sunday, July 16, was National Sugar Cookie Day and residents enjoyed cookies in the game room, later they welcomed members of Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church for singing and preaching.

    The monthly Operation Home front meeting was held on July 11 at The Landmark Center. Those in attendance painted red, white, and blue pictures which included the American Flag. If you served in the Armed Forces of the Unites States of America you are invited to attend these meeting to connect, recognize, and support our local heroes. These meetings are usually 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. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org

    Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, from Reynolds Homestead, led the monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group, also on July 11.Residents were shown local paintings of the outdoors, lakes, and mountains. Residents shared memories and stories about places from their past; they also talked about West Virginia and its mountains. The residents always have a lot of fun in this program. After dinner, residents were led in worship by singers from Mountain View Mountain View United Methodist Church.

    Each Wednesday afternoon, volunteer, Helen Cowley, joins the residents for the Cooking Club. On July 12 we made a Strawberry Upside Down Cake which was delicious. Residents, staff, family guests, and Helen worked together to prepare the cake and topping to be baked. As the cake baked the delicious aroma of strawberries filled the room and surrounding hallways. As we “patiently” waited to taste our creation residents reminisced about family and meal time at home. What a blessing to share memories with each other. On July 19 the Cooking Club grilled corn and pineapple.

    Bus trips have included pizza for lunch in Mount Airy, NC, July 11, breakfast at a local restaurant on July 13, local shopping July 18, and an adult coloring class at the local library July 20.

    Local artists led the residents in the Community Art class, July 13. Residents were assisted in creating beautiful sun-catchers using items found in our homes. Residents now have them hanging in the windows of their rooms and in the Arts & Crafts Room. In the afternoon, residents were entertained by the group, Collinsville Country.

    Residents took part in a Spelling Bee on Friday morning, July 14. Everyone in attendance received Landmark Bucks to spend in the Country Store on Monday. After dinner, residents relaxed to the beautiful music of Roger Wells.

    Member from Harvest Worship Center joined the residents on Saturday, July 15, for a time of singing, worship, and prayer. Residents and guests were treated to ice cream sundaes on Sundae Sunday.

    Throughout Patrick County people are savoring fresh tomatoes from the garden. Landmark residents were treated to a “Tomato Sandwich Picnic” in the courtyard July 18. There is nothing quite like a tomato sandwich and friends while on a picnic! Local singer, Sue Nester, entertained the residents after dinner with gospel music.

    The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at The Landmark Center on July 25, 2017, at noon. For more information call The Landmark Center (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. A light lunch will be provided.

    The next Community Rook Tournament is scheduled on August 3, 2017, beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Landmark Dining Room. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    The next Operation Homefront meeting will be August 1, 9-10 am, in the Landmark Living Room. Contact Susan Foster, (276) 694-4416 for more information.

    August Blood Pressure Schedule: 8/4/17-Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Community Center, 11 am-noon. 8/7/17-Lowes Foods in Stuart, 11 am-1 pm. 8/10/17-Patrick County Seniors at Rotary Field, 10:30-11 am. 8/14/17-Ararat Seniors at Ararat Friendship Church, 10:30-11:30 am. 8/15/17-Step Seniors at the Step Building in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am.

    September 10-16, 2017, is National Assisted Living Week. The theme this year is, “Family is Forever.” Throughout the week we will be having special programs for the community, volunteers, staff, and families of our residents. There will be more information to come!

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator