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

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