Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

It’s finally started getting warmer. We got to take some of the residents outside on the patio the end of last week. They really enjoyed going outside and sitting in the sunshine.

        Blue Ridge and The Landmark Center held a volunteer banquet on April 19th honoring our group volunteers. We are truly blessed with some many wonderful and talented people in Patrick County.  We can never thank these groups of people enough for volunteering their time and talent. Without these people our activity programs for our residents would be as it is. Many of our residents enjoy talking to our volunteers at the beginning and end or their performances. They consider them their friends and some family. They look forward to when they come in so they can talk with them. Even our volunteers will ask where such and such is at; they missed seeing them at the event. Some of the volunteers will go visit with them in their room if they were unable to attend the activity. Here at the Nursing center, it becomes one big family.  

    This coming month, we will be celebrating National Nursing Home Week with the theme of “Celebrating Life’s Stories”. We are working on having many activities for our resident to be involved and our staff to also participate in.  Along with nursing, we are planning a week of fun and bring our family members together to help celebrate our resident’s life stories. We have a Mother’s Day Tea, which we will crown our “Mothers of the Year”. We will be inviting our mother’s family members to come in and celebrate with us. We will also be having many activities base on big events in one’s life time.  We are also having our bus trips to coincide with our week’s theme. During this week we will also be honoring our individual volunteers and our veterans.

    May is going to be a very busy month for our residents. We have ten bus trips to go on. The residents have given us a long list of places they want to go out to eat at. With Mabry Mill open for the spring, we will be taking them to the mill to have us some fried green tomatoes! They also want to go back to Little Richards. Our veterans want to try out Chili’s in Mt. Airy for their May bus trip. So we have many places to go and to visit. You will most likely see us on the road!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day fell on the same day this year, which added double the fun for the day. After all the work the residents had completed the past week helping the activity team prepare eggs for the Easter egg hunt for the children, it was finally their turn to have some fun and have an Easter egg hunt of their own Sunday afternoon, April 1st. Many residents turned out to relive their youth and have a good time racing around the building hunting eggs. Afterwards, everyone got together to count their eggs and find out who had the “special” eggs to receive prizes. To throw in an April Fool’s Joke, we added a “rotten” egg and the winner received a special rotten egg hat. It was fun listening to the residents reminisce about Easters past. Residents enjoyed snacks after the egg hunt. (Provided by Laura Peltier, Activity Assistant)

    Susan Lytle, from Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, led the Operation Homefront meeting April 3, 2018. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are invited to join the Landmark residents, the first Tuesday of the month, 9-10 am, at The Landmark Center. This meeting provides a time to connect, support, and recognize our local heroes. For more information, contact Susan at (276) 694-4416. Refreshments are provided. www.mtnvalleyhospice.org The next scheduled meeting will be May 1, 2018. Later, the residents traveled to Bassett Forks for lunch. After dinner, entertainment was provided by the multitalented group, F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M.

    Thursday morning Landmark resident shopped locally; upon returning home they attended a worship service provided by new volunteer, David Brandon. In the afternoon, residents gathered in the arts and crafts room, and decorated Easter eggs. Margaret Stegall, resident, shared a new technique by mixing paint in the palm of her hands, which gave the eggs a “tie-dyed” look. Two Old and Two Young provided music after dinner.

    New residents were welcomed to The Landmark Center April 6, with brunch and a visit by Daniel’s grandson, “Bubs”. There’s something about a child that can put a huge smile on your face. The residents enjoyed the beautiful Southern Gospel music provided by Mike Hall in the evening.

    Over the weekend, Pastor Dave Boarman and church members from Jack’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church, provided uplifting worship thru word and song.

    Residents traveled to Madison, NC., April 10, for a seafood lunch. The trees are beginning to bloom and are turning many shades of green; the ride is almost as good as the food. Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, and Becki Turner, volunteer, both from the Reynolds Homestead located in Critz, VA., led the monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group. The “theme” for this month was “having fun while exercising”. Beth shared her baton twirling talent with the residents; they loved her demonstration. As usual, Beth and Becki did a great job and the residents always enjoy sharing memories with the group. Mountain View UMC provided beautiful worship songs in the evening.

    Thursday, April 12, residents ate breakfast out locally. They then joined local artist, Ursula Allen and Sherry Easter Brooks, for the Community Art Class.  Ursula assisted the residents as they created one of a kind Greeting Cards using a collage of shapes and colors.

In the afternoon, Collinsville Country shared an hour of music and fun with the Landmark residents.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be at The Landmark Center April 24, 2018, beginning at noon. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, call The Landmark Center at (276) 694-3050. A light lunch will be provided and they will also be taking blood pressures at the meeting.

    April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week! The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection will be honoring our group volunteers on April 19, 2018 with dinner. If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center, stop by and fill out an application; we would love to have you join our team.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Blue Ridge held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 24th. This year was different; we had to have it inside due to the weather. We had eggs going down the hallways for the children to pick up and some of the residents passed out eggs. The residents enjoyed seeing all the children in the hallways looking for the eggs. Around 100 children attended this event. We are thankful that the weather held off till the egg hunt was over. Many of the children had their picture taken with the Easter Bunny! After the hunt the Easter Bunny went around the Center visiting with the residents.

            We continue to take our residents out on bus trips. This past week, we went to Little Richard’s BBQ in Mt. Airy. They really enjoyed their meal, and the service was great. You really get a lot of food for the money. We had to bring doggie bags back! The residents want to go back to Little Richards. This month, we will be trying out Highway 55 in Mt. Airy; we will be taking our Veterans on this trip. It’s really funny, sometimes we feel like Guy Fieri trying out all these different restaurants, but our residents tell us where they want to go. We just follow their lead! These are their trips and we try to honor their wishes! Going out to eat with the residents is so much fun, we really get to know one another over the meals we have. Sometimes on the way back from our trips, we will take a different way home so they can see different scenery. They really enjoy that.

            With the weather getting warmer, we have been trying to get the resident outside for fresh air and to enjoy the sunshine. This seems like it has been the longest winter. And they are calling for more snow! We need the temperature to be in the 70’s to be able to sit outside and enjoy the springtime.

            May we will be celebrating National Nursing Home Week. We have already started planning a fun filled week for our residents and staff members. We look forward to this week each year, because we have many special events, foods, visitors and we try to engage the residents in different kinds of activities with the staff members involved too!

 

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

Residents enjoyed music by Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf, Friday morning, March 16, 2018. After lunch, residents and guests celebrated the March birthdays with cake, ice cream, and punch. Birthday presents were donated by Fairystone Baptist Church.

    Saturday, March 17, Landmark residents were treated to “Lucky Floats” and challenged with puzzles in recognition of Saint Patrick’s Day. Sunday was National Oatmeal Cookie Day, residents and guests enjoyed oatmeal raisin cookies.  

    Although the weather has been very uncooperative, Landmark residents have managed to eat breakfast out locally March 20 and attend Bingo, March 22, at the local library.  Tuesday, March 27, residents traveled to Mount Airy, NC, for lunch and on March 29 they enjoyed Mexican locally.

    March 20, 2018, Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care along with The Landmark Center presented Five Wishes, a Living Will which talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes. This is a time when you can talk with your family, friends and doctor about how you wish to be treated if you are seriously ill. For more information, contact Kim Chitwood, RN Hospice Nurse Liaison at (276) 732-7872 or Bren Hankins, Outreach Provider Representative at (276) 226-3221. This is your life; make your wishes known!

    Once again the community children were invited to the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection for the annual Easter egg hunt. March 24. After the welcome by Victor Williams and a prayer by Reverend Jim Churchwell, over 3000 eggs were hidden in the hallways for the children to hunt. The Blue Ridge Bell Choir performed a variety of songs and refreshments were enjoyed by all. Also Peter Rabbit was on hand for pictures. This event was hosted by Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, The Landmark Center Assisted Living and Memory Care neighborhoods.

    The residents always look forward to our musical guests. Tuesday, March 20, they welcomed Sue Nester and on March 22 entertainment was provided by the Community Choir.

    A journey which began at The Landmark Center in October 2017 came to an end on Saturday, March 24, 2018, with the Empty Bowls Fundraiser to fight hunger in Patrick County. Landmark residents were the first to make bowls with the assist of local artists Ursula Allen and Norma Bozenmayer, during the monthly Community Art Class. Residents designed and painted their bowls in a later class. We are so thankful that we could be a part of this event!

    Children from the Patrick Springs Head Start Program were our guests at The Landmark Center, March 27, for an Easter Egg Hunt. Residents gathered together in the Landmark living room to witness all the excitement. I think the children set a new record; five hundred Easter eggs in less than five minutes! After all the eggs were found the children thanked the residents for inviting them into their homes with a BIG hug and a BIG thank you. I have a big thank you to their teacher, Mary Quesenberry, and all of the other helpers.

    Thank you to “Hannah and Her Sisters Seniors Group” from the Fellowship Church in Ararat and Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care for the beautiful handcrafted Easter Cards sent to our residents.

    The April Blood Pressure schedule times and locations: 4/2/18: Lowe’s in Stuart, 11 am – 12 noon. 4/6/18: Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Community Center, 11 am – 12 noon. 4/12/18: Patrick Seniors at the Rotary Building in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am. 4/16/18: Ararat Seniors at the Ararat Fellowship Church, 10:30-11:30 am. 4/17/18: Step Seniors at Step in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be April 24, 2018, at The Landmark Center in Stuart, beginning at noon. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, call (276) 694-3050. A light lunch will be provided.

    If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center please stop by and fill out an application; we would love to have you on our team.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

We are ready for Spring! It seems like each week we get some warm days, then the next, it starts snowing.  It’s hard to plan outings for the residents to go on. We hate to have to cancel our bus trips, because the residents look forward to going on them so much. We haven’t had to cancel any lately due to bad weather, and we hope that we will start getting warmer days for our trips and being able to take the residents outside for fresh air. Since we have started taking our Veteran’s on trips, they really enjoy getting out together and fellowshipping with one another. They really look forwards to their trips together. Next month, they will be going to Highway 55 in Mt. Airy. It’s based on a Retro All American Diner. We try to take them to different places to eat and let them tell us where they want to go on their trips as we do all our residents. Each month, they want to go shopping at Wal-Mart, go out to eat at Golden Corral and lately, they have been enjoying Captain Tom’s in Martinsville.  Some months we go to Golden Corral twice, due to our Veteran’s wants this to be their trip and other residents like going there too. We are looking forward to having Mabry Mill to open. Our residents love going to the mill and having a meal and being able to ride the parkway up and back home.

    We have been working on our National Volunteer Week. We will be having an appreciation banquet on April 19th at 7:00 at the Landmark Center. This is where we invite all our groups who perform for our residents at the Landmark Center and those who come to Blue Ridge. We have many groups that go to both places. We can’t thank these dedicated people enough for all they do for our residents. We look forward to being able to serve them this night and thank them for all they do in person!

    If you would like to volunteer at Blue Ridge, please call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804. We would love to have you join the Blue Ridge family!

Dee Dee Via
Activities Director

Landmark Activities

It is hard to believe that it is once again time for the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, Saturday, March 24, 2018. The fun will begin at 10:00 am, rain or shine, for children of all ages. Over 3000 eggs will be hidden in Peter Rabbit’s Garden, including special Golden eggs. Children, ages 1-5, will hunt eggs at 10:30-10:45 am, and ages 6-12 will begin at 11:15-11:30 am. Entertainment will be provided by the Blue Ridge Bell Choir and free refreshments will be served; you may also have your picture taken with Peter Rabbit. This event is hosted by Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, The Landmark Center, and the Memory Care Neighborhood. For more information, call (276) 694-7161.

Residents welcomed new speaker David Brandon to The Landmark Center, March 1, 2018. Residents enjoyed his program and are looking forward to his return. New residents were welcomed to The Landmark Center March 2, with a delicious brunch.

Thursday morning, March 8, local artists Ursula Allen and Norma Bozenmayer assisted the residents in creating beautiful and unique Shamrocks. They begin by using wax birthday candles and drawing a design on their Shamrock. Then they used watercolors over the wax which brought their design into view. Table salt was then sprinkled over the wet paint which added texture to the project. After drying, a green background was added and the Shamrocks are on display next to the arts and crafts room.

The monthly Art Fusion Discussion Group met at The Landmark Center, March 13. The meeting was led by Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, and Becki Turner, volunteer, both from Reynolds Homestead. The theme this month was Easter.  The topics included past Easter holidays and decorating Easter eggs. They shared visual examples of decorated Easter eggs and Easter themed artwork. Their knowledge of history is unequaled. As usual, Beth and Becki did a great job and residents always enjoy sharing memories with the group.

March 15, residents attended the monthly Adult Coloring Class at the local library. According to an article by Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC, there are seven reasons why Adult Coloring is great for mental, emotional, and intellectual health. Many psychologists suggest adult coloring to patients as an alternative to meditation, as a means of relaxation, and as a calming tool. This tool often replaces troubling thoughts with coloring intricate pictures for hours. Adult coloring can help with emotional and mental health issues. Boredom and stress are the greatest triggers they have. Other disorders may include obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety, stress, depressive disorders, eating disorders, anger management issues, PTSD, and substance abuse. Coloring helps individuals move their focus from negative issues to a safe and productive way of letting the brain have some much needed rest. Adult coloring also brings us back to a simpler time in our childhood. Believe it or not, coloring has intellectual benefits. It enhances focus, concentration, problem solving, and organizational skills. Coloring utilizes both hemispheres for the brain, right and left. As we think about balance and color choices, we are working on problem solving and fine motor skills.

Adult coloring is also used in occupational therapy as well. The individual starts on easier items and work their way up. Doing therapeutic artwork also has health benefits as well. So, the next time you find yourself getting bored, grab some coloring pencils and a picture to color; you may just surprise yourself!

Join us at The Landmark Center for the next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting on March 21, 2018, beginning at noon. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, call (276) 694-3050. A light lunch will be provided.

The Landmark residents will be celebrating Holy Week beginning on March 25, with “Discovering Palm Sunday,” Easter Egg Hunt with children from Patrick Springs Head Start, March 27, and a Communion Service led by Pastor Norman Biggs on Maundy Thursday, March 29.  On March 30, Good Friday, Daniel will be discussing the “Passover Project.” Saturday, March 31, residents will have an Easter Scavenger Hunt; Sunday they will celebrate the risen Lord.

The next Operation Homefront meeting is scheduled on April 3, 9-10 am, in the game room. If you served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, you invited to attend this meeting to connect and support our local heroes. For more information, contact Susan Foster (276) 694-4416. This meeting is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

Looking ahead: April 2018 Blood Pressure Schedule, 4/2/18: Lowe’s Foods in Stuart, 11 am-1 pm. 4/6/18: Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Community Center, 11 am-12 noon. 4/12/18: Patrick Seniors at the Rotary Building in Stuart, 10:30-11 am. 4/16/18: Ararat Seniors at the Ararat Fellowship Church, 10:30-11:30 am. 4/17/18: Step Seniors, Step in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am.

If you would like to become a volunteer at The Landmark Center drop by and fill out an application. We look forward to working with you.

Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

As you approach the nursing center you will see an array of blooming trees. It’s beautiful to look at the pink and white blossoms; and see the promise of spring around the corner. With the time springing forward, we can start planning on taking our residents out for picnics, fishing or just riding around to see the green fields and flowers in bloom. Cabin fever is always something we have to deal with during the winter months. The residents really enjoy being outside on the patio or going on bus trips when it’s not so cold.

    With Easter being early this year, we are planning our annual Easter Egg Hunt for March 24th starting at 10:00. The residents love having the children in to visit with them and watching them having hunting for the eggs. Many of our residents will go to the dining room, or come out on the patio if it isn’t cold to watch them. Some resident’s will watch out of their room windows. We will be having the Easter Bunny so you can have your little one’s picture taken. This year we will be having over 3000 Easter eggs to be divided up into two groups for the hunt. The first hunt will began at 10:30 for the age groups of 1-5 years old; it will end at 10:45. Our second group, ages 6-12 hunt will began at 11:15-11:30. We invite all the area children to come and hunt our eggs! We will be having some “Golden Eggs” for each hunt!

    With Easter on the way, the residents will be stuffing eggs, coloring, making Easter crafts and they are practicing their bells to perform for the Easter Egg hunt. We always come up with different ways to color eggs, and we let the residents choose which way they want to color their eggs. Some of the residents like to decorate their eggs with markers, and put things on their eggs before the dyeing process. This is a fun activity and it makes you feel like a kid again!

    We have started working on our April calendar. If you are your group would like to perform for our residents, please call Dee Dee Via at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804.

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf led a sing-a-long Friday morning, February 16, in the arts and crafts room. Residents joined in and sang a variety of songs which included gospel music and ballads from long ago. In the afternoon, residents celebrated February birthdays at the monthly Birthday party. They enjoyed cake, ice cream, and punch prepared by Landmark Catering and the dining team. Gifts were provided by Landmark staff. After dinner, Landmark residents relaxed to beautiful gospel music provided by the Chords of Faith.

    Residents traveled to Floyd, February 20, to purchase goodies at a popular bread store. When we left The Landmark Center it was cool, rainy, and foggy. As we rode up the mountain the weather began to change; when we arrived at our destination it was warm and sunny. What a wonderful bus trip!

    Children from Abiding Grace Church joined the residents for game night February 21. The residents were entertained by their guests with a variety of games.

    February 22, residents went on a bus trip to our local library to play Bingo. Residents won prizes which included a $2 bill. In the afternoon, residents joined long time volunteers, Jim and Ellen Saunders, for “Name That Tune.” Residents receive a prize when they guess the name of a tune. Many residents look forward to this monthly activity stating, “Jim and Ellen are so much fun!”

    Friday, February 23, residents recognized Great American Pie Month and French Fry Friday with word search puzzles, Dominoes, and French Fries.

    The first monthly resident and family Saturday morning brunch was held on February 24, 2018. Many family members joined their resident in this special time together. Not only was the food delicious, but I heard many comments about sharing this time together with family members not seen in a while. Thank you to Landmark Catering and the dining team for all the hard work and dedication.

    Residents celebrated National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day, Sunday, February 25. They were challenged by Word Search Puzzles and of course they were treated to chocolate covered peanuts M&M’s. On Monday they honored National Pistachio Day with Pistachio ice cream.

    The bus trip on February 27 was lunch in Mount Airy, NC for pizza and local shopping on March 1, 2018.

    Daylight Savings Time begins on March 11, 2018; don’t forget to “spring forward” one hour!

    March blood pressure schedule: 3/2/18: Meadows of Dan Seniors at the Community Center, 11-11:30 am, will also be playing Bingo. 3/5/18: Lowe’s Foods in Stuart, 11 am – 1 pm. 3/8/18: Patrick County Seniors at Rotary, 10:30-11 am. 3/12/18: Ararat Seniors at the Ararat Fellowship Church, BP and Bingo, 10:30-11:30 am. 3/13/18: Step Seniors in Stuart, BP and Bingo, 10:30-11 am.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be March 27, 2018, beginning at noon, at The Landmark Center. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. For more information, call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4501. A light lunch will be provided.

    If you would like to become a Landmark volunteer, stop by and fill out an application.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Cordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

With the weather getting warmer, it won’t be long till Spring. Although we all know that March can bring us snow and ice. We just pray that is over till next year.  We have been taking some of the residents out on the patio on the warm days for a few minutes to let them get fresh air. They can’t wait till we can have our activities on the patio. As you look around, some of the spring flowers are starting to come up, such as buttercups, hyacinth, and crocuses. These are a true sign of spring!

    Our residents enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day with goodie bags from Hardin Reynolds Memorial School Beta Club. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity. We also would like to thank Church of God Prophecy for also making goodie bags for our residents for Valentine’s Day. Every other month this church comes in and plays the bells and sings for our residents. And some of their members volunteer during the week, to help with activities.  For Valentine’s Day, each year the staff and visitors vote on King and Queens from each floor. This year’s winners were, Alfred Guynn and Madeline Walker from West Wing, 2nd floor winners were, Karin Petty and James Wilson, and our 1st floor winners were John Wagstaff and Joyce Marshall. We would like to congratulate all the winners. Each Queen received a box of chocolates, tiara, certificate, and a dozen silk roses.  Our Kings received a box of chocolates, certificate, and a crown. Many of our residents were really surprised that they won!

    We started on our winter Olympic Games, the residents had fun playing the games and at the end of the week, they will receive their medals. Some of the residents have been watching the games in their rooms. These games are a lot of fun and laughter for the residents.

    We are starting to work on our March calendar. This year Easter is on April 1st. We are planning Easter games, arts/crafts, and activities for St. Patrick’s Day. Each year we do so much with the residents to celebrate Easter. It’s another sign of “Spring” being on the way!  If you or your group would like to come and entertain our residents, please give us a call. We would glad to put you on our calendar!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

The month of February began with a “jam packed” schedule. Residents shopped locally on a morning bus trip. In the afternoon, we had our first in-house Community Rook Tournament of 2018. Winners were Elizabeth Goard and Vivian Joyce; both received a Valentine’s Day themed prize. Refreshments were provided by Landmark Catering and the dining team. Residents were excited to teach Laura, activity assistant, how to play Rook. This event was coordinated by Daniel Quesenberry, Assistant Activity Director. The next Community Rook Tournament will be held on April 1st, 1:30-4 pm, in the Landmark dining room. After dinner, residents were entertained by Charles Bowman who performs a wide variety of tunes.

            It looks like six more weeks of winter weather since the Groundhog saw his shadow February 2nd, residents celebrated the day with refreshments and trivia.  In the evening, Mike Hall blessed the residents with beautiful Southern gospel music.

            Pastor, Dave Boarman, led a worship service Saturday morning, February 3. Sunday afternoon residents played the Jeopardy Game with Lucy Philpott earning the most points. The top four received fun Valentine prizes.

            Another Super Bowl Sunday at The Landmark Center and once again we celebrated with our annual Tailgate Party! Ice cold bottles of Orange Crush were enjoyed by the residents during the pregame show. As the game began the aroma of fried bologna filled the room and adjacent hallways, much to the delight of everyone. Everyone sat back and relaxed while the Eagles and Patriots battled to the end. During the game residents shared memories of past Super Bowls spent with family and friends. One resident shared, “I’m glad we still get to do this.” Thank you Daniel for making this evening special for the Landmark residents!

            The monthly Operation Homefront was held February 6 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 support, connect, 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.

            Residents traveled to Mount Airy, NC, for lunch on February 6. After dinner, residents tapped their feet and clapped their hands to music provided by the F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M.

            Thursday morning, February 8, Landmark residents enjoyed breakfast out locally. Upon returning, they joined local artist for the Community Art Class. Resident created beautiful hearts using a collage of roses taken from magazines. After lunch, Collinsville Country led a favorite activity at Landmark. Everyone in attendance joins in to sing a variety of songs.

            Ben Shirley and Paula Drady performed for the residents Friday morning, February 9. In the afternoon, Landmark residents celebrated Mardi Gras with Minute to Win it games, Wildcat Coolers, music, beads, hats, and laughter. Our big winner was Ruby Dickerson. After dinner, singer Roger Wells performed beautiful Southern Gospel songs.

            February 12, The Landmark Center presented “Share Your Heart With Pasta.” All proceeds from the meal went to the Caring Hearts Free Clinic.

            The Mountain View Singers joined the Landmark residents, Tuesday evening, February 13, for a time of worship thru music. Residents began the day with a trip to Ridgeway for lunch. After lunch, residents attended the monthly Art Fusion Meeting which is led by Beth Ford and Becki Turner from Reynolds Homestead. This month, Beth shared stories about places she has traveled and passed around pieces of art which included a tiny rustic cabin and a stuffed armadillo. The residents always look forward to this program.

            Residents and family members celebrated Valentine’s Day, February 14, with a chocolate fountain and other goodies. For the first time, the dining and activity teams provided “Cookie Grams” which were ordered by family members to be given to their resident on Valentine’s Day.

            Thursday, February 15, residents attended an Adult Coloring Class at the local library.

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

            The next Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting will be held at The Landmark Center, February 27, 2018, beginning at noon. For more information call (276) 694-3050. This program is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch will be provided.

            March 2018 blood pressure schedule: 3/2: Meadows of Dan seniors at the Community Center, 11-11:30 am, BP and Bingo. 3/5: Lowes Foods in Stuart, 11 am – 1 pm. 3/8: Patrick County seniors at Rotary, 10:30-11 am. 3/12: Ararat seniors at the Fellowship Church in Ararat, 10:30-11:30 am, BP and Bingo. 3/13: Step seniors, Step in Stuart, 10:30-11:30 am, BP and Bingo.

            The residents and staff of The Landmark Center hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

            Thank you to Fairystone Baptist Church youth for making Landmark residents colorful Valentine’s Day cards.

            Thank you to Tamesa Williams for donating the books Senior Smart Puzzles, Joggin’ Your Noggin, and Pencil and Pad Games.

            Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator