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

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

With the hot temperatures we have been having the last week; we have to go outside on the patio early in the mornings and late in the afternoons. But as long as we can get outside for some fresh air and sunshine our residents are happy.  In the mornings we like to have patio exercise and play games. In the afternoons we just like to enjoy the cooler temperatures and maybe have some refreshments and reminisce about the good old days.

    This past week, we celebrated Hawaii. We had a luau in our West Wing dining room. The room was set up with a water and beach scene while our residents felt they might have been at the beach. They got to learn about the history of the islands and some fun facts about them too. It’s always exciting for our residents to learn new things and to experience the foods of different cultures. When you think of Hawaii you think of pineapples, so they were served pineapple upside down cake with nonalcoholic Blue Hawaii drinks. Our dietary team is always so wonderful to prepare all these delicious foods and drinks when we request them.  Sue Forrest, activities assistant, dressed up in a grass skirt during the activity. Each resident was given a lei when they entered the dining room.  The mood was very festive and the residents had a wonderful time!

    This week the residents had a Banana Split Afternoon and we celebrated residents who were born in July with our monthly Birthday Party. We would like to thank the area churches for supplying our residents with a gift. This month Sycamore Baptist Church provided the gifts. Each month with their donations, it puts smiles on many of our resident’s faces, because many of them don’t have family members to bring them a gift. It lets them know their special day wasn’t forgotten.

    Our weekly bus trips are still one of the resident’s favorite activities. This week they went riding around the county and they got to go to Golden Corral. So many of them love eating at the Golden Corral, it’s one of the places they want to go to monthly. Next week we will be going to Stuart Family Restaurant and riding around the county. We try very hard to get all those residents who want to go out put on the list so everyone will have a turn to go out on a trip.

    If you or your group would like to perform for our residents, please call 276-694-7161 ext. 1804 and ask for Dee Dee. We would love to put you on our calendar!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director

Landmark Activities

My office is located next to the Memory Care Community entrance at The Landmark Center. Every day I hear the joy and laughter of those who call Memory Care home and the caring staff who provides for those folks daily. Often I can hear the laughter of Memory Care Coordinator, Jill Hairston, joining in! Often I tell Jill that they are “having too much fun.”  Monday, June 26, Memory care residents traveled to Eden, NC, for ice cream and on July 5, the destination was Mount Airy, NC, for fried chicken. On June 29 they celebrated National Hat Day by creating and wearing their handmade hats for a contest. Anna Epperson was awarded the grand prize for having the most creative hat; Helena Marsh and Annie Nolen won second and third place. Can’t wait to “hear” about all the fun in July!

    June 23, residents cooled off with ice cold watermelon in the Landmark Courtyard. On the 24th they were uplifted by song and word by James Setliff and on Sunday, June 25, residents and guests enjoyed strawberry shortcake. Monday morning, June 26, Charles Lawson and Fairystone Baptist Church led the residents in song and worship. In the afternoon residents were treated to “Sunshine Smoothies while relaxing in the courtyard.

    Residents traveled to a local restaurant for breakfast June 27 and on June 29 they ate lunch at the local Mexican restaurant. Tuesday evening, July 4, Landmark residents attended the fireworks at Dehart Park in Stuart and on Wednesday, July 6, the destination was Ridgeway for ice cream.

    On June 27, Landmark residents had a blast playing “Let’s Make a Deal.” If you have ever watched this game show you know the contestants must take a chance to win either a great prize or a dud. The prizes ranged from red, white, and blue hats to a rock! We all had a good time and most were happy with their winning prize.

    It was great to have volunteer, Bobby Nance, back and feeling better after being absent for a few weeks. Bobby has been a volunteer at The Landmark Center for nine years and residents and staff look forward to his weekly visits. Helen Cowley, also a longtime volunteer, leads the weekly Cooking Club each Wednesday. On June 28 we made tasty fried apple pies. Although this is not a new recipe, everyone loves to roll out the dough for the crust and add the fruit which becomes a delicious fried pie just like mamma used to make. The best part of this activity is when we taste the finished product; fried apple pies are the best.

    Jim and Ellen Saunders, volunteers for over ten years, lead the game, “Name That Tune,” Thursday, June 29. Ellen plays a tune on the piano and residents guess what song it is, Jim decides if the answer is correct and he then awards a prize to the resident. He and Ellen insert a certain amount of humor into the game and everyone has a fun time. Jim and Ellen, along with Daniel Quesenberry, also coordinate the Community Rook Tournament.  The next tournament will be August 3, 2017. If you would like to know more, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    Local singer, Jackie Belcher, entertained the residents with beautiful Southern Gospel music on Friday morning, June 30. After lunch they celebrated National Ice Cream Soda Day with refreshing Coke Floats.

    A favorite volunteer, Pastor Dave Boarman, shared the gospel with Landmark residents Saturday morning, July 1, 2017. In the afternoon residents were blessed by a visit from Harvest Worship Center. We appreciate all the volunteers who share their time and talents with our residents of the Landmark Center. If you would like to become a volunteer please stop by Landmark and fill out an application or call (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514 for more information.

    Residents celebrated Independence Day with a fireworks word search puzzle and watermelon in the Courtyard. It is our prayer that each and every one had a happy and blessed Fourth of July!

    July blood pressure locations and times: July 13, Patrick County seniors at the Rotary Building in Stuart, 10:30-11:00 am. July 17, Lowe’s in Stuart, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

    The next Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be held at The Landmark Center on July 25, 2017, at Noon. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact The Landmark Center, (276) 694-3050, or Blue Ridge Therapy Connection (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection.

    Thank you to Tamesa  Williams for the donation of Jigsaw Puzzles to the Landmark residents.

    Residents and staff of the Landmark Center remind you that July 2, 2017, was the halfway point of 2017!

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

Our Fathers had a wonderful time during the “Father’s Day” celebration, which began on Friday afternoon. First, they started with a lunch down in our recreation room. We had planned for a cookout, but it got rained out. They still got to enjoy their meal, which was cooked outside before the rain. They had hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and their choice of beverage. Even with the rain, they had a wonderful time.  On Sunday morning, our fathers were invited to a Father’s Day breakfast where they were served homemade pancakes, sausage, bacon and their choice of beverage. They loved having the different kinds of syrups for their pancakes.  They enjoyed fellowshipping with one another and the staff members. During events like this you learn a lot about the residents and their past lives. It’s very interesting to hear about their lives and they enjoy kidding around with the staff members. Later that afternoon, we held a Father’s Day Reception where we crowned our “Fathers of the Year”. Each year staff members vote for Fathers of the Year, one from each floor.  This year’s winners were: Warren Patrick, James Graham and Herman Vaughn. Each father received a crown and a “Father of the Year” certificate. We also invite their families in to help us celebrate this event.  We want to congratulate our “Fathers of the Year”.

    The residents have been enjoying the cooler days this past week. We have been able to take them outside and have some of our activities on the patio. Its fun to talk about their childhood, what it was like growing up in Patrick County, and talking about what they did to make a living after they were grown. One of their favorite summertime activities is reminiscing while having tomato sandwiches. A tomato sandwich brings back memories of working in the tobacco fields, getting up hay or just working in their gardens. Just the taste of something can bring back a memory for all of us. We like to reminisce a about having a RC cola or a Dr. Pepper with peanuts in them, moon pies, beanie weenies or Vienna sausages and crackers, pack of nabs and a little Debbie cookie when you are working in tobacco for a break.  Just remembering things like this can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Although it was hard work working in tobacco, you can still remember how good all of these things tasted back then and the fun you had during the breaks.

    In July, we have plans on taking our residents to Mabry Mill, Stuart Family Restaurant, Golden Corral and to Wal-Mart shopping. We also have plans on going to Dippers for ice cream along with our around about bus trips. Our residents will also be able to go on an in-house vacation to Australia. We have many fun activities and a learning experience planned for this week.

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director  

 

Landmark Activities

Local community artist joined Ursula Allen for the Community Art Class on June 8. Residents were assisted in creating beautiful summer art using watercolors and stencils of flowers and birds. Thank you for sharing your time and talents with our residents.

    Landmark individual volunteers were honored on Friday, June 9, with a spaghetti luncheon at The Landmark Center. Each volunteer received a gift and certificate of appreciation. Thank you to all of our volunteers for sharing your time and talents with our residents.

Landmark residents celebrated Donald Duck’s 83rd birthday on Friday afternoon, June 9, with orange dreamsicle ice cream floats; they were refreshing and delicious. Happy birthday Donald and many more! In the evening, residents relaxed to beautiful, Southern Gospel music by Roger Wells.

    Monday afternoon, June 12, residents enjoyed ice cream sundaes in the courtyard while learning about strange and often dangerous herbal “cures,” black magic, legends of love, histories and wild superstitions; it is all what’s called Flower Folklore. June 12 was Flower Folklore Day.

    June 13 residents traveled to Philpot Dam for a picnic lunch and cookout. Residents had a great time as they ate the hotdogs which were grilled by Daniel and viewed the beautiful scenery surrounding them. After arriving home at Landmark, residents were invited to the Art Fusion Discussion Meeting which is presented by Beth Ford, Historical Services Assistant, Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center, and Homestead volunteer, Becky Turner. The theme for the meeting was “summertime” and residents had no problem discussing their summertime memories of feasts, swimming, ice cream, watermelon, and trips to the beach and lake. They also discussed old timey books about the mountains and the people who grew up there. The program was great as usual!

    The Cooking Club, led by volunteer, Helen Cowley, prepared a Strawberry Shortcake on June 14 since it was National Strawberry Shortcake Day. It was fun and delicious.

    Residents attended a monthly adult coloring class at the local library June 15. On Tuesday, June 20, residents ate lunch in Mount Airy and on Thursday, June22, they shopped locally.

    Jim Purcell and Lynn Wolf entertained the residents Friday morning, June 16, with a mixture of ole timey songs as well as newer music. The residents enjoy singing along with familiar tunes and learning new songs. In the afternoon, residents and guests celebrated June birthdays at the monthly birthday party. They were served cake, ice cream, and punch. Birthday gifts were donated by Mountain View UMC. Unfortunately the rain put a stop to the planned cookout in the Courtyard for the Father’s Day and C. N. A.  Cookout so the Dietary Staff saved the day by preparing the meal for our honored guests. Thanks to everyone who helped make this day special!  After a busy day residents relaxed to music by the Chords of Faith in the Landmark living room.

    The Landmark Center was the place to be on the evening of June 17th. The community was invited to the second annual Splish Splash Bash. Kids of all ages enjoyed the water slides & bounce house. This event was also a fundraiser for the Patrick county Alzheimer’s Group.

Over the weekend members from Harvest Worship Center visited with Landmark residents and on Sunday afternoon, June 18, Father’s Day, residents and their guests were treated to peach cobbler and ice cream. We hope all dad’s had a great day.

    Sue Nester entertained Landmark residents Tuesday evening after dinner and the youth from Abiding Grace Church joined the residents Wednesday evening for fun and games.

    New residents were welcomed to The Landmark Center Thursday, June 22, with a New Comer’s Social. We are very pleased to welcome you to the Landmark family.

    Thank you to Patti Nelson for your donation to the Landmark residents.

    Get ready for the next Landmark Community Rook Tournament on August 3, 1:30-4 pm, in the dining room. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Daniel Quesenberry at (276) 694-3050, ext. 4514.

    The next Operation Homefront will be held at The Landmark Center on Tuesday, July 11,

9-10 am, in the 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.

    July blood pressure locations: July 7: Meadows of Dan Seniors—Meadows of Dan community Center 11-12 noon. July 10: Ararat seniors—Friendship Mission Church 10:30-11 am. July 11: Step Seniors—Step in Stuart 10:30-11:30 am. July 13: Patrick County Seniors—Stuart Rotary Building 10:30-11 am. July 17: Lowe’s BP—Lowe’s in Stuart 11 am-1 pm.

    The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet on July 25, 2017, at noon, at The Landmark Center. For more information, call TLC (276) 694-3050 or BRTC (276) 694-7161. This program is sponsored by Southern Area Agency on Aging, The Landmark Center, and Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. A light lunch will be provided.

    Until next time, see you at Landmark!

Belle Pendleton
Recreation Coordinator

 

Blue Ridge Therapy Connection Activities

We have been working hard on our in-house vacation week. We will be starting our vacation on July 31st through August 4th. We have gotten our activities ready for this week of fun and laughter. We will be visiting the coast of Australia, The Great Barrier Reef, The Outback and the Rain Forest. The vacation will start as we visit Sydney and learn about the culture and the people of Australia.  Each day we will visit different places in Australia. The residents will get to do activities that go along with that area.  They will also try different foods and drinks from the Australian culture. It’s always fun to plan and bring our residents these types of activities.  We will also be getting our staff involved in the activities and we will be having special events for them too!

    This past week, our residents had a good time going out to the Dollar Tree. They got a lot of personal items, snacks, and fun items to have in their rooms. They also took a trip riding around the county just looking at the beautiful scenery. Our residents look forward to going on these trips. This week we will be going to Golden Corral, and next week to The Asian House in Mt. Airy. The Asian House has become one of their favorite places to eat. We are planning our bus trips for next month. The residents want to go to Stuart Family Restaurant, Golden Corral, Mabry Mill and Wal-Mart. We go on bus trips twice a week. We divide the bus trips into Around About and going out to eat, shopping or a special event in the community. We love getting the residents out into the community and they have a good time along with the staff members. During our trips we can find out a lot of information from our residents about their past life, what their favorite foods are and about their families.  

    The residents of Blue Ridge love to have visitors. We are always looking for new activities for our residents to enjoy. We would love to have you to come in and share your talent with us! If you would like to volunteer your time or talent, please give us a call at 276-694-7161 ext. 1804 we would love to put you on our calendar of events!

Dee Dee Via
Activity Director