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!