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Lifelong Learning Program Winners

Northeast Division

Jackson - Our favorite and longest-lasting Lifelong Learning activity is “Drawing with Terri.” This program has been ongoing for a year. Terri is a family member that is familiar with our campus and many of our residents. She comes once a month in the morning and brings with her a project and supplies for the residents to work on. She understands about our residents’ varying abilities, both physically and cognitively, and provides various versions of the art that she is promoting each time.

Terri assists residents with the basics and different techniques of free hand, tracing, shading, and abstract. She includes charcoal, pastels, pencil, colored pencil and other items she has brought often related to the seasons. The drawing is easily tied into the Living Colors watercolor painting and the Art Show. It then led to a trip to the local museum for a tour of the art on display there.

Just last month, Terri assisted with the drawing of a lion face for our scarecrow that we entered into the contest in downtown Jackson. The residents watched as the whole process worked together to create the scarecrow. The residents take pride in their work and are encouraged to display them for their family. We have incorporated the work on our calendar boards when appropriate.

- Lori Lowder, RAD, RidgeCrest Health Campus, Jackson, MI

North / North Central Division

Monticello- In keeping with our standard of engaging a volunteer for Lifelong Learning, as well keeping our residents learning and growing in new and different areas of their life, we have a gentleman in our assisted living neighborhood who has been a very active business man all his life.

He is very knowledgeable about many topics, including raising cattle, running a successful business, traveling, stocks, bonds, and has read the Wall Street Journal for many, many years. Ed had to give up much when he came to live with us; one was spreading his knowledge of “things.”

After talking with our Executive Director about the many ideas he had on different areas of life at White Oak, our ED discovered his knowledge of information he got daily from the Wall Street Journal. If you are like many, we thought it was all stocks and bonds…WRONG! Our best-attended Lifelong Learning session is now offered by Ed; he discusses the many different topics written in the Journal.

His group is very interactive and well-received. Residents can't wait to see what next week’s topic is and what type of discussion will come out of the topic. Ed has not only helped by becoming a volunteer for White Oak, but he now feels like he and his knowledge are needed again.

- Tammy Shirels, RAD, White Oak Health Campus, Monticello, IN

Ohio Division

Englewood - Cypress Pointe’s October Family Night gave the residents and their loved ones the mining experience of a lifetime. With the assistance of the Rock Hound Mining Company, Cypress Pointe let the group "dig for gold.” Some of the residents and families found fool's gold, fossils, gems, and rare stones. After each "find,” the group was able to learn the names and fun facts about their treasures. This was a great Lifelong Learning experience! We had a wonderful time!

- Jessica Pelfrey, RAD, Cypress Pointe Health Campus, Englewood, OH

Central / South Central Division

Anderson - As children dressed in oversized cardigans and blouses dance around on set, Benjy Gaither motions to them to keep the energy up. Gaither, an Alexandria-based filmmaker, was shooting a fan-submission commercial for Doritos. The hope is that the 30-second commercial will be selected to air during the 2012 Super Bowl in February.

The theme of the commercial is a group of senior citizens at a retirement home playing cards and other mildly exciting activities. Magically, after eating Doritos, they are turned into much younger versions of themselves. Penny Stevens, director of residential programming at Bethany Pointe Health Campus, came up with the idea while brainstorming with her two daughters. The finished product will be submitted as part of Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl Contest.” If it’s selected, not only will it appear during the Super Bowl, but could also win up to $1 million.

There’s only a slim chance it will win, but filming was great experience for Bethany Pointe residents, several of whom had parts in the film. “We’re always looking for ways to do intergenerational activities. I thought ‘wouldn’t it be fun to mix our residents with children and film a commercial?,’” Stevens said.

Filming was a collaborative effort between Gaither and Anderson University’s Covenant Productions, which provided the equipment and, more importantly, a production crew.

“It was a great opportunity; just great to see how everyone pitched in to make this happen,” said AU senior Andrew Stuart, who was an assistant director for the shoot.

Filming started Tuesday night with the crew filming the seniors’ pre-transformation, and continued Wednesday. In all, Stevens said filming took about four hours. It was a bit surreal, she said. “I had this little idea, and then I saw all this expensive equipment come in, and I was stunned,” Stevens said.

- Penny Stevens, RAD, Bethany Pointe Health Campus, Anderson, IN

Southeast Division

Louisville - In November, Glen Ridge began a Nation of Faith Lifelong Learning series. We are featuring religious experts, such as the Baha'i faith, the Mormon faith, the Jewish faith, the Church of God, Cherokee beliefs, Hindu faith, Moslem faith, Buddhist faith, and the Baptist faith. They will be discussing their basic beliefs, holy days, a prayer, and their places of worship. In December, we are looking forward to having these experts back for a panel discussion on life after death.

- Courtney Martin, RAD, Glen Ridge Health Campus, Louisville, KY

Southwest Division

Ferdinand - We started a sewing group as a Lifelong Learning project. At first three ladies and one gentleman were getting together one time a week and would bring their own cross-stitch with them. Then they talked amongst themselves and asked for quilt blocks so they could quilt as a group. The sewing group was open to anyone wanting to learn. Several residents and staff jumped on board to the open invitation, myself included! Volunteers were recruited by resident, Chris S., to help with sewing and also with the quilting. The group of four grew to many with residents, staff and volunteers working together on a community quilting project.

The residents asked if they could hand-quilt their blocks, and when the quilt was complete, they want to sell chances to win their finished product. The funds raised will be used to buy Christmas gifts for a family in the community. Lifelong Learning will continue with the residents now having selected to teach young and old alike this beautiful art. It really is true that you are never too old to learn, I am proof of that.

I often wondered why someone would sit for hours and cross stitch. I can tell you first hand that I have experienced pride and accomplishment from doing this, as well as comfort.

- Anna Faulkenburg, RAD, Scenic Hills, Ferdinand, IN