Category : Updates
We already know that music and other enjoyable activities improve health and well-being in older adults. So here at The Rose we want to incorporate as much music as we can in our daily activities and it’s even better when a resident plays live music for everyone else. Jack loves to play the piano and pulls songs from his memory not a music sheet. In Jack’s case every time he plays the piano it helps his memory stay strong that much more. All the residents enjoy music and you won’t find a day where music isn’t play in the house.
Staying in shape and keeping your muscles strong doesn’t have to be a chore. Here at The Rose we use a lot of different methods to keep the workout fun and entertaining. Some examples are playing baseball with an indoor ball/bat, chair soccer, telling stories while exercising, and adding new exercises everyday.
Christmas at The Rose is about bringing out the old traditions and making old memories new again as well. We all come together to put up decorations, bake little goodies, and talk about what Christmas really means to us.
It’s just a time to be happy and enjoy being surrounded by the people you love and who love you.
Though this is just one small tomato plant, it is a giant step for our residents who may have limited movement, but want to stay active and reap the benefits of gardening, physically and mentally. We have many other plants at The Rose, but this one plant consumed a lot of our time and energy due to the fact that it was on the verge of dying within days of being planted. With the love and care from all of our residents this little plant is finally healthy enough to produce some tomatoes. Now with more confidence, we are voting on what to grow next in our small garden.
Celebrating another cultures traditions is very hard for older adults due to the lack of knowledge and exposure to certain cultures. In order to enrich the lives of our residents we decided to learn about Chinese New Year. We got online and figured out what Chinese New Year was all about so that when we had the traditional meal, we understood what we we’re celebrating. Now our residents want to embrace other cultures more often because of all the great food that came with the new insights.
For Residents with dementia the holidays are less about gifts and more about the time spent with family and friends. As well as, reinventing old traditions that we all were so found of as children. At The Rose residents were able to take part in helping decorate their home, putting up the Christmas tree, building a gingerbread village, celebrating their own beliefs, have families join in on festivities, having a choir of kids come perform, as well as having a New Year’s party. When a vote was put to the test the majority of the residents said that having a choir of kids come by their home to preform was the most enjoyable part of their holidays besides the time spent with family and friends because the event had reminded them of all the great times they had spent watching their own children perform.
Wanting to try something different, we gave up the tradition of craving pumpkins, and decided to make a centerpiece that would last longer. We cut holes in our pumpkin and added fresh sunflowers, along with succulents in order to give a new spin to an old tradition. We love arts and crafts here at The Rose of Poway, which is why we find new things to make for every occasion.
Though many of our residents are not from Poway, it didn’t stop them from getting involved in the activities offered through the community. We’ve been going to events such as the harvest festival or garage sales to get to know the people in the neighborhood better. Being apart of a community big or small gives the residents a sense of belonging, as well as, making The Rose of Poway feel more like their own home.
Our newest additional to the family, Gizmo, has brightened everybody’s sprits. We are able to get more residents to join in on daily exercises, when there is a lovable little puppy around keeping everyone on their toes. Gizmo has the residents wanting to go on more walks and get out to the park more often. It is said that a dog can bring physical, emotional, and social benefits, which had shown to be true the moment Gizmo enter our lives.
All of our residents enjoy getting out and seeing the old places that they love. A few of our residents are golf fanatics, so being able to go see the golf course, watch a game or even play a round can remind them of how great it is to be outdoors. Fresh air helps you to think more clearly and has a positive effect on your energy level. That’s why at The Rose of Poway we try to get all our residents to join in on daily outings.