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United Presbyterian Home

May 23, 2013

Holy guacamole! Some delicious guacamole was served as dining services supervisor Dee Verrips shared information on healthy fats with residents on Thursday morning in the Town Center. Dee offered information related to the avocado. There are over 80 varieties of avocados and their velvety fruit is loaded with many vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and a good dose of healthy monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats are proven to be good for the heart. Dee offered other avocado recipes and enjoyed a few laughs with the residents.

Health Center residents and United Presbyterian Home staff shared their favorite foods at lunchtime on Friday for the first-ever resident and staff potluck. Many homemade salads and desserts were enjoyed to the delight of all those who participated. Some took naps afterward and others wished that they could.

The musical duo from southwest Michigan known as Keys and Squeeze shared their talents on the keyboard and accordion Monday afternoon in the Health Center. Jackie Peck has over 28 years of experience teaching music in the public schools as well as private music lessons along with being a music minister at her church and playing at weddings and other events. Since retirement she has teamed up with fellow musician Robbie Sims to form Keys and Squeeze and travel the country sharing their musical talents. Robbie is originally an air radio personality, band member and Hollywood studio musician from San Bernardino, Calif., and is now based in Michigan while traveling with his accordion. Keys and Squeeze delighted the residents on Monday with their lively music from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

New exercise chairs arrived for the Wellness and Fitness Center this week. They are sturdy black chairs that are not only comfortable to sit in but also stable enough to offer support for the stretching and bending moves done while exercising. Amy and Stefanie from the Wellness and Fitness Center are bound to come up with new ways to utilize these chairs.

The United Presbyterian Home is the recipient of two bike racks from Public Health through a grant written by Jen Weidman. They are like the bike racks people may have seen on the square in Washington. One is by the northwest corner of Kerr Hall where a few people have been parking their bikes. The second bike rack will be placed in front of Brownlee Health Center for residents, guests and employees to use. They look sharp and hopefully give people some encouragement to ride their bikes.

Clinicians from Simply Spa arrived on Tuesday to offer manicures and special beauty treatments in preparation of Thursday night’s prom.

The Main Dining Room has been given a makeover and appears to be a location along the Tiber River in Italy, complete with gondolas and hanging decorations in shades of blue to resemble "An Evening in Italy." Prom was scheduled for Thursday evening, May 23, from 6:30 until 8 and it promised to be a memorable evening.

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