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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 30, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Jun 13, 2013

Emory and Phyllis VanGerpen enjoyed a long weekend in northwest Iowa visiting relatives. They attended a cousin's reunion in Sibley on Sunday after first attending the worship service in the Presbyterian Church.  Most of the 17 who were present grew up together in that church that was 10 miles west in the small town of Little Rock.  It was a fun weekend as they shared old memories and current news.  Emory and Phyllis were proud to share that their second great-grandchild was born just the week before.  He is Solomon Jos and lives in Lititz, Pa., so they haven't seen him yet, though had photos in just a few hours after his birth.  He is welcomed by 2-year-old brother Israel Makai.

The Get Up and Go Group Challenge continues.  It is now Week Six of the exercise challenge and small groups of staff and residents can be seen around campus actively participating in short power walks, dining together and sharing healthy recipes and motivational notes.  The interaction between staff and residents has been great.  The real challenge comes in coordinating schedules. One might assume that the staff would have more trouble working around time restraints but that would be incorrect.  Residents at the UPH are busy people with something to do most of the time.

Kathy Knutson celebrated her birthday with friends in the Town Center on Monday morning following exercise class.

Elizabeth Tschantz read to the residents in the Health Center on Monday, a task that Jeannette Miksch normally does.  Jeannette was busy this week with family obligations.

The Tuesday movie and popcorn event included a film of the John Deere operation and the making of agricultural equipment.  A tractor parade got the attention of the farmers and farm wives in the room.

Sophia and Olivia Lujan and Dalton Rich made their way to the Health Center on Wednesday morning to play ball with anyone willing to participate. The heat didn’t prevent the wheelchair rides from happening on Wednesday afternoon.  Everyone was able to cool down with root beer floats following their trip outside.

Chef Michael educated residents on the many different kinds of tea, its history and the health benefits it brings to those who consume it. It is uncertain how long tea has been used as a beverage, but history notes are centuries old.  Tea has long been used for medicinal purposes and is the second most consumed beverage on earth following water.  There are at least six types of tea usually referring to color and the way in which it is processed, white, yellow, green oolong, red, and black. Teas contain a substance known to provide a calming effect on those who drink it.  Studies show that green tea offers a multitude of health benefits and may even reduce the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.  So drink up and enjoy the benefits of tea.

Mildred Houseal was greeted with a lovely bouquet of pink roses and fresh asparagus when she looked outside her door on Wednesday morning. The surprise was compliments of Duane and Ann Lewis, who were sharing their garden produce with Mildred. Later that same day Mildred enjoyed a visit from her granddaughter, Erin Thorius, and her son, Jacob.  Fourteen-month-old Jacob showed her how he can run and he delighted her with his expressive hand gestures.

Dave Henderson met with his longtime friend, Kim Hubbs, on Wednesday afternoon for lunch and a little catch-up conversation. Dave and Kim were high school classmates, both graduating from Crawfordsville High School in 1959. Kim is from Crescent City, Calif., and was in town to visit his sister, Kay Roth.  Kim served in the Marine Corps for 24years and spent time working at the Pentagon as a sergeant major.

Classics Et Cetera for June 13 included the Overture to “Fatinitza” by Franz von Suppé; 2nd Movement of Piano Trio No. 2 by Franz Schubert; 3 Numbers from Ballet Suite No. 3 by Dmitri Shostakovich; “Seein’ Is Believin’” performed by Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees; 1st Movement of Oboe Concerto in C Major by Mozart; “Friendly Landscape” from “Forest Scenes” by Robert Schumann; “His Honor,” a march by Henry Fillmore.

Dmitri Shostakovich (1908-1975), is considered by many to be the Soviet Union’s greatest composer.  His career flourished after the success of his 1st Symphony until 1936 when he fell out of favor with Stalin.  His 5th and 7th Symphonies restored his reputation and he was a hero until 1948 when he was again politically disgraced for writing music too intellectual for the masses.  After the death of Stalin in1953, however, the worst of his persecution was over and he was able to work in comparative freedom.

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