United Presbyterian Home
Amy Kleese, Michelle Steinberg, Dorothy White and Carol Greiner participated as team members in the Washington County Hospice 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event began near the rocket slide in Sunset Park and ventured out to the nature trail. It was a beautiful day to raise funds and support a worthy cause.
Five generations of Stew Bell's family gathered in the Main Dining room on Saturday where Stew was able hold his great-great-grandson, Lennox Sipes, for the first time. Stew reports that at 4 months of age, Lennox is of a very healthy weight and just holding the young lad constitutes weight lifting. Stew’s daughter, Carmen Sipes of Hayward, Wis., was present along with her son, Tim Sipes, of Pleasant Hill, and Lennox’s father Dylan of Davenport. It was a joyous occasion.
Eight residents attended the Abrams Brothers concert at the Community Center on Monday evening. The Abrams Brothers combine their music selections to include bluegrass, country and folk rock.
The United Presbyterian Home celebrated Active Aging Week from Monday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 27, with a list of activities organized by Amy Kleese and Stephanie Tschantz of the Fitness Center. Monday was Pack the Gym Day and all across campus they monitored the usage of the NuStep exercise machines in the Health Center, Therapy Department and the Wellness and Fitness Center. A total of 56,646 steps were completed which is approximately 36 miles. Several residents also used the treadmill, elliptical and bikes making for a great day of cardiovascular exercise at the UP Home!
On Tuesday afternoon 10 residents took advantage of the beautiful weather and walked to the Coffee Corner for refreshments of coffee, smoothies and frappes.
A scavenger hunt was held on Wednesday. Each team of two participants was asked to locate items from a descriptive list that would fit in their team scavenger bag. Non-specific items included anything black, fragile, diamond shaped, man-made, shiny, seeds, thorny, unbreakable and unique. Residents managed to find items in record time while remaining on the campus. At the end of the scavenger hunt, participants were asked to create something unique with the items they selected. Their imaginations allowed them to recreate a jungle, picnic, table setting and a centerpiece. Fuzzy pajamas were used as a bib as Connie Bauer and Audra Williams created a table place setting complete with a coat hanger chandelier. Melva Mineart and Kathy Knutson grew a jungle from the stuffed animals they collected in the big hunt; decorators Dorothy White and Pat Jenkins fashioned a centerpiece from the eclectic items they conjured up and Davida Nicholson and Joyce Huff created a picnic of unusual foods.
Active Aging Week will concluded today, with a group of residents volunteering at Stewart School.
The Book Club met on Wednesday in the Campbell Room to discuss this month’s book, "The Homecoming of Samuel Lake" by Jenny Wingfield. The novel is set in Arkansas in the 1950s. Samuel is a preacher who is trying to find his place in life after returning home to live with his in-laws. His wife struggles to keep the family going, and his daughter’s attempt to help an abused neighbor boy backfires.
Model train engineer Jim Bennett celebrated his birthday in the Town Center surrounded by his many friends. Jim treated everyone to birthday cake which was decorated to look like one of his model Lionel train engines.
The Classics Et Cetera for Sept. 26 included the overture to “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein” by Jacques Offenbach; 3 Selections from “Le Cid Ballet Suite” by Jules Massenet; 1st Movement of Woodwind Octet in B-flat by Franz Lachner; “Banana Peel Rag” by Gus Winkler; Finale of Violin Concerto No. 2 by Henri Wieniawski; Hungarian Dance No. 7 by Franz Liszt; “The Bride Elect” a march by John Philip Sousa.