United Presbyterian Home
Helen Dallmeyer’s family hosted an open house for residents in honor of Helen’s 90th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in the Main Dining Room. Helen’s husband, Carl, and children, Kent and Jane Dallmeyer of Washington, and Russ and Dae Underwood of Johnston were present for the celebration. The family continued to celebrate on Sunday with a brunch at Iowa River and Power Company in Iowa City.
Tom Tanner has returned home after a two-week stay in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic following surgery and another two-week recuperation period at the Washington County Hospital. Tom is gradually regaining his strength and happy to be home. Tom says he is grateful for the visits, cards and calls.
A residents' council meeting was held for residents and staff of the Health Center on Monday. Erin Drahota, Paula Brinning, Carol Enfield and Ellen Anderson-Kieffer all gave reports from their departments. Residents provided helpful input.
A birthday party for residents of the Health Center was held on Wednesday for residents celebrating January birthdays. Betty Beenblossom and Circle 4 women of the United Presbyterian Church provided treats for the party. Those celebrating January birthdays were Margaret Skinner, Mildred Statler, Helen Gildersleeve, Mary Holden, and Jane Vetter.
Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz report that the recent Holiday Fitness Challenge has come to an end. Residents and staff were encouraged to set goals for exercise and healthy eating during the six weeks including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Participants weighed in each Monday and their names placed in a drawing if they maintained or lost weight during the week. Total minutes of cardiovascular exercise logged for the challenge was 38,304 minutes. Resident participants lost a total of 3.3 pounds and employees lost a total of 33.9 pounds. Resident challenge winners were Melva Mineart, Julia Gamon and Jackie Bower. Employee challenge winners were Carol Greiner, Becca Enfield and Paula Brinning. They each received a gift certificate to Serenity Salon and Spa.
The following article is written by residents Reid Orris and Betty Beenblossom about the inspiration they find in their friend and neighbor, Julia Gamon.
From the wheelchair to the dance floor — One of Halcyon’s miracle ladies, a resident of the U.P. Home, has shown everyone her courageous side. A few years ago, you would see Julia Gamon moving her wheelchair with her feet, down the hall to where she needed to go.
She continued to always have a smile and a sparkle about her, even though residents knew she was in great pain. She and her husband continued to live independently in their own apartment.
Julia always found the energy to participate in exercise class, as well as other exercise and activities to help maintain her mobility.
By faith and the grace of God she entered the hospital and had surgery on her hips to release her from the pain and the wheelchair. That put her on her way to be able to stand and walk again starting with the walker, progressing to the cane, and finally walking on her own.
But Julia still had other goals in mind. She said someday she wanted to be on the dance floor and she made it. What an accomplishment!!
Classics Et Cetra for Jan. 16, included the Overture to “L’Angiolina” by Antonio Salieri; Waltz No. 1 by Frédérick Chopin; “I Vow to Thee My Country,” performed by the Morriston Orpheus Welsh Male Choir; 1st Movement of Violin Concerto in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Prince of Denmark’s March” by Jeremiah Clarke.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) composed only one violin concerto. It was written expressly for a fine violinist of the day, Franz Clement, who premiered the piece two days before Christmas in 1806. He must have been a good sight-reader for it seems that he did just that for the premiere, since Beethoven had only just managed to finish it in time for the concert.