United Presbyterian Home
Tracy Altenhofen and Don Gorham were honored at a retirement party in recognition of their years of service to the United Presbyterian Home on Tuesday morning. Tracy and Don each served 21 years in the laundry department beginning just weeks apart in the year 1993. CEO, Mike Moore thanked each of them for their dedication and service to the home and presented them with watches, each one engraved with his name, date and 21 years of service to the UPH. Residents showered the men with cards and well wishes for a happy retirement. Don’s brother and his wife, Jim and Karen Gorham, attended the party along with Tracy’s mother and her husband, Sandy and Matt Conrad. Both Tracy and Don report that they intend to spend time together at Lending Hands of Washington playing pool and hanging out.
On Monday, Dietary Director Ellen Anderson-Kieffer presented a program on the many benefits of whole grains in one’s diet. Ellen shared samples of a Tabbouleh Salad made with bulgur grain and fresh vegetables. Residents are logging their servings of the different food groups during the month of March in a nutritional challenge promoting healthy eating habits.
Fat Tuesday was celebrated with Mardi Gras lunch specials of Jambalaya, King’s cakes and beignets served in the Main Dining Room.
The Rev. Kitch Shatzer held an Ash Wednesday service in the Main Dining Room for residents as the start of the Lenten season.
The Campus Council met on Wednesday morning with department head staff updating residents on news about the UPH Campus and listening to resident comments.
The Wellness and Fitness Center and Aegis Therapy teamed up on Thursday morning to present a program on Memory Magic. Amy Kleese emphasized how taking care of your body with proper nutrition and exercise along with lowering risk factors for disease is essential for brain health. What is good for your heart is good for the brain as well. Stefanie Tschantz spoke on the games and activities that she and residents work on to stimulate the brain in Mind Exercise class. Such things as riddles, creating stories and working with your non-dominant hand all help to focus in different ways. Stephanie Kronlage told residents how therapy helps individuals in the different stages of Dementia.
The Classics Et Cetera program for March 6, included the overture to “La fedeltà premiata” by Joseph Haydn; “Berceuse” from the “Dolly Suite” by Gabriel Fauré; 3rd Movement of Sinfonia for 2 clarinets & orchestra by Heinrich Backofen; “Core ‘ngrato,” sung by Sergio Franchi, tenor; “It’s Only a Paper Moon” played by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra; “The Moldau” from “Má Vlast” by Bedrich Smetana; “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Grainger; “Valdres March” by Johannes Hanssen.
The symphonic poem “The Moldau” is Bedrich Smetana’s (1824-1864) best-known work. It describes the great river of Bohemia (the Vltava in Czech; the Moldau in German) as it begins as two small rivulets, forms one stream, passes through the woods and meadows, past a rural wedding celebration, gets larger, forms a rapids, majestically flows through the capital city of Prague, then vanishes into the distance and to the Elbe. The beautiful music is one of six movements of Smetana’s monumental “Má Vlast” (“My Homeland”).