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When the weather outside is frightful

Fill your days with good food, even better companionship and a variety of great activities and who has time to even think about what the weather is doing outside? The  34 people who participated in Resident Home Association’s Adult Day Program the last week of 2014 were far too busy to care about the winter cold.

On Monday, December 29 it was a warm and delicious lunch at Olive Garden (a favorite community dining spot for most of the participants), followed by a movie, while a second group at the RHA office focused on their performing skills and creative side by working on a music video. The center common area at the RHA office is large and welcoming, complete with a full kitchen where everyone joins together to come up with menu ideas and then make delicious home-made lunches. The wonderful smells from cooking fill the office and make it seem more like home than an office. It’s the perfect setting for so many of the activities and classes developed by participants, with support from staff.

It may have been cold outside, but Amanda focused all of her attention on developing her candy makings skills.

It may have been cold outside, but Amanda Adams focused all of her attention on developing her candy making skills.

Tuesday found Day Program Supervisor Amanda Wallace leading a group in making candy, followed by a chili lunch. The candy makers were joined for lunch by the music video group. Wednesday morning found the ladies of our Joyceann home making muffins, followed by their always fun and entertaining New Year’s Eve luncheon. Another group celebrated by going to see the Harlem Globetrotters in the afternoon.

It was a craft class on Thursday as Amanda led participants in making snow globes and sock snowmen in the morning, followed by hot soup for lunch, where they were joined by the members of the music video group led by Vicki Servais. Rounding out the busy week was an art class that included making Pop Up art that will be displayed later in January at the Brazee Street Studios in Cincinnati. The music video group joined in the creative process, which also included making Perspective Snowman paintings, followed by hot chicken soup for lunch.

It was unanimous by all who participated that there couldn’t have been a better way to spend the last days of 2014 and welcome in 2015, with the promise of many more shared days and weeks to come!

Working and learning together may just be the best thing about our Adult Day Services activities. Staff member Nathan works with Jeanne as she discovers some of the secrets in turning melted chocolate into candy.

Working and learning together may just be the best thing about our Adult Day Services activities. Staff member Nathan Stevens works with Jeanne Russell as she discovers some of the secrets in turning melted chocolate into candy.

 

For Mike Wood the best snowman is not one you make out in the cold but the one you create inside where it is warm and the smell of hot chicken soup fills the air.

For Mike Wood the best snowman is not one you make out in the cold but the one you create inside where it is warm and the smell of hot chicken soup fills the air.