Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Just ask Alice Barker, who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. Though she now lives at a nursing home, Barker was a famous dancer during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s. She appeared in films, television and commercials, and even danced on the same stage as Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
“It just felt so good doing it,” Barker says in the video above. “Because that music — I just get carried away in it.”
Yet, somehow, Barker had never seen footage of herself in action.
Until now. Jazz on Film’s Mark Cantor and David Shuff uncovered three “soundies” –- short musical videos –- of Barker shimming and swaying across the stage. They presented the footage to Barker in her nursing home bedroom.
When asked how it felt to see herself dancing, Barker replied, “Making me wish I could get out of bed and do it all over again.”
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
We had our Residents Christmas Brunch yesterday (12/17/16) and it was a success! The dining room looked great.
Jake was ready for the party!
A few Entertainments we had.
The Activities Team did an amazing job. All our residents loved the entertainment and the food that was served.
Friday, December 16, 2016
As I grow older, I begin to better acknowledge and deeply appreciate the cycle of life. I’m fully aware that one moment you’re playing in a swing with your clique of 4 and the next moment your staring at an old picture of that 4 between wrinkled hands and sitting alone in an old people’s home. The journey between both worlds is laced with dreams, expectations, and many in-between. No wonder deep respect and care is paid to the veterans
I have a grandma who holds worlds of wisdom in her eyes. She suffers from ulcer's but is still a vibrant and driven woman at 82. Though my culture admonishes us to care for our elders, I made a choice to care for her whenever I was around. Many people would argue that it’s best to check them into a facility; others would prefer caring for them at home. Whichever the case, the most important thing is that they receive as much care and attention as they can get. After all, we all hope to grow old and be treated nicely too. Here are a few tips that help me in taking care of my grandma.
- Prepare the home- In case you choose to take care of your elder parent or loved one in your home, you’ll need to make a few adjustments. Ensure his/her room is on the ground floor and won’t have any need to climb stairs. We always make sure grandma has all she needs in her flat downstairs. Remove booby straps and if you can, employ an assistant to look in whenever you’re away. Notably, most elderly people like to live out their later years without being a bother to others. However, if an Assisted Living Facility is a better choice for you, be sure to check that they meet all laid out standards. These facilities are meant to serve as comfortable alternatives, not cause more troubles.