Can you picture your seasoned parent putting on boxing gloves, Rocky-style? Well, that's now happening twice a week at Saint Simeon's!
Saint Simeon's has a new class in the Wellness Center called "Sock it to Me!" Based off of a program developed for Parkinson's patients called "Rock Solid," the program helps build flexibility, speed, and strength through non-contact boxing. Not everyone in the program has Parkinson's. It's a beneficial and fun class, and our Residents love looking like Rocky!
When I recently visited the Sock it To Me class, six male Residents were having a great time boxing our Wellness Center staff members Mary, Matt, and Caitlin. We also have a punching bag where Residents can fully release any frustrations they may have!
So far, our two weekly classes (Monday and Friday at 2:15) are occupied completely by men. However, Mary Nole, Wellness Director, is working on starting a class just for the ladies!
A big thank you to Laurie Green, daughter of Resident John Cagle, who made a gift to purchase the new boxing equipment.
Saint Simeon’s does every Mardi Gras up big, thanks to our dedicated Life Enrichment staff. Last Tuesday was no different! In the morning, staff departments showed off the floats and costumes they created specifically for Mardi Gras and walked around the building in a big parade, adorning Residents with Mardi Gras beads. Some of the departments that went all out this year were the Life Enrichment Superheroes, the Facilities Services Egyptians, the Wellness Center “Krewe of Cupid,” and the Maintenance Horses and Gladiator.
In the afternoon, Residents enjoyed Mardi Gras Parties, complete with cake, punch, dancing, and live New Orleans-style music! Our Mardi Gras Kings and Queens were also crowned! John Walton and Geraldine Sanders were crowned Assisted Living Mardi Gras King and Queen, and Anne Evans and Eugene Ker were crowned Health Care Mardi Gras King and Queen.
We definitely know how to party New Orleans-style at Saint Simeon's!
Laissez les bons temps roulez!
Saint Simeon’s recognized our wonderful volunteers during a Volunteer Luncheon on April 8 at Philbrook Museum of Art. Prior to the luncheon, volunteers enjoyed a tour of the Philbrook’s exhibit “The Essence of Things.” Chief Curator Catherine Whitney hosted our volunteer group for the interesting tour.
Following the tour, the volunteers were thanked for their service through a luncheon at La Villa Restaurant. Our volunteers help enrich the lives of our Residents and the community each month through the following activities: helping with Resident parties and outings, Flora and Fauna activities, monthly Ladies Luncheons, bagging dog food for the dogs of the homeless, sing-a-longs in the Memory Center, and more.
We are so thankful for the extra joy each volunteer brings to our campus!
We're so glad you've stopped by! This blog is a spot for the friends and family of Residents and even Residents and staff of Saint Simeon's to stay informed about what's going on at our campus and with our Residents. Here, you'll be able to find even more stories than what can be found in our monthly newsletter, The Quill.
We'll post regular updates about life at the beautiful place that is Saint Simeon's! And you'll of course see occasional updates about our Golden Retriever "Chief Executive Cuddler," Simone!
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