Some roses are red 🌹 And arranged in a bouquet To deliver love and happiness On Valentine’s Day
We hope your day blooms with beautiful, magical, and wonderful things.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Lexington Pointe Senior Living. ♥
Happy Presidents’ Day from Lexington Pointe Senior Living.
First established in 1885 in recognition of George Washington, what we now know as Presidents’ Day was part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971 – designed to create more Monday holidays (and 3-day weekends) for workers.
Today the holiday is an opportunity to celebrate all U.S. presidents.
It’s no secret that many of us have learned our most impactful lessons from our elders. Because of this, we assume lessons are taught to us from those who have lived a long life, but thanks to recent studies, we are realizing older adults have much to gain from spending time with children as well. Continue reading our blog to learn more about the benefits of intergenerational preschools.
Elderly Adult Benefits
Research has consistently shown intergenerational preschools to be beneficial for seniors. The energetic spark of a little one’s personality helps promote higher energy levels and helps seniors rediscover a sense of purpose. The social, emotional, and mental stimulation that comes from befriending a child allows elderly adults to learn new skills and continue to stay cognitively engaged. These daily opportunities have also proven to decrease social isolation that often comes with decreased mobility in old age.
Remembering the Good Times
Many older adults are either mothers or fathers who have fond memories connected to taking care of young children. Uniting young children and seniors often triggers favorite memories for the elderly. While chasing kids and playing on the floor may not be an option anymore, the opportunity to read a book or play with dolls will bring back the joy that they experienced in the past.
At first glance, the sight of a child happily engaging with an elder is precious. Whether they’re reading a book or playing with toys, it’s beautiful to see generations connecting. When you take a deeper dive, you realize these interactions are doing much more than putting smiles on faces; these exchanges are aiding and promoting child development. As a child’s confidence grows through interacting with older adults, they demonstrate higher levels of communication and cooperative play, as well as increased motor and cognitive skills. Children who regularly socialize with elderly adults have an increased sense of empathy, greater social acceptance, and a better overall vocabulary.
As many studies have shown, children and seniors benefit from regular interactions. Intergenerational relationships foster an enriched environment where both parties will build confidence and increase their cognitive awareness. At Lexington Pointe, we have created a community where health and happiness are our main priorities for our residents. We take pride in providing a wide range of opportunities to support that mission, and our intergenerational preschool is one of the many experiences through which our residents flourish.
The Lexington Pointe Senior Living community is getting set for the holidays. We’re decking the halls and making the lobby looks festive with garland along the railing and a towering tree with lights, pretty bows, and colorful decorations. The holiday décor certainly makes our days merry and bright! 🎄
Lexington Pointe Senior Living had a lot of fun on Halloween, which was highlighted by a pre-school/staff costume parade.
Kermit visited our Sesame Street neighborhood. The staff dressed as characters from the show, and we took the preschoolers to visit some of our Garden Cove residents. Chef Josh also made special Sesame Street cupcakes for all the kids. Yum! 🧁
We also celebrated with games like Pumpkin Bowling and Pumpkin Ring Toss. The Count, Kermit, and Fresh Popcorn helped catch the pumpkins and rings before they rolled off the table.
Lexington Pointe Senior Living’s very talented Chef Josh made Sesame Street cupcakes for our little visitors on Halloween. The treats were so detailed and looked just like characters from the popular show. The preschool children loved their snacks and running around in costumes for the holiday!
Lexington Pointe recently hosted its last Happy Hour on the Patio. We wanted to get in one last hurrah before the cold weather moves in. Norella is enjoying a cold Oktoberfest beer. Cheers! 🍻
Lexington Pointe residents enjoyed a little free shopping excursion at our recent swap meet. We had a lot of items to look through, and our shoppers were happy with their finds!
Residents at Lexington Pointe Senior Living recently paired creativity with wine tasting. Participants enjoyed coloring some fall and Halloween pictures while snacking on delicious cheese and crackers with grapes and sipping on a variety of smooth wines. 🍷🧀🎨
Garden Cove residents decorated windows with tissue paper leaves for a fall craft project. The colorful leaves added a nice touch of autumn, and they sure are pretty to look at! 🍂
Lexington Pointe Senior Living residents gathered to create their own yarn owl craft. They used yarn, buttons, pipe cleaners, jewelry, and other items to design and make their own unique owl, all of which turned out really cute. 🦉
Lexington Pointe residents enjoyed an hour of music from the Windwood Jazz Duo. The performers, Chris and Conrad, put on a very entertaining show for a packed house. And it just so happens that Conrad is the son-in-law of two of our residents. Thank you both so much for donating your time and talents to our community! 🎸🎷
We recently enjoyed a lovely (and adorable) visit with our furry friend and therapy dog, Lexi. She’s a rescue who’s 7 years old and is amazing with our community members! While visiting with one of our Memory Care residents, Bob R., she tried to “sneak” some of his water and licked his straw, which gave everyone a good laugh! 😂🐕🦺
Lexington Pointe celebrated it’s first anniversary/birthday on September 1, and one of our resident couples sent our staff a lovely card to commemorate the occasion:
“Happy Birthday to us! Lexington Pointe and all the personnel who make it function and [a] happy campus:
One year ago today, September 1, 2020, was certainly exciting and very busy. For us, getting the keys to our new home was finally here. We were ready to move in!
For Taylor, Emily and Suzy, it meant getting the new residents checked for COVID, answering a million questions, and dealing with their requests – some simple and some otherwise!
Here’s to many good years to come. We’ll drink to that!” -Jack and Jan
Thank you for the kind message, Jack and Jan. Even though the pandemic presented us all with many unique challenges, we’ve loved serving our residents and building such an close-knit, fun, and supportive community during our first year. We look forward to many more yet to come! 🎉🥂❤️