The Amazing Race walking challenge has returned to Liberty Lutheran Senior Communities for the third year. The mission of this challenge is to encourage our residents to maintain the highest level of their functional ability in order to help maintain their independence. We’ve put a new spin on our theme and instead of walking to specific locations, this year we are “walking through the decades”. The decades chosen are the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.
Here’s how the race works. Each resident is given a walking goal specific to their abilities. Goals are tracked throughout the week and scores are tallied. Community Life and Dining Services help incorporate the weekly theme by having activities centered on the decade and featuring a menu item every Friday that was popular during that time.We are midway through the race and the communities are cruising right along.
Paul’s Run kicked off their Amazing Race with a Miss Paul’s Run pageant as the Miss America pageant originated in 1921. The residents are all meeting their walking goals and the staff has been very encouraging and helpful with “flash walks”. “Flash walks” are spontaneous walking groups that staff engages the residents in throughout the day. Rachel Wieller, Resident Wellness Coach at Paul’s Run, is noticing an increase in treadmill usage and that residents are setting walking goals for themselves!
The Artman Home also kicked off their Amazing Race with a special event, a Great Gatsby themed party. The Atrium was converted into a speakeasy and residents participated in trivia about the cost of living in the 1920’s. Photos and fun facts from the decade are posted around the different households for residents to check out.
Here are some of the costs of living statistics from the 1920’s:
Loaf of Bread: $0.09
Gallon of Milk: $0.54
One Dozen Eggs: $0.13
Pound of Chicken: $0.43
Pound of Hamburger: $0.13
Gallon of Gasoline: $0.18
Regular Home: $7,720.00
Ice Box: $27.95
Rent per month: $18.00
Movie Ticket: $0.15
Postal Stamp: $0.02
The Hearth at Drexel is in its first year of the Amazing Race and they have found that the distance from the West Household to the East Household is 100 yards! This is the perfect walking distance for their residents. Residents walk with staff and at the end of the path is large photo of a movie star from that decade. Residents try to guess who the movie star is and read the fun facts about them. The residents have also been having decade themed happy hours and recently were treated to Gin Rickeys!
So far, the race seems to be a huge success! Can’t wait to see what everyone has in store for the 40’s and 50’s.
– Guest Blogger Jennifer Conway, Community Life Supervisor at Artman