Bingo, rosary and sing a longs are the core of most activities in many senior settings. Although we can never… ever..ever… remove bingo from our calendars, there is more we can be doing to enrich our residents’ lives. We are at a point where times are changing, as we continue our journey through what’s known as culture change and so is our understanding at Artman, of what residents need and want from us. My name is Katelyn McKinley and I am the Director of Community Life at Artman, Liberty Lutheran’s senior living community in Ambler, Montgomery County. I have the privilege of supervising a community life staff that provides our residents with daily activities and events to enhance the resident’s quality of life and provide them with a wonderful meaningful day.
Three elderly women and a man sat around a table in Paul’s Run’s library recently, huddled over their iPads and listening intently to Community Life Director, Jeri Iacono’s directions.
“The most important thing you need to know is how to turn it on,” she told the group. “Don’t be afraid of hurting it. Be patient and when you don’t know how to get out of something, hit the home button,” she added, pointing to the large round button at the base of the iPad.
By Maria Kent, Liberty Lutheran PR Intern
Angela Danno has been an active resident at Paul’s Run since she moved in to Liberty’s Northeast Philadelphia retirement community 21 months ago. She exercises daily and knows first-hand the importance of physical fitness when it comes to aging. “I have little aches and pains…some pinched nerves,” she explained. That’s why she participated in Senior Fitness Day at Paul’s Run for the second year in a row.
Picture this: more than 200 senior citizens WALKING from Honolulu to Philadelphia! Okay… maybe that’s not humanly possible, but that was idea behind the Amazing Race at three of Liberty Lutheran’s senior communities.
Residents at Paul’s Run, Artman and the Village at Penn State kicked off the Amazing Race walking challenge in August, featuring four weeks of activities to inspire residents to get moving. Each week featured a different virtual destination. Residents “walked” from Honolulu to Dallas, then to New Orleans, and back to Philadelphia.
“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen
A typical day for Olive includes a lot of sleep and little, if any, engagement with others. Olive, 103 years old and in the advanced stages of dementia, is a resident at Artman, Liberty’s senior living community in Ambler, Montgomery County. Up to now, staff has had little success engaging with Olive. That changed on a Tuesday in August.
As a leader in senior living services, Liberty has embraced technology to support our commitment to compassionate, quality care and innovation. Within the last year, Paul’s Run Retirement Community and Artman, two of our four senior living communities, have adopted cutting-edge technology to facilitate virtual house calls that permit a physician to see a resident “on demand” in our skilled nursing and rehabilitation neighborhoods.