What a great summer we are having here at Project Independence. Participants have been keeping their bodies and minds busy with a lot of fun activities.
One of our community’s favorite ways to exercise is playing Corn Hole Toss! As much as we love our friends at Project Independence, the whole group agrees a little competition makes an activity/exercise more fun!
We continue to do our Physical Therapy based exercise programs on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. The strength and balance our group has gained from this consistency is remarkable. We put on some good music, work out together, and of course laugh and have fun.
Our community is very important to our participants and staff. We were so pleased when Deputy Chief Larry Eastman from the Barre City Police Department (shown below) accepted our request for a meet and greet during coffee hour. Participants enjoyed a chance to interview a police officer, and were eager to ask questions about how his career began, what he sees within his line of work, and how law enforcement has changed with new technologies, new challenges seen on the job, and relatively new job field training including more focus on public relations than in previous years. We appreciate his willingness to take an hour out of his busy day to visit!
The current craze sweeping Project Independence is word search puzzle books. The activities department purchased a stack of them! It is great to see the focus and fun many participants have while they conquer a word search. We have even done them in a group at the end of day. It is a nice wind down activity which helps to keep the mind sharp, and alleviates stress.
Father’s Day Fun
PI participants and invited guests enjoyed a fun celebration for Father’s Day. Our creative Activities Specialist, Carrie, made a colorful car cutout for a photo booth, there was a movie all about cars and special snacks and root beer were served. Dave won the classic car giveaway.
The therapeutic benefits of a drumming exercise are numerous and it’s fun! As you can see from the photos below, this is becoming one of everybody’s favorite activities. Drumming can relieve stress and tension, release endorphins that are associated with a sense of well-being and boost your immune system to name just a few.
Mother’s Day Tea
Participants and invited guests enjoyed an afternoon tea with special scones in celebration of Mother’s Day accompanied with music provided by Nancy Smith.
Martin Kemple wrapped up his six week program on aging gracefully, much to the disappointment of participants. Everyone attending these Tuesday morning sessions has greatly enjoyed the interaction and socialization. Below are a few of the comments that were shared:
- interesting and educational, Ronnie M.
- I liked the exercise and singing and learning a little more about each other, Vinnie F.
- The classes were very good and I learned a lot; Martin should be a teacher, Gail D.
- Whatever Martin had to say held our interest and touched each one of us, bringing a smile or sadness to our hearts, Jean G.
- Martin helped us remember our childhood memories and share them with each other, Elsie R.
- It was fun, there were so many different things we did, Sadie D.
- I liked that Martin and I were both from New York, Jane T.
How thankful we are that it is spring! A recent activity was to tell what the word spring made you think of. Below are some of our participant comments.
Carol C – Rebirth
Ted R. – Melting snow
Laura P. – Warmer weather
Elsie R. – The robins return, the geese head north and the days are longer
Sadie D. – The dandelions are back (did you know that the dandelions are the first source of food for the bees?)
Lynn T – Flowers bloom
Betty E. – Apple blossoms
David B. – The snow melts
Ellie G. – Tulips and Lilacs
Ronnie M. – New beginnings for all living creatures
Quincy S. – Spring reminds me of good times – winter is over
David A. – Warmth
Patrick R. – Being able to walk around in places you can’t in the winter.
Martin Kemple is hosting a six week program on Therapeutic Life Skills for Elders which began on April 1st. He is at PI every Tuesday morning for a ninety minute program. This program provides a revolutionary approach to growing older. Activities for this program include cooking, gardening, art, music, movement, storytelling and much more.
To celebrate World Pet Day in April, participants made cards and dog biscuits for the Barre Animal Hospital. We donated several old dishcloths and towels to the Humane Society for use in their cat and small dog cages and for general cleaning and some dog biscuits too!