The Allendale Community to Celebrate National Activity Professionals Week
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, January 10, 2013, 03:36 PM EST
Activities Are “A Sure Bet” With Residents at Senior Campus
The Atrium Assisted Living at The Allendale Community for Mature Living will celebrate National Activity Professionals Week, January 20-25. Healthcare professionals at the senior campus will embody this year’s theme, “Activities, A Sure Bet,” by planning and implementing programs that enrich the lives of senior residents.
Each January, National Activity Professionals Week recognizes the contributions of these specially trained professionals in all adult communities. These healthcare professionals are dedicated to improving the quality of life for many seniors.
Residents enjoy a full roster of planned activities at Allendale. Each of the following programs is free and open to the public:
• Fri., Jan. 18 – In honor of National Hobby Month, a “Button Slideshow & Tell” featuring button collecting will be presented by Mary Stampleman, ADC, director of therapeutic recreation and public relations for The Atrium Assisted Living, at 2 p.m. in the Cinema. Stampleman is a past president of the NJ State Button Society and Bergen Button Club. There will be items to view after the slideshow.
• Mon., Jan. 21 – Tai Chi for Seniors will be taught by Hasmig Mekjian, a teacher and practitioner for more than 30 years, at 2 p.m. in the Activities Room. This ancient Chinese tradition has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.
• Tues., Jan. 22 – Yoga for Seniors with Naama Meluban will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Cinema. As a certified instructor in Structural Yoga, Meluban teaches a gentle chair yoga, which is suited to seniors with diverse physical abilities and needs.
• Tues., Jan. 22 – "Holy Cannoli" Cooking Class with Chef Vincent Timony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Activities Room. The history of this Italian dessert will be discussed, while Chef Vinny demonstrates the preparation of the pastry shells. Timony is the executive chef and food service director for The Atrium at Allendale.
• Tues., Jan. 22 – A walking tour of the Physical Therapy unit will be conducted by the Rehabilitation Department at 2 p.m. Participants will meet in the lobby of the Allendale Subacute unit.
• Tues., Jan 22 – Chef Ralph Pierri, food services director for the Nursing Home, will present a pastry dessert demonstration at 6 p.m. in the Nursing Home. Chef Pierri will be preparing a fruit cheesecake. Following the demonstration, there will be a meeting hosted by Kathleen Malaver with Debra Monsis of the Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Group.
• Wed., Jan. 23 – Zumba Gold for Seniors with instructor Brooklynn Weight will be taught at 9:30 a.m. in the Activities Room. This Latin-inspired dance fitness class is designed specifically for seniors and makes burning calories fun.
• Wed., Jan. 23 – A blood pressure screening will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nursing Home. Melanie Morgan, director of nursing, will be available to conduct the screenings and answer questions.
• Wed., Jan. 23 – Happy Hour with The Campbells will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the Lounge. This musical duo consists of a vocalist and guitarist performing popular music from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The musical pair are frequent performers at Allendale.
• Thurs., Jan. 24 – A Watercolor Workshop will be led by instructor and artist Lorraine Strangfeld at 10:30 a.m. in the Activities Room.
• Thurs., Jan. 24 – Rev. Donald Sheehan from Guardian Angel RC Church of Allendale will present part three of the “Catholic Faith Series” at 1:30 p.m. in the Cinema.
• Thurs., Jan. 24 – A one-hour variety show will be presented beginning at 2 p.m. at Carlton Court, a memory care neighborhood. Residents from all three levels of senior housing at Allendale will be participating as well as staff and family members. Performing acts will include singing, dancing, instrumental music, interpretive reading and more.
• Fri., Jan. 25 – Rabbi Gerald Friedman celebrates the Tu B’Shevat holiday at 2 p.m. in the Activities Room. Also known as the “New Year of the Trees,” it is observed as an ecological awareness day.
The Allendale Community for Mature Living is located at 85 Harreton Road, on 12 suburban acres in Allendale, N.J. The campus is easily accessible via Route 17 South with private driveway access. For more information about upcoming events, contact Mary Stampleman at (201) 818-7979 or visit www.allendalecommunity.com.
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