By Marianne Weaver
Tribute at The Glen, an assisted living and memory care facility in Woodbridge, honored and entertained residents and guests with daily activities to celebrate National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 10-17.
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) dubbed this year’s celebration “Family is Forever,” and Tribute at The Glen staff put together a week of activities to celebrate just that. Although events were focused on residents, families were invited to attended. Residents said it was nice to have children laughing and playing throughout the community.
This year’s events kicked off with a senior prom. Like all proms, this one had a theme: Guests were encouraged to wear black and gold to fit into the Old Hollywood theme.
“Everyone dressed up,” said Jeneva McDonald, community relations director. “We had some beautiful golden corsages and boutonnieres, plus tiaras and top hats. It was pretty amazing.”
Resident Lillian Brown, known throughout the community as Lilly B., attended the prom with her daughter and granddaughter.
“The prom was a lot of fun,” she said. “We had a nice dinner. A gentleman had music and the people who were able, danced. And there were lots of children.”
Monday afternoon, the staff organized the Monday Madness Social Hour.
“We had lots of carnival activities,” explained McDonald. “Several residents came outside for the carnival games, chili dogs and cotton candy.”
Wednesday night, everyone gathered for a pajama party and watched the movie “Sing.”
“I went to many of the events,” said resident Jerry J. Josten. “It is a good reason to get everyone together. Everyone enjoys it and it’s very nice.”
Thursday, residents and staff took a break and geared up for Friday’s ice cream social.
At 2:00 p. m. Friday, residents, staff, family members, and one little dog made their way to the Lincoln Theater room for the social. The room was filled with music and laughter, while everyone enjoyed the ice cream bar, which featured a variety of ice cream flavors, sherbet and toppings. In a far corner, residents chose props for pictures at the photo booth.
“The best part is that we’ve all gotten to be together and see the overall excitement and smiles from our residents enjoying themselves,” said MacDonald. “This brought out some of our residents who normally would not participate. It’s brought them out of their suites to participate in these activities.”
Tribute at The Glen, which opened in January 2017, offers assisted living and memory care. The senior living community blends detailed luxury with care, safety and a high quality of life. The entire building is saturated with WiFi so team members can communicate and families can access the Internet when visiting. For more information, visit tributeattheglen.com.