The following article originally appeared in the Huntingdon Daily News, written by April Feagley:
The buzz at Kirkland Village a Presbyterian Senior Living continuing care retirement community, is only now starting to calm after Kirkland's first ever Collection Show. The show was an opportunity for seniors living at the CCRC to display collections that are near and dear to them. Staff at Kirkland Village say it was a great success.
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Seniors and children may be at opposite ends of the age spectrum, but they still have plenty in common. Not only that, but an abundance of evidence points to the profound mutual benefits of intergenerational interactions between these two groups. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of promoting relationships between children and seniors, along with highlighting how Presbyterian Senior Living is bridging the generation gap.
At Green Ridge Village, a Presbyterian Senior Living community, we are committed to giving residents an abundance of interesting experiences. An example of this is Masterpiece Living Week, which was a travel themed week hosted throughout the community in May, complete with a passport showcasing the many “destinations” that residents experienced throughout the week. Read below to learn what seniors enjoyed during this weeklong adventure:
Kirkland Village participated in National Humor Month by hosting "Humorcon", which had the senior audience cracking up at the stand-up comedy routines of their fellow residents. Laughter is an important part of living, no matter what the age. When younger, it's a sign of happiness and enjoying life. Laughing helps us get through the hard spots in life by laughing at ourselves instead of taking everything so seriously. But as we get older, the act of laughing helps reduce stress, can help in coping as well as healing and relieving symptoms of certain diseases.
The Red Hat Society is a well known phenomenom, chronicled in the media throughout the past 18 years. Inspired by the poem "Warning" by Jenny Joseph, which depicts an older woman wearing purple, with a red hat as an expression of independence and an "attitude", Sue Ellen Cooper formed a group of women over 50 who decided to meet middle age with "verve and humor". The idea has taken root, with Red Hat Societies springing up in various places throughout the country and the world. Red Hat members wear full regalia the includes the distinctive red hats and purple outfits. If you are under 50 years of age you can still attend wearing pink hats and lavender outfits.