Seniors At DSSM-Neponsit Celebrate Older American’s Month
The seniors attending the DSSM-Neponsit Adult Day Health Care Center have explored a multitude of mind, body, and spirit therapeutic recreational activities during Mary’s Older American Month. A day at the center feels like a trip around the world without packing a suitcase.
Always seeking ways to stay "Young At Heart," the seniors created their own handmade papier-mâché cowboy piñata filled with goodies. Fellow clients then broke open the piñata and celebrated a traditional cultural Mexican Cinco de Mayo festival.
Yoel Sharabi, Israeli born and a world-renowned musician, performed at the Adult Day Health Care Center for Israel Independence Day. His repertoire and dynamic style was the ultimate in Jewish entertainment that inspired enthusiastic seniors to dance to "The Hora." Sharabi is the most widely known for his simultaneous playing of two flutes in perfect harmony, which has been called "magical."
Sometimes the best treasures are in your own backyard. Without booking a plane ticket, the Center’s seniors took a short drive to the Rock Hall Museum, located in Lawrence. Colonial Rock Hall is considered one of the finest Pre-Revolutionary War houses originally built in 1767 for Josiah Martin, a wealthy West Indian plantation owner.
The museum offers local residents a trip back in time and a unique opportunity to view eighteenth and nineteenth century artifacts excavated from the grounds and cellar of the museum. The museum’s tour guide Matthew Blum graciously invited the group to enjoy a serene picnic lunch in the historic mansion’s garden. The seniors reflected on how many modern luxuries in homes have improved our quality of life since the past and wonder what is yet to come for future generations.
One of the Center’s favorite programs is the Biannual Intergenerational Talent Show coordinated by Senior Activity Therapist Beth Gutman and teacher Carol Weis, with the ALPS Junior High School teens located in Rockaway Park. Both teens and elders were proud to display their musical talents for one another.