Talk to seniors living in Laureate Group communities and you will find numerous examples of people who have delved into a creative pursuit since moving in. It could be a new experience, such as taking advantage of a class to try out painting or making stained glass. For others it may be happily joining a quilt club to use skills sharpened over many years. Still others turn to writing and pick up on a desire to flex their literary skills now that they have the time to indulge in it.
Each and every day we recognize the achievements of our older adults and work very hard to provide opportunities for them to engage in new pursuits. Their talent and enthusiasm is inspiring. Once a year, during National Assisted Living Week, we make a celebration of it. This year’s theme, The Art of the Ages, provided a time to recognize what our seniors, their families, friends and even our staff have created to enhance their own life experiences and the world around them. Laureate Group communities are celebrating with a variety of different events. For example we’ve celebrated the Musical Arts with performances by groups such as the Milwaukee Mail Carriers, and the Culinary Arts with delicious cooking demos. Exhibits of painting and crafting, and events reflecting appreciation for the writing have been filling our days.
Setting aside the time to celebrate assisted living week highlights the meaningful role assisted living communities play in keeping older adults living as independently as possible. We share, enjoy, and congratulate the mastery of art, music, and the development of skill. It makes for a lot of parties, too. It’s been a lot of fun in our communities this week.