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The First Birthday Celebration in Years

The First Birthday Celebration in Years

For nursing student Katrell Johnson, picking up cupcakes and balloons for a resident at Sun Village Homes for her 86th birthday felt like a natural gesture.

For Julia, the ensuing festivities became the first birthday she had celebrated in years.

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https://www.heart2heartoutreach.org/community-stories/The-First-Birthday-Celebration-in-Years

Volunteer and her Quilting Group Sew Quilts for Seniors

Volunteer and her Quilting Group Sew Quilts for Seniors

Helping seniors feel love with quilts

Judie Nance and her quilting group have donated more than 150 quilts to seniors in care centers around South Florida. They’ve made smaller quilts that fit on top of wheelchairs and quilts with zippers, buttons, and little animals for seniors in memory care.

“Oh, we’ve had tears and so much gratitude,” Judie said. “It makes you feel good that you could brighten someone’s day, give them something to smile about and to live another day.”

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Wheelchair Wash Connects Hearts and Boosts Confidence

Wheelchair Wash Connects Hearts and Boosts Confidence

Sometimes, the key to happiness is shiny wheels and simple conversation.

Members of Parkridge Church teamed up with Heart2Heart to host a wheelchair and walker wash at Park Summit Senior Living in Coral Springs.

They set up something like a car wash in a sliver of sunshine. They tied ribbons on the newly cleaned wheelchairs, and the seniors bragged about the free service for the rest of the day.

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Student Volunteers and Seniors Connect at Sun Village Homes

Student Volunteers and Seniors Connect at Sun Village Homes

Nursing student Maria Namendy shares he experiences volunteering at Sun Village Homes in Hialeah.

She’s learned the power of giving seniors a voice — just by listening to their stories.

She’s just one example of how West Coast University students are making a difference.

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https://www.heart2heartoutreach.org/community-stories/student-volunteers-at-sun-villiage-homes

Senior Finds Joy and Purpose through Volunteering

Senior Finds Joy and Purpose through Volunteering

After retiring in 2020, life felt like an extended vacation for Eileen Kent, 76, of Cooper City. But after about two years, it wasn’t much fun anymore. “I guess I was feeling sorry for myself,” Eileen said. “When you spend a lot of time alone, it’s ‘Oh, this ailment...

Boys Bring Holiday Cheer to Seniors

Boys Bring Holiday Cheer to Seniors

A troop of boys singing Christmas carols brought smiles to the seniors at Coral Plaza Margate on Dec. 2.  The boys, all dressed in their army green uniforms and hats, were all part of local Trail Life USA Troop FL-4035. The boys sang three carols to the seniors....

How Can We Promote Active Living among Seniors?

How Can We Promote Active Living among Seniors?

My last blog was a challenge to seniors to keep physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle. Today, I want to challenge our community to encourage seniors to make active living a priority.  Our culture thinks of retirement as an opportunity to slow down and...

Activity director spills the secrets to staying active 

Activity director spills the secrets to staying active 

You could say that Ellyn Fishbach is an expert at staying active through the golden years.  For one, she waited until after retirement to begin a whole new career — as an activities director at Colonial Assisted Living in Ft. Lauderdale.  Secondly, Ellyn...

Church Volunteers Bring a “Beach” Baptism to a Nursing Home

Church Volunteers Bring a “Beach” Baptism to a Nursing Home

Fifteen people were baptized at Seaview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center last month — a number that surprised even the volunteers who organized the event.  “They were so excited to get baptized. The joy in that room was overwhelming,” said volunteer Jeanette...