A Message From Lucinda Dohanian, Executive Director
To quote an old proverb, “Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things.” The Laurelmead lifestyle has always included a diverse and healthy diet and lots of activity. However, various studies have shown that friendship is just as crucial to good health. Many of our new residents are pleasantly surprised by our tight-knit community. We laugh together, cry together and are always ready to lend a helping hand or offer an encouraging word. At Laurelmead, you can have all the “alone time” you need, but you never have to be lonely. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.
Fair Thee Well
Submitted by Nicky Nichtern
More than 75 interested people attended the Health Fair, held in the Great Room, and arranged by Susan Vartian, Lauremead’s Fitness Director. With the intent to educate residents about the benefits of their specific fields, participants included an acupuncturist, hearing specialist, chiropractor, dermatologist, Tai Chi instructor, massage therapist, nutritionist, along with representatives from AARP, The Alzheimer’s Association of RI, The American Cancer Society, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and Blue Cross Wellness Center. Laurelmead’s Fitness Center, which includes not only a heated pool and Jacuzzi, but also an exercise room, massage room, and work-out room, is open 7 days a week. On any given day about 20 residents use the pool, 30 use the resistance room, and 35 attend yoga, tai-chi, pilates, or aerobics.
LEEF Relief
Submitted by Joan O'Brien
The Laurelmead community gathered on the evening of May 24th for the awarding of this year’s Laurelmead Employee Education Fund scholarships, always a celebratory occasion for the community. The fund was established years ago by a resident and has become a way for residents to remember someone, to thank or honor a staff member or simply to support a worthy effort. The recipients are chosen by a committee that includes residents and outside evaluators.
The program opened with a slide presentation by John Goncalves, Assistant Dining Room Manager, who began working at Laurelmead in 1998. John has just received his BA in Social Work from Rhode Island College with support from LEEF all the way. He talked about his work, including his recent trip to Puerto Rico to assist in the rebuilding efforts. This was followed by the distribution of gifts totalling $40,000 to 18 staff members, employees and the children of employees. Each spoke about their educational goals, which range from nursing to accounting. After the ceremony, everyone gathered in the Great Room for refreshments and heartfelt congratulations.
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