Saturday, June 16, 2007

Brook, ect

Brook and the group had another demo today. They went to one of the nursing homes in the area. The kids are learning to adapt their routine in many different size places. Today it was a tiny rec room.They did warm up exercises, lots of board breaking and balloon popping. They did a bunch of kicking also.   Some of the seniors had no idea what was going on but they still laughed and clapped and smiled. One started crying and smiling at the same time saying "my babies, my babies." After the demo the kids went around the room shaking hands and hugging. These seniors were so glad to see the kids. Sad. There were no other visitors there. This is the kind of home where the forgotten get sent to. No garden for them to sit in, no plants. There were a few rockers outside on the sidewalk and that was it. It was the kind of place that made my mama make me promise to take her behind the barn and shoot her before putting her in one of those places. Don't get me wrong, it was clean and the care seemed to be adequate but you could see that these elders were forgotten for the most part. My daughter looked at me and told me that I would not be there.We will see.

12 comments:

  1. How wonderful Brook and her group did that.  I know what you mean, when I used to do geriatric nursing, there were many people who never got a single visitor.  Oh they had families but the families just left them there and got on with their own lives.  Used to break my heart.

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  2. So sad about the older people...sound like you had a good time with Brook..have a great weekend!  Hugs,TerryAnn

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  3. The 'forgotten' is precisely why Brook's group go and visit and demonstrate ... gives them practise and makes the day a little brighter for someone else.  If only more of us had more time ... and maybe energy.  

    So nice they went, I do hope they enjoyed themselves.

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  4. ally123130585918June 16, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Celeste how lovely Brook's group went to that nursing home ~ it must have given the Seniors great pleasure to see them ~ and for the Children you go and meet them and give them hugs ~ that is so kind of them ~ How sad that those elders are forgotton by so many of their relatives ~ Ally x

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  5. your such a great grandma...I will be excited when my grandbabies come
    Donna In TEXAS

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  6. Luckily for me, vampires don't die.

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  7. Senior always seem to feel better around children!  How great they can go and lift thier spirits like that.  -  Barbara
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  8. I feel so bad for some of the elderly in my mama's nursing ome...some never get any visitors...so sad...I am glad that Brook got to go visit with some of them.
    love ya,
    carlene

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  9. I bet it was fun for the kids to perform for such a happy audience! Glad they all enjoyed it!
    Sad about some of our elderly, isn't it? I feel so bad for so many of them.
    Pam

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  10. I always wondered if rest home residents appreciated visits like that or if it depressed them to see so much youth and life at once.  

    Russ

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  11. That was so nice of Brook and her group to do that for those seniors.  
    Lori

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  12. I volunteered in a "retirement facility" recently, and I know exactly how much pleasure the kids gave to the seniors. It is the kind of thing they talk about and remember long after the kids have moved on to their next venue. I'm glad Brook got a chance to perform there. I hope Meg will not do that to me, too, but reality is that her life does not include me much, and I, too, am not so sure. Margo

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