Residents give thanks for Thanksgiving

Norman and Ann Thomas returned recently from a trip to Pennsylvania where they visited Ann’s brother and family. They spent ten days in the Endless Mountains, a chain of plateaus in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania bordering New York. Norman and Ann are originally from that area and enjoyed going back to visit family and friends. Ann was also able to enjoy lunch with a former co-worker from Prudential Insurance.

The Fitness Center is offering fall prevention classes to residents during the month of November. These classes provide balance training, exercises to address many variables of balance such as posture, flexibility and the vestibular system which identifies the position of the head and education. Falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults taking a serious toll on their quality of life and independence. Some falls can be prevented and these classes address how to minimize risk factors and teach a technique to falling.

Fried Green Tomatoes was the Saturday night movie in the Campbell Room. This is the story of what happens when a senior citizen meets up with an unhappy housewife starring Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates and Mary-Louise Parker.

Kerr Hall residents shared lunch together in the Moore Family Dining Room for their monthly social. Julia Gamon and Edonna Gamon served as hostess’ for the event. Those attending enjoyed a hearty fall meal and time socializing.

Residents are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday by counting their blessings. They report being thankful for family, friends, their home and Chef Cory. They are grateful to live in the Midwest at a time when people on each coast are losing their homes to fire and storms. They are also thankful for the little everyday blessings that we sometimes take for granted. Remember to be thankful this holiday season.

Esther shared treats with her friends and neighbors in the Town Center this week as she celebrated her birthday.

Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 15, 2018 included the overture to “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter; “The Witches” by Niccolò Paganini; “Sicilienne” from “Pelléas & Mélisande Suite” by Gabriel Fauré; “A Stephen Foster Festival” by Ashley Miller at the Mighty Wurlitzer; 1st Movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff; and “Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse March” by Jean Robert Planquette.

The Russian composer and pianist, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), having already composed several smaller pieces, wrote his first symphony in 1897. The bad reviews it received caused him to enter a nearly four-year depression during which composing was nearly impossible. In January 1900, he sought help from a family friend and doctor, Nikolai Dahl, who gave him four months of daily sessions of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy structured to improve his sleep patterns, mood, appetite, and desire to compose. The result was Rachmaninoff’s most successful and famous large work, his Piano Concerto No. 2, completed in 1901. He was healed.