Each year Century Park’s assisted living communities participate in a nationwide campaign known as National Assisted Living Week. During this week, the communities create special events based on the year’s theme. This year, that theme was “A Spark of Creativity.” Century Park leadership, with the help of the community’s lifestyles directors, mapped out a plan to make each day of National Assisted Living Week special for residents. They selected a different theme for each day of the week, to celebrate the various ways residents can be creative. Those days were as follows:
Sunday, September 8 - A Spark of Culture
Residents and associates participated in special activities to explore different cultures through music, food and art. The Bridge at Lawrenceville celebrated this day with a special “Taste of Italy” luncheon. They enjoyed music from Craig Gleason and dined on delicious Italian food with their friends and families.
Monday, September 9 - A Spark of Tradition
Residents were encouraged to share special family traditions and participate in fun events to share those traditions. At The Bridge at Greeley, Colorado, residents were asked to write down family traditions and place them in a treasure chest to be kept and shared with others!
Tuesday, September 10 - A Spark of Inspiration and Faith
Residents spent time with each other and celebrated their faith through music and prayer. A special devotion booklet was specially created for this day and given to each resident. The Bridge at Ooltewah, Tennessee, celebrated with a special time of worship with local church Redemption Point.
Wednesday, September 11 - A Spark of Gratitude
This day fell on Patriot Day - the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York City. Residents and associates were encouraged to express their gratitude for the people in their communities who work to keep them safe, such as first responders and servicemen. The Bridge at Farmington, New Mexico hosted a special lunch for local first responders. Residents enjoyed visiting with these important men and women.
Thursday, September 12 - A Spark of Adventure
Residents had a chance to participate in exciting games and be adventurous. The Bridge at Hickory Woods in Antioch, Tennessee, put together its very own “escape room” where residents had to answer riddles to “break free” and win the game.
Friday, September 13 - A Spark of Art and Color
Associates and residents spent time showcasing their creativity! At The Bridge at Inverrary, Florida, everyone spent time together creating a beautiful rainbow paper chain to display in the community for a pop of color!
Saturday, September 14 - A Spark of Friendship
The final day was spent celebrating friendship! Andover Court in Andover, Kansa, decided to create a friendship photo booth for residents and associates to snap some photos together.
Both residents and associates had a fantastic time celebrating National Assisted Living Week and are already looking forward to next year’s events! They hope that the spark of creativity they found through friendship, art, gratitude, culture and faith will last all year long.