ICAA’s Annual Active Aging Week is celebrated all around the country from September 23rd to September 29th, and we at The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay accepted the challenge. The theme this year was Inspiring Wellness, with a spin on thriving through giving for all of our Watermark Communities. We had had such a jam packed week with taking the challenge to heart, it’s impossible to go in depth with each event. So here are the best highlights from the week, and we will let the photo’s do the talking!
We had our organizing group brainstorm ideas on what we should do and bring for our “Special Delivery” to our local Ronald McDonald House early in September, to give us enough time to prepare.
On Sunday, the 23rd we kicked off with Facials and Massages with local massage therapist Rana Lindsey, LMT, and our Sales and Marketing associate, Asia Perry, followed by a riveting Drum Circle to get everyone moving and grooving.
On Monday, the 24th we learned to dance basic salsa with Community Life Supervisor, Eva Viera. It was a riot, as we had associates and managers pop in and give it a try alongside the residents. Later that day we learned about a new technology available to help those that need assistance writing their memoirs, books, stories, etc. with a Watermark University class lead by Resident Relations Director, Lisa Knipe, called Creative Writing 107: Dragon Dictation.
On Tuesday, the 25th we hosted a Gift Creations event for the families at the Ronald McDonald House. Residents and associates from all neighborhoods created over 70 cards, coffee cups and additional gifts to provide to each person on our Special Delivery event. Our ladies in our the Sewing & Needlework Group have been working diligently for months, making hand knitted beanie caps & booties for preemies and crocheted afghans to be delivered to the East House.
On Wednesday, the 26th associates played against Boca’s Wii Bowling team in a tournament (and lost); it was quite competitive and a few people even broke a sweat! Later that afternoon, we learned how the Three Ways Obstacle Course Racing improves your life in an interactive Watermark University class. At the end, everyone participated in our own makeshift obstacles!
On Thursday, September 27th we celebrated with one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations we’ve ever had! With over 170 people in attendance.
To end the week and the main focus for Active Aging Week for our community, we made a Special Delivery to the Ronald McDonald House (East & West) to bring catered food of Blue Terra Chips, California Club Wraps, & Smile Cake Pops. The kitchen prepared all the items, and residents and the Community Life team put 72 bags together, each with one of the gifts that were made. What made this trip to Ronald McDonald House even more special was its focus on making people smile, an idea that stemmed from the local charity, Scarlett’s Sunshine, who visited our community with over 200 sunflowers in August and a fellow family that has come to different kid oriented events here at The Fountains. After all the preparation was done, residents from each neighborhood took a drive over to the East & West Houses and delivered lunch to the many families residing there temporarily. We even had a tour of the homes, and after learning even more about the organization and meeting the families and some of the children, we are ecstatic to find ways to be involved.
We are so proud our our residents and our community for their involvement! Stay active, everyone!