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What a beautiful day to go sightseeing!  The elders were all smiles as we drove miles through the soybean, corn fields, through the tractor barn, and through the silo loading area of Boyd’s Farm in Hodgenville, Kentucky. We want to thank our tour guide, Doug Bell, who gave us a history lesson.  The elders enjoyed seeing and holding a soybean plant and corn. Mr. Warren gave advice to Mr. Bell about the corn and stated the soybean looked like it would be a good crop.  They remembered and reminisced of their days on the farm.  Mr. Butler said, “It was a good trip. I got to see what I always did!”  Mr. Warren perked up when he spotted the John Deere tractors. However, Ms. Gracie said, “I wouldn’t know what to do with it if I had it!”  We went by Salem Lake before we headed back home.

Gracie told us that she couldn’t paint, but she would give it a try.  Ms. Withington said she would try, but she’s not very good.  They both created beautiful pieces of art! ”Just goes to show you, you’re never too old to try new things,” said Gracie Hawks.

The children and elders had fun playing in the sand.  It brought back some memories of the beach for the elders and dreams of going to the beach for some children.

Larue Co. Herald – Letter to the Editor July 16, 2014

I’ve been in eight medical facilities in my life and Sunrise Manor is number one. The entire staff treated me with loving care, respect and kindness.

I heard while I was there they received another 5-star rating. I would give them higher than that.

I went on June 18 after extensive lower back surgery at Norton’s. They said I was in rough condition when they brought me in. In three weeks, I walked out using a walker. The rehab people know what they’re doing, and brought me a long way.

The meals were also excellent.

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“I have been in eight different hospitals and/or rehab places and I’ve never been treated as well as I have been here, in a way I hate to leave,” said Mr. Hunt.

Mr. Hunt had flowers and fudge delivered to the nurses and aides that took care of him during his stay.  We wish him the best and he will be missed.

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We are getting ready for the ‘Reflect N Us’ art gallery!

Shaheen receives International Eden Elder Award | LaRueCountyHerald.com

The LaRue County Herald recently published an article about a prestigious award a Sunrise Manor resident received. See the story below.

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Last week approximately 400 people from around the world gathered in Nashville, TN to attend the 7th Eden Alternative International Conference. The Eden Alternative, whose mission is to eradicate loneliness, helplessness and boredom from the aging population, was also celebrating it’s 20th anniversary!

The awards recognition ceremony was a highlight among the many events that took place. Lisa Shaheen, who lives at Signature HealthCare At Sunrise Manor, was honored with the International Eden Elder Award!

Lisa, pictured above with Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative, was one of several nominees for the prestigious award.

In 2013,  Lisa’s journey began to inspire many at Signature Healthcare when she learned to paint using only her mouth.  Lisa, suffering from MS had lost control of most of the muscle strength in her body. When the opportunity to participate in the online art gallery presented itself, she was immediately saddened because she knew there was no opportunity for her to learn to paint. With the help of Quality of Life Director, Sally Rineker and Restorative Aide, Amanda Ploude, Lisa learned to manipulate a paint brush using her mouth only and soon created her first masterpiece “Sunrise Over The Ocean.” The beauty of her art serves as a reminder of how purpose and passion can teach us to overcome any obstacle that life may throw in our path.

The inspiration doesn’t stop there though. Lisa also worked with a team of Elders this past fall to raise $20,000 for a local child with Leukemia! I remember when I asked her about this, she said, “We can accomplish anything we want to!”

Lisa’s positive attitude and determination have inspired so many. It is through her wisdom and life experience that we learn to eliminate fear and follow our dreams! The barriers that life give us are nothing if we press forward with sheer determination and vision. dreams.

To learn more of Lisa’s experience check out this video profile Reflect N Us Artist Profile

Congratulations Lisa!

– Angie McAllister, Director of Cultural Transformation – Rural

Sunrise Manor had a Hawaiian Beach themed “Spring Break.”  The day kicked off with a cookout in the courtyard. “I love the smell of hamburgers cooking on the grill, this is such a treat!” said elder Joyce Haskins.  It was a nice day to have some fun in the sun.  We played beach blanket bingo, beach ball toss, horseshoes, made art with water guns, and made sand art bracelets while we drank strawberry margaritas and piña coladas.  The neighborhoods had a beach theme decorating contest. Each neighborhood looked great and it was wonderful to see the different ideas.  We also had a stakeholder and resident Hawaiian shirt and/or hula skirt contest. Felicia McCoy, housekeeper, won the stakeholder contest and Paula Burress won the elder contest.  Elder Mary Smith said, “We should have a party like this once a week!”

What started out as a conversation of places you would like to go turned into a reality for our 81-year-old Elder Joyce Williams.

Joyce is an elder who attends some activities, but never any outings. So when she mentioned to me, “I’d really like to go to Graceland,” I said, “Okay, we can go in the spring.” She just sat back in her chair, and gave me this yeah right look.

So, as December approached, we had a chance to go to the Rockettes. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to test Joyce on her stamina for a long distance trip, which she didn’t think she could do. With family encouragement, Joyce went on her first outing to see the Rockettes in Nashville. After our great experience with the Rockettes, I looked at Joyce and said, “Remember, we have Graceland in the spring.”

As the excitement built for Graceland, Joyce blossomed. She attended not only more facility activities, but local outings as well. When the March calendar rolled around and Joyce saw the Graceland trip, she knew I wasn’t joking – she was going to Graceland. As elders learned of the trip, it grew into a girl’s trip, according to 66-year-old Elder Linda Richerson.

When bags were packed  we were ready to go! We loaded up the van and I told the ladies we weren’t on a schedule, so we could stop when we wanted and shop when we wanted!  During the drive we discussed what we would like to eat for dinner, and it was decided that we would stop at a restaurant that we don’t have at home – we would have an adventure at a new place. We decided to eat (and shop) at Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen. Once we finally arrived at our hotel, we were all worn out and ready for bed. However, as girlfriends do, we ended up talking and laughing until 1 o’clock in the morning!

Since we went to bed so late, we decided to let the girls sleep in and then serve them breakfast in bed.

“I like breakfast in bed,” said 65-year-old Edler Beverly Taylor. Beverly is a regular traveler with us and attended the elder vacation in Myrtle Beach, so she was used to the spontaneity of our outings! After breakfast, we headed to Graceland.

As we waited for the tour bus to pick us up, 89-year-old Elder Alene Despain said, “When my son dropped me off at the nursing home last yea,r I thought my traveling days were over!” Ms. Despain had also been one of the skeptical elders who thought she couldn’t go on an outing. She would say yes, but when it was time to go, she would change her mind and decline. We were ready for the decline when we told Ms. Despain we were loading up for Graceland, but we were so happy when we didn’t get it! The other elders had been encouraging her to go with them on a girlfriend vacation. Midway through the Graceland tour, Ms. Despain said, “I’m glad I came on this trip!”

As we toured, they reminisced about Elvis memories they had, his outfits, his family and his life. We spent some time in silence as we were in the meditation garden where Elvis and his family were laid to rest. Linda mentioned that this was her favorite area of the tour.

Beverly liked the statue of Elvis, while Alene and Joyce stated they liked it all! We went to Rockabilly’s Café, which is reminiscent of an old time soda fountain that served burgers and fries, and of course played Elvis music from the jukebox!

We headed home (after another stop at Loretta Lynn’s just to pick up a few things we wished we would’ve bought the first time) with our Elvis and Loretta Lynn souvenirs, and the wonderful memories made on our Girlfriends Trip!

– Sally Rineker, QOL Director