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The Santa Maria Baseball team and the Residents of Magnolia

On Sunday we were visited at Magnolia & Primrose by the Santa Maria Baseball Club U14.  The team showed off some of their baseball skills with a short practice. Afterwards they joined residents in a game of catch. We snapped a great picture of Ms. Jeanne throwing a ball back!

Jeanne has a great arm!

The baseball exposition was followed by pizza with the team and the residents in our party barn. Check out our slideshow for more pictures!

 

At the end of the visit they received a donation from the care home to help cover the costs of their fall league. Check out the story from the Santa Maria Times.

Joey Halsell plays on the team and is the grandson of owners Chuck & Margie Halsell. Thank you Joey for bringing your team by! Good luck in your next season.

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The Alzheimer’s walk is fast approaching and Magnolia and Primrose are getting ready! Our team is forming and we have several events in the works to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. (More information coming soon!)

Couple walking

One way we are preparing is  by starting a walking club! Participating employees receive a pedometer and are put into a drawing for prizes when they reach over 10,000 steps in a day. However, walking your way to health isn’t just for the young!

  •  Did you know taking at least 10,000 steps a day can help improve your health and reduce the risk of chronic disease?
  • Did you know the average person only takes about 2,000 to 4,000 steps a day?
  • Pedometers are economical and a great way to track your daily activity
Elders benefit greatly from the exercise provided by walking. Walking more actually improves balance while also providing great health benefits. In addition, getting daily exercise helps improve your mood and appetite. Even increasing activity by a little can help! Here are some ideas for getting elders moving:
  • Visit a garden with winding paths.
  • Use pedometers to make your work measureable
  • Go shopping together at non-busy times
  • Dance for Balance (one of our favorites!)
  • Take smaller walks several times a day instead of one long walk
What are your suggestions for getting exercise at any age?

We have some exciting news to share! We have opened a second care facility in Orcutt, CA next to Magnolia, dubbed “Primrose”. Last week our first two residents, along with four finches and a dog, moved into the new facility. Primrose will also specialize in caring for individuals with memory loss. Some of the features of Primrose include:

  • A Huge porch with cozy lounge chairs
  • Views of the valley, lawn, rustic barn, and rose garden
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • A big living room with high ceilings
  • Fully fenced and secure for the safety of our residents.

Please call to come and check out our new facility! We would love to have you visit.

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No that’s not a call of distress…it’s a call to pizza! Magnolia celebrated the start of May in Orcutt, CA with residents, guests, and children. We had pizza catered by Bello Forno who brought a trailer with its own wood-fired pizza oven!  It was quite a sight to see. The children made tissue paper flowers, had flower relay races, and “flower” cupcakes were also served.

Check out our pictures. It looks like a pizza parlor at Magnolia. Do you celebrate May Day?

Spring is in the air and new life is all around. The Easter Bunny even brought some chicks to Magnolia for a visit. Many people had experiences to share about having chickens when they were younger.

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What are your favorite icons of Easter?

Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Image by sachman75 via Flickr

All last week and this week we are celebrating Chinese New Year at Magnolia. Celebrating holidays and learning about other cultures is a great way to keep the mind engaged and free from boredom. Here are some of the goings-on at Magnolia  right now to welcome the year of the rabbit.

  • What is your animal? Are you a rabbit? Find out here.
  • Study of mandarin oranges- most popular fruit during Chinese New Year
  • Armchair travels to the Great Wall of China
  • Stories about rabbits
  • The Arts: Rabbit paints, red envelopes and lanterns

 

People born in the year of the rabbit are supposedly gracious, good friends, kind, and sensitive. What does the Chinese Zodiac say your personality is like?

The wreaths are hung, the tree is trimmed and our menorah is out as well! It’s time for the holidays at the Magnolia Care Home and we celebrated in style this last Sunday with our annual party.

Activities included gingerbread men, painting sugar cookies, lots of games for the kids, and making ornaments for the tree. There was also a moving performance of traditional carols by the Righetti Madrigals.

Check out a slideshow of some of the pictures of the festivities!

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The holidays can be a stressful time for families when their loved one is experiencing Alzheimers or other forms of memory loss. However, it can also be a great time to reminisce with your loved one about Holiday traditions. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association for a great article about coping during the holidays.