“To Hawaiians, the word “aloha” has a deeper significance than just a fond farewell. By living the aloha spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world. Key attributes of the “Aloha Spirit” include patience, kindness and good feelings and respect in caring about others. Embracing aloha-centeredness will cast a warm glow throughout your center and community.” (American Health Care Association)
We prepared for the week by transforming our auditorium into a Hawaiian retreat. On Monday, Residents were treated to an ice cream social which included Aloha Bingo and a video about Hawaii. We took a break from Hawaii and went to Portugal on Tuesday, as we celebrated the Feast of our Lady of Fatima. We enjoyed the 1950’s classical movie, “Our Lady of Fatima.” Tuesday evening we visited our neighboring parish, St. Thomas Villanova, and enjoyed a presentation of the living rosary and a May Crowning.
On Thursday, it was off to the annual Senior Luncheon hosted by our local parish school, St. Theresa. The luncheon included Bingo and wonderful entertainment. Later back at home, Thursday was also “wear your Hawaiian Shirt Day, and Casino Day.” We played blackjack, pokeno, high/low, pull tabs, roulette wheel, Bunco, pinochle, and our version of horse races. Music from the piano bar with our favorite sing-alongs, kept us entertained.
On our final day on Friday, a traveling ice cream cart brought delicious treats to each Resident’s room. The weeklong celebration ended with a visit from students from a local school delivering handmade cards and bird feeders.
The abundance of smiles and “thank-you’s” from our Residents were plentiful, as they expressed their deep gratitude for the wonderful week of fun, prayer, treats, and entertainment.