Village Woods | Life Style Newsletter | August 2022

AUGUST 2022

VILLAGE WOODS

Life Enrichment Activities for Independent Living Residents

will be held on Wednesdays at 1:15pm in the Banquet Hall . Cardio Drumming is a class that is geared towards exercising while drumming to music. It is a low impact class that everyone can participate in. Cardio Drumming uses drumming to increase your heart rate, while also burning off a bunch of calories. This class is held on Wednesdays at 1:45pm in the Banquet Hall . Feel free to attend both classes! Please reach out to Andrew in Well-Being at ext. #1130 for more information or with any questions! CHAPEL WITH CHAPLAIN MARK Join Chaplain Mark for Chapel on Friday mornings at 10am in the East Dining Room. Please note that the Friday, August 5, Chapel service will include communion.

BIBLE STUDY WITH CHAPLAIN MARK Join Chaplain Mark for Bible Study on Monday mornings at 10am on the 4th floor.

BINGO Life Enrichment is excited to welcome back one of our beloved volunteers, Raquel. She will be leading

bingo two Wednesday evenings a month. Bingo will begin at 6:15pm in the Banquet Hall. Please note that this will replace the afternoon bingo session those days; another activity will be held in its place. Be sure to watch your weekly Grapevines for the weeks we will be having Wednesday evening bingo. BRAIN GAMES Join Life Enrichment for Brain Games a few times this month in the Banquet Hall. Watch your weekly Grapevines for specifics. DRUMMING CLASSES Well-Being is excited to offer two drumming classes starting in August! Beginner Cardio Drumming will increase cardio and endurance but will be done at a slower pace than Cardio Drumming. This class provides a low impact, yet fun workout that is great for anyone! This class

COUPON REDEMPTION On Tuesday, August 23, at 3:00pm , Coupon Redemption will be held

in the Banquet Hall for all Independent Living residents. Residents are invited to come down to shop! Green coupons, received through participation in activities, can be used to purchase hygiene and household items, greeting cards, bagged candy, snack foods, and much more!

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CRAFTS Life Enrichment invites you to join in Crafts on Tuesday, August 2, at 2:30pm in the Banquet Hall. We will be making

GENERAL STORE As a reminder, even though the store is not physically open, feel free to contact Life Enrichment. To request items for purchase, please call ext. 1132.

Sweet Summer wall décor. Supplies are limited. Please RSVP to ext. 1132 by Monday, August 1st, to secure your spot. DOG DAYS OF SUMMER In celebration of The Dog Days of Summer, Life Enrichment invites all residents to enjoy an afternoon of fun with some of our very own

Food Outings Lunch Outing Tuesday, August 30, at 11:15am

Residents are invited to join Life Enrichment for a lunch outing to Northwoods Falls in St. John, IN. The cost of lunch and gratuity will be on your own. Vaccinated

Village Woods staff and their dogs. This extra special event will take place on Saturday, August 6, at 2:30pm , in the Banquet Hall.

Independent Living residents can RSVP to Life Enrichment at ext. 1132 no later than Friday, August 26, to attend. This outing will require a minimum of 3 residents. Ice Cream Outing Wednesday, August 31, at 2:15pm Residents are invited to join Life Enrichment for an outing to Buddy’s Drive-In for ice cream. Following ice cream, we will go for a scenic ride in the country. The cost of ice cream will be on your own. Vaccinated Independent Living

GAMES Feel free to use the assortment of games located in the Game Room TV cabinet. The cabinet has been labeled “Game Cabinet” for your convenience. We ask that when you are finished, you put all pieces back in the game’s box and return the box to the provided cabinet. If you need assistance, please call, or stop by the Life Enrichment Department.

residents can RSVP to Life Enrichment at ext. 1132 no later than Tuesday, August 30, to attend. This outing will require a minimum of 3 residents.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEMONADE! In celebration of Lemonade’s birthday, join Life Enrichment on Friday, August 19

RESIDENT MEETING Residents are encouraged to attend August’s Resident Meeting on Wednesday, August 17, at 3:30pm , in the Banquet Hall. Come share your compliments, questions, and concerns. ROSARY While Michael is off for the summer months, please join fellow residents for Rosary on Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30pm in the Game Room. Store Outings Updates The bus will head to a variety of local stores for your shopping needs. August’s store outing schedule is as follows: Jewel Osco y Thursday, August 4 at 1pm Dollar Tree/ETC y Thursday, August 18 at 1pm Walmart y Thursday, August 25 at 1pm Due to CDC and IDPH guidelines residents who are not vaccinated will not be able to go on the outings. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of those residents. For Independent Living residents who are vaccinated, an RSVP is required to attend! To RSVP for that week’s outing, contact Life Enrichment at ext. 1132. This outing will require a minimum of 3 residents. Please be sure to have all storage compartments on your walker empty.

beginning at 2:15pm in the Banquet Hall for an afternoon of fun! Our afternoon will include festive games and refreshments. INDEPENDENT LIVING ACTIVITIES All residents are encouraged to participate in weekly morning and afternoon activities with Life Enrichment. These include, but are not limited to, art classes, crafts, brain and physical games, bingo, table games, manicures, outings, coloring, and coupon redemption. Please watch your weekly Grapevine for specifics. MANICURES Manicures for Independent Living residents will be held a few Mondays this month. Please watch your weekly Grapevines for the dates, time, and location. All the supplies are provided by Life Enrichment. If you require your nails to be cut, Life Enrichment will try their best to arrange this with nursing. MEN’S CLUB All male residents are invited to join Chaplain Mark a few Fridays this month at 1:30pm in the

Blue Lobby . Come for some time of fellowship with other male

residents of Village Woods! Watch your weekly Grapevines for this month’s date!

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WELL-BEING All Independent Living residents are encouraged to join in on the many fitness opportunities available! In addition, if you need to schedule time to work out in the gym, please contact Andrew at ext. 1130. He would be happy to make the necessary arrangements. Fitness Center Hours: y Monday: 12pm to 3pm y Tuesday: 7am to 11:30am y Wednesday: 7am to 3pm y Thursday: 7am to 11:30am Independent Living Class Schedule:

Forever Fit Forever Fit Class offers a full-body workout, combining weights and body movements. This class is low impact, but highly effective. This class will be held on Tuesdays at 9am in the Banquet Hall. Beginner Cardio Drumming Beginner Cardio Drumming will increase cardio and endurance but is done at a slower pace than Cardio Drumming. This class provides a low impact, yet fun workout that is great for anyone! This class will be held on Wednesdays at 1:15pm in the Banquet Hall.

Open Bowl in the Game Room is available Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm, and Sundays from 8am to 2:30pm.

y Monday: Healthy Hands at 1pm y Tuesday: Forever Fit at 9am and Lawn Games at 10am

y Wednesday: Super Circuit at 9am, Walking Class at 10am, Beginner Cardio Drumming 1:15pm, and Cardio Drumming at 1:45pm y Thursday: Balance Boosters VS at 9am and Golf at 10am ** All classes will be held in the Banquet Hall. Walking Class Walking Class is for residents looking to build stamina and endurance. All residents are welcome and this class would be beneficial for all! Class will meet in the Banquet Hall at 10am! Weather permitting, we will walk outside when possible.

TOURNAMENT WITH PPSJ: This month, Village Woods will host the monthly Wii Bowling tournament against Park Place of St. John. This month’s tournament will be held on Tuesday, August 16, at 1pm . Independent Living residents are invited to come down to the Game Room to cheer on the Village Woods team.

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Thank you to all the residents who enjoyed Life Enrichment’s very first Water Wars! Fun was had by all; it was a perfect day to get wet!

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Christmas

Life Enrichment just couldn’t wait until December to celebrate Christmas this year! A special thank you to all those who joined in on the Christmas in July celebration. The afternoon included Christmas-themed brain games and bingo! Festivities wrapped up with Christmas cookie decorating! Only 153 more days until Christmas!

July in

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AUGUST 2022

VILLAGE WOODS

Life Enrichment Activities for Assisted Living Residents ASSISTED LIVING ACTIVITIES

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER In celebration of The Dog Days of Summer, Life Enrichment invites all residents to enjoy an afternoon of fun with some of our very own Village Woods staff and their dogs. Our special

All residents are encouraged to participate in weekly morning and afternoon activities with Life Enrichment. These include, but are not limited to, crafts, hallway games, brain and physical games, bingo, card club, dice games, manicures, and coupon redemption cart. Games will typically be held at 10am and 1pm. Please watch your weekly Grapevine for the location. COUPON REDEMPTION CART

guests will head door-to-door for a parade. This

extra special event will take place on Saturday, August 6, at 1:15pm ! GAMES Feel free to use the assortment of games located in the Game Room TV cabinet. The cabinet has been labeled “Game Cabinet” for your convenience. We ask that when you are finished, you put all pieces back in the game’s box and return the box to the provided cabinet. If you need assistance, please call, or stop by the Life Enrichment Department. GENERAL STORE As a reminder, even though the store is not physically open, feel free to contact Life Enrichment. To request items for purchase, please call ext. 1132.

On Tuesday, August 23, beginning at 1:15pm , Life

Enrichment will bring Coupon Redemption on- the-go to Assisted Living residents. We will go room-to-room starting on the 3rd floor and will make our way down to 2nd floor. Please be patient as we try to accommodate everyone. Residents may use the green coupons, received through participation in activities, to purchase hygiene items, bagged candy, and snack foods! CRAFTS

Join Life Enrichment on Wednesday, August 3, at 10:00am on the 3rd floor for Crafts! This month’s craft will be making colorful Summertime Dragonflies to hang on our doors.

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HYMN SINGS WITH CHAPLAIN MARK

RESIDENT MEETING Due to Illinois Department of Health guidelines, Assisted Living residents will continue to receive a monthly questionnaire until further notice. This questionnaire will be distributed

Join Chaplain Mark for Hymn Sing at 2:30pm on Mondays in the 3rd Floor Dining Room. Please note that the Monday, August 8, Hymn Sing will include communion. MANICURES Residents are invited to enjoy a manicure a few times during the month in the 3rd floor Dining Room. All supplies are provided by Life Enrichment. Please watch your weekly calendars for the dates and times. MEN’S CLUB All male residents are invited to join Chaplain Mark a few Fridays this month at 1:30pm in the 3rd Floor Dining Room. Come for some time of fellowship with other male residents of Village Woods! Watch your weekly Grapevines for this month’s date! POPSICLE MONTH In celebration of August being popsicle month, Life Enrichment will head door to door on Friday, August 19 , with popsicles. We will start on the 3rd floor at 1:15pm and make our way down to the 2nd floor.

on Friday, August 5 , and due back to Life Enrichment no later Monday, August 15 . The compliments, questions, and concerns gathered will be presented in the Resident Meeting minutes.

WELL-BEING All Assisted Living residents are encouraged to join in on the fitness opportunities available! In addition, if you need to schedule time to work out in the gym, please contact Andrew at ext. 1130. Well-Being’s Hours: y Monday: 12pm to 3pm y Tuesday: 7am to 11:30am y Wednesday: 7am to 3pm (1:30pm to 2:30pm for Assisted Living residents only) y Thursday: 7am to 11:30am Assisted Living Class Schedule: y Monday: Healthy Hands at 2pm on 3rd Floor y Tuesday: Sit & Be Strong at 9:30am y Wednesday: Sit & Be Strong at 9:30am and Open Gym from 1:30 to 2:30pm y Thursday: Sit & Be Strong at 9:30am

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Chaplain Mark’s Chatroom

All this was a strong contrast to my Miami/ Hollywood life. We lived in the suburbs and while we were among the lower stratum economically, we were beginning to experience the initial “economic and social boom” of south Florida. This included the largest population of Jewish people outside of New York at the time, and the huge influx of Cubans since during this time Fidel Castro’s communist revolution toppled the Cuban government and tens of thousands of Cubans fled to south Florida. As the times and place would have it, this meant that my closest friends were Jewish and later of Cuban/ Latino descent. Thus, my parents’ racism and denunciation of Jews and blacks placed me in a difficult situation. The problem was that my Jewish friends, Cuban friends, and, during my teen years, black friends were the very kind of people my parents so strongly denounced. For reasons I don’t know to this day, my parents influence never “stuck.” Their denunciations just seemed so contradictive of my minority friends, who were wonderful people and so unlike the way my parents characterized them. Later, in my late teen years when I became a Christ-follower, I was immensely grateful that I had rejected from my childhood my parents’ beliefs. Within a couple of years of my commitment to Jesus, I joined a church in Miami that was multi-ethnic. We had a large group of Hebrew Christians, along with blacks, Hispanics, and whites. Miami Christian College, where I began my journey into full-time Christian service, exposed me to an even broader part of our American population.

THE COLOR OF LOVE I grew up as an only child in Miami and nearby Hollywood, Florida, in the 1950’s-early 1980’s. My dad was born in Alabama and my mom in southern Indiana. They were wonderful people, and we had a very good family. They had “Builder Generation” ethics: honest, hard-working, family- focused, and patriotic. My dad served in the Navy during WW2 and saw a great deal of action in the Pacific Ocean. My parents were also racists and anti-Semitic. Every summer we would vacation up through Alabama to see family and then Indiana and eventually up to Detroit, where my parents met and were married after the war, and where our largest group of family and friends remained. These trips were very impactful on me as a child and teenager. I vividly remember Alabama. In the 1950’s-60’s it seemed like I had been transported back to the 1800’s. The poverty was terrible, and my relatives lived in very impoverished conditions. Then there was the racism. I remember well stopping in gas stations and other places where there were bathrooms labeled “coloreds” and “whites.” There were other places we stopped at where “colored” people were either forbidden or forced to gather separate from white people. Governor George Wallace was a proud racist who opposed the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King’s leadership. Perhaps you remember the tremendous social upheaval of this period throughout our country and the constant television coverage?

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As I grew in my faith and the teachings of the Bible, how grateful I was to have been “at the center” of the social changes that would change our country in incredible ways. In recent years we have once again experienced a renewal of racial tensions, with some groups advocating a variety of ideologies, worldviews, and beliefs. Extremists of these views have divided our country with the consequences of “hate speech,” “censorship,” and plain old arrogance. Being a student of history as well as a student of Scripture, it seems many are missing (or intentionally ignoring) several critical elements. First, racism is a reality of the entire human race, and not found only in certain color groups against different color groups. Whites have fought against whites, blacks against blacks, and Asians against Asians. Second, the terms “race” and “ethnicity” have been defined by sociologists, whereas the Bible teaches God created just one race: humans. A cursory look at the life of our planet, whether human, animals, sea creatures, etc., reveals that God loves variety and color deviation. He is the Great Artist, Designer, Sculptor, and Painter of the world and cosmos. That He has built coloration into every aspect of life, including humans, should reveal to us that no color group is superior to any other. More important to those of us who are devoted followers of Jesus is His teachings that He has called (and is calling) all people to join His revolutionary movement to bring salvation to the world. Thus, we have in Revelation 7:9 a glimpse of Jesus’s Church: “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.”

Third, while racism is simply one of the many symptoms of sin that has infected humans, we must strive to eradicate it as much as possible from our own lives. Fourth, we must not be taken in by the voices of extremism which would denounce any color or ethnic group as inferior, as if they are exempt from flaws in their own racial ideologies or belief systems. Fifth, we should continue the on-going steps in America whereby every single person, regardless of their color or ethnicity, is treated equally and has the same opportunities all other Americans have. Finally, we should both celebrate, embrace, and learn from every color and ethnic group. Since God created us all, we all need each other, and He would have us live in harmony. Here at Village Woods, both residents and staff reflect the diversity God gave us and we all enjoy wonderful relationships with everyone. Speaking personally and as a Christ-follower, I am a far richer, wiser, and stronger believer because God has placed in my life (and my family) people from every nation, tribe, and language. Catholic Communion Join Jeanette from St. Liborius Church for Catholic Communion Tuesday mornings beginning at 10:30am on the 4th floor . Watch your weekly Grapevine for specifics regarding dates.

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