Royal Park Place | Life Style Newsletter | May 2024

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MAY 2024


Life at Royal Park Place A Message from Jeff

Congratulations to the following employees who were nominated by a co-worker or resident:

y Nancy Beelen: Kitchen y Tammy Bosch: Kitchen

y Connie Breuker: Housekeeping y Sara Doezema: Fitness Trainer y Thelma Hoekman: Evening Attendant y Jamie Kooiker: Evening/Weekend Attendant y Kari Kruis: Community Relations Director y Amy Meyer: Kitchen y David Miller: Maintenance y Joni Schuitema: Housekeeping/Kitchen y Laurie Sluiter: Evening/Weekend Attendant y Joyce Snethen: Evening/Weekend Attendant y Paula St. Amant: Activities y Kimberly VanDis: Receptionist y Marva VanDyke: Kitchen The two employees who were selected to represent Royal Park Place this year are Jamie Kooiker and Marva VanDyke! Congratulations and thank you for enhancing the lives of those you serve in the name of Jesus Christ .

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a Royal Park Place employee for this year’s Hallmark of Caring event. I realize that this was a difficult decision as there are so many deserving people working in our community — some responders listed “everyone” since they couldn’t pick. Hallmark of Caring A Special Day to Honor Outstanding Providence Team Members

Life Enrichment Activities for May

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words with Nancy B. Friday, May 17th 3:30 p.m. — Kings Room High School Choir Spring Concert in Zeeland Saturday, May 18th 6:30 p.m. Bus Departure Monthly Birthday Party with Bruce Santore Monday, May 20th Love offering appreciated CaptionCall Workshop Tuesday, May 21st — 4:00 p.m. Grief Share Thursday, May 23rd 3:00 p.m. — RAI Activity Room Whitecaps Game Wednesday, May 29th 8:45 a.m. Bus Departure Musical entertainment with Jim Holly Friday, May 31st 6:30 p.m. — Kings Room Love offering appreciated

Dutch Dancers Wednesday, May 1st 6:30 p.m. — Kings Room National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 2nd 10:00 a.m. — Kings Room Tulip Lanes Bus Outing Thursday, May 2nd 10:00 a.m. Bus Departure Grief Share Thursday, May 2nd 3:00 p.m. — RAI Activity Room Wii Bowling Tournament Thursday, May 2nd 3:00 p.m. — Kings Room

Mother’s Day Program Saturday, May 4th — 4:00 p.m. RSVP to Carrie Fahey Travelogue with Kyle Schippa Wednesday, May 8th 6:30 p.m. — Kings Room Love offering appreciated Choir Practice with Thelma Thursday, May 9th 3:00 p.m. — Kings Room Grief Share Thursday, May 9th 3:00 p.m. — RAI Activity Room

Wellness Clinic with Rise Therapy Friday, May 10th 2:00 p.m. — Café

Bingo with LaVerne Friday, May 3rd 9:30 a.m. — Café

Comprehensive Hearing Aid Clinic at Royal Atrium Inn

Tulip Lanes Bus Outing Friday, May 3rd 1:00 p.m. Bus Departure Mother’s Day Program Friday, May 3rd — 5:00 p.m. RSVP to Carrie Fahey

Wednesday, May 15th 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mezzanine

Grief Share Thursday, May 16th 3:00 p.m. — RAI Activity Room Evergreen Commons Chorale Spring Concert Thursday, May 16th 6:30 p.m. Bus Departure

Bingo with LaVerne Saturday, May 4th 9:30 a.m. — Café (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


Chaplain’s Corner

You are not alone in your journey…God is continually walking with you every step of the way. Jesus was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.” (Isaiah. 53:13) We indeed serve a Savior who understands. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed. (Psalm.34:18) y God draws you close to Himself. He is not standing on the sidelines. y He gives you this Royal Park Community for support. y He gives you the Hope of Heaven as you grieve. y “I don’t know how you go through losing someone without your faith to carry you.” Others share this about their Griefshare experience: y “This class made me realize that there are steps and phases we go through in grief…some good days and bad. It was comforting to be with others on a similar journey, sharing their perspectives and experiences. This class helped me move forward.” —Sue (lost son to suicide) y “This class helped me to see that the feelings I’ve gone through this past year are normal and gave me the confidence to know I am on the right track as I continue to move through the grief process.” —Nancy (lost her husband) Let us walk together through grief toward healing and hope, and yes, even joy for the future. Facilitated by: Chaplain Doug, Chaplain Mary, and Harley VerBeek .

Thursdays, April 18 – May 23 3:00–4:00 pm Royal Atrium Activity Room Sign-Up sheet at the RPP main desk or at either RAI dining room. After the funeral, when the cards and flowers have stopped coming, most of the people around you return to their normal lives. But your grief continues, and you often feel alone. We invite you to join GriefShare as we continue to walk alongside each other through one of life’s

most difficult experiences. The purpose of GriefShare:

y To provide a safe, supportive environment in which people can come together to share concerns related to their loss and grief. y To help facilitate healthy ways of coping with loss and grief. During these 6 sessions we listen to others (video experts and testimonies); we listen to each other (through group discussion); and we listen to God (guided by scriptures and weekly workbook). (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Psalm 27:1: “ The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”” He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2. Chaplain Doug and Chaplain Mary will be providing opportunities to participate through gatherings and prayer guides. Today, people need the Lord more than ever! Here are some suggestions and scripture to assist you in your time of devoted prayers for our country and beyond. y Start your prayer with thanksgiving y A personal prayer request y Intercessory prayer for someone else y Intercessory prayer for our nation/world Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you.” Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Text “2024States” to (833) 259-8648 to receive a weekly prayer prompt for each U.S. state and territory! (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


Sunday Evening Worship Service The newly-appointed worship committee is suggesting some changes for our worship, which we began last month. We’d like to have input from you, so please share your comments with any of us. We will begin our service with a call to worship by the pastor. This will be followed by meditation music designed to take us into the presence of God; allowing each of us time to prepare our hearts for worship. The other change we will be trying is replacing the bulletin with using this monthly newsletter to communicate with you. We will list the pastors for the month, give a brief financial report, and share any other information that we think will be helpful. Thanks for trying these changes with us. Please let us know what you think. The Worship Committee: • Ellie Aubel , Chair • Lloyd Huls , Vice Chair • Shirley Klingenberg , Treasurer • Norma Boersen , Secretary • Hazel Kuyper and Rainie Slagh , Voting Members Ex officio members: • Harley VerBeek , Worship Service Planner • Joe Aubel , Sound Technician

The Worship Committee will meet in the King’s room on May 5 after the worship service. We will decide on the distribution of our offerings and discuss a few other topics. You are welcome to join us. We’re looking forward to the choir singing for worship on Pentecost, May 19. If you or someone you know would be willing to share special music during a service, please contact Ellie Aubel.

Pastors for May, 2024: y May 5: Doug Fauble y May 12: Harlan VandenEinde y May 19: Ron VerWys y May 26: Tom VandenBerge (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


Let’s Stay Fit this Spring!!

Arthritis Ability Wednesdays at 10am

This seated class will help hold arthritis at bay through education, exercise, and lifestyle management. Improve stamina, joint mobility, and overall function with the goal of decreasing pain. Joint range of motion exercises will help increase flexibility and endurance. Resistance bands may be used.

Cardio & Cognition with the Rise Therapy team Fridays at 10am

Even if exercise has never appealed to you before, please check out one of our classes this May! We encourage you to keep checking out these new classes! Carrie will continue leading Sit & Stretch on Tuesdays and Game Fitness on Thursdays at 9am!

Cardio helps even if you have memory issues. It’s never too late to adopt brain-protecting exercise, even if you show early signs of memory loss. A study published online March 23, 2021, by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease looked at how cardio exercise affects people with early cognitive decline. Those who followed a yearlong moderate-to-vigorous cardio program scored better on cognitive tests than those who only did a stretching routine. Specifically, they improved their executive function skills, which involve planning and decision making. Most exercisers did brisk walking, but others did swimming, cycling, or ballroom dancing. They followed a 30-minute, three-day-a-week routine for six months and then increased it to five workouts per week.

Balance and Core Boosters Mondays at 10am

This entry-level class is designed to improve balance through better body awareness, posture, and lower body strength. We will also strengthen the muscles in the body’s trunk to help your hips, abdomen, and pelvis support your spine, improve your balance and stability, and maintain your stamina. Seated and standing exercises target specific core muscles to improve posture and function. Gain confidence for daily living as well through drills and movements designed to safely improve overall mobility and movement to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of falls. (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


Royal Park Place Announcements

CaptionCall Workshop Tuesday, May 21st 4:00 p.m. — Kings Room Trouble hearing on the phone? Connect with captions. CaptionCall helps people with hearing loss connect with friends and family by phone. Easy-to-read captioning helps you understand conversations better. CaptionCall is for people with hearing loss who need captions to use the phone effectively. There is no cost to eligible users.

Macatawa Full-Service Banking The first and third Wednesday monthly at 9am in the front left office. Mark your calendars:

• Wednesday, May 1st • Wednesday, May 15th

Hearing Aid Clinic Wednesday, May 15th 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Mezzanine Comprehensive Hearing Aid Clinic will be at RAI in the Mezzanine on Wednesday, May 15th from 10am-noon! This is a service available to both Royal Park and Royal Atrium residents. You are free to make an appointment or drop in.

Alterations by Marva If you need any alternations, call Marva to schedule an appointment: (616) 901-5557

A Message from Kimberly Please do not forget to check your mailbox daily for mail. Many of the mailboxes get filled up quickly when not emptied consistently. If mailboxes get too packed with mail, the postman finds it very difficult to deliver mail sufficiently to our community. Thank you kindly.

Knit and Chat with Amy Thursday, May 16th

7:00 p.m. in the Sunroom The third Thursday monthly at 7pm in the sunroom by the Atrium upstairs. (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


At the Table with Cris May is the National Mediterranean Diet Month!

Comedy Corner The Funny Forgetful Couple Go To A Doctor

There was an elderly couple who, in their old age, noticed that they were getting a lot more forgetful, so they decided to go to the doctor. The doctor told them that they should start writing things down so they don’t forget. They went home and the lady told her husband to get her a bowl of ice cream. “You might want to write it down,” she said. The husband said, “No, I can remember that you want a bowl of ice cream.” She then told her husband she wanted a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream. “Write it down,” she told him. And again he said, “No, no, I can remember: you want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream.” Then the lady said she wants a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top. “Write it down,” she told her husband. And again he said, “No, I got it. You want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top.” So he goes to get the ice cream and spends an unusually long time in the kitchen, over 30 minutes. He comes out to his wife and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs. The wife stares at the plate for a moment, then looks at her husband and asks, “Where’s the toast?”

The Mediterranean diet has been said to be effective in helping to ward off cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and stroke. It showcases delicious recipes that include lots of olive oil, plant-based dishes, and seafood. According to U.S. News & World Report, for two years in a row it has ranked as the best overall diet on the planet!

Source: (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


To Enjoy Nature By Nick Ellerbroek Soon after the winter is over A variety of spring flowers appear. But during each of the four seasons Nature is beautiful to behold. On many farms in this country,

Soybeans, wheat, and corn thrive. Let’s keep in mind, God provides, For everything He created from the beginning of time. Having faith, family, and friends is important So are some structures made by man Like churches, bridges, and lighthouses. They guide us to places which are safe for awhile. From nearby hills, it’s pleasant to see a stream in the valley That moves water and melting snow Through a winding creek and watercourse Nourishing vegetation along the way. Each person needs to drink water To survive conditions we have chosen in life, But above all we need “Forgiveness.” It’s part of being ready to meet our Savior and Lord. (616) 772-1248 | | 400 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464 (616) 772-2224 | | 500 Parkside Drive | Zeeland, MI 49464


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