Park Place St. John | Life Style Newsletter | April 2024

APRIL 2024


Life at Park Place of St. John April is National Volunteer Month

A volunteer is a person who willfully donates his or her time and energy to help promote a good cause or help an organization work more effectively. April recognizes all those who give their time and energy during National Volunteer Month. We are blessed with several people from our community. Ruth Ann helps in Catered Living several days a week and loves to play Bunco with our Independent Living residents on Saturday. Jackie, Carrie W’s daughter, comes twice a month and runs a trivia event called “What Do You Know” (she’s a great baker too!). We have a new volunteer, Cindy, who is playing Scrabble and teaching us a new game called “Smart Mouth.” Those are just a few of the community members that have been giving their time to our community since we opened in 2017! Many PPSJ residents give their time freely to make PPSJ a better place to live! We have Griefshare Grieving is part of life. While grieving is painful and no one likes it, it can result in holistic growth: body, soul, and mind. It can also be turned into a purposeful endeavor: helping others who are or will be grieving. This can actually bring us a fulfillment we could never imagine. While we think of grieving in terms of losing a loved one, grieving also occurs over anything significant and meaningful that changes or is lost, like having to move from a beloved home, experiencing major health changes, or having people we care for begin to experience health issues that change our relationship with them (like the

many that help set up our bingo games, call bingo, check numbers, and pass out prizes. Several are behind the scenes setting up our many card games and keeping them running smoothly — some even bring their own candy to share! We are able to bring the Rosary and Communion to our Catholic population with PPSJ residents running the weekly events and setting up the room. We have several residents that teach other residents to “loom” hats for Phil’s Friends and other charitable organizations and keep the finished product organized for distribution. Several residents help in Catered Living with cards games, visits, and events. Park Place would like to thank all of our volunteers who make PPSJ a great place to live! Please join us on Friday, April 19th at 11:30 a.m. in the MDR for a lunch to celebrate our volunteers – ALL ARE WELCOME! onset of dementia). GriefShare is designed to assist us in all these ways and includes immensely valuable and practical steps that affect our lifestyle in general. Whether grief is a current experience you are having or is something that took place many years ago, or if you need assistance helping others you know who are grieving, GriefShare is for you. Please join Chaplain Mark Prestridge and Chaplain Ruth Harrison starting on Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m. and running every Saturday until June 22nd (except for Saturday, May 25th). Any questions, please call Mark at 219-351-5225 or ext. 1025. (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373

Life Enrichment Activities for April All activities are subject to change — watch the weekly calendar and TV channel 1901 for changes to this newsletter. You may sign up for any activity listed below — no need to wait for week of event.

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Walgreens Senior Discount Day 9:30 a.m. — PPSJ Bus Departure Sign-up required Gerry DeHorn on Harmonica 11:00 a.m. — Main Dining Room

18 th Frank Rossi Music 12:30 p.m. — Café 19 th Resident Lunch/Volunteer Event 11:30 a.m. — Main Dining Room All Welcome! 22 nd Earth Day 23 rd Breakfast/Lunch Club: Honeybee Pancake House 8:30 a.m. PPSJ Bus Departure Sign-up required 24 th Arts & Crafts: Spring Pot & Flower 12 & 2:00 p.m. — Creation Studio Sign-up required 24 th Heritage Christian Music 5:45 p.m. — Café 26 th David Bacon Music 12:30 p.m. — Café 27 th Emily on Piano 2:00 p.m. — Café 30 th Calumet Voices National Stories at Hammond Visitors Center and

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National Walking Day

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George Carl Music 12:30 p.m. — Café

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NCAA Final Four Games See weekly calendar for times Town Hall 10:00 a.m. — Main Dining Room What Do you Know with Jackie 1:00 p.m. — Community Room

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8 th NCAA Championship Game See weekly calendar for time 10 th Arts & Crafts: Spring Flower Project 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. — Creation Studio Sign-up required 10 th Highland Community Band Concert (rescheduled from March) 6:00 p.m. PPSJ Bus Sign-up required (waiting list) 12 th April Birthday Party 12:30 p.m. — Main Dining Room 13 th Scott Peters Music 12:30 p.m. — Café 14 th Elijah Production with Illiana Oratorical Society 12:30 p.m. PPSJ Bus Departure Sign-up required 16 th Men’s Group with Chaplain Mark Breakfast @ 9:00 a.m. — Café 17 th IncrEDIBLE Eats: Banana Split Cake 10:30 a.m. — Main Dining Room Sign-up required

Lunch at Cracker Barrell 9:30 a.m. PPSJ Bus Departure Sign-up required

Great Harvest Bread Company We hope you are enjoying your fresh bread! Just a reminder that Great Harvest Bread Company in Crown Point is taking orders for their bread on Tuesdays, April 2, 16, and 30. Delivery will be on Thursdays,

April 4, 18, and May 2. Order forms can be found at the front desk. Any questions, please contact Melissa at ext. 1023. (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


Special April Activities

In addition to the vast variety of weekly activities, Life Enrichment will be offering the following specialties during the month of April:

Arts & Crafts: Potted Plant Craft

The Solar Eclipse Monday, April 8

Wednesday, April 10th 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. in Creation Studio Sign-up required

An eclipse occurs when the moon blocks part or all of the sun, causing day to turn into night. Indiana will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th, the first since 1869, and parts of eastern Indiana have not seen a total solar eclipse in nearly 1,200 years! Here in St. John, only 96% of the sun will be blocked by the moon. To see the total eclipse, you will need to drive about 100 miles south into central Indiana. A swath of south-central Indiana will have a total eclipse that will last more than 4 minutes, a very long eclipse; and scientists from all over the world are coming to record this event. For us, the eclipse will begin at 12:51 p.m., reach its maximum of 96% at 2:07 p.m., and end at 3:22 p.m. You should never look directly at the sun, as this can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Please see front desk for glasses.

IncrEDIBLE Eats: Banana Split Cake Recipe from Donna Wednesday, April 17th 10:30 a.m. in Main Dining Room Sign-up required

Arts & Crafts: Spring Flower Hanger Wednesday, April 24th 12 & 2:00 p.m. in Creation Studio Sign-up required (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


Chaplain’s Corner Believe It or Not!?

With the rise of Christianity and its spread throughout the Roman Empire, it soon was regarded as dangerous. It was dangerous because it proclaimed that there was only one true God, that Jesus was His Son, and that following Jesus meant to repudiate and abandon not only one’s gods and goddesses. It also meant refusing to do business with, socialize with, and intricate oneself and family with these former religious practices that were at the heart of Roman society. This led to persecution, opposition, and criticism by the Roman government and many people groups. Despite all this, by 400, a huge majority of Romans had become confessing Christians. Atheist historian author and strong critic of Christianity Bart Ehrman writes, “Christianity not only took over an empire, but it also radically altered the lives of those living in it…It was a revolution that affected government practices, legislation, art, literature, music, philosophy…and on the even more fundamental level the very understanding of (eventually) billions of

Many of us have heard of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” It’s a huge collection of true facts that seem unbelievable, absurd, or irrational. Nevertheless, it’s all true. Here’s a sample:

• There’s a basketball court on the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. It’s aptly named, “The Highest Court in the Land.” • Hunting Unicorns in Michigan is legal. • An art collector paid $10,000.00 for an invisible sculpture created by actor James Franco. • It officially takes 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. • Cows moo with regional accents. • In the small town of Dorset, Minnesota where a new mayor is picked every two years by lot, a 3-year-old was mayor from 2015-2018. • You’re twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark! • The blob of toothpaste on your toothbrush has a name. It’s called a “nurdle.” Strange. Bizarre. Amazing, but all true. Recently we celebrated another Easter when Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. Remarkable as it is, it’s what happened after the resurrection that is also remarkable. The western world at the time was the Roman Empire, comprising between 170-180 million people. The people of the Roman Empire were very religious. The gods and goddesses of the Empire that people worshiped were part of the social fabric that integrated the family, business, government, and social life. Temples were everywhere, and going there to worship, sacrifice, or make petitions of the gods was a natural part of life.

people had about what it means to be human.” He concludes, “However one

evaluates the merits of the case…no one can deny it was the most monumental cultural transformation our world has ever seen." Believe it or not, Jesus Christ and His revolution has changed the very nature of humanity and life in this world. The greatest aspect of this is that Jesus invites everyone, regardless of gender, color, creed, language, religion, customs, or traditions to commit their lives to Him and follow Him devoutly. It’s confessing the historic Jesus as your personal “Lord” and also committing yourself to Him in a heartfelt manner, and then growing in that personal relationship in an experiential way. That’s my prayer for you this April. When Jesus is our life, Easter is no longer just a date on the calendar. It’s a personal, everyday life that begins here on earth and just never ends. (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


Park Place Announcements Message from Life Enrichment

April Fun Fact The Empire State Building has its own zip code. It’s home to 10118.

Make sure you sign up for all activities that involve the PPSJ Bus, Arts & Crafts and IncrEDIBLE Eats!

Name Tags We are so glad you are part of our Park Place Family! Wearing name tags is a great way for all of us to put a name to all the independent for as long as possible. In Independent Living, Campus Care Aides can assist with things like showers, medication reminders, trash removal, and other select activities that you may find are challenging for you to complete alone. We also assist with laundry and linen changes. Please contact Tracey in the Clinic Office with any inquiries. Message from Tracey Goncher, Nurse and Director of Clinical Services Campus Care is available to all residents in Independent Living here at Park Place and is in place to help assist residents to stay

Calumet Voices, National Stories Exhibition

The Calumet Voices, National Stories is a series of four exhibitions that bring together regional museums to showcase unique collections of voices and stories that have shaped the American experience. Led by the Field Museum, Calumet Voices, National Stories , is the first-ever exhibition series of Calumet’s intersecting contributions to nature, industry, and culture. Explore the unique relationship between nature, world-class

innovation, and artistic expression that make the region, located at

the southern end of Lake Michigan, an unexpected national treasure. Experience the daily life of an industrial worker and the role their work has in the region. See neighborhoods and nature through the eyes of renowned artists, and learn about the region’s natural areas through specimens like puccoon plants and red-headed woodpeckers on display. We will take a trip to Indiana Visitors Center in Hammond on Tuesday, April 30th with lunch at Cracker Barrel. Make sure you sign up for this interesting exhibit!

new faces. So, please wear your name tag when socializing throughout the building! (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


Sharing Life & Making Memories Author Lora Matushka

Arts & Crafts : St. Patrick’s Flowers & Jewelry Pendant

Just for Fun Strummers Ukulele Group (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Easter Craft (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


Catered Living at Park Place St. John Life Enrichment Activities Games We have some new games we will be adding to our schedule: Ring Toss, Yahtzee, and Kings in the Corner. Come join us in the Study!

Cooking Club: Carmel Parfait Thursday, April 4th 1:30 p.m. in The Study

Cooking Class: Spring Herb Appetizer Cup Thursday, April 18th 1:30 p.m. in The Study

Arts & Crafts: Spring Flower Thursday, April 11th 1:30 p.m. in The Study

Arts & Craft: Spring Wreath Thursday, April 25th 1:30 p.m. in The Study

Florence's 100th Birthday Celebration (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


Sharing Life & Making Memories

Arts & Crafts : Easter Egg Craft

Cooking Club : Seven Layer Dip (219) 351-5200 | | 10700 Park Place | St. John, IN 46373


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