"Activities professionals are an important part of the interdisciplinary team charged with developing a comprehensive plan of care that helps each resident maximize his or her independence, activity levels and wellness," said Hector Giancarlo, M.D., F.A.C.S., Founder and President of The Allendale Community for Mature Living. "The therapeutic benefits of participating in planned activities are boundless and can lead to improved mobility and muscle tone; stimulation of the ears and vocal cords; enhanced circulation;
From Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba, to classical music performances, watercolor painting lessons and computer classes, there is something for everyone at The Allendale Community. Recent program offerings include an annual health fair; a music appreciation lecture focused on the history of Klezmer music, a portrayal of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" and a performance by an all-female a capella group.
"Our goal is to achieve therapeutic benchmarks while encouraging residents to rediscover former hobbies and explore new pursuits," said Mary Stampleman, ADC, Director Therapeutic Recreation and Community Relations. "Through our cultural, educational, exercise and recreational activities, we promote peer socialization as well."
Residents also are encouraged to share their talents and experiences by initiating and hosting their own programs. Many lead discussion groups, book club meetings and cooking classes and organize service outreach projects to help others in need.
"We strive to develop programs that are current and of interest to our residents, which is why we are continually seeking their feedback and that of their families," said Emily Brown, Activities Director of Carlton Court, the community's memory care neighborhood;
The Allendale Community, which is conveniently located just off of Route 17 South, was one of the first retirement communities in the region to incorporate four fully licensed levels of residency offering a continuum of care in one location. The Community also offers a Short-Term Stay Program and respite services as well as the Senior Social Club, an adult day program. For more information about The Allendale Community for Mature Living, call (201) 825-0660 or visit www.allendalecommunity.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Residents of The Atrium Assisted Living enjoy participating in regularly held watercolor workshops, led by instructor/artist Lorraine Strangfeld (standing) of Ramsey. During a recent workshop, Atrium residents (left to right): Marjorie Hague and Patricia Elliott expanded their use of this complex and demanding technique.
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About The Allendale Community for Mature Living: The Allendale Community for Mature Living is located on 12 acres in a scenic, quiet suburban neighborhood, with direct access to Route 17 South. The physician-owned Community offers three levels of residency and a continuum of care on campus: The Atrium, where independent seniors enjoy residential living; Carlton Court, which offers assisted living; and The Allendale Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility focusing on rehabilitation. In addition, the Community offers the Senior Social Club, an adult day program that provides a variety of dynamic activities. For more information about The Allendale Community for Mature Living, call (201) 825-0660 or visit its web site at www.allendalecommunity.com.