'Date Night' still holds special place in senior couples' hearts
Colonial Courtyard at Clearfield residents still find a connection amid pandemic
Three couples residing at Colonial Courtyard at Clearfield recently had an opportunity to enjoy such a night while following pandemic-related guidelines at the senior living community.
While this special event coincided with Valentine's Day weekend, the spirit of the concept is embraced by the team at Colonial Courtyard at Clearfield throughout the year.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has created many obstacles and challenges, but we still feel it's important to recognize special moments and traditions as long as we can do so safely," said Miranda Coulter, Executive Operations Officer at Colonial Courtyard at Clearfield.
"We recently hosted a Valentine's date night of dinner and a movie for the three couples that reside in our community," she said. "They enjoyed a special candlelight dinner and dessert prepared by our dining experiences team. They were then treated to a movie in our movie theater complete with soda, popcorn, and boxes of movie theater candy along with some hand dipped chocolate covered treats prepared by our leadership team."
The couples included:
● Charles and Mary Zitzelberger, who met in December 1952 in Liverpool, England when Charles was serving in the U.S. military. They were married in England on November 28, 1953.
"Date night was special for them because they went to take in a movie with friends on their first date all those years ago," Coulter said.
● Paul and Ann Daniel met in 1965 in Houtzdale and have been together nearly six decades.
"One observation that you make with Paul and Ann is that they really do take care of each other," Coulter said.
● Benny and Barb Irwin were high school sweethearts and began dating in 1958.
"Their advice for anyone getting married today is, 'Be trustworthy to each other. There will be rough parts but you have to get through them,'" Coulter said.
While each of the couples followed guidelines intended to keep residents and the team at Colonial Courtyard at Clearfield safe, the date night still had special significance to all those involved in making the event happen.
"It was adorable to watch the excitement build in the couples, especially the ladies, in the days leading up to our date night," Coulter said.
"COVID restrictions have presented us with more than one challenge over the past year, but my team is amazing at overcoming anything we are faced with and worked together to make this happen," she said.
Miranda Coulter, Executive Operations Officer