Local assisted living community recognizes deep connections between staff, residents during national observance

ATHENS, Tenn. – A weeklong celebration kicks off this Sunday, September 10, and Morning Pointe of Athens is joining tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country for the festivities. It’s National Assisted Living Week® through Saturday, September 16, and Morning Pointe is honoring this year’s theme, “Family is Forever.”

The “Family is Forever” theme for National Assisted Living Week was inspired by a quote from the famed poet Maya Angelou: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

Morning Pointe residents, associates, relatives and local partners embrace family every day of the year, but especially during this weeklong observance as part of the life enrichment program.

“Family is at the heart of what makes Morning Pointe a warm and compassionate environment for seniors,” says Greg Vital, president and CEO of Morning Pointe. “From monthly family night events, to our informative support groups, this National Assisted Living Week is a time to honor and recognize our family members and loved ones who are at the very center of the care we provide to our residents.”

National Assisted Living Week was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinct aspect of long term care.

The activities scheduled encapsulate the “Family is Forever” theme and include:
• Sunday, September 10, 3 p.m. – Grandparent’s Day Ice Cream Sundaes
Families are invited to enjoy scoops of their favorite flavors with residents.
• Monday, September 11, 3 p.m. – Family Trivia
Face off with fun facts about families and family-related trivia.
• Tuesday, September 12, 2 p.m. – Community Blood Pressure Clinic with Encompass Home Health
Families and friends are invited to stay aware of their risks with free blood pressure checks.
• Wednesday, September 13, 3 p.m. – Dementia Family Support Group
Connect with families and caregivers who share the journey through Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diagnoses.
4 p.m. – UT Arthritis Class
Guests will learn ways to manage arthritis symptoms.
• Thursday, September 14, 2 p.m. – Family Tree Making
Residents will enjoy an art class and create a family tree.
5:30 p.m. – Senior Prom
Residents will dance the evening away, with live entertainment courtesy of the Voices of Lee and a live DJ.
• Friday, September 15, 3 p.m. – Painting Class
Residents will enjoy art therapy and creative self-expression with family and friends.

For more information on National Assisted Living Week, visit www.nalw.org.