The Oklahoma Assisted Living Association is commemorating the National Assisted Living Week which begins Sunday with National Grandparents Day. Assisted living communities throughout Oklahoma will be participating in activities centered around the theme “Art for the Ages.”
The program is designed to help the elderly in assisted living communities to put their creative skills to work.
“We wanted to inspire Oklahoma's assisted living residents to learn and grow in artistic expression while we remind all Oklahomans how much these residents contribute to the richness of our state,” said Penny Ridenour, the association's executive director.
The Legend at Rivendell, 13200 S May, is one of the assisted living centers that will be participating in the program.
Staff members will help residents create, learn and grow through an artistic experience.
Residents will work with a local pre-school to create a work of art that will be donated to the school. Also planned are opportunities for seniors to plant vines, learn about vocal music and the art of crocheting.
Established in 1995, National Assisted Living Week spotlights and honors assisted living residents as a vibrant part of the community.
It also allows assisted living staff, their families and the community to demonstrate their love and respect for residents. The association is a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation of dignity and choice for older Oklahomans and the quality of their care in the senior living setting.
“We know our assisted living elders are never too old to learn something new,” Ridenour said.
“We look forward to learning from them as well. We hope the outside community will stop by, be inspired and create with our assisted living residents because they inspire us every day.”
For more information, call 235-5000 or go to www.okala.org.