We love celebrating the holidays at Friendship Manor! Throughout the month of December, there are a variety of activities and events scheduled to celebrate the season.
In the first week of December, residents and staff were entertained by the Music Guild’s “1940s Radio Christmas Carols,” the Rock Island High School Chamber Singers, and the Colona Grade School Band to kick off the festivities with musical holiday spirit.
“We love Christmas here at the Manor and always schedule several concerts during Christmas,” said Nancy Mann, Activities Director.
Residents will attend “The Nutcracker” at the Adler Theater to see a Christmas spectacle of music and dance, and the Tony Hamilton Orchestra will help residents rock out the old year on New Year’s Eve.
Another December tradition is the Candlelight Dinners hosted for residents and their families, where everyone is invited to dress up and enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Myka and her staff. Families are also welcome to have their pictures taken in front of the huge Christmas tree in the Friendship Manor lobby.
Before Christmas, Friendship Manor hosts Family Christmas Night with cookies and cocoa provided by the King’s Daughters and Sons, and another favorite is the Christmas Lights Van Ride, in which we invite residents to bundle up and enjoy a van ride in order to see the Christmas lights displayed around the city. Our residents love the chance to go out with family and friends!
“Holiday activities for seniors are especially fun when you can get dressed up and have an afternoon out,” said Mann, “complete with hot cocoa and dessert somewhere afterwards.”
It is also important to remember that Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for some seniors, “especially if loved ones or pets have passed on, or if they are alone,” said Mann. “So it is especially important to involve the seniors in your life much as you can.”
Fun and meaningful activities such as growing or arranging flowers, making gingerbread houses like our residents in the Silver Cross Health and Rehabilitation Pavilion, and reminiscing together about past Christmases are great ways to engage your loved ones in meaningful ways this season.
Visit our website to see our December Activity Calendar for a complete list of festivities, and have a merry Christmas!