David, a resident of Villa St. Francis, loves card games. During a game of rummy with a number of other residents, as well as Mariana, our Life Enrichment Assistant, and Dave, our Director of Finance, David took a moment to talk with us.
“To stay well, you have to keep your mind going, and your body moving,” David said. “I join in the activities here, and I walk in the hallways, each hallway two times, twice a day. I get about three and a quarter blocks every time! In the summer, I walk around the building. In the winter, I step outside for 30 seconds, just to get the fresh air.”
“You see David at everything,” said Lisa Richardson, our Director of Marketing & Community Relations. “He’s Mr. Activity Man!”
We’d like you to meet Harriet, a resident of Villa St. Francis and the subject of today’s “Wisdom of the Ages” piece. With a hearty laugh, Harriet tells us that there’s nothing she wishes she’d done in her life and hasn’t–which means she has many wonderful stories to share.
What did you do for a living?
“I was a hairdresser,” Harriet said. “I had a couple of shops, four. I managed one, because you have to have a manager in every shop.”
Do you have a childhood memory you’d like to share?
“All in all, it was pretty good,” she said. “I had a good brother, a nice sister, a lot of playmates in the neighborhood.” Harriet also loved high school–she attended West Division, where she had two good friends, and they’d eat lunch together every day.
Do you have a favorite kind of music?
“Classical! Once you get to like it, oh, you just love it. It warms my heart, it warms my condition, it does all kinds of things for me.” She also enjoys the musicians who visit Villa St. Francis to sing and play music.
Do you have a hobby you’re fond of?
“I used to have a hobby of bowling. I started out slow, and I just taught myself. I was in a league, I did it for years.” Harriet shared one tip for new bowlers: “I had a routine: put it on the second mark, and you’ll get a strike. If you’ve got a curve on your ball, it’s going to go right in the pocket.”
Villa St. Francis maintains an Employee Assistance Fund to provide support to our staff in times of crisis. From now through December 19th, Villa St. Francis will have more than a dozen baskets to raffle off with proceeds going to the Employee Assistance Fund. From Marketing to Housekeeping, each of our departments created a raffle basket, and we’ve received baskets from our vendors as well. Basket themes include “Night at the Movies,” “Baker’s Delight,” and “An Apple a Day.”
Purchase tickets at the front desk–they’re $1 apiece or 6 for $5. Anyone can participate, and we’d love our neighbors and supporters to stop by!
If you’re a social media guru, you’re probably familiar with #TBT, or “throwback Thursday.” To participate, users simply post an old photo with the hashtag #TBT. On our Facebook page, Villa St. Francis likes to do something a little different: “Thankful Thursday.”
Villa St. Francis has wonderful residents, family members, and caregivers, and we’re glad to have an opportunity to provide recognition to the individuals who brighten our day. To see the latest #ThankfulThursday post, visit the Villa St. Francis page on Facebook at facebook.com/vsfmilwaukee.
Ruth, one of our kindest residents, loves to catch sports on TV. After the recent Packers victory over the Bears, Villa St. Francis sat down with Ruth to talk about her life.
Do you have a childhood memory you’d like to share?
“We had lots of fun in my family,” Ruth said. “We spent a lot of time with our parents, and they always had a great sense of humor.”
What would you consider to be your greatest life accomplishment?
“I loved watching my kids grow up, and seeing what they turned out to be.” Now, Ruth enjoys watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up, too!
How would you suggest a person live a happy life?
“Laugh! Don’t be afraid to tell a spicy joke once in awhile,” Ruth said. “Don’t walk around like the world is on your shoulders. Only remember the happy things and don’t look at past difficulties. Be grateful for what you have: family, children, grandchildren and friends. Enjoy life and be happy.”
Villa St. Francis is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. At the moment, the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin is very close to raising $500,000 for Alzheimer’s support, care and research. Villa St. Francis is proud to say that our team has collected over $1,200 for the Alzheimer’s Association–so far!
To contribute, please donate to the Villa St. Francis team or, if you’re able, join us on Sunday, October 4 at Mount Mary. Registration for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. To learn more, visit our Walk Page.
The residents at Villa St. Francis have done it again. On August 7th we filmed our 3rd “Life on Your Terms” You Tube Music Video to Paul McCartney’s song “New”. The song selection really captures life at Villa St. Francis as we provide so many choices to help our residents thrive. Residents, staff, family members and volunteers worked together to make this video a wonderful experience for the entire community. Don’t miss out on our movie premiere night. Our theme is “The Magic of Music” as we celebrate National Assisted Living Week at Villa St. Francis.
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m; Premiere at 6:45 p.m. sharp
Place: Dining Room at Villa St. Francis
Please R.S.V.P by contacting Lisa Richardson at 414-649-2893 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there.
Approximately fifteen employees, friends and family from Villa St. Francis and St. Joseph’s Academy joined thousands of runners and walkers on Friday, July 25th to fight hunger in the Milwaukee Area. Proceeds of the 5K Run and 2 mile walk benefited Capuchin Ministries St. Ben’s Community House of Peace to conquer hunger in the Milwaukee area. We appreciate all that participated in the event whether you ran, walked or donated. This is truly an example of how our organization dedicates our time to community services. We’re expecting to double our number of participants for 2015.
Join Villa St. Francis on Saturday October 4th as we join forces with the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk starts on the beautiful grounds of Mount Mary College. You can help us raise our team goal in a number of different ways. Register as a walker and raise money to help team Villa St. Francis raise money toward our goal. If you’re not able to walk with us that weekend you may also sponsor our team as we walk. All proceeds go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. There are three different routes available including a 2, 3 and 4 mile distance.
This is an event that fits our mission and core values, and in a very real way, supports a cause that many of our residents suffer from directly. Family members and friends also suffer as they struggle to support their loved ones.
Registration at 8:30 am / Ceremony at 9:40 am / Walk at 10:00 am
We would love to have you on our team so click here to register or donate today.