“We loved the theme ‘Let the adventure begin’ and used that in programming throughout the week,” said dual reporters Jessica Arundel, Wellness Coordinator, and Jamie Martin, Community Life Services Manager, at Canterbury-on-the-Lake in Waterford, Michigan, USA. “We wanted to give the residents a real opportunity to have some adventures and also wanted … to provide some fun and exciting programs in-house for those who have limited mobility.”
Adventures were plentiful. Sailing the Appledore Tall Ship down the Saginaw River into Lake Huron; flying high in a hot-air balloon (at age 102, a rider exclaimed, ‘I have wanted to do this since I was 100!’); and matching wits during a Roaring ’20s Murder Mystery Dinner that featured men in fedoras and flappers with feathered headpieces. The final adventure was a visit from the animals and reptiles of Exotic Zoo. When they counted the numbers, Arundel and Martin figured that about 90% of the community’s residents participated, largely because of events that were free and offered on community property.
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