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Morning Pointe is hosting a Christmas Deaf Pot Luck Dinner December 9 at Morning Pointe Lexington East (150 Shoreside Dr) at 4 pm. Morning Pointe welcomes the deaf community to socialize with your loved ones at our Christmas gathering. We will provide lemonade and tea. Bring your favorite dish and come enjoy the fun!

 

Idle Hour Park improvements have neighbors already dreaming of spring

Even though it feels like winter just arrived, Idle Hour Park neighbors, including the Lexington Senior Center, are already dreaming of spring.

Parks & Recreation invited all of the Park’s neighbors to join in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new raised garden beds and benches along the half-mile trail in the Park.

The improvements are designed with seniors in mind. Garden beds are raised, and benches are designed for comfort and conversation, especially for those with hearing or vision impairments.

“We want Lexington’s parks to offer great experiences for everyone,” said Monica Conrad, Director of Lexington Parks & Recreation. “Our partnership with AARP Kentucky has allowed us to invest in our park and in our community, especially our aging participants.”

Kristy Stambaugh, the City’s Director of Aging and Disability Services, said the improvements offer seniors an opportunity to enjoy being outside. “Many of our participants want to be physically active outside, and it is up to us to provide opportunities for that to safely happen,” she said. This city improved and expanded the Park when it developed the new Senior Center.

The raised garden beds, which offer the opportunity to work in the garden from a standing position or from a wheelchair, will include flowers, vegetables, and herbs, with the hope of using produce in cooking classes at the Senior Center.

The improvements were funded through an AARP Community Challenge Grant Program. Under the program, AARP Kentucky works to offer additional opportunities to bring people together, and to make cities a great place to live for all ages.

 

EVENTS

 

Friday December 8

There is a Family Caregiver Workshop on December 8 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Alzheimer’s Association at 2808 Palumbo Drive.This program is specialized for family caregivers and will offer information about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving and will also provide an opportunity to reflect, regenerate, and gain a new perspective on your caregiving issues.  Local and statewide experts who specialize in aging and Alzheimer’s care will present topics that are valuable to family caregivers of persons with dementia.  This training is designed specifically for family caregivers and is therefore not open to those who are professional caregivers. Jointly sponsored by the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging, Baptist Health Medical Group Neurology, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is required.

 

Monday December 11

The Memory Café is a monthly social group providing a safe,

comfortable environment where people with memory loss and their care partners can enjoy time together and remain socially engaged with others traveling

the same journey. The Memory Café is meeting December 11 from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Memory Café designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers; please no professionals.

 

This article also appears on page 14 of the December 2017 printed edition of the Hamburg Journal.

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