Life at Riddle Village was filled with fun events and achievements in 2017. With holiday celebrations, like our big Mardis Gras party and Easter Egg Hunt, trips to see the orchestra, days at the Jersey Shore, and several tournaments in our courtyard, including bocce and putting, our residents and staff enjoyed a great year at our community. We wanted to highlight some of the most memorable times from 2017!
On Valentine’s Day, an old favorite was brought back to our Towne Hall where residents competed in the Not-So-Newly-Wed Game. This year, we had five couples compete and special guest host Bob Bertolette, the CEO of Riddle Village, emceed the event. The wives were asked questions, like “Where was your first date?” and the husbands shared their answers to see how well they matched up. Each couple received a bottle of wine for participating, and the winning couple got a gift certificate to a nearby restaurant. Due to popular demand, there are already plans in place for this game to return in 2018!
YMCA Kindergarteners Learn from our Residents
One of our programs caught the attention of not just our entire community, but a local news station and the surrounding area when kindergarteners came once a week to learn new things with our Personal Care residents. This spring, young students from the YMCA of Eastern Delaware County came to Riddle Village where they learned, sang songs, and played games with the help of their new friends in our Monticello building. These unique learning experiences took place every Tuesday in April and May. This program was not only a fun way for the kids to learn, but it also brought a lot of joy to our residents and created some memorable friendships.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Every year, the Riddle Village community works hard to help those in need. This year was no different as staff and residents came together to support Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. For the first time ever, Riddle Village spent the entire month of June working to shed light on this disease through fundraisers and activities. Our Wellness Program sold shirts that were worn throughout the month and organized walks around the community to help raise awareness. Everyone also had fun competing in Brain Games to keep their minds sharp. Thanks to the combined efforts at Riddle Village, we were able to raise $1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Resident Talent Show
In August, residents had fun organizing together a night of entertainment, as they showed off some of their special talents. We had ten acts this year, including singers, musicians, and comedy routines. Some of the highlights included a barbershop quartet and a piano duet. This was the first talent show at Riddle Village since 2012. After this year’s success, residents have reached out to our activity department to ensure the talent show becomes an annual event. We look forward to seeing more from our talented residents next year!
Veteran’s Day at Riddle Village is always a major event and this year was no exception. With the help of the activities department, the main hallway of our commons building was decorated all week long with pictures of residents from the time they served. On the Friday that Veteran’s
Day was observed, old uniforms and other memorabilia were displayed for all to see. Following a special themed canteen lunch, our Towne Hall was filled with residents and staff honoring current Riddle Village Veterans and those who have passed. As a special surprise, this year our Veterans were honored with a framed group picture taken earlier this year, commemorating them for their service.