Edgewood Village spreads the joy of the holidays for the elderly

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The holidays are about spreading joy. We often don’t realize that the holidays aren’t joyful for everyone, and can be very lonely for much of the elderly community. Research says that 40% of the elderly population often experience loneliness.

It is especially hard for the elderly, who have lost loved ones and have had family move away making it difficult to be with them.

KX News went to the Edgewood Village Assisted Living Home to see how they try to give residents a sense of cheer.

Florence Dillmann, otherwise known as “Smiley” says she hasn’t even had time to feel lonely during the holidays, but says that’s not the case for everyone.
 
“I have a lady friend that lives next store, and she is very lonesome because she lost her husband is not well and she has a son that is in very poor condition and he won’t be living very long.”
 
Like Dillmann’s friend, this unfortunately is the case for many of the senior population during the holidays.
 
Marketing Director of Edgewood Village, Reva Kautz says, “I have seen quite a few of widows and widowers come to the lobby and just say yep this is the anniversary if when my wife died or you know its been 2 or 3 years since my husband passed away. And that’s a hard time over the holidays and are grieving a little bit.”
 
That’s why Edgewood Village does their best to get their residents in the holiday spirit.
 
Edgewood Village Life Enrichment Director,Tammy Getz, says, “Well Christmas is always such a special time in that. I think like you said people might get down about it so we just keep them busy all and everyday and through the evening and continue that all through the month.”
 
They offer holiday events, activities, and games to everyone. I asked some of the residents what their favorite things were that they got to do during the holidays
 
Resident at Edgewood, Marilyn Reep says, “Me and my husband got to be Mary and Joseph and that was quite a deal because people still call us Mary and Joseph.”
 
Florence Dillmann says, “I bingo all the time. We do little candy bars.”
 
Other than the activities, Edgewood Village, says they really just try and get the staff and residents to feel like a family.
 
“We see residents lives blossom and that’s part of my joy is the kids coming back in 4 months or a year later and saying wow dad hasn’t looked this great at home in many years,” says Kautz.
 
Reep and Dillmann tell me they have no problems during the holidays.
 
“I can’t really say I missed our house that much and you can always see people here. You don’t have to be sad, I mean you can be sad but you don’t have to be lonesome because you can always see people,” says Reep.
 
“I like it because I have so many friends and I don’t do all these things because they have activities all the time which is great,” says Dillmann. “They keep you busy? Yes, I play pinochle almost everyday.”
 
The assisted living home puts on events not only throughout the holidays, but throughout the year for all their tenants.

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