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Led by local college teacher, program stimulates brains, enhances fine motor skills and provides fun
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – FEB. 10 – The Wartburg, a leading provider of senior care services in Westchester County, is finding that improvisational therapy with puppets helps those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
Wartburg recently launched its Mnemonic Theatre Project, a weekly program that encourages playfulness and theatrics for participants in the organization's Assisted Living Memory Care Facility and Adult Day Services program as part of its award-winning internationally-recognized Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning Program. Participants recently presented a puppet performance, similar to an improvisational Muppets show, for family and friends, with great success.
Led by Sarah Lawrence College puppetry teacher Josh Rice, who holds a master's degree in theater, Wartburg's program helps residents stimulate their brain while having fun. Participants use their dexterity and fine motor skills to first make their puppet, rely on creativity to develop a name and personality, and communicate a storyline for their characters. Rice has seen participants create whimsical fairy puppets telling a Peter Pan-like story, as well as more realistic figures, including a character named Robert who travels to Ireland. Another puppet brought out a woman's singing talents when she broke out into an aria from her earlier opera career, according to Rice.
"What I love about puppets is that they require you to be present to make it animated," said Rice. "A puppet allows them to be free with their imagination and to engage. The theater concept creates community because it's collaborative and interactive. People laugh and work together, helping each other make choices about their puppets."
"Our Creative Aging Initiative promotes greater emotional health, social engagement and lifelong learning for older adults through a wide range of arts-based programs to develop the creative capacity of older adult-learners," said David Gentner, CEO and President. Wartburg is an award-winning provider of comprehensive senior services, including independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer's/dementia care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, adult day services and hospice care. www.wartburg.org.
Dedication of the Hope and a Prayer Center by the Sea will be Wednesday, October 29th at 11 AM at 25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway. Light Refreshments will be served.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
THE HOPE AND A PRAYER CENTER BY THE SEA
25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY
With SMP Vicar Tom Cusanelli, Local Leaders Catherine Molyneux and Sharon Sessing, I am grateful to God for bringing about, after two years of sojourning, the dedication of The Hope and A Prayer Center By The Sea just a block from the ocean in Far Rockaway.
Since Superstorm Sandy, we have remained a constant presence at PS/IS 43, "The School By the Sea," and have brought resources to bear for those still dramatically affected by the results of the storm. This summer a Vacation Bible School and an End-of-Summer Party and Blessing on the Beach brought joy to children and families in Far Rockaway. The donations of so many and the fine partnership with LC-MS Disaster Response have kept us going right on through the renovation of the site.
But there is much to do as we prepare to open our doors to the community. The need is great:
Vicar Cusanelli, Atlantic District Sandy Recovery Coordinator, went to the site recently to check on the construction progress at the Center. As he approached, he overheard a woman say to her two little children, "They are putting a church there. The hooligans in this neighborhood need to get saved." So the word is out on the street that we are going to be there and the Gospel will be spread!
So first of all, please PRAY for us as we engage a tough neighborhood with a powerful Lord! Include the Hope and a Prayer Center in your congregation's weekly and your personal prayers.
Beyond your prayers, your PRESENCE would be deeply appreciated. We need volunteers for service projects and will be looking for evening volunteers as programs begin later in the fall.
Thirdly, your FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE SUPPORT is needed. Here's how we can work together to bring this mission and ministry center to hit the ground running:
If you are interested in naming the Center through a generous donation of $100,000, or would like to make a special gift of one month's rent = $5,000, half a year =$30,000, or a full year's rent = $60,000, please call 914-337-5700 x 2 and leave a message for me with Kristen Schulz.
There are, of course, many other ways to participate. Here's what's needed to complete and furnish the Center:
3 desks (for 2 offices and a reception area) @ $250 each
3 desk chairs @$150 each
2 file cabinets @ 100 each
2 chairs for office visitors @$100 each
Conference table & 8 chairs @$1000
15 folding chairs @$40 each
3 folding tables @ $50 each
2 waiting room chairs and waiting room bench @$300
A Phone system of 5 sets @$3000
alarm and surveillance system @$1500 gift from Resurrection, Garden City, Pastor Browning
3 Book Shelves @$150 each gift of Martin Luther School, Maspeth
8 computers (2 offices, reception, conference room, 4 in great room) @$500 each
3 computer printers @$250 each one printer, gift from Kay Charon
Smart board in conference room @$4500 gift from Resurrection, Garden City, Pastor Browning
two flat screen televisions (1reception area, 1 in great room) @$1000 each
Copy machine with fax and scanning ability Lease @$2000 per year
$1,600 from Good Shepherd, Laurelton
To make a donation online, please visit our secure site at http://www.ad-lcms.org/index.php/donate-online and designate your gift to the Hurricane Sandy Fund
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
The Rev. Dr. David H. Benke,
President/Bishop of the Atlantic District LC-MS
Baltimore, October 9 -- At its September meeting in Chicago, the Lutheran World Relief board of directors presented the Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla with the LWRL Champion award, formerly known as the Friend of LWR award. A former LWR board member, Malpica Padilla is currently executive director of the Global Mission program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Based in Chicago, he also serves as the ELCA advisor to the LWR board.