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The seniors — at Elk Run Assisted Living — danced the afternoon away on Sept. 23, dressed in their finest with corsages and boutonnieres at their homecoming dance. A group of residents stood in …
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The seniors — at Elk Run Assisted Living — danced the afternoon away on Sept. 23, dressed in their finest with corsages and boutonnieres at their homecoming dance.
A group of residents stood in a circle, dancing and singing to what could be considered the oldies by some, but the tunes were actually the songs of their youth. They belted out the lyrics to “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You” by Marvin Gaye, Beatles and Monkeys tunes, Roy Orbison's “Pretty Woman” and John Denver's “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
They even did the “Chicken Dance,” whether standing or sitting, and everyone got involved.
Sedum and Sage, an Evergreen pop-up florist, providing the flowers, and staff and residents created the arrangements. The residents joined in a parade through the building, and while no homecoming king and queen were crowned, crowns were available for photo opportunities.
Activities Director Sarah Bogdan has been watching her daughter, an Evergreen High School freshman, get involved in the school's homecoming activities, and she figured the Elk Run residents could, too.
“I thought it would be a good time, and it would celebrate fall,” Bogdan said.
As an added bonus, the EHS cheerleaders performed in the parking lot while residents stood on the patio, with coach Dana Schiro saying it was important for the cheerleaders to be out in the community.
“We (are tasked) with bringing spirit to Evergreen High School,” Schiro explained, “and we like to reach out into the community. We all need camaraderie.”
Elk Run resident Marcia Younger said she had a great time at the homecoming festivities, noting all of the smiles, laughter and singing in the dining room where the party was held. She said it was nice to hear the music she grew up to.
Elk Run resident Bettie Lynn Walden helped get more residents dancing.
“I enjoyed dancing with everybody,” Walden said. “This was an extremely ingenious idea.”
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