Come to Our Open House!

Our annual open house will be held on Thursday, December 7 from 2:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.  Simard Hall (under Our Lady of Grace Chapel) 17 West Shore Road, Bristol.  Come meet our staff and enjoy refreshments and entertainment.  We look forward to meeting you!

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Strumming Away at Day Away

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Dan Hale visits Day Away often to entertain participants singing and playing his guitar.  Many songs are familiar and sing-a-longs ensue! Thank you to Dan Hale for stopping by and singing with us!  See you soon!!

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We Need You!

 

We are looking for volunteers for Day Away, will you join us?  Together we can make our participants’ lives brighter.  The heart of a volunteer is measured by the depth of the commitment to make a difference.  Contact Sandra Coleman BSN, RN at sjrhett@roadrunner.com or 603-536-6304.

 

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How about those tomatoes!

Participants are gardeners too at Day Away!  Thanks to the Knights of Columbus who donated the planters, the participants at Day Away planted a vegetable garden outside the hall.  The vegetables and herbs will be incorporated into the healthy lunches that are made for them every week.  Great job!!

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Day Away Appreciates Their Volunteers

For National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Day Away recognized all their volunteers for their help and contributions to the program.   One Volunteer in particular was especially recognized for her part in Day Away.  Six years ago, after visiting the first Day Away program in Merrimack NH, Fran Olson of Bridgewater NH felt a need to start the program for families in the Lakes Region.  Fran brought her desire to start the program to a group of friends and parishioners at her parish, Holy Trinity of Plymouth, NH.  Holy Trinity Parish generously offered to host the program in the hall of Our Lady of Grace Chapel in Bristol.  In 2014, the Day Away program opened its doors to all eligible families in the Lakes Region, regardless of creed. Fran’s recognition award was appropriately inscribed “Fran Olson…A Day Away…Because of You”.

Fran Olson receives her recognition statue from Director Sandra Coleman, BSN, RN

Volunteers enjoy an appreciation lunch at the Homestead Restaurant in Bristol

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Dance the Day Away

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Peter Ole performs

Bernie and Christine dance the Day Away with music and song by Mystro Peter Ole, a local, talented musician and artist. Peter is a frequent visitor to Day Away and also visits Senior Centers and rest homes in the Lakes Region and has been doing so for many years.  Thank you Mystro Peter!

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And the beat goes on!

Studies have shown that music therapy helps people who suffer with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia both cognitively and in movement.  At Day Away, a fun part of the day at the weekly program is the Sing Along with participants and volunteers.  Recently Sensei Stuart Paton of the Burlington Taiko Group of Burlington VT, shared his talents in the ancient art of Taiko (Japanese Drumming).  Sensei Paton brought with him various sized drums, and under his tutelage, taught the new artists a short course in this performing art.

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