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Friends of Guardian Angels care Center

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For more information on the Friends of  Guardian Angels Care Center please call 763-241-4460

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Summer Sensation!

This event was sponsored by the Friends of Guardian Angels Care Center so that residents could have a fun night with family and friends by listening to music by John Griggs (in the picture) along with serving root beer floats and popcorn!

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Residents enjoying Summer Sensation!

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Friends of GACC members Annie Schreifels and Pat Redmen selling raffles tickets for a fundraiser. All proceeds raised go directly to enhancing the leisure lives of the residents at the Care Center.
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 Please consider joining!

Friends of Guardian Angels Care Center  was formed to provide services that enhance the quality of life for the residents of GACC. We would love to have new members (men and women) join the Friends of GACC “Angels” as we work towards providing quality and joy to the residents daily lives. The Friends of GACC meets quarterly at the Care Center and is a member of the Health Care Auxiliary of MN.

Fundraisers are sponsored by the Friends of GACC each year, such as, Scrap and Craft Event, Easter Basket Silent Auction, Summer Sensation , Garage Sale, and Holiday Bazaar. All proceeds from these events are used to directly benefit the residents at GACC. Everything from the 300-wing state of the art tub room, to TV’s, VCR’s, large print books, videos, Christmas gifts for the residents, gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, fine china and tablecloths for special meals, supplies for leisure life activities has been purchased from these events.

Would you be able to give a couple of hours 4-5 times per year to attend meetings and also assist with the fund-raisers? We hope that you will consider joining us as we strive to enhance the quality of life at GACC for those we all love.

The dates have been changed for the  Friendss of GACC meetings as per an Friends of GACC vote, they will be held every other month starting in July, 2016  and on the second Monday of the month.  The next meeting will be on July 11th at 5 pm in the 300 wing conference room.

For more information and the date of our next meeting or special event, please call: 763-241-4460

 

Elk River, MN  Friends of GACC donated $4800.00 to music therapy for the residents at the care center. The Recreation Department asked for financial assistance for music therapy from the Friends of GACC knowing that different forms of music and music therapy activities are beneficial to elderly patients.

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Friends of Guardian Angels Care Center President, Donita, presenting Dana with $4800 for music therapy.

Everyone can benefit from music activities in some capacity. Some can be effective music therapy. It has been found to be helpful to the elderly and seniors in geriatric care, palliative care and with Alzheimer's and other dementia.

Although music therapy is a specialized area for trained therapists, it doesn't take special training or musical background to apply music and musical elements for general benefit to seniors and the elderly patients in the many care facilities. Music has nonverbal qualities and it can promote; creativity, awareness, expression and communication. Music therapy for depression can alleviate a sense of loneliness and isolation, especially in group sing-alongs or musical participation activities. Music therapy has made an impact on the residents, such as shown by participation in sing-alongs by a resident that usually prefers non group activities. This is only one example of the power of music therapy

Friends of Guardian Angels Care Center was formed to provide services that enhance the quality of life for the residents of GACC. They work towards providing quality and joy to the residents daily lives. The monies were raised through fundraisers, such as The Summer Sensation, The Holiday Bazaar, and the summer Garage Sale. The Friends of GACC meets quarterly at the Care Center and is a member of the Health Care Auxiliary of MN. New members are always welcome to be part of a group that believes in the mission of Guardian Angels, “Guardian Angels provides exceptional healthcare, housing and supportive services to seniors and their families in the spirit of Christ's love.”

 

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 Danya (Music Therapist ) with Russell and Arlene


Auxiliary Meeting Dates!

The dates have been changed for the Auxiliary meetings as per an auxiliary vote, they will be held every other month starting in July and on the second Monday of the month. 


Reverie Harp 


The Auxiliary purchased this Reverie Harp as a therapeutic tool for the Recreation staff to use while visiting with residents. It has made an impact on the residents lives. Residents seem to lose their apprehension about playing the music becomes whatever they want it to be!

According to the designers and makers of the Reverie Harp: “The Reverie Harp is designed as a therapy tool for non-musicians . It is designed specifically so that a person does not need to engage the mind to enjoy pleasant sounds. So the word “play” does not mean “perform” on this harp. You “play with” this harp. You can close your eyes and play with it – we call it “noodling around” on the strings so that any resident can enjoy playing with it. The harp is designed for relaxation, for simple fun, soothing harmonies, tactile stimulation, resonant vibrations and satisfaction of instant pleasure and success. It is also useful as a tool to stimulate conversation and interaction and staff and residents can make musical harmonies together”. Pictured Clarence Schumacher and Susan LaBelle, Recreation Staff.

 
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