Homeruns and Hotdogs

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Today marked the beginning of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, and the Elders and Care Partners here in our Riverview community celebrated opening day at the ball park. Our dining room was once again transformed into “Riverview Stadium” as everyone gathered in for America’s Past time. After a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, the first pitch was delivered and the game was underway. Of course, no day at the ballpark would be complete without hotdogs and other tradition baseball snacks. When the dust settled from this action packed game, it was the Reds defeating the Pirates by a score of 6-3. Opening Day 2018 at Riverview Stadium was certainly a HOMERUN!

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March Madness

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In Kentucky basketball is a way of life, and our Riverview community is no exception. All month long we’ve celebrated March Madness and enjoyed many wonderful happenings, and today the Madness continued. To prepare for the Kentucky Wildcats big game, the Elders and care partners of our Riverview community gathered in our “Riverview Arena” for a pep rally and some live basketball action!

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From Riverview to Rupp Arena

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Knowing what is meaningful to the Elders and honoring their simple pleasures is one of the keys to creating a real human habitat in the homes where the Elders live. Most of the meaningful encounters take place inside of our Riverview community in the daily rhythm of life that exist here, but sometimes honoring those simple pleasures requires a road trip. Today we journey to Rupp Arena for the Boys Sweet Sixteen State Tournament. This is an annual trip we take to honor a former Elder in the Riverview community who attended this tournament for 54 consecutive years.

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Riverview Opens New Community Center

Community centers are public locations where members of a community tend to gather for group activities, social support, public information, and other purposes. Community centers can be found in nearly every town, large or small, and generally perform many functions in the community. From community celebrations, public meetings, social events, to housing local clubs or volunteer activities, these centers are a valuable part of any community. Our community here at Riverview already has a café, movie theatre, public library, restaurant, miniature golf course, and many more attractions that would be found in any community. Today we were honored to host the grand opening of a brand new attraction, the Kallimos Community Center. This center will play a vital role in the community here at Riverview, hosting neighborhood meetings, club and organizations, community exhibits, as well as culture change workshops and other educational offerings. It is even equipped with a brand new Music & Memory Station that has iPods loaded with personalized playlist for the Elder’s enjoyment.

As part of the grand opening, we welcomed the Ashland Community & Technical College with their Mobile Technology Lab. The Elders experienced some amazing “hands on” technology including a virtual reality exhibit and robotic companion pets. This was a great partnership and a fantastic start to all the opportunities that this center will bring to our Riverview community.

Check out some pictures from the grand opening and be sure to stop by and see all the wonderful attractions that our community has to offer, including our newest attraction, the Kallimos Community Center!

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Alternative Educator/Mentor Leader

Shedding Light on the Solar Eclipse

The “Great American Eclipse” is almost here! On August 21, 2017, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.  

The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. People who descend upon this “path of totality” for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience. Millions of people are expected to flock to various U.S. locations to experience a total solar eclipse, the first time in nearly 100 years that the phenomenon will cross a large portion of the United States. Here at Riverview HealthCARE Center, we will experience a “partial eclipse” with about 94% of the sun’s surface hidden by the moon.

In preparation for The Great American Eclipse, today we welcomed Steve Russo, Director of the East Kentucky Science Center. Mr. Russo gave a presentation to the Elders and stakeholders here at Riverview to shed some light on this historic event. The presentation included facts about this particular eclipse, solar eclipses throughout history, and safety tips for viewing the eclipse.

Much of the country is excited for this solar eclipse and our Riverview community is no exception. Thanks to Mr. Russo and the East Kentucky Science Center for preparing us all for The Great American Eclipse! Community connections such as this are what help to make Riverview a wonderful place.

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Alternative Educator/Eden Alternative Mentor Leader

Riverview Hosts VBS for Community

Each summer Riverview hosts a Vacation Bible School that is open for the children of our community. Each day the children have the opportunity to learn about the bible, make crafts, sing songs, meet new friends, and enjoy a week of fun and food with the Elders. Our annual VBS kicked off today with this year’s them is “Hero Central: Discovering Our Strength in God.” Here’s a few pictures from the first day of VBS 2017.

Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality
Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor Leader

Making Connections Through Music

Music is a great uniting force. Music is an incredible power. Music is something that people who differ on anything and everything else can have in common. Music is one of the greatest universal languages of mankind. Where words often fail, music speaks. Music can take pain, loneliness, or sorrow and turned it into something beautiful, into something that people connect to, that’s what music does. It speaks to you. It changes you!

Music has always opened many doors for me in my life and it has been a way for me to connect with people in many ways. When I came to work here at Riverview several years ago, I found that music is a great way to connect with the elders. I think the key to making any connection with the elders is all about learning their stories and who they are. I rarely come to work without some type of musical instrument, and I have definitely branched out to learn different genres of music and new songs to satisfy their musical tastes and connect with them. I think the roots of our being are anchored deep in the music of our heritage. A song can move you, trigger any number of emotions, bring to surface old memories. I think a person can hear a song and it can cause them to think of someone, or somewhere, or something from sometime in their life. I’ve found that to be especially true with the elders. Whether its through the Gospel Music program or Appalachian Heritage Music Program that I have here in our, the Riverview Choir, a one on one room visit with the guitar, piano in the dining room, claw hammer banjo on the back patio, listening to their favorite songs through headphones on the iPod, or simply and old hymn sang a cappella, music is a fantastic way to connect with the elders here at Riverview!

-Phillip Ramey, Director of Spirituality Certified Eden Educator/Eden Mentor Leader