Cobble Hill Health Center , a "skilled nursing facility offering compassionate and forward thinking Alzheimer’s care and short term rehabilitation therapy to over 300 patients" at 380 Henry Street has come up with a wonderful way of pairing people from the community with individual residents
For the fourth year, the Center will be hosting a wonderful street carnival to celebrate their Adopt-a-Grandparent program. The event will be held on Sunday, September 20th, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Children of all ages are welcome. The carnival will feature free rides, popcorn, cotton candy, pony rides, a clown and a strolling magician.
Here is more information on the program and the event:
"Cobble Hill Health Center is sponsoring a street carnival for children of all ages to celebrate their Adopt-a-Grandparent Program on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. The Carnival will be held on Congress Street between Hicks and Henry Streets.
The free event will feature fun things guaranteed to please every kid: rides, popcorn, cotton candy, a dog show, pony rides, a clown and a strolling magician. During the carnival, community members will have an opportunity to meet some of Cobble Hill’s residents and sign up for their Adopt-a-Grandparent Program, which pairs people from the community with individual residents.
This is the program’s fourth year and there are over 50 relationships that came out of the last event held in 2012. “Grandchildren” visited, called on the phone, sent birthday cards and made sure to keep up with their “grandparent.”
This program is only one of many that Cobble Hill Health Center runs to bring the community into the facility. “We continuously strive to find unique ways to create a fulfilling experience for the elderly and infirm,” said Tony Yang-Lewis, Cobble Hill’s Administrator. “Many of our residents are all alone in the world. This program adds a very important dimension to their lives, the warmth of friends and family.”
Several volunteers commented to Karen White, the Director of Volunteers that they felt they got more than they gave. “There are so many kind people in Brooklyn who are seeking ways to give back to our senior community,” says Ms. White. “This program gives our residents a chance to tell their life stories to others and connect with the community in a safe and loving way. But it also enriches the lives of our volunteers.”
Make sure to put this event on your calendar.