Sharing a cup of tea or coffee at the Bistro Cafe is the perfect way for many residents to conclude a brisk walk around the gardens at Nazareth House Los Angeles. Ask them and they will tell you, being active and alert is an important component of daily life.
With input from residents, staff has designed a number of programs to stimulate the mind, body and spirit. These requests help create a daily calendar of activities and events.
Recreational activities make a fun game of staying fit. Games of bingo challenge the mind and tickle the spirit; current event discussions keep the mind sharp; a game of Wii bowling gets lots of smiles and laughter.
One of the more popular activities is bus excursions into nearby communities for banking, shopping or just walking. Tomas is the popular bus driver who cheerfully accommodates residents with mobility challenges. The bus is wheelchair accessible for those needing a lift to come aboard.
Linda Engler, Life Enrichment coordinator, happily designs new programs and activities requested by residents. "Our house is very much a family atmosphere and people come to me with all sorts of new ideas for different activities. Whatever they want, it's my job to figure out a way to make it happen.
"For me, the people here are like my moms and dads, the best generation. I love coming here to work and play with them."
The most popular physical exercise, by far, is walking along the sidewalks that circle lush gardens and fountains. Then stopping at the Bistro to catch up with friends. Guests often drop by for coffee and chats.
Each resident has a different set of plans and goals. This winning combination has produced great results, lots of physical and mental challenges and big smiles.
Residents enjoy individual pursuits and group activities sometimes planned on a whim. The library is always open and features new a rotation of current titles.