November 2019 In Touch Newsletter
Wishes Come True
One hot summer afternoon Tammy Luna, Life Enrichment Coordinator at MorningStar at Arrowhead, spotted resident Bruce absorbed in a website for the Sun Country Corvette Club. Tammy had a special bond with this former Marine, admiring the courage he displayed during his cancer treatments (to which she drove him regularly), and the tender kindness he showed to everyone he met. Tammy knew she simply must do something special for her friend. “Many of our residents have a secret wish,” Tammy says, “and it’s our privilege to do what we can to make those wishes come true.” So with this prompt, she contacted a local Corvette Club, asking if a member might take Bruce for a ride. Not only did members show up, they brought 19 Corvettes to pay tribute. One man was suddenly struck with the realization that Bruce had co-founded this very Club back in 1985! Three days after the Club regaled Bruce with their parade of Corvettes, he passed away. “Life is a blessing,” Tammy reminds, “and we at MorningStar have the honor to help residents elevate life every day.” Having served in senior care for 28 years, Tammy has seen countless residents savor precious moments — the gift of Now. Her enthusiasm is an expression of MorningStar’s radiant vision, inspiring every team member to impact the world for good.Watercolor Memories
Artistic expression gives Voice to that which we cannot otherwise convey, offering an experience as enriching for the artist as for the audience. Nowhere is that truer than Memories in the Making,® a national creative art program of the Alzheimer’s Association. MorningStar at Mountain Shadows is a proud host site of MIM classes. These studies in watercolor offer residents with memory impairment the opportunity to paint their thoughts, emotions and recollections, often with extraordinary results. “We are fortunate to have volunteer Betsy Cook lead the classes, doing so in honor of her mother who was a longtime resident,” says Teal Peabody, Life Enrichment Coordinator. Adds Betsy, “These paintings are not just mementos but glimpses into the soul and as such are priceless. We hear stories thought long forgotten, and stories never before shared.” The best pieces are juried into Denver’s exclusive MIM exhibit/auction. Resident Rena’s “Prestorm Brilliance” was the only painting chosen from the Colorado Springs area. From Glendale to Colorado Springs, a radiant spirit is infusing MorningStar with abundant life.