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When people move to a supportive living community, it is so important to bring along not only furnishings and personal items, but also cherished activities and traditions.

Fall brings such a feeling of nostalgia with changing leaves, harvest, and Halloween. For us, it is important to provide opportunities to embrace and experience the season.

Something as simple as a bonfire can bring people together in a way that nothing else can. Hot dogs and s’mores, being bundled up and sharing laughter and stories by firelight is an activity that brings back a lifetime of memories. Our Activities Director, Cheri, and our Director of Nursing, Miriam, hosted a wonderful evening bonfire event that warmed the hearts of everyone involved.

The tradition of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and seeing all of the children in their cute and creative costumes is one of the best parts of Halloween. Participating in Yorkville’s Biz Boo gave us the chance to join in the Halloween excitement. Many of our residents greeted and handed out candy to local children. Cute little princesses, police officers, skeletons, skunks, goblins, owls and more came to visit and show off their costumes. It is always upbeat and energizing having people of all ages come to our community.

Continuous learning can keep our minds active and provides enjoyable conversation. We are again thankful to the Kendall County Forest Preserve District for their series of nature presentations. The last one was Turkey Talk. We learned things we never knew about turkeys! As always, the interesting, interactive lessons and hands on crafts were a tremendous hit!

Over the next several weeks, we will have even more opportunities to enjoy the traditions of the season. A tree lighting ceremony and New Year’s Eve party are soon to come.

Thank you to our residents, their families, our wonderful staff and neighbors for letting us be part of your traditions and helping us make wonderful new memories for years to come.