Residents Make a Difference Volunteering on World Blood Donor Day
Volunteering is part of the Purposeful Social Activities pillar of the Nexus at Silverado.
June 14 is recognized as World Blood Donor Day, and this year residents from Silverado Beverly Place in Los Angeles helped say “thanks” with some gourmet treats!
For the second consecutive year the “Lofters,” called so because they reside in Beverly Place’s unique Loft neighborhood, began their day by helping load the community bus with heart-healthy snacks and heading to the nearby Los Angeles Farmers Market.
Every year, the iconic Farmers Market hosts a community blood drive and health education day with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and this year the residents helped support participants with a delicious, brain-healthy menu prepared by the culinary team that featured smoked salmon, seared ahi kale salad, tomato basil bruschetta, beet & goat cheese napoleons and roasted bell pepper hummus. The Lofters helped prepare and garnish each platter, engaging with event attendees to discuss their creations and even partaking of some treats themselves.
Volunteer activities like this are a part of the Purposeful Social Activities pillar of the Nexus at Silverado program, which is intended to help residents build and maintain cognitive abilities. Research is showing compelling evidence that increased social activity and strong social connections are one way to potentially slow the progression and change the usual trajectory of decline of many common dementias.
Volunteering is just one of the activities that occurs daily at The Loft, which was designed as a unique concept in care focused on supporting an active, brain-healthy lifestyle for early-stage residents. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, minutes from Hollywood and Beverly Hills, The Loft provides its residents with Nexus programming that is tailored to the LA lifestyle and takes advantage of the rich culture of the surrounding city.
By the end of the event, the platters were empty and the residents all shared a satisfying sense of accomplishment. One resident remarked, “It made me feel good giving the food to others. I also enjoyed trying to enlighten people about what Silverado is and what it has accomplished. It provides a place for people who need somewhere to survive with dignity.”
Before the bus had even arrived back at the community there was already talk of The Lofters’ next activity — putting their weekly choir practice to good use sharing their music and spreading joy to people in need!
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