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Family dream comes true for elder

November 26, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
At Shepherd of the Valley, “you’re never too old to dream,” which is why the SOV-Poland staff creates Second Wind Dreams with their residents. Second Wind Dreams highlights the positive aspects of aging and is a celebration of the life in our elders.

Some dreams are large, some are beautifully simple. When asked her dream, 94-year old Shepherd of the Valley-Poland resident Gert Host simply said, “I would love to see my 84-year-old niece who lives in Pittsburgh.”

Gert got her wish when her niece Dorothy, Dorothy’s husband, Edson, her sister Glennis, and six other family members, including Gert’s son, Bill and his wife, Lynette, gathered to celebrate her 95th birthday. Everyone agreed that the highlight of the visit was the birthday dinner with two birthday cakes, lots of reminiscing, and photos.

Dorothy, Edson, and Glennis spent the night in one of SOV-Poland’s two-bedroom condos where they could enjoy a goodie basket and each other’s company. The next morning, Gert joined them as they were treated to a Sunday Brunch in the main dining room... and more photos

“I was so surprised and felt so special,” Gert said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for making this wish come true.”

“Making these dreams come true is so much fun,” said Paula Blakeman, SOV-Poland activity director. “We feel such a sense of joy finding ways to make our residents’ dreams come true and look forward to many more to come."

Article Photos

Photo special to the Town Crier
Making a dream come true are, in front, Dorothy Rider, Gert Host, Glennis Wallace, and in back, Leonard Rider, Edson Rider, Maryann Rider, Lynette Rider. The family members were brought together to make 94-year old Shepherd of the Valley-Poland resident Gert Host’s wish come true.



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