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February 19, 2021

Silver Linings of COVID-19 (Issue 2/19/21)


FEBRUARY 19, 2021, ISSUE 49

Silver Linings of COVID-19

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Kung Hee Fat Choy!

New beginnings are a time to celebrate, and the Arcadia Family of Companies welcomed the year of the Metal Ox with open arms!

The Lunar New Year fell on Friday, February 12th this year with activities befitting of a new year’s celebration. Residents and staff at both communities enjoyed Lion Dances, a traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers bring a lion in costume to life. It’s said that the lion brings good luck and fortune.

As we say goodbye to the year of the Rat and 2020, many are happily embracing what lies ahead for the year of the Metal Ox. Oxes are known for their diligence, dependability, strength and determination, all qualities we could aspire to acquire and retain through 2021 and beyond. We wish you nothing but happiness and prosperity this year!

Arcadia Resident Lion Dance

Arcadia’s Recorder Group (made up of residents Mrs. Marge Boyer, Mrs. Esther Arinaga, Ms. Lauretta Gum and Ms. Amy Taniguchi) hatched a plan this year to create their own version of a Lion Dance, believing COVID-19 may have canceled an outside performance. They asked Mrs. Connie Kurtz to make a lion with their help. At left, you can see the finished product!

The dancers visited all independent living floors 4-Solarium, collecting lai see and spreading good luck and prosperity! All monetary contributions were donated to the Arcadia Employee Mahalo Fund. Wow!

The lion used in the Arcadia Resident Lion Dance was constructed for exactly $0! Our creative residents used upcycled and donated materials like a box for the head, a sheet for the body, Christmas tinsel and other odds and ends to make their lion roar to life. We applaud their ingenuity and craftiness! What’s more is that res-ident Mrs. Connie Kurtz made the dance troupe matching red masks to finish their look. Très chic!

Celebrating Gay 90s

Can you believe that Arcadia has 145 residents who are age 90 years or better? To recognize this incredible milestone, Arcadia hosted its annual Gay 90s celebration! This year looked a little different with physical distancing requirements, but that didn’t stop the Programs team from going all out to make these special residents the stars of the show.

Residents folded origami swans that were displayed on the bronze tree in Arcadia’s Main Lounge. The Programs team also delivered red velvet cupcakes and roses to all residents being honored. A touching video showcasing these residents played on Channel 900 to round out the festivities.

Blessing Our Communities

To usher in the new year, we invited Reverend Dr. George Scott, AFC Chaplain, to our communities to do a special blessing. Rev. Scott blessed 15 Craigside, Arcadia, the Adult Day Care and the Home and Community Based Services offices. We would like to express our deep appreciation to Rev. Scott for his blessings as we embark on the year ahead.

Virtual Bingo

Bingo is a great American pastime and even has health benefits for kupuna. It takes concentration and promotes socialization. Recently, 15 Craigside residents had the opportunity to play virtual Bingo with students from Pacific Buddhist Academy. Resident Mrs. Michiko Plante used her iPad to connect with the students to play. What fun!

Wear Red Day

Chinese New Year offered ample opportunity to celebrate all things Lunar New Year, including wearing red! 15 Craigside hosted a “Wear Your Lucky Red!” event with a Chinese New Year snack distribution. Each resident received a pre-packed bento with delicious goodies like baked manapua, pork hash, half moon, rice cake, jian dui and jai. Yum!

“We are still learning about how effective the COVID-19 vaccine will be in the real world. While we are so excited for this first step in helping to slowly start moving our community forward, we still need to be cautious.” - Suzie Schulberg, President & CEO

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