Calling all senior citizens; Heritage Court to host senior activities
Many Hammond area senior citizens were disappointed when the Hammond Senior Center site closed in November. Noelle Klund wants them to know there is a vibrant, fun place for them to visit in the community.
Klund has been the assisted living manager at Heritage Court Assisted Living Apartments for the past five months, and her enthusiasm bubbles through the room as she talks about the newly formed “Lunch Bunch” that will meet every third Wednesday of the month.
“We hope to step in as an alternate place for seniors to know they have somewhere to go, to socialize, make friends and have a meal,” Klund said. “Sometimes they can be very isolated and we want them to know they don’t need to be.”
The Lunch Bunch will feature a shared meal and a speaker or entertainment each month. Last month’s speaker was a home healthcare expert.
The next Lunch Bunch is at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Romzek of the Baldwin Area Medical Center will discuss total joint replacement and other orthopedic procedures.
Each gathering will host speakers geared toward seniors and topics that matter to them, Klund said.
She said she realizes many people believe there’s a stigma attached to assisted living facilities, but feels there shouldn’t be. She went on to say that the next generation of seniors is an active crowd, who expect opportunities to be available to them.
“We are a vibrant community full of life,” Klund said. “We highly encourage independence and want our residents to have every opportunity to socialize and maintain a high quality, active life. Our residents love visitors and love making extra friends. They would love it if more people would come in for visits.”
Klund said she and the residents would be thrilled if the lunch bunches would turn into a weekly gathering, much like a senior center, with an activity or two planned each time.
“We do so much here,” Klund said. “We play bingo, we have music, there’s an exercise club, crosswords, we play cards. Oh and there’s frequent happy hours. We’re not afraid to get crazy here.”
Heritage Court was remodeled two years ago and has 12 apartments, Klund said. She hosts monthly open houses and tours of the facilities.
Klund grew up in Woodville and lives with her husband in Roberts. She received her undergraduate degree from Bethel University and her Masters in healthcare administration with an emphasis in gerontology from the University of Phoenix.
“It’s nice to be working back home,” Klund said.
This spring Klund will partner with Paulette Anderson of the Hammond Arts Alliance on a project that will pair local artists with residents of Heritage Court and the American Heritage Care Center. The artist will learn the history and life story of the resident, then interpret that story in a form of artwork, such as a flower arrangement, a painting or a sculpture.
For more information on Heritage Court, the lunch bunches or the art project, contact Klund at 715-796-2218.