Live holiday music, cookie decorating, puzzle building and decorated evergreen trees dotting the room brought the sights and sounds of Christmas to senior residents of Stoney Brook Assisted Living in Copperas Cove on Monday.
For Claudia Cobb, 81, Christmas time is bittersweet.
“My Christmases are all pretty much alike. My husband died on Christmas Day 18 years ago. We were married 42 years,” Cobb said. “So, I am as ready for Christmas as I am ever going to get.”
Cobb will spend Christmas with her sister who lives near Topsey just outside of Cove.
A handful of singers from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood sang carols. The Menoz family played several Christmas tunes on horns while residents sang along.
“I wouldn’t have associated horns with Christmas,” Vivian Grisham, 84, said. “I have already had my Christmas with my family.”
Edna Tienert, who will turn 103 in January, enjoyed the music with childhood friend Anna Mae Taylor, 92.
For the Nelson family, the inaugural cookie soiree was an opportunity to be together during the season.
“I think this event reminds my mother of Christmases past and gets her into that Christmas spirit,” Ed Nelson said.
His mother, Frieda Nelson, will soon be 98 and is a resident at Stoney Brook.
“This event brings back memories of her childhood and later Christmases during her life,” Nelson said.
Frieda Nelson’s daughter, Deborah Jones, said it can sometimes be challenging when visiting older family members.
“(The event) provides a meaningful way to interact, and it triggers memories that might not otherwise be remembered,” Jones said. Bob Copeland, 87, was busy working on puzzles. There were 10 in the box and he had five completed. He offered an empty chair to anyone willing to lend a hand. “I am off to a good start. It’s a little complicated,” Copeland said. “Anyone is welcome to help.”
Cookies from four countries were shared, along with spiced apple cider and punch. Stoney Brook plans to hold the event again next year.