Easter eggs aren’t just for kids.
Residents at the Indian Oaks Living Center could hardly wait to get the green light to collect the more than 10,000 eggs waiting for them April 18.
“This gets them moving and outside,” said Myrna Sahagun, director of life enrichment. “Just to see their faces light up when they get their baskets and see all the eggs just makes it all worthwhile.”
Julia Enterkin, 71, said she felt like a kid again.
“It’s a fun time to spend with the other residents and it reminds me of my childhood,” she said. “I’m definitely not as fast as I used to be, but I’m ready to get some eggs.”
In the days leading up to the hunt, residents also dyed eggs in preparation for Easter.
“Many of them couldn’t wait until Friday,” Sahagun said. “They put it on their calenders and started crossing off the days. Their calendars are their Bibles.”
Some of the eggs hidden by staff members even had money in them, making those the ones to find.
“I just love Easter egg hunts,” said Charles Brown, 80. “I will give my eggs to my grandchildren.”
Sahagun said the nursing homes routinely puts together events to keep morale and spirits high.
In honor of Nursing Home Week, May 11-17, Indian Oaks will celebrate by having theme days like Mardi Gras, Hawaiian and Western days throughout the week.