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Rounding Up A Wonderful Year of Community Events at Simblija

21 Dec 2022

The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on all the memories and good times shared together. At Simblija, we are truly thankful that 2022 was an especially joyous time for our community. As the effects of the pandemic continued to ease throughout the year, we all felt encouraged and determined to resume our events and activities calendar in earnest.

Our residents continued to express their desire to mix and mingle with people from outside the community and engage with new experiences. This presented us with countless opportunities to organise fun and interesting activities for everyone to enjoy together, while always keeping the health and safety of residents our top priority.

Now, as we look forward to a magical Christmas together, we also wanted to celebrate the many wonderful highlights shared together over the past year.

ACTIVE AGEING

At Simblija, we want our residents to remain in control of their own lives for as long as possible. That’s why we’re firm believers in the concept of active ageing, which promotes enhancing quality of life through activities that help older adults remain physically, mentally, and socially active within their community.

To this end, we continue to welcome experienced actor and founding member of Theatre Anon Charlotte Stafrace to Simblija to organise regular active ageing sessions with our residents. Her sessions have become a highlight in our community as she always fills the home with her positive energy. Each week our residents look forward to a fun series of ever-changing activities where Charlotte brings materials such as ribbons, noodles, beach balls, and balloons to encourage play. Through various exercises, Charlotte encourages movement as well as memory recollection.

In addition to Charlotte’s sessions, residents also benefit from movement classes with Elaine Abela. In each session, Elaine encourages our residents to remain physically active through age-appropriate exercises that target areas such as balance, coordination, mobility, and strength. Elaine works with our residents to help them gain greater confidence through exercise so that they can remain healthy and active during their day-to-day routines.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Crafts activities also offer significant benefits for seniors. Not only do crafts present a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon, but they also instil a greater sense of self-esteem and confidence in the elderly through stimulating the imagination and encouraging them to create something beautiful with their own hands. What’s more, crafts also boost fine motor skills, improving blood flow and dexterity in fingers, hands, and arms.

At Simblija, our residents enjoy regular crafts sessions with Fiona Vassallo. During each session, Fiona brings boxes of materials, including papers, cartons, yarn, cutting tools, adhesives, and ribbons along and encourages participants to get creative with their hands by putting together a craft of the day.

We also organise pebble and peg art sessions led by Ingrid Schembri. These new crafts sessions see residents get creative by painting colourful keepsakes, which they keep for their own personal collections or gift to loved ones. Both sets of sessions have proven to be a big hit among our residents who love the opportunity to gather together, learn something new, and be creative.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

We also love to put on all sorts of live entertainment shows to entertain our residents. Live performances are a great way to provide sensory input and stimulation, which has been shown to improve memory, recall, and mood among seniors. These events are also fantastic opportunities for the community to gather, unwind, and have a great time singing, dancing, and laughing together.

Over the past year we’ve organised many live entertainments. Because we recognise that not all our community members are able to always leave their rooms, we’ve invited local singers Mario Mizzi, Julie James, and Antoine Pullicino to put on roaming musical performances around the home. On each occasion, the singers perform from the reception and throughout the floors so that all residents get to experience their wonderful singing. Trumpeter extraordinaire Mario Caruana has also become a firm favourite throughout the home thanks to his great talent and his ease with getting along with everyone.

Ingrid also organises regular comedy hours which are always a good chuckle, while her Down Memory Lane sessions invite residents to recall the good old days of Malta’s past. Not only are these sessions great fun, but they also help memory recollection and long-term memory activity.

OUTINGS & EXCURSIONS

We all need a change of scenery from time to time. And this was never truer following two years of social distancing due to the pandemic which greatly limited how much our residents could get out of the home.

That’s why this year we were all eager to organise exciting outings and excursions that span a wide range of interests. These group outings provided our residents with opportunities to connect with each other and the broader community while exploring new places and having new experiences. On each trip, our accompanying carers also went to great lengths to ensure the highest level of safety so that everyone could relax and have a great time.

Among the highlights of this year’s excursions were:

  • Gingel Farm – During this trip, our residents enjoyed a close-up encounter with all that goes on within this welcoming local farm. Here they met and petted several of the animals and enjoyed a hearty meal that featured several of the homemade cheeses produced on the farm.
  • Crafts Village Bristow Potteries – This trip was an opportunity for our residents to learn something new and put their artisan skills to the test. Skilled local craftsmen led a fun and informative clay modelling workshop and helped our residents model their own clay creations.
  • Esplora – During this fascinating trip to the Esplora Interactive Science Centre, our residents had the opportunity to explore fun science experiments and exhibits, while trying out a series of hands-on interactive experiences.
  • Marsascala & Għadira Outings – The bloom of spring presented many opportunities to take our residents outdoors to experience the beautiful weather while enjoying a stroll by the sea and a delicious meal in the area.

 

OPEN DAYS & CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

Our Open Weekend events were a fantastic opportunity for all of us at Simblija to open our doors and welcome new people into our home. Not only did these events prove to be hugely popular, but they also gave us the perfect excuse to put on even more events and activities for our residents to enjoy. Residents got to benefit from free services throughout the day, including blood pressure monitoring and isometric strength tests from our qualified care and physio teams. The kitchen staff served up healthy goodies and refreshments for everyone, while Tikka Banda and veteran singer Julie James put on fantastical musical performances to the delight of everyone.

We’re also ending the year with a bang thanks to our Christmas Extravaganza in the Village. Over the holiday season, all our residents can look forward to a fun-filled events programme with live entertainment and activities that will light up the entire home. Santa Claus will be doing the rounds, handing out gifts to everyone. It promises to be a magical experience, with something for everyone, that will delight all our residents throughout the holidays.

As we wrap up 2022, we would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all family members for the care and energy you invest into this community. It’s truly a privilege to be entrusted with the care of your loved ones and through all that we do, we strive to provide them with a warm and welcoming home they’ll feel proud to call their own. We can’t wait to organise many more activities and events for our community to enjoy together in the new year.