Council Bluffs Seniors Community Hosts Singing Vacation

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Prairie Gate Senior Living residents signed up for a holiday carol to kick off Christmas week. “I think it’s going to be fun. I hope it is,” said master of ceremonies and Prairie Gate resident Jerry Duggan. Dressed in festive attire, the crowd was cheerful for the Monday morning event. These residents, all ready to ring in the holidays, with some classic songs and celebrations. One of the people at the head of the singing group was Dee Youngman, another resident of Prairie Gate. A longtime singer, Youngman sang often at events like this, before the pandemic. “I had a band and we haven’t been together for two years,” Youngman said of his vocal troupe The Hometowners. For Youngman, it’s about sharing the things you love with others. “And we just haven’t been able to share music, you know, for a few years because of the pandemic,” she said. Campus administrator Natasha Urinko said she was grateful the vaccines allowed them to regain a sense of normalcy and make those connections for residents. “Last year was tough. We weren’t doing anything like that,” Urinko said. But Urinko notes that all is not back to normal. Protocols are in place for guests, including entry screening. Visitors should stay in residents’ rooms. There are no big vacation events for families; no visits for relatives. “It’s really difficult for them. They couldn’t show where they live, and we want that for them. We want them to come and have their meals with them and visit the building and all the wonderful things that we have. here for them, “said Urinko,” So my Christmas wish for next year is to be open and to have our families and friends here with them. ” Although not everything was back to normal, on Monday the group gathered to reflect. The sounds of ‘My Favorite Things’ and ‘Joy to the World’ filled the room. Those in attendance chose to celebrate this moment and their hope for the next year. “I really enjoyed that. I think it’s good for the place here whenever you can get everyone together and have fun. It makes for a better life,” Duggan said.

Prairie Gate Senior Living residents signed up for a holiday carol to kick off Christmas week.

“I think it’s going to be fun. I hope it is,” said master of ceremonies and Prairie Gate resident Jerry Duggan.

Dressed in festive attire, the crowd was cheerful for the Monday morning event.

These residents, all ready to ring in the holidays, with some classic songs and celebrations.

One of the people at the head of the singing group was Dee Youngman, another resident of Prairie Gate.

A longtime singer, Youngman sang often at events like this, before the pandemic.

“I had a band and we haven’t been together for two years,” Youngman said of his vocal troupe The Hometowners.

For Youngman, it’s about sharing the things you love with others.

“And we just haven’t been able to share music, you know, for a few years because of the pandemic,” she said.

Campus administrator Natasha Urinko said she was grateful the vaccines allowed them to regain a sense of normalcy and make those connections for residents.

“Last year was tough. We weren’t doing anything like that,” Urinko said.

But Urinko notes that all is not back to normal.

Protocols are in place for guests, including entry screening.

Visitors should stay in residents’ rooms. There are no big vacation events for families; no visits for relatives.

“It’s really difficult for them. They couldn’t show where they live, and we want that for them. We want them to come and have their meals with them and visit the building and all the wonderful things that we have. here for them, “said Urinko,” So my Christmas wish for next year is to be open and to have our families and friends here with them. “

While not all returned to normal, the group gathered on Monday to reflect on the good.

The sounds of ‘My Favorite Things’ and ‘Joy to the World’ filled the room.

Those in attendance chose to celebrate this moment and their hope for the next year.

“I really enjoyed that. I think it’s good for the place here whenever you can get everyone together and have fun. It makes for a better life,” Duggan said.


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