4 Things You Probably Never Knew About Assisted Living

4 Things You Probably Never Knew About Assisted Living

Assisted living areas are happy places, stop making them sound depressing.

At the beginning of October, I started volunteering at Addington Place every Friday to play bingo with the residents there. But when you think of assisted living, most of you may think about old people who can't move by themselves, however, you are completely wrong. A place of assisted living is not depressing, it is actually very cheerful.

Here are four things you probably never knew about assisted living.

1. They can come and go as they wish.

Just because someone is in assisted living that does not mean they are in jail. They can go in and out of the facility any time they wish. In my experience when a family member comes, the resident enjoys to go out with them and see the outside world. They also get to choose what activities they want to do that day, and they are not forced to do any.

2. They all are like one big family that is always happy for each other.

Whenever a resident is sitting at a table all other residents engage and converse with everyone. When I go to play bingo, and someone wins, everyone in the room cheers and claps for them! In addition, they all joke around and laugh with each other. They all know what is going on each one's life too. Also, just like a family, they celebrate birthdays anniversaries everything and anything that is important to even just one resident because then it is important to them all.

3. They are always happy and open to trying new things!

The residents in assisted living are people who I am sure you thought were sad, but actually, they are the happiest people I have ever met. They are always cheerful and say goodnight to each other all the time and say how they look forward to seeing each other in the morning. On the week of Diwali, I took some sweets for them, and instead of passing on a new type of food, everyone took one and ate it in a jiffy. This was like a new adventure for them.

4. They are probably the best company to have.

As soon as you walk into through the doors you feel like you are in heaven because you can hear all the laughing and people talking. They are always so kind and courteous, and if they want something fixed, they are very polite. On my first night playing bingo with them, I remember making two or three mistakes, and instead of being rude and laughing at me, they corrected me, and we all laughed together. And at the end of every night that I am there, they all say thank you and goodnight to each other and me before they leave. It is because of their company that the hour flies by and feels like 10 minutes!
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20 Signs You Are In Tri Sigma

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Tri Sigma has been my best decision in college. I have met so many friends I normally would not have met. It is crazy how different we all are but we really are not that different at all. I love these girls, and if you are a Tri Sigma, I bet you love them too.

If you are a Tri Sigma., you totally get this. We can all relate to these things being part of the best sorority (in my opinion!):

1. Pearls are a staple in your wardrobe.

2. Since our symbol is the boat, you have a new love for that beach theme.

3. If purple wasn't your favorite color, it is now!

4. Glitter is your second favorite color.

5. You cringe every time someone calls you a "Tri Sig." We are Tri SigMA!

6. You get a little emotional when you watch your Little get initiated because she finally gets to share this sisterhood with you.

7. You value Wisdom, Power, Faith, Hope, and Love.

8. No matter the years or miles apart, you know your sisters will be close at heart.

9. You give Sigma snaps everytime Carrie Underwood is on the radio or TV.

10. You know the struggle to find the perfect white dress.

11. April 20th means something different to you compare to other college students.

12. You have gained a new confidence in yourself as a woman.

13. You know Robbie Page was an inspiration, but also pretty cool kid with a loving momma.

14. You have a whole wall or bookshelf dedicated to your Sigma treasures.

15. You have come to realize that as a part of Tri Sigma, you are a part of something bigger than yourself.

16. You have been referred to as the sorority with the 3 Es.

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Being in A Rush to Grow Up

Reminiscing On The Past

Remember when you were younger and you used to look at college students and think, "Wow, I can not wait to be an adult." WRONG! Now that we are in college and "adulting," we realize we do not have our lives together one bit. We struggle to wake up in the morning and get to class, and if we do get to class we are lucky if we don't look like a homeless person who just crawled out of a dumpster.

I remember being so excited to grow up because I would be able to do all sorts of things that I couldn't do when I was little. It all starts with getting your permit, rushing to be 15 and not realizing what we were leaving behind. Quickly after comes 16, getting your license, hopefully a car and feeling a whole new sense of independence. That feeling of being able to go anywhere and on your own time.

After the excitement of having your driver's license wears off, then comes the big 18. The time of being completely legally allowed to be independent. Your parents can kick you out, so play your cards right, am I right. At this point the excitement sets in of heading off to college and becoming your own person. Some may not go off to continue their education though, some may go other paths which can be equally exciting.

Once you get into your first couple years of college you realize at this point that you really don't have yourself together. You get fat, you go to class, and you probably cry more than you should. It's okay, it's normal, there could be worse things happening to you, right? All you are doing now is sitting around and waiting to turn 21 so you can legally do all the things you have already been doing.

But then what? You're 21, you are legally allowed to do everything you always looked forward to. But you look back on how simple things used to be before all the hoopla of growing up happened. Do you ever wish you could just turn back time for awhile and take things slower? Enjoy the times when your mom had to drive you to practice, and your dad gave you hell on not dating until you were 30.

Part of life is growing up, but sometimes it is about looking back and wishing it didn't go by too fast. Now all we can do is sit here, fat and in debt, and look back on the times when things were simpler and we thought growing up was this ideal to be had. Enjoy now, because you are just going to get older and older and wish you were back in the days that you are currently living in.

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