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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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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Who doesn't love the spooks?


As we settle into October and the weather begins to drop, I am feeling very rejuvenated from my summer funk. After months of sweltering heat in Oklahoma, Fall is finally swooping in and saving all of us from our misery. The walks across campus were becoming unbearable; I was drenched in sweat from head to toe, but the hero we needed is finally here. There are so many aspects that make Fall arguably the most loved season; there are only a few of them:

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I don't know about you, but I prefer red, orange, and yellow leaves over green ones. Everything is so picturesque in Fall.

2. The weather

So long to the days of looking like I'm in pain after a brisk walk to class. Hello to cool breezes and cloudy days.

3. Halloween

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Summer's clothing options are probably my least favorite thing about the season. In Fall, you can throw a cardigan over everything to tie your outfit together and look effortlessly cute. Layering is a godsend.

5. Thanksgiving

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Where has the semester gone? After midterms the rest of the semester flies by.

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