On Aug. 18, 2018, Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, hosted its annual Carnival to End Alzheimer’s.
With a cake walk, a colorful hair spraying station, cotton candy, popcorn, a balloon animal artist and games such as a toilet paper toss and putt-putt, the event drew in hundreds of people – including residents, their family members, associates, their family members and other friends. Game winners got trinkets, pencils, whistles and candy. Anyone who got a ring around the bottle in the ring toss game also won two liters of pop.
“This year, we had more children in attendance than ever before,” said Megan Foland, activity director. “We had a representative from almost every department that brought their children, and our volunteers ensured the day ran smoothly. It was truly a team effort.”
This year’s carnival raised $1,700 to go toward the facility’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team.
“It is exciting to give back to the Alzheimer’s Association after the support they provide for so many of our family members,” said Foland. “Another success from the carnival is that it brings all departments together for a common good. It’s fun to get to know people outside of their everyday roles, and it’s also so nice to see our associates bring their children to the event. We also use the carnival to let children know that nursing homes aren’t scary places. We hope to encourage children to visit older adults, maybe even raising future caregivers.”
This was the eighth year the facility has hosted the carnival.