Laverne Grooters displayed his carved wooden church clock during the talent event held at Spring Valley Senior Living July 7.  (Submitted photos)
Laverne Grooters displayed his carved wooden church clock during the talent event held at Spring Valley Senior Living July 7. (Submitted photos)
It's important for seniors to stay involved with physical, mental and social activities to help maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Spring Valley Senior Living (SVSL) "housing with services" staff knows this and plans regular activities for tenants to take part in group activities and social events to help them maintain a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

De Vreeman, housing manager, stated "Socialization activities are stimulating and help keep the mind active and reduce cognitive decline."

When Candy Snyder, activities coordinator for the Estates and Evergreens apartments, SVSL's "housing with services" apartments, first began planning the "Share Your Talent" event for the tenants, she had hoped it would be a great way to spend a summer afternoon. What she got in return was a pleasant surprise.

"They see each other every day, but this event gave them an opportunity to learn things they didn't know about each other," she added.

Tenants gathered together items they had created, and joined each other in the great room of the Estates on Saturday, July 7, to share their talents with their neighbors. Items included needlework, hand-painted china, woodcarvings, crocheted items, embroidery, paintings, lacework and much more. Some tenants shared stories of talents such as music and farming.

Spring Valley Senior Living tenants thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share their hobbies and interests with each other. It turns out that talent knows no age.