Halloween at Apple Village

Oct 30 2009 - 11:46pm

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(MATT MCKNIGHT/Standard-Examiner) Mary Bateman, 96, grins and enjoys her newly found sunflower hat at Apple Village Care Center in Layton this week.
(MATT MCKNIGHT/Standard-Examiner) Mary Bateman, 96, grins and enjoys her newly found sunflower hat at Apple Village Care Center in Layton this week.

LAYTON -- There was no boo-ing from costumed attendees during a Halloween party this week at Apple Village Assisted Living Center.

Hats, costumes, sweets and Halloween bingo entertained the residents as Key Club student members from Davis High School used the holiday as an opportunity for community service.

Key Club president Joseph Brewer said the group gets together weekly to perform some type of service, like recycling or fundraising.

"Putting on this Halloween party allows us to do a service and to realize how wonderful the older generation is," said Brewer, 18.

Apple Village resident Olive Carr, 93, said she enjoyed the excitement of the day, with people getting together and young people visiting.

"When you are shut in your room all alone, it is a treat to get out and see all the people," she said.

Alice Biddle, 88, and Mary Bateman, 96, said playing bingo was a favorite event.

"This is the first time I ever played bingo," Biddle said.

"The most fun was seeing these cute kids coming around," Bateman said.

Margo Milianta, activities director for Apple Village, said she was glad to get a call from the Key Club adviser asking what service the students could do for them. She suggested the Halloween party.

"They got way excited," she said. "It's good for students to do acts of service. It gets them outside themselves."

Pam Stott, assistant activities director, said the multigenerational interaction was good for both sides.

Many residents who never show up for other parties or activities wanted to join in on the Halloween fun, mainly because they wanted to be around the youths, she said.

"In people's lives, they don't usually interact with age groups that far apart," Stott said. "The students get to see the elderly as people who are still lively and fun. They really are just older teenagers."

Students agreed that interacting with the older generation is as important for the teens as it is for elderly. They also acknowledged that part of the fun is a change from the daily routine.

McKenna Grose, 16, enjoyed talking to some of the residents about what they did to have fun as young people and what things were important to them.

"Once you get a little older, you still have to have friends around -- have people come visit you and have fun."

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