Community Mural Event Culminates with Ribbon Cutting on Friday, September 29
Park Vista North Hill, a senior living community featuring independent, assisted living and memory care facilities, is excited to announce renovations to their Memory Care Community area of the site through an initiative, Paint to End Alzheimer’s event from September 25 – 29.
Park Vista North Hill is working with local and community artists to express their talent while raising money for Alzheimer’s – an organization that hits close to home. This week-long mural festival will feature 14 large scale murals of local landmarks and rural images across the two main Memory Care Community areas and will culminate with an event to show case these finalized murals to the community at large on Friday, September 29. The day will begin with a Farmer’s Market located in the parking lot of the property, and then a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 3:00 p.m. along with light refreshments, live music as well as tours of the site.
“Our Paint to End Alzheimer’s event is exciting,” said Julie Lonergan, CEO of Park Vista Senior Housing Management. “These murals, coupled with sensory and engagement stations are innovative for our area. It’s also important to our residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as often times they cling to memories of their younger years as their disease progresses. Many will remember and relate to murals and images of these Quad Cities area landmarks and rural scenes. We are excited to provide these opportunities for our residents, their families and our team members to engage and interact with these works of art and sensory stations throughout the hallway.”
As part of the murals, the local landmarks also have an overview showcasing the history or unique attributes of each location that families, residents, visitors and team members can read through and engage with each other on both the actual painting as well as the artistic movement behind it. This allows a greater understanding of the history and stories behind many of the places that represent the greater Quad Cities community and landscape. Some of the local landmarks include Vander Veer Park, Whitey’s Ice Cream, Maid-Rite, Lagomarcino’s, the I-74 River Bridge, the Gentry Shop, Von Maur as well as the original site of the United Township High School. The rural landscapes feature various scenes including a train car, a bison scene, a flower market, harvest time, an American Gothic barn landscape as well as baseball in an Iowa cornfield.
The Sensory and Engagement Stations strategically placed throughout the hallways invite residents to participate, engage and express their interests in these Memory Care and dementia-friendly stations. Some are geared towards more sensory-related themes, while others will offer the opportunity for engagements, conversation, and expression through music, movement, imagery and physical connection. These stations allow residents to remain present and interact with their surroundings, which with regular engagement, can be helpful in treating memory issues by providing ways to engage all of a person’s senses. These stations can even show improvement in their symptoms and how they function on a daily basis.
“Being able to interact with these objects can help those with Alzheimer’s or dementia connect with the world, because these items can trigger positive thoughts, memories or feelings, allowing them to express themselves that they might not otherwise be able to do,” said Brittany Quinn, Executive Director of Park Vista North Hill.
The community and general public are welcome to attend the Paint to End Alzheimer’s event at Park Vista North Hill on Friday, September 29. Located at 1451 20th Avenue in East Moline, the Farmer’s Market runs from 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. The ribbon cutting for the Memory Care Community murals is set for 3:00p.m., with food, drinks, live music and tours of the murals from 3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. More information about the event and about Park Vista North Hill can be found at https://parkvistaliving.org/park-vista-north-hill, or by calling 309.752.9711.
Park Vista North Hill is a part of Park Vista Senior Housing Management which serves residents and team members in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Their mission is to give back to the generations before us who have sacrificed to make our world what it is today, and operate according to four Core Values: Dignity, Collaboration, Compassion, and Transparency.
About Park Vista Senior Housing Management
Park Vista Senior Housing Management, LLC is a full-service senior housing management company formed in 2009 to meet a need in the senior living market for onsite property management services that also specialized in providing asset and investment management for the ownership. Park Vista Senior Housing Management, LLC is located in Clinton, Iowa and manages senior living properties in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Park Vista Senior Housing Management, LLC is a sister company to Greywolf Partners, Inc.