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I love doing fun activities with my Care clients! And with the Holiday Season close at hand, I am wondering what kind of fun and awesome ideas you all have to celebrate or partner up with our Seniors to do? I look baking, cooking, singing, playing Christmas songs, doing Senior yoga, making elegant jewelry for the grandkids with my Care clients! How about you?

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User in Bedford, TX
Dec. 11, 2018

Do what "THEY" love - not what YOU think they should love.

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I THINK THEY WOULD LOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE ANY OF THAT

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Baking is my favorite with my clients, we make gifts for family or friends. When possible we plan, shop and make our creations.

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Damaris in Anoka, MN
Nov. 28, 2018

It depends with what your client enjoy most.

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You could do some art work by making Christmas cards and decorations also listening and singing along to the holiday songs not to mention dancing .

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Some Seniors I have encountered like to keep their social circle small so an afternoon tea with nibbles and it's to do Christmas Card writing and addressing envelopes ready for mailing... This lengthy task became fun when my clients best friend came for tea with her list and they spent a few hours chatting and enjoying doing their Christmas Cards. We also had a Decorating Tea with the clients friend coming for tea and we decorated the house then went to the friends house a few days later and did the same thing. One evening we watched White Christmas with her friends over for a light dinner and desert then the movie. many things can be done.

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Vea in Elk Grove, CA
Nov. 14, 2018

since you mention most everything fun to do, I would take her out for a walk, or play cards or domino. We can read and discuss important matters that makes her happy. It very important to make her happy and comfortable at what she likes to do.

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Ellen in Wheaton, IL
Nov. 11, 2018

Help your clients to send out Christmas cards. It may have been years since family members have gotten a card. Include a photo or written sentiment (dictated by client,) for even greater impact.

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Robyn in McLean, VA
Nov. 10, 2018

Writing cards to loved ones, jointly decorating their homes with either handmade crafts (snowflakes are always fun) or their personal collection, singing seasonal songs, making and smelling the delicious apply & cinnamon cider to usher int he season, and hand massage with a seasonal scented lotion!

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User in Orlando, FL
Nov. 8, 2018

I enjoy making personalized Christmas cookies, or Jewish-related, Islam-related or Quanza-related decorations, murals or plagues to keep in-line with cultures, norms and being respectful of all people's holiday traditions.

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User in Plano, TX
Nov. 8, 2018

I enjoy taking them to the store to shop, cooking and singing songs with them. Reading is a good idea also!!!

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sitting down at a table or beside them and just listen....and listen...and listen.

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By having a nice dinner and some classical music! Also its depend what the clients like to do! You must ask the clients for some ideas so that they can feel proud! You can not take their privilege away from them! Also You can share your ideas with them and let them chose!!!

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User in Hialeah, FL
Nov. 7, 2018

I love doing fun activities with my Care clients! And with the Holiday Season close at hand, I am wondering what kind of fun and awesome ideas you all have to celebrate or partner up with our Seniors to do. I can Cook sing, dance. I love books and theatre

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Going through old photos and Christmas ornaments/decorations and hearing the stories connected to them. It brings back lovely memories, lets them know you are interested in their life and gives you an opportunity to know them on a more personal level.

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I also enjoy baking fresh cookies and cakes during the holiday season. Decorations make any place feel festive and welcoming. Christmas songs are always a delight to liven up the spirit.

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all what you listed is fine inviting grandkids over like a surprise will really be fun

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reading a holiday themed book, make a holiday craft, cook a holiday dessert, watch a holiday movie, make eggnog from scratch together, write cards to mail to friends and family

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Be a good listener. They love to share their memories and experiences.

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Michael in Tacoma, WA
Oct. 31, 2018

Ask them to share a time of happiness. Prepare a meal with them. Let them help. Even if sorting cut up vegetables or counting. Depending on their level of ability. Give them purpose or a task they wont feel overwhelmed by. Include them in conversation. Be present. This is not just a job.

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User in Chicago, IL
Oct. 31, 2018

Little things matter, and there are so many great little things, you just have to pay attention, it is all private, different for every individual. Focus, keep improving, stay updated, be best!

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My suggestion is to find out from their family what things they where involved in that brought them joy.I encourage my seniors that together we can accomplish anything, because we work as a team. I like to bake and make crafts as gifts.I also look to their community for volunteering opportunities such as wrapping gifts for families in the community. I hope these ideas are helpful to you.

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Rose in Arlington, VA
Oct. 30, 2018

Is to be friendly and care with true love from your bottom of your heart. Also show the compassionate,treat them equally with effort positive altitude inside and outside. Listening to them and do what they asked, make them feel better.

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Elders feel more special when you motivate and them about what they are doing. Play with them keep them engage most of the times. Appreciate them for what they have done in their past and tell them that they are very motivating.

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Taking time to share stories is an excellent way for a senior and care giver to get to know each other. I have enjoyed countless stories from the past, repeated many times yes, but, that is the nature of being a senior. People love to talk about their experiences and families with someone who will listen. Music and singing also enrich the lives of seniors, at stressful times music can calm the soul and singing lifts our spirits high.

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Tewana in Atlanta, GA
Oct. 29, 2018

I love baking,holiday crafts that you can make together.Fun concerts, plays, and pageants to attend around your local community this time of year.

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Michelle in Lebec, CA
Oct. 29, 2018

Being a good listener is a definite asset. Our clients have wonderful stories and love to share their memories! I like to hear their stories and compare them to mine so we can all have a good laugh! It's a nice idea to keep your camera on hand as well so you can capture special moments and present them to your client in a nice album (Michaels Craft Store has a great selection). Another way...Simply ask. Ask your client if there's anything special they would like to do or get accomplished; For instance, would they like to visit a friend? Drive somewhere special? Send out cards to friends or family? How about visit someone graveside and leave flowers? (you don't know until you ask)

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User in Nichols, NY
Oct. 29, 2018

Look at Family pictures of them and their families from past Christmases.

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planing to go church, i like to singe, cooking playing Christmass song, do christmass decoration, do some creative work.

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As a senior I know what we need. We need companionship, we need laughter and we need an ear to listen when we want to share information. I personally love the holiday's and would love to help decorate a space for a senior who would like to have that done.

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Always listen to their every needs, making them feel loved and appreciated.

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Kimberley Robinson, A way to help our seniors are compassion respect,caring and kind

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My forte is cooking and making soups and ribs and chicken soup and lentil soup and all sorts of fish and clam chowder. I can also bake chickens and turkeys and hams and make the house smell really good. I also make great pasta but I try not to eat it myself. Same with cakes and cookies. I love Christmas and Thanksgiving and all the decoration and music that goes with it.

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Making them feel important, have conversations with them and talk about the good ole days which they love doing.

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Ann in Toledo, OH
Oct. 29, 2018

I think that seniors have so much to share. I would ask them what they enjoy doing to celebrate the holidays, and then ask them why. They usually love sharing stories and memories. I wouldn't try and replace the wonderful times they shared with their families and friends, but I would add to them. Maybe invite the special people in their lives to join us, giving them a chance to remember all the good times they shared. Maybe they have adult friends for whom I could provide transportation so they could celebrate together. Ultimately it is up to them how they choose to mark the occasion.

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You could assist in sending out Christmas cards, you could read to them if they have vision problems. Making crafts for gifts

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The answer to the question: "What are ways we can help our Seniors feel more special?" is so basic. Just Stop, Listen, Acknowledge and Interact! Yes, believe it or not it is that simple.

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Making holiday cards is always fun and playing board games.

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User in Fruitland, MD
Oct. 28, 2018

I love working with people especially the elderly. They have so much to talk about and very easy to get along with.

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Michael in Naples, FL
Oct. 28, 2018

Listen to them, think about what they say, comment and talk with them.

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Listen to them and give them meaningful conversations and activities. Include them in everything in a respectful and engaging manner (you are in THEIR home, afterall)

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Depending on the persons mobility and what they like doing....I think baking some christmas cookies to either give as gifts or to have for company. Making some type of craft gift, going out and looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights. Maybe decorating the house to be Christmasy.

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I like to let them pick out there own clothes for the day, and ask them what would they like to do for fun today

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Vicki in Surprise, AZ
Oct. 28, 2018

I love doing many activities with senior none that are too strenuous. I also love to sit and listen to their stories because they have led a long life and have many. The seniors I have cared for love to tell me what did when they were young and how things are so much different now, they seem to love to share these stories and I love to listen and I even learn something sometimes.

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What I enjoy most with my clients is to make them happy and that they feel useful for their families and society, that they always look very clean and presentable, and above all comfortable. I am interested in hearing their stories and needs. And what I enjoy the most is preparing their favorites dishes.

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Ann in Poulsbo, WA
Oct. 27, 2018

AS long as they have the dexterity go for it. Personally during the height of "flu" season I avoid as much as I can taking my seniors out. Although they have had their vaccinations to me it's not work the risk. Keeping them involved as much as possible within their long time routines is important.

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Learning about your clients interests through them or family members is a good way to develop holiday themed activities. Take into account; skill level, length of activity, and clients interests. There are many great books out there as well as pinterest to help you get your creative juices flowing! Melody <3

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i like to bring her a flower or 2 from my garden or make one of my favorite italian meals hopefully she can keep me company and go for a walk and we can both enjoy fresh air and some sun rays make her a healthy cup of tea..

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Aside from the great activities listed in this question, there are many games seniors enjoy. For example, (1) PUZZLE, TILE, & BOARD GAMES (Chess, Mahjong, Checkers, Dominoes, et al). (2) VIDEO GAMES. Did you know that 26 percent of all video game players (aka "gamers") are over the age of 50? In fact, 38 percent of all 50-plus adults play video games. Video games include, but are not limited to: Bejeweled, Candy Crush Saga, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Words With Friends 2, and many others. (3) CARD GAMES, such as Gin Rummy, Bridge, Canasta, Spades, Crazy Eight, Old Maid, Uno, and many more. (4) DICE GAMES. For example, Bunco, Mexico, Yahtzee, Liar's Dice, and Go Nuts! just to name a few. (5) WORD & NUMBER GAMES such as Crossword Puzzles, Word Search, Scrabble, Balderdash, et al. AND (6) a host of Indoor (Bingo) and outdoor (Lawn Bowling, Horseshoes) games. Many games are believed to be therapeutic to the retention and improvement of memory: Jig Saw Puzzles, Sudoku, Luminosity, The Suitcase Game, Concentration, Crossword Puzzles, The Tray Game, and Brain Yoga, to name a few. In addition, "interest" in gaming can be enhanced with the use of hand held, desktop, and laptop computers and gaming systems.

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I have them tell me about an important thing that is special to them and make different projects that helps them remember and enjoy it all over again

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encouraging them to do things they love to do and to look at old pictures that make them happy

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I like to sing,play cards,nail polishing,folding of clothes ,dance with my clients

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User in Surprise, AZ
Oct. 25, 2018

I have wonderful share my story with clients since three years. I brought a mini-Christmas/Holiday tree 2 Feet tall with decorate plastic mini-ornaments (no glass) and battereis mini-lights with theme over client's house. This come with Christmas cup with candies, batteries tea candlelight, mini-shirts under tree and Christmas book. I delivered 15 mini-Christmas Trees over each client's home (nursing home in client's room, assisted home in Client's room and house). They love it. End of December, I collected Mini-Christmas tree and stuff back to me. They do not want to keep all stuff, no room in their home. They do not decorate their Chrsitmas/HolidayTree lately, No one or family members can set up their Tree to decorate at their home. I have some pictures of clients with mini-Christmas/HoilidayTree. I found many things from Goodwill, Garage sale and people donated their things to me. Client's So Amazing Spirit!!! Denise Anderson

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By treating them extremely special

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Vawn in Hollister, MO
Oct. 25, 2018

I live in Hollister,SO I would love to take my clients to see the Christmas Shows!! They normally all have a good price for the holidays!

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things i use to do to make my Patients feel special,we play games together we talk we went for a walk out side,

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Allowing them to speak and being a good listener. Showing true desire in care giver and doing each task with LOVE. I like to find out what makes my patients happy and implement it in their care.

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Fatima in Chicago, IL
Oct. 25, 2018

I am caregiver with experience 9 years works client with dementia meal preparation cleaning house medication visit doctor

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I can play the piano if you have and entertain the senior . I can listen music with her;take time to talk to her walk her around the house.I used to bake nice cakes before but I just lose my recipes.

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I love doing fun activities with my care clients, like play cards 4 King in the corner, baking, groche, needing scarf for them or family member, etc

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Create a fun musical playlist of your clients favorite songs, on your electronic device, using whatever music platform that you use and get a little portable speaker for good sound. Encourage movement and or dance together. If client is not ambulatory do a chair dance.

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Fern in Bozeman, MT
Oct. 24, 2018

Seniors feel cared for and that they matter when they are listened to. When they are asked permission to move about in their world.

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By showing compassion and rewards of completed daily task. Elderly thrive to still have responsibility and control. Take that and give something simple to complete and know what they do is important and appreciative everyday.

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Anna in Severn, MD
Oct. 24, 2018

Give them lots of hugs:)

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I love music of almost any type and use everything including the Internet to explore and enjoy the past and present; history, Americana, appreciating being born an American.

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Great question.. Christmas is my FAVORITE Holiday, although it can be very SAD and emotional for many..I had done so many different things, depends on your client..BUT here are MY FAVs to Do with CLIENTS for HOLIDAY: 1: Christmas Cards: Going to the Dollar Store w them picking out a box or individual for family member or close friend then having them personally sign it and put a personal message of what they remember or miss most about them. Helps with their memory and hand movement. And IF Client not able to write..I do PHOTO cards online via Walgreens of them as the COVER and photo can also be used to make ORNAMENTS 2. Make ORNAMENTS.. Can buy at Dollar Store, with some glue, glitter and confetti 3. Stringing POPCORN ..always FUN..Plus you can make extra batches for giveaways can add seasoning for cheddar cheese..even caramel..for the giveaways or for snacking. 4. GIFT Baskets.. Making bag of popcorn, chex mix, Cookies, Rice Crispy Treats..the list can go on and on. Dollar Store has clear bags and ties included. They carry the baskets as well. And jus in case they run out, you can use a mug they sell there, jus put Goodie in Cup ! 5. Making Strawberry preserves..jams for Gift baskets/ or canning them.. Jus add ribbon or bow and little cardstock notes 6. Making small potted vegetable for gifts. It can get messy, But I usually do on table in garage, backyard, or facility (jus put table cover or newspaper for easy clean up )and have client wear clear disposable gloves You will need: Buy a bag of soil, little mini pot and seeds...Card stock or Popsicle stick to label plant. Great gift for the new year !! Something to watch grow.. I have so many more great ideals..it all depends on your client and budget, I use the Dollar store a lot. They have great deals there ! And IF making GIFTS would be to difficult, you can always buy a Scented Candle from Bed Bath & Beyond.. I am obsessed with Pumpkin Pecan Waffles.. If have a client that is a picky eater..Light that candle and they will be hungry and HAPPY.. My favorite song to listen to is : HAPPY HOLIDAYS to YOU by The Whispers Holiday 1979 I have many more ideas..PLEASE msg me should you have any questions~

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Mable in Rockport, ME
Oct. 24, 2018

It depends on the person and their level of care......find out what they are interested in and talk about or do what they like (i.e., take a short walk or hike, sit in the garden and talk about the birds and flowers, listen while they play music, talk about their live and what it was like to live when they were young). Their wisdom and what they can teach us is priceless! I once worked with a woman with serious memory problems and her house was filled with paintings of the coast she had done over her life time. One day I was cleaning out a closet and found a large canvas bag with paints and tablets so I said to her lets go and sit and you can paint. We were all astounded at what she could still do. every day from then on her caregiver took her out to paint. What she could not express in words came through in her painting. It was beautiful see how happy painting made her.

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User in Craig, CO
Oct. 24, 2018

The Holiday Season close at hand, We can do shopping,baking, cooking(thrifty cooking) singing, playing Christmas songs, getting your house Holiday Spectacular or just neat and tidy with my Care clients!

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making them happy in doing things that they love to do, make them comfortable and and always be neat and feel like their your own parents that you love.

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Showing respect for your client and their possessions. Making them feel important as an individual by listening to their opinions and their preferences. Our clients are still important members of society, we can learn from them and their life experiences. Show your graditude when they share an experience that helps YOU. That's something wonderful you can do all year round.

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User in Stockton, CA
Oct. 23, 2018

I like looking up old songs that the elders love to hear on my Ipad and watching the video with them, and dancing sometimes. I like playing memory games, I like to give pedicure and manicures, I love to cook all kinds of food, and sharing lifetime memories.

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Always speak to and include all persons. Be genuinely interested. A smile or a warm touch lets them know that we are present and we care. Ask what they want to or like to do and open yourself up to letting them ask questions about yourself too. Its important to remember that caring is about the client and the families preferences not the caregivers. Sometimes the greatest gift is friendship.

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Gloria in Houston, TX
Oct. 23, 2018

Making ornaments for the Christmas tree for each family member. Making a special dish they like to eat. Cooking or baking with my clients.

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always put on a smile on your face when you meet them

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Marina in Tucson, AZ
Oct. 23, 2018

treat them with respect and acknowledge their wisdom, experience and contribution to society. Pace yourself to match their pace.. listen... follow thier direction with out going against drs orders.. Trust

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Why do family's post they need a caregiver and then you message them and they don't have the decency to reply??

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HAve a themed dinner date night. Set up your own kitchen via a theme, example: the beach, sounds crazy but it's fun.Or a romantic victorian theme. so romantic! have everyone dressed accordingly. Helena's idea.

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Offer makeup tips, hair salon styling will give Senior feel beautiful and special.

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