Juliette Manor activities keep residents engaged

A lifelong Elvis Presley fan, Dan Rehbein was ecstatic when an Elvis impersonator recently performed at Juliette Manor.

“He was really good and sounded really close to the real Elvis, and he also had some of his moves,” said Rehbein, who moved to the nursing home several years ago after having a stroke.

The Elvis impersonator performance is just one of the many events that activities coordinator Alyse Paulsen plans each month to keep Juliette Manor’s residents entertained and engaged.

“All activities provide meaning,” Paulsen said. “For example with bingo, residents use their fingers as well as their mind. It is also good for socializing with peers.”

After hearing about the Elvis impersonator performing in Fond du Lac, Paulsen decided to line up a visit. “He literally had one day open this year so we grabbed it,” she said. “We have many residents who are fans and the show was just great. Everyone was super excited to see him. It was amazing.”

Rehbein’s daughter, Kalina Schira, was impressed when staff members called her about the visit by the Elvis performer, knowing her dad was such a big fan: he has a small shrine to the King of Rock-and-Roll in his room.

“I decided to join my dad by surprise and the look on his face when I came was priceless. It made a few of the nurses tear up,” Schira said. “We sat together, enjoying songs by his idol and eating heart-shaped cherry-topped, chocolate-covered cookies. It is a memory I will always treasure.”

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