Harrison County Homemakers look to add smiles to nursing home residents with Hawaiian-themed tea parties.
“This makes the fourth year that we have hosted tea parties at the nursing homes,” said Cheryl Case, Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science. “We see it as a way to honor those who dedicated their life to their families and treat them to an hour of old-fashioned tradition.”
In addition to the new faces and fine china that the nursing home residents are treated to, the promotion of health that comes with drinking tea is also emphasized during the afternoon sessions.
According to a newsletter sent out by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, tea drinking plays a roll in the protection against certain types of cancer including lung and oral.
In one study, drinking black tea actually reduces the risk of atherosclerosis in women by up to 50 percent.
“Not only are the tea parties fun for them, we are promoting a habit that actually is beneficial to their health,” said Case.
Harrison County Homemakers, Phyllos Ross and Donal Vanhook, said all the participants really light up when they attend the tea parties.
“It’s a chance that we are given to make someone feel special,” said Ross. “We try and pamper them and make them feel real prim and proper.”
Vanhook said that it is a time that the fine china is brought out and the nursing home residents are given the chance to take a trip back in time and remember old traditions that are slowly fading out of society.
Case said that cookies and homemade mints will be provided to the residents and anyone who has a family member attending the tea parties are more than welcome to join in on the fun.
The tea parties will be held April 19 and 20. April 19, the homemakers will travel to Grand Haven at 10 a.m., and Edgemont at 1:30 p.m.
April 20, the homemakers will be at Cedar Ridge at 10:30 a.m. to serve tea to the assisted living portion of the center and 2:30 p.m. to serve tea to the nursing home portion of Cedar Ridge.