These Hands Held Untold Memories – Until Now
One day when Susan Hicks was in prayer, she looked at her hands and thought about everything her hands had done in her lifetime. And, she says, “I thought how I would love to get some seniors to share just a word or two about what their hands had done.”
After she became an associate at Benchmark Senior Living at Billerica Crossings, Susan came up with a way to show how “everyone’s hands hold a story” – by creating a photo gallery of residents’ hands.
She did it again at Benchmark Senior Living at Woburn where she now serves as programming director, and she has since inspired other Benchmark communities to create galleries, too.
In early September, Benchmark communities celebrated National Assisted Living Week and Grandparents’ Day in fun ways, from barbecues to potluck dinners. And one special initiative took center stage in a number of communities. Modeled after Susan’s “hands” project, they made their own “These hands ...” galleries.
Creating the wall is such a beautiful process, we went to watch as Programming Director Jill Flores-Cordon brought a gallery to life at our Waltham community.
“What moved me,” says Jill, “was learning so much about the lives our residents have led. We sometimes forget that, like us, they have dreams, aspirations, experiences and accomplishments that they are very proud of. The residents truly enjoyed being able to share, not only with me but also with their peers. I tried to make the whole experience fun and upbeat—we had lots of laughs. It was so gratifying to see their smiles and the pride in their eyes when they finished the sentence, “These hands ....”