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Symphony’s New Dream Maker Program Creates a Reunion They’ll Never Forget

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Donn and Beth Cramton met 55 years ago at The First Presbyterian Church on Court Street in Saginaw, MI. 

Beth was active with the church choir and Donn was filling in as the Interim Choir Director. After realizing they were fond of each other, they soon began dating. Their first date was going to a movie. They loved being a part of the First Presbyterian Choir for many years. They made many close friends over the years at the church and with their choir group. They both grew up in the Saginaw area. Donn worked at the Saginaw News and eventually retired as the Marketing Manager for the newspaper. Beth worked many years as a Medical Assistant at the BCBS Clinic in Saginaw. 

Donn and Beth eventually married and combined their families. Donn had 4 children, Donn Jr, David, Laura, and Ellen, and Beth had Bryson and Mark. They have 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and have been happily married for 53 years. 

In the summer of 2021, Beth had a fall and came to Symphony Tri-Cities for rehabilitation and ultimately became a resident. A few months later, Donn moved in as well. They are both active residents, taking leadership roles in the resident council, as well as participating in the many fun activities we offer. 

After the staff of Symphony Tri-Cities learned about Donn and Beth’s love for their church and the congregation, they worked with the Dream Maker’s program and made arrangements for Donn and Beth to visit their church so that they could once again be surrounded by their choir friends. This Dream Maker wish, including lovely Easter corsages and transportation, was fulfilled out of the kindness and generosity of the staff at Symphony Tri-Cities. 

Symphony’s Dream Maker program is at the heart of who we are as a company. It allows us the privilege to learn about the wishes and dreams of our guests and to do whatever we can to transform that hope into a reality. A Dream Maker request can be something daring, a simple pleasure, an untold wish, or even reliving a fond memory. If it will enrich the life of a guest, we want to hear about it!

Safe Snow Shoveling for Seniors: Tips from Symphony

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Winter is here, bringing with it the beauty of snow-covered landscapes. But along with this seasonal splendor comes the responsibility of clearing snow from our sidewalks and driveways. At Symphony, we’re committed to ensuring our seniors can enjoy a safe winter, starting right at their doorstep. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of essential tips for safe snow shoveling.

Warm Up Before Heading Out

It’s crucial to prepare your body for the physical task ahead. Start by doing gentle exercises indoors to slowly increase blood flow and warm up the muscles and joints you’ll be using. This step is especially important for seniors, as it can significantly reduce the risk of injuries.


Dress in Layers

Layering is your best friend in cold weather. It helps maintain body heat at the start and allows you to remove layers to prevent overheating as you work. Don’t forget to wear waterproof boots with good traction to avoid slips and falls.


Take Frequent Breaks

Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity, so it’s important to take breaks every 20 minutes. Use this time to go inside, warm up, and rest before heading back out. This will help prevent overexertion and keep you safe.


Shovel Early and Often

If you’re expecting a heavy snowfall, don’t wait for the snow to pile up. Head out when the snow depth reaches about two inches. Shoveling smaller amounts more frequently is much easier on your body than trying to move large, heavy piles of snow.


Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key, even in cold weather. Drink plenty of water before you start shoveling. Avoid caffeine and nicotine, as they can increase your heart rate and cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.


Consider Hiring Help

Sometimes, the best option is to leave the shoveling to others. When the snow is deep, wet, or heavy, it might be safer to hire someone to do the job. This is particularly advisable for those with existing health concerns or mobility issues.

At Symphony, we prioritize the health and well-being of our seniors. Following these tips can make snow shoveling a safer activity. Remember, it’s not just about clearing snow; it’s about enjoying the winter season safely and healthily.

Stay warm and safe this winter!

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Gardening For Seniors: 10 Symphony Safety Notes to Keep You Safe

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Many of us desire to be outside during the warm summer months. The sun provides numerous positive physical benefits for the body such as the essential nutrient Vitamin D. However, the sun can be dangerous if the body is overexposed. This is true especially when the temperature hits the low 90’s. The heat can be a serious health risk for everyone, especially those people over the age of 65.

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10 Ways to Stay Safe During Summer Weather

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Many of us desire to be outside during the warm summer months. The sun provides numerous positive physical benefits for the body such as the essential nutrient Vitamin D. However, the sun can be dangerous if the body is overexposed. This is true especially when the temperature hits the low 90’s. The heat can be a serious health risk for everyone, especially those people over the age of 65.

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