• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Daisy Hill hosts annual ‘Sock Hop’ for its residents

LAURIE DOROUGH, executive director of Daisy Hill Senior Living, shared a laugh and a dance with resident Ted Collins during a “Sock Hop” on Friday afternoon, Sept. 15. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

LINDA KUDER moves to music of the 1950s during a “Sock Hop” at Daisy Hill Senior Living on Friday afternoon, Sept. 15. Also pictured, from left, behind Kuder, are Miranda Crow, Ted Collins and Gertrude McGurk. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

With music of the 1950s playing and 45 RPM records hanging from the ceiling, the activities room at Daisy Hill Senior Living in Versailles was transformed into a “Sock Hop” last Friday afternoon, Sept. 14. Laurie Dorough, executive director of Daisy Hill, and others on her staff coaxed residents onto the Sock Hop dance floor as Ricky Nelson, Fats Domino and other crooners of the ’50s got them up and moving to the music. “True, true rock-and-roll from the ’50s,” said Dorough. “…It’s something fun to do.” Root beer floats were served to Daisy Hill residents during lunch by staffers dressed in bobby socks. And throughout the 1950s-themed day, music of the era took everyone back to a prosperous decade in America – coming out of the Great Depression and World War II. “The music brings back memories, the feeling of the ’50s,” said Dorough. Daisy Hill’s annual Sock Hop was a culminating event during a celebration of National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 10 to 16. Established in 1995, the annual National Assisted Living Week encourages assisted living communities to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate those they serve, while educating others about this distinctive aspect of long-term care, according to the National Center for Assisted Living’s website. “What makes Daisy Hill unique,” said Dorough, “is while we are assisted living – we are still able to meet the needs of someone who requires assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming … medication monitoring and reminders.” Those additional services are available with the support of community resources such as home health, physical therapy and in-home nurse practitioners, who can meet the medical needs of its residents beyond what an assisted living community can typically offer, she added.

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