The Atrium at Boca Raton

Resident´s Birthdays

July 9: Sharon Israel
July 10: John Mercurio
July 12: Frances Townes
July 17: Jerry Steinberg
July 22: Helen Moorehead
July 23: Vicki Stricker
July 29: Margaret Mijares

Celebrating July

4th of July: Independence Day
July 10: National Pina Colada Day
July 17: National Tattoo Day
July 20: National Lollipop Day
July 23: Puzzle Palooza: Everglades
July 25: Wine & Cheese Day
July 26: Olympics 2024 Opening Ceremony
July 24: Everglades Meal

Events Spotlight

July 4: My Little Petting Zoo
July 4: Sing A Long @ Happy Hour
July 6:Social Hour with Stoney
Atrium Olympics @ Select Happy Hours

Associate of the Month

Eric Samuels

Eric Samuel Associate of the Month

Eric has been at the Atrium only a short while now, but his presence is known, and his work ethic speaks for itself. He works with diligence and efficiency. He enjoys interacting with people and trying new things! He isn’t native to the area, but he loves the area all the same. He desires to motivate others and be a blessing to them. He lives by the motto that “one day all this hard work must pay off” and it pushes him to be better each day!

Shark Valley

If you want to see the vast beauty of the Everglades and more alligators than you can count, then Shark Valley should be your #1 stop! Shark Valley is in the heart of the Everglades freshwater marsh. It boasts a rich array of wildlife, including abundant alligators, wading birds, turtles, and various other species like herons, egrets, and ibises.

Independence Day:
A Celebration of Freedom and Liberty

Happy 4th of July

July 4th is a day of great significance in the United States, marked by parades, fireworks, and patriotic fervor. It’s Independence Day, a celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies’ independence from Great Britain.
The journey to independence was long and arduous, marked by struggles and sacrifices. From the Boston Tea Party to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, American patriots fought bravely against British rule, seeking freedom and self-governance. The Continental Army, led by George Washington, fought valiantly in the Revolutionary War, ultimately securing victory at Yorktown in 1781.

The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, declared that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This document not only asserted American independence but also set a powerful precedent for future generations to fight for their rights and freedoms.

Today, Independence Day is celebrated across the United States with parades, barbecues, and fireworks displays. Families gather together to enjoy picnics, watch patriotic performances, and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for their freedom.

For many Americans, Independence Day is a time to express gratitude for the sacrifices made by the founding fathers and mothers who fought for independence. It’s a day to celebrate the values of freedom, democracy, and liberty that have shaped the country’s history.

As we celebrate this special day, we are reminded of the importance of preserving these values and continuing to fight for the rights and freedoms that have been hard-won. We honor the brave men and women who have served our country and continue to defend our nation’s independence.

So as you celebrate Independence Day this year, take a moment to reflect on the significance of this holiday. Remember the struggles of our ancestors who fought for our freedom and the sacrifices they made to secure our liberty. And let us continue to cherish and defend these values that make our country great. Happy Independence Day!

Everglades National Park

America’s Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and also the only place in the world where American Alligators and American Crocodiles coexist in the world

The 2024 Olympics: A Celebration of Age, Ability, and Achievement

Summer Olympics

The 2024 Olympics in Paris will be a significant event for athletes of all ages, including seniors. For the first time, senior athletes will compete in sports like table tennis, badminton, and squash, highlighting their abilities and challenging age-related stereotypes.

Increased Opportunities for Senior Athletes:
The inclusion of senior athletes showcases that age is not a barrier to success, sending a powerful message against ageism and inspiring dedication and hard work.

The Power of Role Models:
Senior athletes will serve as role models, showing it’s never too late to start a new sport or pursue a passion. They demonstrate the possibility of maintaining fitness and athleticism into older age, encouraging others to stay active and set goals.

Health Benefits for Seniors:
Sports participation offers numerous health benefits, including improved cognitive function, reduced chronic disease risk, and enhanced well-being. The Olympics will motivate seniors to incorporate physical activity into their lives, improving health and independence.

A Celebration of Life:
The Olympics celebrate unity, friendship, and community. Senior athletes will connect with others globally, fostering relationships and creating lasting memories.

The 2024 Olympics will inspire seniors worldwide by featuring senior athletes and sending a strong message about age and ability. The event offers role modeling, health benefits, and a celebration of life, reminding us that it’s never too late to start something new or achieve greatness.

The Art of Well-being: The Benefits of Clay Classes for Seniors

As we age, it’s important to engage in activities that promote well-being. Clay classes are gaining popularity among seniors for their numerous benefits.

Physical Benefits:

  1. Fine Motor Skills: Improves dexterity, helpful for arthritis.
  2. Hand-Eye Coordination: Enhances coordination and reaction time.
  3. Flexibility: Techniques improve range of motion.

Cognitive Benefits:

  1. Problem-Solving: Encourages creative thinking.
  2. Memory Improvement: Stimulates memory recall.
  3. Focus: Enhances concentration and cognitive function.

Emotional Benefits:

  1. Stress Relief: Reduces stress and anxiety.
  2. Self-Esteem: Boosts confidence through accomplishment.
  3. Social Connection: Fosters interaction, combating loneliness.

Social Benefits:

  1. Socialization: Builds friendships and community.
  2. Teaching and Learning: Engages seniors with guidance and support.
  3. Belonging: Provides a sense of purpose.

In conclusion, clay classes offer physical, cognitive, emotional, and social benefits, making them an excellent investment in well-being for seniors. Why not give it a try?

The Great Bingo Fiasco

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon at The Atrium at Boca Raton and the gang was buzzing with excitement. Bingo night was finally here! The seniors had been looking forward to it all week.

As they settled into their usual spots, Agnes, the sassy grande dame of the group, announced that she had a special surprise. “I’ve got a new strategy for winning tonight,” she whispered to her friends. “I’ve been practicing my bingo skills and I’m convinced I’m going to sweep the pot!”

Her friends, a motley crew of retired folks, chuckled and patted her on the back. “Good luck, Agnes,” they said. “You’re going to need it.”

The game began, and Agnes was on fire. She marked off her cards with reckless abandon, shouting “Bingo!” every five minutes. Her friends stared in awe as she piled up prize after prize.

But just as Agnes was about to claim the grand prize – a year’s supply of bingo wings (yes, that’s a thing) – disaster struck. She realized she had accidentally marked off the wrong squares. Instead of winning the top prize, she ended up with a bunch of useless knick-knacks and a stuffed animal named Mr. Whiskers.

The group erupted into laughter as Agnes stomped her foot and declared, “This is ridiculous! I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life!”

But then she looked around at her friends, who were all giggling and having a ball. Something clicked. She realized that it wasn’t about winning or losing; it was about having fun with her friends.

“Hey, you know what?” Agnes said, a grin spreading across her face. “I think I learned something today. Life isn’t about always getting what you want; it’s about enjoying the journey with the people you love.”

The group cheered and clapped, and Mr. Whiskers found himself passed around the circle, eliciting squeals of delight from everyone.

As they left the senior center that day, Agnes turned to her friends and said, “You know what we should do next week? We should have a ‘Mr. Whiskers Day’ where we all bring our favorite stuffed animals and have a big party!”

The group roared in agreement, already planning their next adventure together.

Moral of the Story: Even when things don’t go as planned, remember to focus on the joy and camaraderie with those around you. Sometimes it’s not about winning or achieving your goals; it’s about enjoying the ride with the people you love.

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Recipe Spotlight:

Grilled Grouper with Mango Salsa Recipe

2 mangos, diced into 1/2” pieces
2 jalapeño, seeded and minced
1/2 red onion, diced into 4” pieces
1/8 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1 tsp lime zest
2 oz fresh lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt, to taste
8 grouper or red snapper fillets
Avocado oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the salsa ingredients. Cover, and refrigerate.
Brush both sides of the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat (350° to 400°) and make sure your grates are clean or the fish will stick.
Cook fish with lid closed for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or just until fish begins to flake and is opaque in the center.
Serve with mango salsa.

Resident of the Month

Harriet Isaacs

Harriet Isaacs Resident of the Month

Full of spunk and authenticity, Harriet is not one to mess with. She is honest even when it is brutal but is also kind and defensive of those who may not have the courage to speak up. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, she is all the amazing things you love about New Yorkers with a nice bit of sass. She spent time as a stay-at-home mom, secretary at an insurance company and a school aid-which she absolutely adored doing! Moving to Florida in 2002, the cold winters got to her and her husband. They spent nearly a decade together in the warmth of Florida before he passed away. They were married 62 years at the time of his death. Together, they had two children, a boy and a girl. She now has 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. At this writing, she is crocheting a beautiful lavender sweater for one of them. Her love for arts and crafts is undeniable. She knits, plays poker, does needlepoint and of course crocheting! She enjoys ceramics and has quite a few exquisite pieces that she crafted in her room. She prides herself on keeping busy, being helpful, and making others happy. Her motto to live by is “growing older with dignity” and that is what pushes her to be active in as many things as she can!


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