The Goldton at Venice

Resident's Birthdays

Dorothy G. 5/1
Ron E. 5/3
Maude T. 5/11
Marilyn R. 5/12
Judy M. 5/16
Janice F. 5/24
Jay “J.B.” M. 5/29
Grace “Gigi” P. 5/31

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Celebrating May

2nd Harry Potter Day
4th Derby Day
5th Cinco de Mayo
5th World Laughter Day
15th International Day of Families
18th International Museum day
23rd World Turtle Day
24th Scavenger Hunt Day

A poem by Karen Hamilton

Independent Living | Resident of the Month

Nancy Sellors

Nancy Sellors Independent Living Resident of the Month

Born and raised on a farm in Michigan, Nancy says she had all the usual farm chores to do growing up alongside her dad and family. Since then, she has resided in Venice Florida for 50 plus years and this is where she’s been happiest raising her children and now 2 great grands. Nancy is an avid Bridge player and loves socializing and getting to know people as well as going to lectures and learning new things. A fun fact to know about her is that she was a Champion Baton Twirler across 3 states and still has her baton close by to twirl when the mood finds her. Nancy, you are a gem to The Goldton at Venice and we love that you’re here.


There are 2,000 natural sandstone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive rock fins, and giant balanced rocks

From the desk of Laura Blakeman

Laura Blakeman, Executive Director

Dear Residents and Loved Ones,
I hope everyone is aware of our Alexa Shows in each apartment. We are just thrilled with the wonderful outcome of the Alexas. They have become such a wonderful tool for residents, staff, and families. If you have any questions about the process of how they work or any question at all, please reach out.

We have started a program to recognize our staff for going the extra mile. If you would like to recognize exemplary service from any of the staff, please ask the concierge for “Atlas Accolades” they look like money—come in $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00. The concierge will have some $1.00 and $5.00 available for you. If you need the higher denominations, ask Laura. We are planning an all-associate party the first week in June and will have an auction so the associates can spend the Accolades.
Be kind to one another and make new friends,

Laura Blakeman
Executive Director


National Park

Arches National Park comprises 76,519 acres, more than 1.46 million people visited the park in 2022

Greetings from Our Wellness Director

Greetings from Our Wellness Director
Greetings from Our Wellness Director
Greetings from Our Wellness Director

How To Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month
The best and most straightforward way to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month is to promote mental health awareness yourself. This could involve posting about mental health statistics on social media or discussing the importance of maintaining good mental health with your friends and loved ones.
You could also consider contacting your elected officials to let them know what steps you believe they should be taking to address mental health concerns in your area. Alternatively, you could look for fundraisers and other events near you that are dedicated to promoting the importance of taking care of your mental health.

Finally, you should take steps to make sure your own psychological condition is good. This may mean evaluating your current lifestyle to determine if it’s beneficial for you, readjusting your priorities and behaviors in a way that will alleviate stress and improve your mood and potentially seeking out therapy if necessary.

Tips To Maintain Positive Mental Health
Consider practicing behaviors like these to improve both your mental and physical health by reducing stress, minimizing your chances of becoming sick and raising your energy:[5]

• Exercise for at least 30 minutes on a regular basis
• Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
• Stick to a consistent sleep schedule and avoid looking at screens before going to bed
• Make time for relaxing activities like listening to music, reading or meditating
• Set realistic goals

A social network is simply a group of people close to you. This network — made up of friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and others — is how you give and receive instrumental and emotional support. Emotional support is intended to lift someone’s spirits, relieve sadness, give encouragement or offer advice. Think of your networks and relationships as a convoy traveling down the road of life with you. Some of your relationships are in it for the long haul. Others use the on- or offramps, and some take different roads entirely. Relationships in your convoy change over time, but all provide support and contribute to your well-being along the journey. As people age, the road can feel lonely. Caring for children or aging parents can make it challenging to maintain friendships. This is normal, and means you must be more intentional about establishing and maintaining relationships, which isn’t easy. Devoting time to relationships. If you’re looking to expand your social network, try a few of these ideas:

• Take note of current connections.
• Make the effort to reach out.
• Go where people are.
• Extend and accept invitations.
• Be available..

Adults with a strong social network have a reduced risk of depression, lower blood pressure and keep a healthy weight.

Assisted Living | Resident of the Month

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith Assisted Living Resident of the Month

Sandy is our Kentucky Gal, born and raised. Her and her husband had 2 children and is 1 of 6 kids herself. She loves to walk and read but dancing is her favorite as she and her oldest brother won a Jitterbug Contest one fine day. Sandy loves being outside and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air so, you most certainly can catch her checking on the roses bushes in and around The Goldton. Sandy, we love your daily smiles and warm hugs with everyone you see.


Double O Arch

The second largest arch within the Devils Garden area. As the name implies, there are two arches here, one large, with a
span of 71 feet, stacked atop a much smaller arch with a 21-foot span. It was formed by downward water erosion from atop the sandstone, rather than from side-to-side water erosion.

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February Recipe Spotlight

Abuela’s Picadillo

Abuela's Picadillo

From The Kitchen Counter


• 2 pounds lean ground beef
• ¼ cup olive oil
• ½ onion, chopped
• ½ green bell pepper, chopped
• 2 tablespoons minced garlic
• 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
• 2 cups water
• ½ cup red cooking wine
• 3 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Louisiana®)
• 1 (1.41 ounce) package sazon seasoning (such as Badia® Tropical®)
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ½ teaspoon onion powder
• ½ teaspoon ground cumin
• ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon ground bay leaf
• 3 ounces Spanish-style olives
• 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
• 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste


1. Cook and stir ground beef in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until crumbly and browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain grease.
2. Pour tomato sauce, water, wine, and hot sauce into the stockpot. Stir in sazón seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer picadillo, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
3. Pour tomato sauce, water, wine, and hot sauce into the stockpot. Stir in sazón seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer picadillo, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
4. Split olives in half with your fingers and stir into picadillo. Add squash. Simmer until squash is tender and liquid reduces but picadillo is not dry, 45 to 60


This massive dessert rock weighs in at an estimated 3,577 Tons and stands at 128 feet tall. That’s about the length of three yellow school buses.


National Park

This region has the highest concentration of stone arches anywhere in the world

Associate of the Month

Leonora Gibson

Leonora Gibson Associate of the Month

– Lenora Gibson- Lenora is originally from Indianapolis Indiana. She has 2 cats, Salem and Sassy and a Doberman named Darlin’. Lenora has worked in other healthcare facilities so that is where her compassion for our residents here at The Goldton came from. In her spare time, she likes going to the gym, taking care of her plants and spending time with her significant other. She loves going to the beach too. On her bucket list is visiting another country in the near future. Lenora, you have been a wonderful addition to our team and we’re lucky to have you. Thanks for doing a fantastic job!

Memory Care | Resident of the Month

Bob McGowen

Bob McGowen Memory Care Resident of the Month

Bob comes to us by way of New Bedford and Norwell Massachusetts and now lives here in sunny Venice Florida with his wife Sandy. Together they have 4 kids and a handful of grandkids. Biking and playing with their dog Sophie were some of his favorite past times. His love for travel took him to amazing places such as France, Spain and Korea. Now Bob enjoys his family visiting and sharing dinner time with them and he certainly loves when our music entertainment plays in his direction. We love you Bob and so glad you’re here.


Laura Blakeman Executive Director The Goldton at Venice
Laura Blakeman
Shelbie Greco, Academy Director | The Goldton at Venice
Shelbie Greco
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