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Arbor Terrace Fairfax residents enjoyed a full week of adventures, including a virtual trip around the world, during National Assisted Living Week.

From arts and crafts to food to fun Olympic-style competitions, residents had something new to look forward to each day.

The week began Sunday, Sept. 13 with Grandparents Day, as residents painted picture frames in celebration.

Monday was South America Day. Residents “traveled” to Rio, listened to South American music and decorated flags of the countries in South America. A taco lunch offered a bit of south-of-the-border flavor.


England was the focus of Tuesday’s activities. Residents enjoyed homemade scones and tea sandwiches during high tea, and took a virtual trip to London to see Big Ben and other landmarks.

The Far East and the Olympics took the spotlight on Wednesday. Residents used iN2L to travel to Japan and see the sights and learn about Japanese culture. 

In the afternoon, residents tested their skills in the Arbor Terrace Fairfax Olympics. Activities included a Nerf gun target game, ring toss and bean bag toss, followed by a treat of Olympic cupcakes.  

For dinner, the chef served a Filipino noodle dish and lumpia.

FAIR ALW 1Walt Disney World Resort in Florida was the destination on Thursday. Residents rode virtual roller coasters and enjoyed Dole Whip desserts.

A Hawaiian luau, featuring barbecue chicken and hamburgers, was the centerpiece for Friday’s activities. Residents donned leis for a trip to Hawaii, thanks to iN2L, checking out the sights, learning about Hawaiian culture and taking beach photos.

FAIR ALW 12The week’s activities concluded on Saturday with Safari Day, as residents took a virtual tour of the continent of Africa and then made decoupage animals.

Margaret Bulas, whose mother is an Arbor Terrace Fairfax resident, expressed appreciation for the activities planned by the staff. 

“I commend the staff for all the time and effort to be so creative to make all of these special projects possible,” she said. “I am grateful that we can have my mom with caring people and in such a good activities program.”


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