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Papa Gino is getting fit!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

He is large and in charge...Papa Gino.He had a stroke a few years ago and fell into a depression(he sits in a trance-like state)Recently he was transferred to our facility.To be closer for his daughter to visit was the plan.If we dont get them busy and make them exercise they get grouchy and will sleep alot.So,nurse Lisa puts on music they like and challenges them to dance or act silly.Trust me they act all kinds of funny,silly and shake arms and legs and a little BOOTY.It's fun and we all laugh alot.Gino sits by the window and watches the birds.Raquel aka Rocky a feisty lady that shines like a sunbeam took Gino's hands and started dancing with him.He didnt speak but now hums!!She kisses his cheeks,brings him magazines,reads to him and WOW!What an improvement!!Gino is so improved that he's going to the exercise facility and talks a little bit.He's lost 18 pounds,smiles all the time and answers us with "YES MAM"His appetite has increased and he started laughing at funny dance time.I splurged and bought him a warm up set and sneakers for our walks outside.He thinks he is Mr.Studmuffin!They are all planning a Valentines party/dance and as he sits at the craft table humming to music and cutting out hearts, Im amazed at how far he's come.The sparkle is in his eyes and we are so happy to see the happiness in his daughters face as well.Sometimes just a little love and attention is all people need.... emoticon emoticonSUSAN
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