NEWPORT—Residents at Wellington Manor are enjoying a week of fun as the senior living facility celebrates National Assisted Living Week.

“A Spark of Creativity” is the theme for this year’s celebration as residents will participate in fun and creative arts and crafts.

On Monday resident’s made tie dye shirts, Tuesday they watched chainsaw artists in Cosby, Thursday they participated in paint balloon art and on Friday they will hold a large party to wrap up the week.

Mayor Roland “Trey” Dykes presented a proclamation Monday morning recognizing Sept. 8-14 as National Assisted Living Week.

Dykes said it is important to remain connected with the senior members of the community.

“There’s nothing more important to me, as far as I am concerned, than being connected with our seniors,” Dykes said.

“I have done a few proclamations for our veterans and other groups, but none of them are any more important than these residents and other seniors in the community.”

Residents of assisted living communities are active members of the larger community, offering their knowledge, life experience and involvement.

The past contributions of these individuals continue to be a vital part of the city of Newport and Cocke County as a whole.

Assisted living is a critical long-term care option for older adults and individuals with disabilities that fosters choice, dignity and independence.

This year’s theme hopes to inspire assisted living residents to explore their creative side whether through the arts or beyond.

According to the American Therapy Association, art therapy can offer many benefits to older adults and individuals with disabilities, including improving cognitive and sensory-motor functions, fostering self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivating emotional resilience, enhancing social skills and reducing and resolving conflicts and distress.

“A Spark of Creativity” is also meant to encourage assisted living staff to think creatively and continue to explore new, innovative ways to deliver high-quality, person centered care.

During this special week assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events which celebrate the individuality of residents, the dedication of staff and the deep connections formed in these settings.

Mayor Dykes encourages all citizens to volunteer at an assisted living community, to visit friends and loved ones who reside at these communities and to learn more about how assisted living services benefit the community.

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