March 6, 2017: “Rocking and Rolling Through the Decades” was the monthly theme at Liberty Heights Memory Care, a Colorado Springs Assisted Living Community. The song, “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley sparked an idea for a fun intergenerational activity. The idea was to spruce up a Teddy Bear that can be given to a warm and loving home and to people who would love to have “Tony the Teddy” (as the Memory Care residents named him) as a permanent resident. The idea was to have the teddy bear be a positive inspiration to the home that he would finally reside at and for the people who filled the home each day. The positive affirmations that were placed on Tony are meant to make people smile, feel confident and know that life is good, sayings like – “You were made to be AWESOME! – I believe in myself and my abilities – I can make a difference!”
Tony the Teddy was lovingly given to the kids at Zach’s Place center, a Special Kids Special Families (SKSF) daycare respite facility located in Colorado Springs. Thanks to Laura Kozlowski, Legacy Court Director at Liberty Heights Memory Care and all the residents that participated in this thoughtful project, Tony the Teddy is very happy to have found his new home! Zach’s Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center, is one of only two licensed day-care providers in the state of Colorado with the focus and training to provide specialized respite and day care for children with intellectual, physical and emotional disabilities.
For more information about SKSF programs, visit online at www.SKSFcolorado.org. For more information about Liberty Heights Memory Care center visit www.seniorlifestyle.com/property/liberty-heights/.