Middlewoods of Farmington

FARMINGTON, CT — Residents at Middlewoods of Farmington were recently treated to a week-long international tour, featuring immersive cultural experiences from around the world.


The week included “visits” to Europe with stops in France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and Great Britain, and additional stops to India, Japan and Jamaica.

Officials at the nonprofit assisted living community at 509 Middle Road, Farmington, said events like “International Week” bring back memories for elderly residents who have traveled or are unable to do so.

“Programs like our International Week allow our residents who traveled to see the world again,” said Debbie Astrom, activities director at Middlewoods of Farmington. “For other residents, it is an introduction to a place and culture they’ve never seen.”

Middlewoods of Farmington Independent and Assisted Living Community is affiliated with UConn Health and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a not-for-profit, mission-based organization in Shelton.

“International Week” visits included special culinary offerings, outings, guest presentations and multi-media programs.

“The tour began on Sunday with a fish and chips lunch and an experience in the idyllic English countryside from an episode of (PBS’) ‘All Creatures Great and Small,’” said Astrom.

Also featured last week was guest lecturer, Rashmi Sharma, who presented, “Diwali & Dusshera: Festivals of Light” on Monday, March 18.

It introduced residents to the major Indian festivals and residents sampled Indian snacks and beverages, including a drink made from roses.

Tuesday’s Tour de France included a slide show of Provence and a screening of “Vieran Tomic: The Spiderman of Paris.”

Wednesday featured a demonstration from a Middlewoods of Farmington team member. “Our C.N.A., Sharlene is from Jamaica,” said Astrom. “She stirred up an authentic carrot juice drink for residents for our visit to the island.”

On Thursday and Friday, residents returned to Europe for a visit to Sweden and then Italy.

Astrom, in authentic Swedish national dress, shared photos from her recent trip to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, along with some of Sweden’s popular songs and stories.

Following the Sweden stop, residents enjoyed freshly brewed cappuccino while playing Tombola, a traditional Italian game that originated in Naples.

“The week provides a wealth of educational opportunities for residents and a wonderful chance to connect through sharing stories, customs and cultural experiences,” said Middlewoods Executive Director Bianca Turcotte-Reome. “We look forward to it every year.”

For more information about Middlewoods, contact Ginny Brown at 860-284-5700 or visit its website at www.middlewoodsoffarmington.org.

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