Marilynne’s Rollercoaster RideSeptember 10, 2018
As a part of the True Blue approach, Blue Harbor Senior Living communities truly get to know the hopes and dreams of each and every resident. They help make these dreams come true by organizing special, individualized events we call WOW! Moments. We seek to find a way for residents to feel extra appreciated and amazed! What’s one example? Read on to find out!
Marilynne King moved to Lionwood Senior Living in November 2016 after being a widow for a few years. Marillyne is extremely active and loves to try new things, so she chose Lionwood Senior Living for its exciting activities program.
A Love of Rollercoasters
Marilynne is originally from Hawthorne, New Jersey and moved to Oklahoma later in life. She first rode a big rollercoaster at Palisades Park in New Jersey in 1964. She was on a double date and they all decided to go ride the big rollercoaster together, but she was the only one who wanted to ride it again. That started her love of rollercoasters. She later went on to visit every Six Flags Amusement Park close to her; the bigger the rollercoaster, the better!
Missing the Ride
When Marilynne came to Lionwood, she hadn’t ridden a rollercoaster in a very long time, but still had the desire in her heart. One day while the team was planning for Lionwood’s County Fair, Marilynne let the Community Relations Director Arrianne Rodriguez know about her love of rollercoasters and how much she would love to ride one again.
So, Arrianne brought virtual reality goggles to work so that Marilynne could ride a virtual reality rollercoaster during Lionwood’s County Fair! Marilynne’s face lit up while she was on the virtual ride. She had a smile from ear to ear the entire time! So, Arrianne decided that she had to take Marilynne to ride an actual rollercoaster. How exciting!
A Dream Come True
Later that month, the Oklahoma State Fair opened and Marilynne went to help Lionwood with their exhibit booth during Senior Day. At the end of the day, Arrianne told Marilynne that she had a big surprise for her. She pulled out a ticket for her to ride the biggest rollercoaster at the fair!
Marilynne jumped at the opportunity and they rushed across the fairgrounds, so she could ride the rollercoaster. Marilynne was all smiles while she was on the rollercoaster and she got off looking exhilarated from excitement. When she finished the ride, Marilynne told Arrianne that she had so much fun riding the rollercoaster. She thanked Arrianne from the bottom of her heart. But she had to admit that it was much scarier now that she is older. According to Marilynne, that one last thrill ride was enough; it was the ride of her life and one she will never forget!
WOW! Moments at Blue Harbor
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