April 11, 2009 in City, News

Egg hunters of all ages team up for fun

By The Spokesman-Review
Dan Pelle photo

Samuel and Makayla Kiperash were their Easter baskets on their heads as they watch Toodles the Clown make balloon animals and flowers, during a party at the Windriver House today in Spokane. The kids were waiting for the Easter egg hunt in the hallways of the assisted living residence.
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For Charlotte Carpenter, finding the plastic, goody-filled Easter eggs wasn’t about the candy.

“I’ll have to give them to my husband,” said Carpenter, who is diabetic. “The fun of it is being with a group of people.”

Carpenter, 59, was one of a few residents of Windriver House who walked the halls of the North Spokane assisted living center Saturday afternoon as part of an egg hunt along with the children of some staff members. Ron Rook, Windriver sales and marketing manager, said the event, like others at the center, was aimed at giving residents a chance to interact with family and have fun.

Staff members often bring their kids to Windriver gatherings, said Jennifer Kiperash, assistant resident director, whose 7-year-old son, Sam, gave some of the eggs he found to residents.

“It shows the kids a certain level of respect for the older generation that sometimes gets lost,” Kiperash said.

Carpenter and her husband, Ramon, moved to Windriver around Easter four years ago because of health problems. Group activities have been an important part of staying active, she said.

Earlier in the week, she helped dye eggs with a group of Girl Scouts.

“They had lots of fun,” said Carpenter, who is president of the Windriver residents’ council. “It was fun for us residents, too.”

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