April 12, 2009 in City

Mix of ages helps egg on the festivities

Windriver House event brings generations together
By The Spokesman-Review
Photos by DAN PELLE photo

Sam Kiperash, 7, shares Easter eggs from his basket with Charlotte Carpenter, 59, on Saturday at the Windriver House in Spokane. Sam had already toured the hallways and gathered the eggs before Carpenter started out with her empty basket.
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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 was planned to give 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, president of the Windriver residents council. “It was fun for us residents, too.”

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