2018-08-10 / Front Page

Brookdale hosts Camp Grammy and Gramp

Contributed by Heather Hunter


Jackson Davis (in the boat), Cooper Davis (sitting on the boat), Susan Allen, and Brookdale resident, Elizabeth York enjoy Camp Grammy and Gramp. 
Photo contributed by Heather Hunter Jackson Davis (in the boat), Cooper Davis (sitting on the boat), Susan Allen, and Brookdale resident, Elizabeth York enjoy Camp Grammy and Gramp. Photo contributed by Heather Hunter Jane Brooks was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 67. But that hasn’t slowed her down; she’s still very active in events at Brookdale Columbia including the gardening club, the BFit exercise classes, and she’s even an ambassador welcoming new residents to the community.

The disease hasn’t made her stop being active but has affected her ability to play with her seven-yearold twin grandchildren, Michael and Brittany.

“I used to be able to run and jump with them,” said Jane. “But I’ve had to stop those things. I still want to do as much as possible. It’s important to me they know how much I want to still play games with them.”

When she expressed these concerns to Cyndy Sanders, the resident program coordinator, Sanders had an idea.


Jane Brooks and her granddaughter, Brittany Sanders, make visors during craft time at Camp Grammy and Gramp. 
Photo contributed by Heather Hunter Jane Brooks and her granddaughter, Brittany Sanders, make visors during craft time at Camp Grammy and Gramp. Photo contributed by Heather Hunter “I knew we could do something to help,” said Sanders. “Seniors hear ‘no’ too many times, but we have a ‘yes’ culture here, so I wanted to create an opportunity for Jane to hear it was possible for her to still play with her grandchildren.”

But Sanders didn’t stop there. She wanted all the residents with younger loved ones to be able to connect.

So, “Camp Grammy and Gramp” was born.

On July 27, seven campers attended the first ever day camp at the community.

The residents and children participated in several activities, including a corn-hole game, visor making, and other crafts. They even had a camp sing-a-long and an indoor s’more making opportunity.

Michael asked a few times, “Can we do this again?”

Jane said this was the first time she had her grandchildren by herself. She added, “I hope the children learned their grandparents are still able to enjoy the things they enjoy, and we look forward to the times they visit.”

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