The Golden Girls and cheesecake star in new Springdale program

Laughing with the Golden Girls gets residents reminiscing while enjoying a delicious snack

The Golden Girls and cheesecake are coming together in a new Springdale Country Manor program that’s bringing back fun memories for the Peterborough County long-term care home’s residents.

The Laughing with the Golden Girls program was created by life enrichment aide Michelle Geeves, who knew that many residents were fans of the Golden Girls.

The Golden Girls, of course, was the famous American sitcom about four older women who share a home in Miami. The program aired from 1985 to 1992 and starred Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.

Whenever a crisis arose in the Golden Girls’ household, the women would sit around the kitchen table and solve the problem while eating cheesecake.

During the new activity, a group of residents will get together to watch an episode of the Golden Girls on DVD. Afterward, Michelle hosts a trivia about the program and the residents will sit around a table discussing the episode over cheesecake, coffee and tea – much like the Golden Girls.

“Residents remember the Golden Girls well, and we have cheesecake because that was the Golden Girls’ favourite snack,” Michelle tells The OMNIway.

“We all laughed and thought it was fun.”

Sonia Murney, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says the program has been a huge hit with residents, adding Michelle did a “great job” coming up with the idea.

The Laughing with the Golden Girls program has prompted lots of reminiscing about the days when it was a top-rated TV show, Sonia says.

“Michelle gets a good group of residents together and they sit around and chat and create memories and do all kinds of fun stuff,” she says.

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