Advice for new year: Live each day to fullest

Mike Kuich of Grand Junction sings “Auld Lang Syne” as he toasts in the New Year with the residents of The Commons during a New Years Eve party at the assisted living center Saturday.

Frank Sinatra impersonator Randy Fosburgh entertained the crowd at The Commons, who also were treated to a fireworks display Saturday night.

Most residents of The Commons couldn’t tear themselves away New Year’s Eve from the crooning of the Frank Sinatra impersonator, Randy Fosburgh, as they sang along and tapped their feet.

“I want you to know I’ve danced for miles to his music,” Marge King said, professing her love for “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”

Every year, Hilltop’s The Commons and The Fountains put on the New Year’s Eve special dinner, drinks, entertainment and fireworks to the delight of residents and their families.

Even staff managers who aren’t working come out for the event, said Libby Kennard,  clinical director for senior services.

“Residents think it’s special that we come out and mingle with them,” Kennard said. “That’s our tradition.”

Resident Norma O’Sullivan, 84, recalled past New Years of partying until 3 or 4 in the morning.

However, having the festivities at The Commons come to an end by 7 p.m. was OK with her.

She said she wasn’t about to make any resolutions for the new year,  adding, “Then you don’t feel as guilty.”

But O’Sullivan did have some advice for others: Live each day to the fullest.

“You should take advantage of every opportunity to go places and see things,” she said, adding she’s happy about how much she traveled. “You can put things off, but you get old before you realize it.”


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