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Butch E. (left) and other Crestridge residents received a visit from Sherri Ruchotzke and a pair of new lambs, Olivia and Claire.


Phone 652-6771 by 9 a.m. 

the day before you plan to eat.

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) closed all of its senior centers and meals sites until further notice. This includes the Jackson County Senior Center in Maquoketa and the Bellevue meal site.

Individuals who attend the sites will be contacted and given the option to receive a home-delivered meal. All office locations will also be closed to the public but will remain open to offer services.

If anyone needs information about meals, transportation tickets, or other services, call (800) 779-8707 instead of coming to any office locations.

NEI3A relies on hundreds of volunteers to deliver meals each day. Anyone willing to volunteer to deliver meals in any of the 18 counties NEI3A serves is asked to call (800) 779-8707.



Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging has moved to frozen meals only being delivered to individual homes once a week.  

The meals are available in 7 and 14 meal packs. Because of the switch in meal delivery and the extra meals offered, the menu may not be followed exactly during this time. 

NEI3A is also offering extended meal options for towns and rural areas that were not able to receive meals in the past. If you would like to find out more about options available, please call us at 1-800-779-8707.

Wednesday, May 20: Turkey breast, turkey gravy, mashed red potatoes, green bean bake, multi-grain bread, fresh seasonal fruit, milk, margarine.

Thursday, May 21: Meatloaf, onion gravy, baked sweet potato, Capri vegetable blend, multi-grain bread, baked cookie, chocolate milk, margarine (2).

Friday, May 22: Hamburger patty, lettuce and tomato, baked beans, hamburger bun, warm lemon cake, milk, ketchup.

Tuesday, May 26: Cheese omelet, tater tot casserole, cinnamon roll, multi-grain bread, fresh seasonal fruit, milk.

Wednesday, May 27: Honey-baked chicken, baby red potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruited gelatin, chocolate milk, margarine.



Sunday prayers were offered in the morning as a 1:1 activity for those who wanted to pray. Sammy read devotions to the residents and turned on worship services on individual televisions for those who wanted to watch them. Others watched Sunday westerns and old movies throughout the day. Family came for window visits and also made phone calls to communicate with their loved ones. It was a beautiful day and the residents loved the sunshine which poured through their windows.  

Monday morning, Cathy read current events as a 1:1 activity with those who wanted to keep up on the news in town. After lunch, Cathy and Phyllis P. planted flower seeds in individual clear cups – one for each resident – and then Cathy delivered them so everyone can watch the seeds grow into beautiful flowers. Later, a few residents made another attempt at winning at Radio Bingo. No one won today, but those who played had fun doing so. Sammy came in for 1:1 activities in the evening and assisted residents with things to keep them busy.  

The Price is Right was turned on the televisions of the residents on Tuesday morning. Several of them love their game shows.  After lunch, FaceTime was offered to those who wanted to chat with their loved ones. Cinco de Mayo was celebrated with churros and festive music. Later, a few of the residents played Radio Bingo again. They love their bingo!  

Wednesday morning a few of the residents prayed the rosary with Sammy who used the iPad to assist. After lunch, strawberry cakes and punch were served to all the residents for a food sensory activity. Some of the residents took the crossword puzzles that were offered for self-directed activities while others enjoyed playing Radio Bingo again. Still no winners, but we have a few weeks left to try!  

Thursday morning, the residents enjoyed 1:1 devotional readings from Sammy for worship. Popcorn was popped and passed in the afternoon for Popcorn Thursday. Later, a few residents played Radio Bingo again while others watched movies on their televisions or read books. The public library is so kind to bring books to those who love to read.  

Friday morning, 1:1 manicures were offered to those who wanted their nails done. In celebration of Coca-Cola’s birthday, the residents enjoyed a Coke in the afternoon for Rolling Happy Hour. A few residents again played Radio Bingo. Sammy came in later for 1:1 activities with the residents in the evening.  

Seek-and-find puzzles were offered on Saturday morning for 1:1 fun. Lawrence Welk was played on the televisions of those who wanted to watch him later in the day. We will continue to provide support to our residents and keep them safe during this pandemic. Thank you all for understanding and stay safe and healthy!  



Sunday kicked off our week with resident’s choice at 10 a.m. 

Monday, exercise was held in the main hallway at 10 a.m., followed by manicures at 10:30. The residents had a coloring contest, of course, they all were winners!  

Tuesday, exercise was held in the main hallway at 10 a.m., followed by book club. Bingo, one of the residents’ favorites, was held in the main hallway at 2 p.m. 

We warmed up our Wednesday with hallway exercise. The residents listened to The Golden Age of Country while exercising. Marvin, one of our own residents sang for us in the main hallway at 2 p.m. 

Thursday, worship was held in the main hallway – we sang our favorite hymns together. After singing, we streamed worship live. Bingo was held at 2 p.m. in the main hallway.  

Friday, Sherri Ruchotzke stopped by with her baby sheep, Olivia and Claire, who captured the hearts of every one of us. Book club was held in the main hallway at 10 a.m.  and exercise was held in the main hallway at 2 p.m. 

Saturday, we ended our week with Wheel and Welk, along with many letters and calls from our family and friends. Be safe. On to next week’s adventures.