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Maryland State Fair brought to Lorien Mays Chapel nursing home residents

Although Lorien Mays Chapel nursing home residents were unable to make the mile trip to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Maryland State Fair, the facility's health center made sure they still were able to sample the event.

With the help of the facility's staff and the Community College of Baltimore County Foundation Photo Connection, Lorien brought a piece of the fair to its residents on Thursday afternoon.

"We all grew up going to the state fair," Bernadette Beard, administrator at Lorien Mays Chapel, said. "Unfortunately, that's a tremendous hike for some of our residents at this stage in their lives, so we kind of came up with the idea to bring it together (for them)."

The main attraction was a vibrant set of photographs from the CCBC Foundation Photo Connection that brought the fair's energy to Lorien.

Beard said that Fran Nickey, the daughter of a resident and coordinator of the CCBC program, suggested the idea of bringing the photographs. The residents at Lorien have a deep interest in the cultural arts, Beard said, making the nursing home a perfect showcase for the pictures of the fair's animals, rides, and horse races.

"We thought we'd be able to do some games, share the photographs, and reminisce," Beard said. "When you're talking about reminiscing, there's always a therapeutic value to this as they're aging."

Though the residents make short trips — earlier Thursday, they went to the Towson Farmers Market — reaching the Fairgrounds in Timonium would have been too much for them, Beard said.

Barbara Adelman, a Reisterstown resident rehabilitating a shoulder injury at the facility, said Lorien "really tries" to brighten residents' days with activities such as the Fair Day. Earlier this month, they held a tailgate in advance of a Ravens game."

"I think it's marvelous," said Jessie Stewart, who lived with her sister in Catonsville before going to Lorien to rehabilitate a hip injury. "It's good for the community, and good for the people here."

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