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Science club provides thrills, companionship for young at heart

Posted at 12:02 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 18:49:13-05

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The saying goes, you are never too old to keep learning, and the men and women at Heritage Hall in Lawrenceburg are living proof. Once a month they get together with administrator Lauren Sword for Science Club.

"It's been phenomenal. I love it, and it's actually my favorite hour of every month, " said Sword.

They come up with a hypothesis, and then the magic happens.

Sword explained, "Just seeing their faces and having them talk to me, and just last month I had someone say, 'We believe in you, Lauren. We think it's going to work!'"

On this given day it was an experiment with dish soap, dry ice and warm water that created smoky bubbles that got the biggest reaction, but this club is not just about explosions and big messes, it is also about time spent together.

"It makes me feel important, " said resident Bonnie Crawford. "You know when you're alone and by yourself, and here I have a family."

As an Eden Home, Heritage Hall is accustomed to incorporating things one might not expect to see in a nursing home, like a baby goat, dogs and even chickens. Science Club is the latest addition.

"I just like it all, " Crawford said.

Lauren Sword said no matter how crazy an idea seems, she is willing to try it, all for the sake of making sure the men and women she serves feel stimulated, comfortable and happy.

"I do what I do to make a difference. I love what I do because I can make a difference, and Science Club is just one of those hundreds of millions of things that makes that happen, " Sword explained.