This size screen isn't yet supported. We're working on that.

Sparks Fly on A Carousel Ride

  • Jul 13, 2015
  • Meaghan Puglisi
  • 2-min Read

Mavis-on-carouselMavis’s dad died when she was seven leaving finances for her family extremely tight. Money was used for food and necessities, so riding carousels was a rare luxury. That was 84 years ago. Until Mavis became a Lifespark client, she never thought she’d feel that joyous feeling of riding a carousel again.

While visiting Mavis, her Life Care Manager (LCM), a registered nurse, asked Mavis about all the little trinkets in her apartment. One in particular, the carousel, really caught her attention. Mavis explained that she used to love carousels, especially the ones that went up and down. Because money was tight Mavis shared that she wasn’t able to ride on them as much as she’d have liked. What did her LCM do? She helped Mavis ride on a carousel.

It wasn’t just any carousel either. After some research, her LCM found the original Minnesota State Fair carousel at the Como Park Zoo. This Cafesjian’s Carousel featured rows of antique horses and scenic paintings and is one of the oldest carousels in the country. It was the perfect setting for Mavis’s wish.

Mavis rode the horses with the support of her LCM holding her safely until the ride ended. Mavis‘s smile was picture-perfect as the horses glided to the carousel music.

Somewhere inside Mavis that music is still playing. Through Lifespark’s commitment to helping spark people’s lives, her LCM discovered Mavis’s long-held passion. And on that day, Mavis’s eyes and expression said it all.

Related Articles


Vern Continues to Keep on Mowing

Vern’s Challenges At 80-years old, Vern was hospitalized for chest pain. He also suffered from mild dementia and hearing loss. He was told he would most likely lose his independence and never live on his own again. All he wanted was to go home and ride his lawn mower. Thankfully, Vern and his family turned […]



Elaine Brings Friends Together

Elaine Weise is the quintessential hostess. She had been attending luncheons for years with her church friends, and has always loved the energy and attention to detail that hostessing required. After Elaine moved to Brightondale, a SilverCrest property, she longed for the friendships she had formed and the socials she attended at her church. Not seeing […]



Moment of Beauty Brightens the Soul

Edith Grossman loves to socialize and get pampered. “My mother has exquisite taste and an eye for good design,” said Jane Jenni, Edith’s daughter. According to Jenni, Edith had a weekly hair and manicure appointment as far back as she could remember. Evenings were often spent socializing at Oak Ridge Country Club. “And she especially loved […]