There’s a wealth of activities at Deupree House every month

There’s a wealth of activities at Deupree House every month

There’s a wealth of activities at Deupree House every month

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Life is sweet as a box of chocolates at the Deupree House retirement community in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Any given week, residents can choose an amazing number of fun things to enrich their lives and share experiences with their neighbors. One recent Wednesday afternoon, there was Chocolate Tasting with Emerson Stambaugh and Anna Honerlaw, where residents’ minds were filled with interesting facts about the bewitching treat, and their mouths were delighted by it.

Anna, the director of Life Enrichment at Deupree House, organizes and helps schedule some events, while residents create other offerings.

There’s such a wealth of activities in a particular week or month, “Everybody says it's like a cruise ship,” Anna said. Here’s just a sampling.

Activities at Deupree House are like a box of chocolates

Such fun!

Game Night

Resident Marilee Sand, one of the organizers, said the preferred game is ‘Kings Go Wild,” which she learned in Florida. “We’ve got 18, 19 people that want to play every time.”

“It’s just fun. We all get together, we have some good laughs,” Marilee said. “Everybody’s kind of competitive and loves to play. And we really look forward to it.”

Kings Go Wild

Bus to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Residents buy their own tickets to the internationally acclaimed Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Deupree House supplies door-to-door transportation so they avoid the inconvenience of driving and finding parking spaces.

“Many people tell me one of the reasons they moved to Deupree is the transportation to the symphony, ballet, and Linton (Chamber Music) Series,” Anna said.



Two women who started the ongoing event thought it would be fun to gather with others to knit or create other fabric works, such as crochet. Some have brought sewing machines to make a quilt. The conversation may be even more enjoyable than the hobbies.



The Five-Card Draw poker games are typically played by six residents recently – two men and four women- each bringing $2 to the game. Resident Linda Busken Jergens now organizes the games.

“It’s a way to meet other people,” Linda said. “You have something to focus on, you meet people you wouldn’t otherwise know, and everybody’s there because they want to learn it, or they liked it already.” Meanwhile, Duplicate Bridge also happens weekly.

Alan Gast playing cards - BEST

Trivia with Christopher

Christopher Oakes’ trivia “is one of the most fun things that we have here,” Anna said. Christopher has excellent, well-rounded knowledge, great rapport with residents, and “he’s so funny. People really look forward to it.”

Happy Hour with Brian Cashwell and Andrea Cefalo

Brian is a jazz pianist, and his wife, Andrea, is a vocalist. Events like this are bring-your-own-bottle, and people afterward go to dinner. Other musical performances and concerts happen on the campus during the month.

Films and Documentaries

Films and documentaries are shown through the month, some on Fridays and Saturdays, others on different days. Among them in February were The Color Purple (the 2023 version), You’ve Got Mail, Blazing Saddles, and The Butler.

The Color Purple movie posterQueens Gambit movie poster

Monthly Cocktail Parties

These take on a variety of themes, depending on the month, and offer relaxed fun before dinner. A resident gave a donation more than 30 years ago to “endow” the cocktail party, so it will continue as a staple of Deupree’s social calendar.

Meet with Maisie

Occasionally, ERS Wellness Director Chloe Hough brings in her beautiful dog to provide residents some ‘canine therapy.’

Meet with Maisie 2Meet with Maisie 1

Related blog: How Director of Life Enrichment Anna Honerlaw Helps Deupree House Residents Stay Engaged

Art with Marty

Marty Santos offers art-therapy events. She is a retired art teacher who brings a variety of art mediums residents can use, and she can guide them through ideas on what they may want to create during the hour.

Horticulture Therapy

Horticulturist Robert Evans takes nature to residents. They arrange or plant flowers or other things, enjoying themselves as they do.

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Related blog: Fun with flowers and plants: Horticultural therapy cultivates friendships, joy

Buses to Hyde Park Plaza, Kenwood Towne Center, Trader Joe’s or Rookwood and Fresh Market

Many take the opportunity to visit Kroger, while others have their hair done at a salon. The buses are great for people who have given up driving but still want to do their own shopping and other activities. These are shopping options in some of Greater Cincinnati’s better retail areas. The bus trips are especially popular because the stores’ parking lots often are very crowded.

Deupree House bus

Lots of fitness!

Exercise classes through the week

There are Chair Classes, where people work out in their chairs, Balance Classes, Aqua Aerobics through the week.

Water_AerobicsDeupree House Pool aqua aerobics-3Michael Porte teaches Tai Chi

To schedule a tour of Deupree House, contact Karen Immell at (513) 561-4200.

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