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ment. “I do it to be healthy and it works. I’ve exercised regularly for the last 30 years. I’ve been going to the rehab center for the last five years, but before that I would do a five-mile walk in the park,” said Lancon. “This definitely keeps me healthy and going. I thank God for what I have. I sometimes fool my own self.” Lancon, a welder by trade, said he retired at the age of 62, but turned to crawfishing as a means of staying active and continued until he reached his 80th birthday. “I don’t push my mind or body to exceed my capabilities. I don’t overload my mind and I try to keep my mind on what is necessary,” he said.

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evelyn Boutte works at solving a crossword puzzle. Ilene George, 88, a resident of Franklin, said it’s important for both young and old to keep their mind stimulated. She still enjoys playing duplicate bridge, reading on her Kindle and watching television

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old age. She also believes it is important to keep the mind active to avoid that lapse of memory moments often referred to as “senior moments.” She is still physically active and turns to Petit Point needlepoint to keep her mind active. Mayer said she began doing needlepoint work in the 1970s and hadn’t stopped yet. “You have to follow a pattern so this puts my brain to work. Petit Point requires 1,600 stitches a square inch so you have to be really focused, while regular needlepoint requires only 476 stitches” said Mayer. Her museum-quality needlepoint earned her a national award in the 1993, with her needlepoint featured on the

cover of National Needlepoint Magazine. Evelyn Boutte said she is a constant reader, enjoys crossword puzzles as a way to stimulate her mind and often plays bridge on the Internet. She doesn’t shy away from technology and is a big fan of Facebook. At the age of 83, Boutte said she sometimes finds herself giving advice to younger people on technology. She served as a tour guide for the Shadows-on-the-Teche for the past eight years, but recently had to limit some of her outside activities since she now serves as a fulltime caregiver of her husband who is disabled. “I think it is important for older people to keep their mind and body active,” she said. The Daily iberian

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ilene george, 88, is all smiles when she looks over her bridge hand. george, a resident of Franklin plays duplicate bridge regularly to keep her mind sharp.

newspaper and watching game shows such as Wheel of Fortune keeps my mind motivated,” said Benoit. Benoit volunteers at Dauterive Hospital, Council on Aging and serves as a volunteer tour guide at the Shadows-on-the-Teche. “You always get a lot more out of it than you put in and it is a way to maintain friendships and stay remain socially active,” she said. Benoit, a Nebraska native, said she is still alert and capable of driving long distances, noting the fact that she made a trip back to her home state alone and drove the entire distance. Joy Mayer, 84, said there is longevity in her family, but she isn’t counting on genetics alone to get her through

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Walter J. Latiolais Sr., was named Volunteer of the Quarter by Iberia Parish Council on Aging. Latiolais has been a resident of Loreauville almost all his life, although he has done extensive traveling with his employment. Latiolais, 86, has been a volunteer with Iberia Council on Aging for about six years. He can often be found with camera in hand at many of the ICOA events taking pictures and videos. He was married to the late Dorothy Toffier Latiolais for 61 years and

opened in had four the Gulf children. of Mexico, He also Latiolais lost his took a job youngest as a roughdaughter neck on five years the first rig ago. He in the Gulf served in with Kerr the Army McGee of at Okinawa Oklahoma. Hospital, in Okinawa, Lee BaLL / the daiLy iBerian After Japan Walter latiolais Sr. has cam- working in 1946. era in hand ready to take as installation manHe was Icoa photos. ager in trained as the North Sea he decided a laboratory and surgical to retire after 25 years technician and pursued and took a short period that career when he of time off, then went to returned to civilian life work with Mallard Well at the original LaSalette Services as an offshore Hospital in Loreauville. superintendent for one When the oilfield

years and tried retirement again. After another short time off he helped his sonin-law start a business and became that company’s consultant and head of sales. He finally retired at the age of 77. Latiolais has numerous hobbies. He makes and repairs jewelry, spends lot of time on his computer and is a faithful Saints fan who loves football. He also enjoys visits from his children and grandchildren. He is a favorite of mine — maybe because he’s my Dad. I’m very proud of him and could probably write reams of paper about him, but I’ll stop here.

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as it was my birthday. My aunts who raised me always felt that I might get cheated out of gifts, so that was my special day. Friends came over and I was allowed to use the pretty pink Depression glass dessert plates and bowls for the cake and ice cream. He brought me to his family so I could be raised properly. Family was very important to us and that is what a lot of tradition is about getting together as a family continuing the things that others before us did; and then finding new things

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his quarter I am writing to you about holiday traditions and how they have made many of us become part of a family, a community or a way of life. Alvin Merritt, a Iberia Council on Aging Board member, said that they always had a traditional Christmas meal, along with gumbo. Everybody pitched in for this meal and the entire family got together. He even went on to say that the family decided to enlarge the family home so that they could continue to gather as a family as the family grew in size. My neighbors Henry and Tina Farichild said that Christmas and the holidays were the only times they had cakes and punch. Everyone got together in the family and celebrated for

a week. It ended with Le Petite Bonhomme on New Year’s Eve. Salverine Malveaux, one of my employees said that everyone would gather together on Christmas Eve and would make homemade eggnog with egg whites and a little spiking of the mixture, and her father would tell stories as everyone in the family would prepare the Christmas luncheon. She said this preparation went on all night long. Connie Guidry, another employee, said that her mother always made a pot roast, stewed peas (yes, the peas were cooked in a roux and I can tell you from experience, it is wonderful), and homemade eggnog. Her family bought all the candy canes they could and the candy canes decorated the tree.

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season and the fruitcake to mellow with the rum. Our attic was cold and I guess we didn’t have to worry about mice like you do down here after the cane is cut. For my family, we always had oyster stew on Christmas Eve with the little oyster crackers, and then everyone would gather at our house and we would exchange gifts. Then, on Christmas Day, we would go to my grandmother’s house, where the feasting began anew. But being in North Carolina, the food was different. We would have the ham (my grandfather had a smokehouse in his backyard), turkey and roast, but we always had stuffing. New Year’s Eve was my day

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failed throughout the years. She still takes pleasure in sharing the stories of ration times during World War II, the Kansas Dust Bowl and a whistle stop visit by President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Janice Benoit, a retired nurse, knows the importance of staying active mentally and physically. Benoit, 80, attends tai chi classes three times a week and remains involved in United Methodist Church projects. “For your memory to be sharp, it is important to keep your mind motivated. I’m a regular at the library and always leave with a stack of books. Reading the FroM Page a1

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sharp mind is due to mental exercise as well as physical and social activity do not depend on fate or a good quality of family genetics to prevent cognitive decline. They are constantly striving to boost their brain power by volunteering, working on crossword puzzles, playing bridge, reading and needlepoint. They are not afraid to get moving and remain active throughout the day. Ovide Lancon turned 92 recently but his mind is sharp and he has not experienced any cognitive decline. Four months ago he made the decision to move to Azalea Assisted Living, but that hasn’t slowed him down. Five days a week he drives himself to Iberia Medical Cardiac Rehab Center for a two-hour workout on the treadmill and exercise equipMonDay, DeceMber 9, 2013

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emory lapses can be frightening for people who are reaching the 65 and over mark. Forgetting a name, misplacing keys, losing a trend of thought or forgetting a familiar route can be alarming. But recent studies have shown that cognitive abilities can improve into older age with simple behavior changes. Tips to improve everyday memory and boost brain function offered by the American Psychological Association website include socializing, adding physical activities and exercise to the daily routine and training the brain using mnemonic strategies. Five Teche Area residents, ranging in ages from 80 to 92, claim their

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as it was my birthday. My aunts who raised me always felt that I might get cheated out of gifts, so that was my special day. Friends came over and I was allowed to use the pretty pink Depression glass dessert plates and bowls for the cake and ice cream. He brought me to his family so I could be raised properly. Family was very important to us and that is what a lot of tradition is about getting together as a family continuing the things that others before us did; and then finding new things

for our own families. As the older members of the family die, it is up to the others to continue the traditions and someone else picks up the reins. As Frank Olivier, a board member stated, it is about the family being together. I hope all of you have wonderful traditions that make your holidays special to you and your family. I hope all of you have a spiritual and blessed Christmas, and may your New Year be one with hope for the future with traditions that bring you all together.

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cover of National Needlepoint Magazine. Evelyn Boutte said she is a constant reader, enjoys crossword puzzles as a way to stimulate her mind and often plays bridge on the Internet. She doesn’t shy away from technology and is a big fan of Facebook. At the age of 83, Boutte said she sometimes finds herself giving advice to younger people on technology. She served as a tour guide for the Shadows-on-the-Teche for the past eight years, but recently had to limit some of her outside activities since she now serves as a fulltime caregiver of her husband who is disabled. “I think it is important for older people to keep their mind and body active,” she said.

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his quarter I am writing to you about holiday traditions and how they have made many of us become part of a family, a community or a way of life. Alvin Merritt, a Iberia Council on Aging Board member, said that they always had a traditional Christmas meal, along with gumbo. Everybody pitched in for this meal and the entire family got together. He even went on to say that the family decided to enlarge the family home so that they could continue to gather as a family as the family grew in size. My neighbors Henry and Tina Farichild said that Christmas and the holidays were the only times they had cakes and punch. Everyone got together in the family and celebrated for

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old age. She also believes it is important to keep the mind active to avoid that lapse of memory moments often referred to as “senior moments.” She is still physically active and turns to Petit Point needlepoint to keep her mind active. Mayer said she began doing needlepoint work in the 1970s and hadn’t stopped yet. “You have to follow a pattern so this puts my brain to work. Petit Point requires 1,600 stitches a square inch so you have to be really focused, while regular needlepoint requires only 476 stitches” said Mayer. Her museum-quality needlepoint earned her a national award in the 1993, with her needlepoint featured on the

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newspaper and watching game shows such as Wheel of Fortune keeps my mind motivated,” said Benoit. Benoit volunteers at Dauterive Hospital, Council on Aging and serves as a volunteer tour guide at the Shadows-on-the-Teche. “You always get a lot more out of it than you put in and it is a way to maintain friendships and stay remain socially active,” she said. Benoit, a Nebraska native, said she is still alert and capable of driving long distances, noting the fact that she made a trip back to her home state alone and drove the entire distance. Joy Mayer, 84, said there is longevity in her family, but she isn’t counting on genetics alone to get her through

years and tried retirement again. After another short time off he helped his sonin-law start a business and became that company’s consultant and head of sales. He finally retired at the age of 77. Latiolais has numerous hobbies. He makes and repairs jewelry, spends lot of time on his computer and is a faithful Saints fan who loves football. He also enjoys visits from his children and grandchildren. He is a favorite of mine — maybe because he’s my Dad. I’m very proud of him and could probably write reams of paper about him, but I’ll stop here.

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failed throughout the years. She still takes pleasure in sharing the stories of ration times during World War II, the Kansas Dust Bowl and a whistle stop visit by President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Janice Benoit, a retired nurse, knows the importance of staying active mentally and physically. Benoit, 80, attends tai chi classes three times a week and remains involved in United Methodist Church projects. “For your memory to be sharp, it is important to keep your mind motivated. I’m a regular at the library and always leave with a stack of books. Reading the

Walter J. Latiolais Sr., was named Volunteer of the Quarter by Iberia Parish Council on Aging. Latiolais has been a resident of Loreauville almost all his life, although he has done extensive traveling with his employment. Latiolais, 86, has been a volunteer with Iberia Council on Aging for about six years. He can often be found with camera in hand at many of the ICOA events taking pictures and videos. He was married to the late Dorothy Toffier Latiolais for 61 years and

opened in had four the Gulf children. of Mexico, He also Latiolais lost his took a job youngest as a roughdaughter neck on five years the first rig ago. He in the Gulf served in with Kerr the Army McGee of at Okinawa Oklahoma. Hospital, in Okinawa, Lee BaLL / the daiLy iBerian After Japan Walter latiolais Sr. has cam- working in 1946. era in hand ready to take as installation manHe was Icoa photos. ager in trained as the North Sea he decided a laboratory and surgical to retire after 25 years technician and pursued and took a short period that career when he of time off, then went to returned to civilian life work with Mallard Well at the original LaSalette Services as an offshore Hospital in Loreauville. superintendent for one When the oilfield

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sharp mind is due to mental exercise as well as physical and social activity do not depend on fate or a good quality of family genetics to prevent cognitive decline. They are constantly striving to boost their brain power by volunteering, working on crossword puzzles, playing bridge, reading and needlepoint. They are not afraid to get moving and remain active throughout the day. Ovide Lancon turned 92 recently but his mind is sharp and he has not experienced any cognitive decline. Four months ago he made the decision to move to Azalea Assisted Living, but that hasn’t slowed him down. Five days a week he drives himself to Iberia Medical Cardiac Rehab Center for a two-hour workout on the treadmill and exercise equip-

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emory lapses can be frightening for people who are reaching the 65 and over mark. Forgetting a name, misplacing keys, losing a trend of thought or forgetting a familiar route can be alarming. But recent studies have shown that cognitive abilities can improve into older age with simple behavior changes. Tips to improve everyday memory and boost brain function offered by the American Psychological Association website include socializing, adding physical activities and exercise to the daily routine and training the brain using mnemonic strategies. Five Teche Area residents, ranging in ages from 80 to 92, claim their

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ment. “I do it to be healthy and it works. I’ve exercised regularly for the last 30 years. I’ve been going to the rehab center for the last five years, but before that I would do a five-mile walk in the park,” said Lancon. “This definitely keeps me healthy and going. I thank God for what I have. I sometimes fool my own self.” Lancon, a welder by trade, said he retired at the age of 62, but turned to crawfishing as a means of staying active and continued until he reached his 80th birthday. “I don’t push my mind or body to exceed my capabilities. I don’t overload my mind and I try to keep my mind on what is necessary,” he said.

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ment. “I do it to be healthy and it works. I’ve exercised regularly for the last 30 years. I’ve been going to the rehab center for the last five years, but before that I would do a five-mile walk in the park,” said Lancon. “This definitely keeps me healthy and going. I thank God for what I have. I sometimes fool my own self.” Lancon, a welder by trade, said he retired at the age of 62, but turned to crawfishing as a means of staying active and continued until he reached his 80th birthday. “I don’t push my mind or body to exceed my capabilities. I don’t overload my mind and I try to keep my mind on what is necessary,” he said.

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evelyn Boutte works at solving a crossword puzzle. Ilene George, 88, a resident of Franklin, said it’s important for both young and old to keep their mind stimulated. She still enjoys playing duplicate bridge, reading on her Kindle and watching television

quiz shows. George stays in touch with family and friends through Facebook and enjoys playing mind-challenging games on the internet. “Duplicate bridge is a little more competitive so you really

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a week. It ended with Le Petite Bonhomme on New Year’s Eve. Salverine Malveaux, one of my employees said that everyone would gather together on Christmas Eve and would make homemade eggnog with egg whites and a little spiking of the mixture, and her father would tell stories as everyone in the family would prepare the Christmas luncheon. She said this preparation went on all night long. Connie Guidry, another employee, said that her mother always made a pot roast, stewed peas (yes, the peas were cooked in a roux and I can tell you from experience, it is wonderful), and homemade eggnog. Her family bought all the candy canes they could and the candy canes decorated the tree.

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as it was my birthday. My aunts who raised me always felt that I might get cheated out of gifts, so that was my special day. Friends came over and I was allowed to use the pretty pink Depression glass dessert plates and bowls for the cake and ice cream. He brought me to his family so I could be raised properly. Family was very important to us and that is what a lot of tradition is about getting together as a family continuing the things that others before us did; and then finding new things

for our own families. As the older members of the family die, it is up to the others to continue the traditions and someone else picks up the reins. As Frank Olivier, a board member stated, it is about the family being together. I hope all of you have wonderful traditions that make your holidays special to you and your family. I hope all of you have a spiritual and blessed Christmas, and may your New Year be one with hope for the future with traditions that bring you all together.

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old age. She also believes it is important to keep the mind active to avoid that lapse of memory moments often referred to as “senior moments.” She is still physically active and turns to Petit Point needlepoint to keep her mind active. Mayer said she began doing needlepoint work in the 1970s and hadn’t stopped yet. “You have to follow a pattern so this puts my brain to work. Petit Point requires 1,600 stitches a square inch so you have to be really focused, while regular needlepoint requires only 476 stitches” said Mayer. Her museum-quality needlepoint earned her a national award in the 1993, with her needlepoint featured on the

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years and tried retirement again. After another short time off he helped his sonin-law start a business and became that company’s consultant and head of sales. He finally retired at the age of 77. Latiolais has numerous hobbies. He makes and repairs jewelry, spends lot of time on his computer and is a faithful Saints fan who loves football. He also enjoys visits from his children and grandchildren. He is a favorite of mine — maybe because he’s my Dad. I’m very proud of him and could probably write reams of paper about him, but I’ll stop here.

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Walter J. Latiolais Sr., was named Volunteer of the Quarter by Iberia Parish Council on Aging. Latiolais has been a resident of Loreauville almost all his life, although he has done extensive traveling with his employment. Latiolais, 86, has been a volunteer with Iberia Council on Aging for about six years. He can often be found with camera in hand at many of the ICOA events taking pictures and videos. He was married to the late Dorothy Toffier Latiolais for 61 years and

opened in had four the Gulf children. of Mexico, He also Latiolais lost his took a job youngest as a roughdaughter neck on five years the first rig ago. He in the Gulf served in with Kerr the Army McGee of at Okinawa Oklahoma. Hospital, in Okinawa, Lee BaLL / the daiLy iBerian After Japan Walter latiolais Sr. has cam- working in 1946. era in hand ready to take as installation manHe was Icoa photos. ager in trained as the North Sea he decided a laboratory and surgical to retire after 25 years technician and pursued and took a short period that career when he of time off, then went to returned to civilian life work with Mallard Well at the original LaSalette Services as an offshore Hospital in Loreauville. superintendent for one When the oilfield

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old age. She also believes it is important to keep the mind active to avoid that lapse of memory moments often referred to as “senior moments.” She is still physically active and turns to Petit Point needlepoint to keep her mind active. Mayer said she began doing needlepoint work in the 1970s and hadn’t stopped yet. “You have to follow a pattern so this puts my brain to work. Petit Point requires 1,600 stitches a square inch so you have to be really focused, while regular needlepoint requires only 476 stitches” said Mayer. Her museum-quality needlepoint earned her a national award in the 1993, with her needlepoint featured on the

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Walter J. Latiolais Sr., was named Volunteer of the Quarter by Iberia Parish Council on Aging. Latiolais has been a resident of Loreauville almost all his life, although he has done extensive traveling with his employment. Latiolais, 86, has been a volunteer with Iberia Council on Aging for about six years. He can often be found with camera in hand at many of the ICOA events taking pictures and videos. He was married to the late Dorothy Toffier Latiolais for 61 years and

opened in had four the Gulf children. of Mexico, He also Latiolais lost his took a job youngest as a roughdaughter neck on five years the first rig ago. He in the Gulf served in with Kerr the Army McGee of at Okinawa Oklahoma. Hospital, in Okinawa, Lee BaLL / the daiLy iBerian After Japan Walter latiolais Sr. has cam- working in 1946. era in hand ready to take as installation manHe was Icoa photos. ager in trained as the North Sea he decided a laboratory and surgical to retire after 25 years technician and pursued and took a short period that career when he of time off, then went to returned to civilian life work with Mallard Well at the original LaSalette Services as an offshore Hospital in Loreauville. superintendent for one When the oilfield

years and tried retirement again. After another short time off he helped his sonin-law start a business and became that company’s consultant and head of sales. He finally retired at the age of 77. Latiolais has numerous hobbies. He makes and repairs jewelry, spends lot of time on his computer and is a faithful Saints fan who loves football. He also enjoys visits from his children and grandchildren. He is a favorite of mine — maybe because he’s my Dad. I’m very proud of him and could probably write reams of paper about him, but I’ll stop here.

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as it was my birthday. My aunts who raised me always felt that I might get cheated out of gifts, so that was my special day. Friends came over and I was allowed to use the pretty pink Depression glass dessert plates and bowls for the cake and ice cream. He brought me to his family so I could be raised properly. Family was very important to us and that is what a lot of tradition is about getting together as a family continuing the things that others before us did; and then finding new things

for our own families. As the older members of the family die, it is up to the others to continue the traditions and someone else picks up the reins. As Frank Olivier, a board member stated, it is about the family being together. I hope all of you have wonderful traditions that make your holidays special to you and your family. I hope all of you have a spiritual and blessed Christmas, and may your New Year be one with hope for the future with traditions that bring you all together.

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a week. It ended with Le Petite Bonhomme on New Year’s Eve. Salverine Malveaux, one of my employees said that everyone would gather together on Christmas Eve and would make homemade eggnog with egg whites and a little spiking of the mixture, and her father would tell stories as everyone in the family would prepare the Christmas luncheon. She said this preparation went on all night long. Connie Guidry, another employee, said that her mother always made a pot roast, stewed peas (yes, the peas were cooked in a roux and I can tell you from experience, it is wonderful), and homemade eggnog. Her family bought all the candy canes they could and the candy canes decorated the tree.

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ment. “I do it to be healthy and it works. I’ve exercised regularly for the last 30 years. I’ve been going to the rehab center for the last five years, but before that I would do a five-mile walk in the park,” said Lancon. “This definitely keeps me healthy and going. I thank God for what I have. I sometimes fool my own self.” Lancon, a welder by trade, said he retired at the age of 62, but turned to crawfishing as a means of staying active and continued until he reached his 80th birthday. “I don’t push my mind or body to exceed my capabilities. I don’t overload my mind and I try to keep my mind on what is necessary,” he said.

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Garden View of New Iberia is an active community, which provides Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, and Short Term Stay Options.



Trained and Passionate Staff available 24 hours a day.





Three nutritious and home style meals prepared with resident input daily, sure to make your holiday a delicious one! Daily schedule of activities, designed to put you in the holiday spirit.

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256-5492

Stop by and meet our team for lunch and a tour.

1000 Darby Lane, New Iberia 337-364-2266

101 E. SAINT PETER ST. NEW IBERIA, LA 70560

Prices are quote double occupancy per person

1000gardenview.org Darby Lane, New Iberia 337-364-2266 gardenview.org

For more information call 337.517.8177 • 936.546.5962 or 337.962.5709 XNLV125485

Stop by and meet our team for lunch and a tour!


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