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  • Celebrating the “First 100” Years

    Centenarian or 99+ year-old teen? Those who know Gertrude “Trudy” Melun are hard-pressed to believe that this young lady with such a zest for life just celebrated her 100th birthday!

    Known for her signature, “Hey lady!” Trudy greets everyone with a smile and is beloved by family and friends. She is interesting and interested, staying informed about local, national and international news as well as what’s going on with her family, friends, and fellow residents and the staff at SGV. Trudy’s strong faith and love for her church guide her as she seeks to make the most of every day.

    To honor Trudy on her 100th birthday, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood proclaimed September 11, 2014 “Trudy Melun Day.” Mayor Wood stopped by SGV to join in the fun at Trudy’s birthday celebration.

    We wish Trudy all the best as she embarks on the next 100 years of her remarkable life!

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  • The Healthy Benefits of Pet Ownership

    SGV resident Pat Smith says it just wouldn’t feel like home without her faithful companion, Mia.

    Evidence suggests that four-legged friends provide a number of health benefits for older adults, according to Pet Partners, a nonprofit organization that promotes positive human-animal interactions to improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of both. A number of studies have shown that seniors who own pets actually go to the doctor less with minor health issues.

    Additionally, research has shown that interacting with animals can help people decrease their cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. And, the companionship that pets provide motivates older adults to be more involved in daily activities and encourages socializing.

    At St. George Village, we understand the importance of the bond between people and their four-legged family members and, as a pet-friendly lifecare community, are pleased to welcome them!

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  • Visiting the Rich History of Martha Berry

    SGV tourists enter Oak Hill, the historic home of Berry College founder Martha Berry.

    Twenty St. Georgia Villagers recently hopped on the bus for a drive up to Rome, Ga. and a visit to Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum at Berry College. Oak Hill is the historic Greek Revival home and estate of Berry College founder Martha Berry. The Martha Berry Museum houses a permanent exhibition that traces the evolution of the Berry Schools into Berry College.

    The group received a tour of the home (which has been featured in movies such as Sweet Home Alabama and Remember the Titans), led by Berry College students, and visited the Museum, Aunt Martha’s Cottage (the former home of Martha Berry’s servant who became caretaker of the estate), and the estate’s gardens.

    No one went hungry on this trip! The first stop was lunch at the Harvest Moon Café and the adjacent HoneyMoon Bakery in downtown Rome.


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  • Skyline Viewing and Sippable Orange Creamsicles

    SGV resident Jack Dudley waves as he waits to board the SkyView Ferris Wheel.

    A group of intrepid St. George Villagers recently ventured south to Centennial Park in Atlanta to take a ride on the SkyView Ferris Wheel.

    Towering nearly 20 stories above the Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas that hold up to six people.

    Marie Monteleone, seated in a gondola, awaits take-off.

    Guests are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area.

    Afterward, the fearless riders stopped by an Atlanta landmark, The Varsity, for an F.O.! (If you’re not up on Varsity lingo, F.O. is the restaurant’s iconic frosted orange drink.)


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  • Boys on the Town!

    How about a little male bonding?

    The Men’s Club of St. George Village offers an opportunity for fun and fellowship — just for the fellas. The Club’s first outing to the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub for lunch (along with Guinness, ales and lagers!) was so popular that it has been established as a regular event.

    Each month, the Men’s Club enjoys lunch at a nearby pub or restaurant. They are joined by SGV Executive Director Mark Lowell and additional staff members such as Physical Therapist Kevin Wildes from Genesis Rehab and Director of Plant Operations and Concierge Services Frank Wooten.

    Most recently, 19 members of the Club lunched, laughed and swapped stories at Miller’s Ale House in Roswell.


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  • Fire Up the Grill for Flavor This Summer

    Nothing says “summertime” like firing up the grill and gathering friends and family to enjoy dining alfresco. The secret to effortless summer entertaining is to use tried and trusted ingredients that complement the flavors of your favorite seasonal foods. Try these tips to prepare tasty meals outdoors for the whole family.


    Always clean the grill with a wire brush and heat it for at least 20 minutes before cooking. Keep food in the refrigerator until the grill is ready.

    Marinate fish and meat before cooking to add flavor and zing. Try Crosse & Blackwell® zesty Seafood Cocktail Sauce to complement succulent seafood like fresh shrimp, crab and lobster. It can also be used to lend a lively accent to salad dressings and pasta dishes.


    Use a meat thermometer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises cooking red meat to a minimum internal temperature of 145° F. Ground meats should be cooked to 160° F and poultry to 165° F.

    Always place cooked food on a clean plate so it doesn’t come in contact with uncooked meat juices. Wrap leftovers and refrigerate within two hours of cooking.

    Remember, the grill isn’t just for meat. Experiment with vegetables to add a delicious and colorful punch to the plate. Slice zucchini, eggplant, squash, onions and peppers, then coat with a tablespoon of olive oil and seasonings before cooking. Skewer vegetables with meat to make kebabs or add them to salads and side dishes.

    Fruits make great grill mates, too. The caramelized flavors of grilled apples, peaches, pineapple and bananas are delicious served with fresh cream or a scoop of gelato.


    To add vibrant flavor and gourmet flair to grilled food, side dishes, pasta and buns, consider condiments such as salty capers or tropical chutney. Crosse & Blackwell Major Grey’s Chutney is fruity and full bodied, combining choice herbs, spices and luscious tropical fruits and vegetables. It makes for a delicious appetizer when poured over cream cheese or can serve as a unique marinade for pork or chicken.

    You can find many free grilling recipes are available online! Here’s one site to get you started: Crosse & Blackwell 2014 Guide to Summer Dining.

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  • A Life Care Community Offers Many Benefits

    It began with the sound advice of family members, says Jean Moll of her and her husband Don’s decision to move into a life care community.

    “Two of my cousins were living in continuous care retirement communities and both loved their lifestyle. We talked about it at length and they gave me their honest viewpoint,” she recalls. “They told us it was a very good deal, financially, too.”

    The Molls next sought the advice of their investment advisor. “We wanted to be sure we could afford to make the move into a life care community,” Jean says. “Our advisor helped us sort out our financial picture and see that it was a sound investment.”

    The Molls decided that living at St. George Village would be a wise decision, both for the present and the future, and they moved into the community in December 2005. Soon, the benefits of residing in a life care community became apparent, when Don moved into the memory care neighborhood and later skilled nursing.

    Although Don recently passed away, Jean still resides independently at SGV. She takes advantage of the many benefits that a vibrant life care community has to offer, including attending church services, exercise classes and educational and cultural events, as well as the excellent meals provided by dining services. “I love not having to cook!” she laughs.

    Jean says she is grateful not only for the care that Don received as his health needs changed, but also for the assurance that the same level of care will be available to her if and when she needs it.

    “Our investment has assured I’ll be taken care of, no matter what my needs are in the future,” she says.

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  • Visiting Georgia’s Supreme Court

    A group of St. George Village residents recently experienced a very interesting visit to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

    Therese (Tee) Barnes, Supreme Court Clerk and daughter of St. George Village resident Mildred Stiffler, arranged the tour, which included viewing a court video in the courtroom and a visit with Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines from Cobb County. Judge Hines gave an informative presentation and then answered questions. The group also was given a “behind-the-scenes” look at the robing room, and several SGV residents actually donned robes for a group photo in the courtroom with Judge Hines. At the end of the tour, each visitor received a gift bag, which included a pen set engraved with the words, “Supreme Court of Georgia.”

    Our group was honored to receive such hospitality from the Court employees and to have the opportunity for this most memorable experience!

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  • In Honor of Those Who Served Our Country

    Every year in observance of Memorial Day, the front lawn of St. George Village is filled with American flags. The flags honor all of the brave men and women in our nation’s service who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedom.

    The flags, kindly donated by Roswell Funeral Home, are also part of St. George Village’s annual spring fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Those who live and work at SGV and their families and friends can “sponsor” a flag in memory or honor of a loved one for a small donation — the proceeds help fund ongoing Alzheimer’s disease research.

    Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours. — Wallace Bruce

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  • The Key to Intelligent Investing: Life Care

    Paul Lang

    Paul Lang is a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

    Making sound investments is always an important goal to strive for, but as we age, it becomes even more important to invest our resources wisely and for the optimal return. Investment advisor Paul Lang say that most of his older clients have one particular question in mind about their investments.

    “The main thing they want to know is how they can arrange to have enough money to take care of themselves… when they get to the point they have trouble taking care of themselves,” he says. “The cost of care for seniors is very high. Many people worry that they will not be able to afford it.”

    Lang assists his clients by providing information, and helping them decipher actual costs and estimate future costs so that they can make the best decisions for their retirement.

    “It’s much easier to plan for the future when you have a good understanding of the bigger picture, so I’ll walk the client through different scenarios, such as what if you have a stroke or memory issues or become physically disabled? Then, we’ll discuss how to prepare for those situations,” he says. “You know that if you have enough money, you can set aside funds for the eventuality that you’ll need care. But the big question is, how much money will you actually have to have?”

    The next step is to run financial assessments and determine what kind of impact withdrawals will have on the client’s investment portfolio. An estimate of the future costs of healthcare should also be taken into account.

    Lang advises his clients to have some form of long-term care insurance as the best plan for protecting their assets, something that will provide for escalating health needs. And he believes that a life care community is a great long-term care investment for seniors — one that will provide a comfortable lifestyle and the assurance of care regardless of health needs.

    “A life care community like St. George Village is a sound investment,” he states. “You can maintain your quality lifestyle and have peace of mind, knowing you’ll be taken care of in the future if your health declines…without the worry of increased costs.”

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