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Posted on May 24, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
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
Posted on May 6, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
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.”
Posted on April 21, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
Recent headlines have described a series of dramatic movements in the financial markets. While many of those movements impact stock prices, as well as what we pay for groceries, gas or loan rates, not everyone really understands how it all works.
Now there is a new online resource available to help explain what those markets mean to everyday life. With easy-to-understand content that everyone from high school students to financial professors will find useful, Futures Fundamentals (www.futuresfundamentals.com) makes understanding markets simple.
The site takes investing concepts like futures, hedging and speculating and shows how they play an essential role in the world around us.
For example, if you purchased your home with the intent of selling it when the market value exceeded the original price, you likely didn’t think you were speculating. Yet that’s exactly what you were doing. You probably think of having car insurance as common sense, but you’re hedging against risk, just like thousands of companies need to do every day.
Futures Fundamentals provides a unique educational experience by linking topics in the news to simple explanations, a glossary of terms, and quizzes to sharpen your knowledge. CME Group—one of the world’s leading derivatives exchanges—created Futures Fundamentals with the goal of making financial education an engaging experience for anyone, regardless of how well versed they are in the world of finance.
“One of the things we’ve seen over the past few years is a real hunger for information about how people and businesses manage risk, and how that risk impacts people’s everyday lives,” said Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications. “Our goal for this site is to be a go-to resource on futures and derivatives, whether you’re a novice on Main Street or an expert on Wall Street.”
Posted on March 28, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
If you or someone you care about feels there’s a slim chance of keeping fit, it may be because of certain common but false ideas. Here’s a look at a few, as well as some facts about weight loss and nutrition.
1. Myth: Healthy eating costs too much.
Fact: Eating better doesn’t have to cost a lot. Try these ideas for healthful eating on a budget:
• Use canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, which may provide as many nutrients as fresh ones at lower cost. Rinse canned veggies before you cook them to remove extra salt. Choose fruit canned in its own juice or packed in water.
• Canned, dried or frozen beans, lentils and peas are healthful sources of protein that last a long time and may not cost much.
2. Myth: If I skip meals, I can lose weight.
Fact: Skipping meals may make you feel hungrier and lead you to eat more than you normally would at your next meal. Consider these ideas:
• For a quick breakfast, make oatmeal with low-fat milk, topped with your favorite fruit.
• For healthful snacks on the go, pack a small low-fat yogurt, whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter, or veggies with hummus.
3. Myth: Physical activity only counts if I can do it for a long time.
Fact: The U.S. government recommends 150 to 300 minutes of activity each week, but you don’t need to do it all at once. To benefit, you can exercise for as few as 10 minutes at a time. Here are some ways to fit activity in:
• If you’re in a safe, well-lit area, get off the bus or train one stop early and walk the rest of the way to where you’re going.
• Plan a game of basketball or soccer or go dancing with friends.
You can get more information from the “Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths” fact sheet created by the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The fact sheet covers more myths, presents facts and offers ways to make healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily life. It also explains the Nutrition Facts label, suggests ways to “eat the rainbow” of healthful fruits and veggies, and lists smart choices for vegetarians and people with lactose intolerance.
For a free copy or more information, call (877) 946-4627 or visit Weight Control Information Network.
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
According to renowned aquatics expert, U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz, water exercise is for everyone. “The magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels,” she states. “Whether in shape or overweight, workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.”
Because it is simultaneously buoyant and resistant, water gives people the ability to relax at the same time they stretch and strengthen their muscles. Pat Bollinger, an instructor of water aerobics at St. George Village, says this benefit is especially helpful for anyone who wants to get aerobic exercise and strength training, but also needs to relieve pressure from their joints.
“You’re in the water, you’re buoyant and you’re not pounding your joints,” she explains. “So, there isn’t any movement that you can’t do in the water.”
Bollinger says that buoyancy isn’t the only benefit water aerobics offers.
“You get your heart rate up and you increase your oxygen level. This helps your brain stay more active,” she states. “And besides that, it’s a lot of fun.”
For a holistic workout that enhances the body, mind and spirit, take to the water!
Posted on March 7, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
Quamaine Edwards, affectionately known as “Q,” is the oldest of several children… and that’s a position that helped to instill in him a strong work ethic and the importance of setting a good example.
“When you’re the oldest of five children and also the oldest grandchild, you’re put in a leadership position,” he says. “So, you have to set a good example.”
Quamaine sets a good example every day in his job as a service technician in SGV’s maintenance department. He truly looks forward to coming to work.
“I like putting a smile on the residents’ faces here. They’re like grandparents to me,” he explains. “I enjoy taking care of their needs and making sure they’re okay.”
An all-around athlete, Quamaine played football and basketball and ran track in high school, and later attended South Carolina State University on a football scholarship. Today, he uses those skills to coach 8-and-under boys basketball for the Marietta Parks & Recreation Department.
The father of a seven-month-old, Q says he hopes his son has inherited his athletic ability.
“Just to make sure, I’m going to get him started early!” he laughs.
Quamaine was recently named St. George Village’s Care Partner of the Quarter.
Posted on February 28, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
Several of our members have been busy constructing and painting birdhouses to set up around the St. George Village community for all members to enjoy. Frank Wooten, Director of Plant Operations, is our construction expert overseeing the project. The group made houses for bluebirds, wrens and sparrows, and wood ducks. Their next project will be constructing habitats for butterflies and bats.
Workshop participants include Dan Loposer, Martha LaVielle, Jackie Lyons, Agnes Sercer, JoAnn Smith, SGV Fitness Coordinator Lesley Thompson, Harold Tinley and Bob Worden.
Posted on February 17, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
As a senior, you’ve probably come to expect that your hair will turn gray and that you may lose a step or two in your tango. But did you know that feeling extremely tired or short of breath may signal a deeper, underlying problem? Aortic stenosis may be the culprit.
Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from this progressive disease in which the aortic valve in the heart narrows. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, including the buildup of calcium in the heart valve, a birth defect, rheumatic fever, or radiation therapy. Approximately 250,000 people suffer from the most severe form of aortic stenosis.
Aortic stenosis symptoms are often mistaken for signs of “normal” aging and may cause you to experience the following:
• Chest pain or tightness
• Shortness of breath
• Lightheadedness, dizziness, and/or fainting
• Heart palpitations
• Swollen ankles and feet
• Difficulty walking short distances or exercising
• Sensations of a rapid fluttering heartbeat
• The need to sleep sitting upright instead of lying flat in bed
• Unable or unfit to engage in physical activities that you used to enjoy
If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away as they may be signs of a serious health issue.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association guidelines recommend treatment quickly once a person is diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis. Once people begin experiencing symptoms, studies indicate that up to 50 percent of those with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis will not survive more than an average of two years. These are indeed sobering statistics.
Fortunately there are treatment options available for aortic stenosis, which may help to extend and improve your quality of life. Therefore, it is important to recognize the symptoms.
Visit NewHeartValve.com to learn more about severe aortic stenosis and to locate a specialized Heart Team near you.
Posted on January 31, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
When Jim Sterling was present for the groundbreaking of St. George Village back in 2003, he and his wife, Alice, were interested in the community… but not yet ready to leave their home in a nearby subdivision. They visited again in 2005 when the life care community opened for residency… and Jim still wasn’t ready to leave home. But two years later, the Sterlings knew it was finally the right time to make St. George Village their permanent home.
“Even though we were both still active and able to drive at the time, the signs were there. Little things started happening,” recalls Alice. “We were eventually going to need some help.”
The Sterlings first moved into a two-bedroom apartment, and later downsized to a one-bedroom apartment when they realized they needed even less space. Then, when they both needed the help that Alice had foreseen, the couple moved into The Springs, the assisted living community within St. George Village.
The Sterlings are still able to enjoy all of the amenities that were available to them in independent living, but they now receive welcome assistance with day-to-day tasks.
“We enjoy three meals a day in the dining room, and all of the cleaning and any shopping we need is done for us now,” says Alice, who has experienced issues with her shoulder. “Our laundry is also done for us — three times a week! I have assistance with showering and we have help for any other health needs we might experience.”
Although Alice and Jim no longer drive, they don’t worry about transportation. They simply take advantage of SGV’s bus service, which ferries them to doctors’ appointments, the bank, grocery store, pharmacy and local department stores. Alice plays bridge a couple of times a week and reads voraciously. And Jim, although he doesn’t get out on the golf course as he did in the past, is still a sport — he loves watching baseball and football. They both enjoy the beautiful grounds outdoors at SGV.
“We originally came to St. George Village for all the amenities you can enjoy while still living independently. But we knew when we needed help, the facilities and staff would be there for us,” says Alice. “We really don’t lack for anything, now that we’ve moved into assisted living. I’m glad we’re here!
Posted on January 24, 2014 by Stacy Anthony
A lively group of St. George Village residents and staff recently visited The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta to view the special exhibition, Return to Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store.
Founded in 1867, Rich’s Department Store grew into one of the most influential and beloved institutions in Atlanta before being absorbed into Macy’s in 2005. The interactive exhibit spans 150 years of Atlanta’s favorite store and features beloved traditions such as the Magnolia Room, The Pink Pig, The Great Tree and Fashionata.
FYI, Return to Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store will be on display at The Breman through May 27, 2014.