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  • Exploring Your Family’s History Can Be Fun, Rewarding

    Americans can get help digging for their roots now that the 1940 U.S. Census is available, free, online.

    If you’re like most senior Americans, you like to feel connected: to the past, to a place and to others. No matter your age, discovering your family history can be a rewarding way to establish those connections and help uncover who you are and where you came from.

    It can start simply by identifying who is in your extended family. You may be able to find the names of your ancestors—grandmothers, uncles, cousins—going back hundreds of years. Next, you can get to know them, learn where they were born, whom they married, how they made a living, where they lived and how they died.

    The ability to make such connections is getting an unprecedented boost this year with the release of the 1940 U.S. Census. Research shows that 87 percent of Americans alive today should be able to find a relative in the 1940 Census. That’s almost 275 million people who have a connection to these records.

    This is the census of The Greatest Generation. It showed 16 million American men and women safe at home on the brink of joining the deadliest war in human history. For the more than 400,000 who never returned from World War II, it’s the last census to record their names. The census tells the story of a country grappling with the greatest economic hardship it had ever known, something many find particularly relevant today, as the country starts to emerge from its current economic troubles.

    Because modern technology lets you access the census at home as never before, Tim Sullivan, the president and CEO of Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, says his company has made the 1940 Census free to search at www.ancestry.com/1940. Millions of people can literally sit down with neighbors, friends or relatives who were actually there in 1940, find the census page with their name on it, and get them talking.

    You’ll find an address for their home, names of family and neighbors. You’ll see the highest grade they had completed in school and the family’s yearly income in 1939. While they talk, you may get to know them better and get a better understanding of that place in time. You may even get to know a little more about yourself and how you fit into the larger arc of your family’s history and the world’s.

    It could help you understand—and share with your family—the essential human question of who you are and where you came from.

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  • Don’t Fall for It!

    St. George Village residents can take advantage of the onsite fitness center, indoor pool and multiple exercise classes to improve their strength and balance, qualities that studies show can reduce the risk of falling.

    Every year, one in three adults over age 64 falls. But certain exercises and simple home modifications help reduce the risk.

    “Half of falls occur in a person’s home. Falls are the main reason older people go to emergency departments,” says Steve Albert, Ph.D., co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Prevention Research Center (PRC).

    The PRC is part of a nationwide network of 37 academic and community research partners funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find ways to keep people healthy. Several PRCs research ways to help older adults avoid falling. Dr. Albert is comparing the effectiveness of two fall-prevention programs, and health agencies will use findings in choosing which program to offer.

    “Most falls involve changing location, such as while walking or moving from a bed or chair,” says Dr. Albert. “Sometimes, falls happen when someone carries laundry down stairs without a railing.”

    But the good news is, there are many simple things you can do to prevent falls. Here’s a list of ways you can “fall-proof” yourself and your surroundings.

    Fall-Prevention Tips
    • Improve balance and strength;
    • Keep cords, shoes, papers, plants and boxes out of walkways;
    • Add grab bars in and beside the tub/shower and next to the toilet;
    • Use a nonslip mat or appliques in the tub/shower;
    • Install railings in stairways;
    • Improve lighting;
    • Avoid or secure throw rugs.

    Posted in Independent Living, Knowledge Center, Wellness |

  • A New Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

    Activities Coordinator Renee Krosner (left), and St. George Village resident Anne Carroll work together on an art project, one example of the Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's care.

    Although Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the illness rises with advanced age. Current research from the National Institute on Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.

    Residents of retirement communities that offer a full continuum of care have peace of mind in the event that they require memory support services. At St. George Village, residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s have access to Friendship House, a neighborhood devoted to their special needs. Friendship House features a person-centered approach that allows family and caregivers to relate to the person for whom they are providing care as they would to their own best friend. This “Best Friends” approach seeks to maximize the strengths of the memory impaired person — caregivers as well as SGV staff are taught techniques and interventions that help them understand what types of situations motivate, stress or relax their Best Friend and how to respond accordingly.

    Recognizing that caregivers often “lose” the person they are caring for in the diagnosis and the bizarre behavioral expressions of dementia or Alzheimer’s, this training helps them provide a better life for their family member or spouse. Oftentimes, caregivers must realize that they need to be care “assisters” rather than care “doers.” By realizing that prompts and cues are more important than doing a particular task, everything becomes an activity done with a special “knack,” allowing caregivers to focus on the joy of the moment.

    The Best Friends approach to care seeks to reclaim the unique personhood of those we care about and allow them to be successful each and every day.

    Posted in Knowledge Center, Partnerships, Wellness |

  • The Healthy Aging Eye

    As we age, so do our bodies, including our eyes. Many older people experience “low vision” problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, degenerative retinitis pigmentosa and tunnel vision. But there are several things we can do to take care of our eyes and preserve our precious eyesight, as well as possibly prevent or delay some of these problems.

    By following these simple tips, you can take the lead and be more proactive in the care of your vision.

    1. Vitamin A is great for your eyes and will help you maintain healthy vision. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, yams and dark leafy greens.

    2. Find out your family history of eye disease. In many cases, having a family member with an eye disease, such as glaucoma, greatly increases your chance of getting the disease. Make sure you include this when you discuss your complete family medical history with your physician(s).

    3. Protect your eyes from the sun. Overexposure to the sun’s rays can lead to cataracts. Wear sunglasses outdoors and be sure to pick a lenses that have UVA and UVB protection.

    4. Have your eyes examined annually.

    Posted in Knowledge Center, Wellness |

  • A Wise Choice Makes Living Well Affordable

    Florence Hopper and Lou Janas catch up while enjoying a meal in the Bistro at SGV.

    The current economy is a hot topic for everyone, but it’s a particular cause for concern among senior adults, who may wonder if their assets and income will sustain them throughout their lifetime. And what will happen if they eventually need assistance with daily life or full nursing care?

    Residents at St. George Village enjoy peace of mind in this regard. Their choice to live in a continuing care community means that they will have the services they need — whenever they need them — and the quality they expect for an affordable monthly fee. In exchange for a one-time entrance fee, St. George Village provides priority access to assisted living and nursing care services priced below the market rates. This is much like having an insurance plan that requires a premium in exchange for a future benefit — a benefit you hope you’ll never need, but are certainly glad you have if your circumstances change.

    Communities like St. George Village are wise choices because they offer affordable retirement living, providing an independent living lifestyle along with a comprehensive plan for the future. It’s a plan that allows residents to enjoy the quality lifestyle they’re accustomed to, while protecting their assets so that they have the means to continue that lifestyle — even if they eventually have a need for daily living assistance, nursing care or memory care.

    Simply said, if you want to live well, choose well!

    Posted in Independent Living, Knowledge Center, Lifestyle |

  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities, how secure are they?

    "Continuing Care Retirement Community"

    The security of a continuing care retirement community is actually a very broad topic. Some will focus on the financial security of the community while others will be inclined to think of their physical safety within their new living environment. When clients ask this important question I always respond with a clarifying question to determine just what they really mean by secure. This ensures that I’ll answer their specific question and also provides an opportunity to address the three ways living at St. George Village is a secure choice!

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  • How do you know when it’s time to move to a retirement community?

    Atlanta Retirement Community I’m never really asked this question by clients yet it’s always implied when they say something like…St. George Village is really very nice, but I’m not ready to move just yet. When you’re independent and able to live without assistance it’s really hard to know when to make the move to a retirement community. You must admit that the thought of a retirement community leads one to think about aging people and a life that revolves around doctor’s appointments, wheel of fortune, eating diner at 5:00 and heading to bed around 7:00.

    This idea is simply not true because retirement communities like St. George Village are occupied by vibrant people full of life enjoying the benefits offered through our wellness and activity programs. Some of the activities this week included the Brain Boot Camp, Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage slide show and the Rich and Famous guided Tour of Buckhead with Jim Howe. In addition to these activities residents had many opportunities to enjoy a game of bridge, poker, canasta or mah jongg. Our fitness program included water aerobics, yoga, strength training, line dancing and more.

    So, if you are wondering when is the best time to make the move? The time is now… when you are able to enjoy all the community has to offer! In fact, physical health and the ability to live independently is one of the requirements for membership at St. George Village. For more information about membership requirements contact Stacy Gass at 678-987-0402 and check out the full activity and wellness calendar along with the newsletter located on our website.

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