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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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  • Good Dental Care is an Important Part of a Healthier Life for Seniors

    Older adult patients may sometimes lack the motor skills and sharp memory needed to properly care for their oral hygiene.

    While it’s often overlooked, good dental health plays an important role in keeping older adults healthy. Poor oral health care can lead to the deterioration of teeth and gums, infections in the mouth that turn into more serious illnesses such as pneumonia, and cardiovascular disease.

    And missing teeth is no excuse to skip dental visits—experts say visiting the dentist is not just for teeth cleaning, but is also an opportunity for dentists to screen for oral cancer, check denture fittings and help with many critical issues.

    Dental care tips offered by the American Dental Association are essentially the same across all age groups. Adults are encouraged to:

    • Brush their teeth and gums at least twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste

    • Floss at least once a day; preferably twice a day to remove food particles in tough-to-reach places

    • Visit their dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and oral exam

    • Use an antibacterial mouth rinse to reduce bacteria buildup.

    According to leading dentists, however, there are issues specific to treating the elderly that should be addressed and closely monitored.

    Dr. Scott Dickinson, Aspen Dental practice owner from Pace, Fla., has treated many elderly patients and notes that the aging process can make oral care more challenging, particularly as older adults lose some dexterity.

    Dr. Dickinson offers these tips to avoid a decline in wellness due to poor oral health care:

    • Certain prescriptions can affect the healing process of dental procedures. Older adults who are prescribed medicine to keep their bones strong might run the risk of a slower healing process after an extraction or cavity procedure. As a preventative measure, dentists need to consult with the patient’s doctor about their medicines and check that it’s safe to go ahead with dental work.

    • A dry mouth can increase cavities. Some medications cause dry mouth, which is often seen among elderly patients. If the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, plaque and food do not get naturally washed away, leading to a higher incidence of cavities.

    • Ill-fitting dentures can lead to poor nutrition. Dr. Dickinson often sees patients who haven’t maintained their dentures, leading to a painful chewing experience. A quick denture fitting can alleviate the pain and ensure that the patient can enjoy his or her meals—and once again get proper nutrition.

     

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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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  • Not for Squares!

    Fifth graders from Queen of Angels Elementary School recently came to St. George Village to show off their square dancing skills.

    With a square dance video playing in the background, the enthusiastic and energetic students dazzled their audience with promenades and do-si-dos!

    A good time was had by all. Thanks for the fun, Queen of Angels students!

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  • New Website Makes Futures Markets Simple

    A new online resource is available to help explain how movement in financial markets can impact everyday life.

    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.”

     

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  • Cheers for Chocolate!

    “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schultz

    A crew of chocolate-lovin’ St. George Village residents visited Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Roswell to learn about the art of making this delicious confection.

    Schakolad (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) — a combination of “Schaked” and “Chocolate” — is a name associated with three generations of chocolate making. Baruch Schaked, co-founder of Schakolad, has been a chocolate maker since 1969 and opened his first custom retail chocolate boutique in Winter Park, Fla. in 1995. From there, Schakolad began franchising and now has locations in several states, including the Roswell store here in Georgia.

    On the tour, we learned about Schakolad’s “Made Fresh on Premises” concept, which means that all of the store’s chocolate items are prepared and dipped onsite for the highest quality and freshness.

    Of course, we enjoyed sampling our way through the tour, too!

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  • Discovery of Plagiarism in Learner Reports

    Discovery of Plagiarism in Learner Reports

    Papers appears to be at the same time fantastic

    Scans like an encyclopedia page

    Speak to librarian for aide: determine crafted and electronic encyclopedias

    Opt for peculiar string of 4-6 phrases or maybe a optimal identity of the report and do an online research

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  • Felines Take the Stage at SGV

    Blessed Trinity High School "Cats"Students from neighboring Blessed Trinity High School recently performed excerpts from their stage production of Cats, the Musical for the St. George Village community. The talented performers wore their full costumes and treated the audience to an afternoon of fabulous song and dance.

    St. George Village and Blessed Trinity often partner together for community service and friendship! The school has provided passes to SGV residents to all Blessed Trinity events, including football games, concerts, plays and more.

    Thank you, Blessed Trinity!

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  • The Facts About Your Weight And Well-Being

    A bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast can help you control your appetite and your weight. Photo credit: CDC/Debora Cartagena

    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.

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  • Try Water Aerobics for Fitness and Fun!

    St. George Village water aerobics classAccording 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!

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